Myanmar holidays whisk you away to an enchanting country renowned for its natural serenity and man-made splendour.
Formerly known as Burma, this is a land of remarkable sights – from spectacular hills, rice fields and the blissful shores of Kandawgyi Lake, to the gold-plated wonder of Shwedagon Pagoda.
Journey to the endlessly fascinating cities of Yangon and Mandalay, delight in delicious Southeast Asian curries and become awe-inspired by glimmering temples.
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Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, is a great place for a holiday in Myanmar.
Visit the colourful Bogyoke Aung San Market to shop for local jewellery, art and antiques, head to Maha Bandula Park to behold breathtaking monuments and lawns – and dive into the National Museum of Myanmar for a journey through the country’s rich culture and past.
Widely considered to be Yangon’s best-loved landmark, the gold-plated Shwedagon Pagoda dates back well over 1,000 years.
Sitting proudly on the city’s Singuttara Hill, the sacred Buddhist site’s gleaming 350-foot spire can be glimpsed from almost anywhere in the city – but nothing beats admiring it up close. Visit at either sunrise or sunset for a truly magical experience.
There’s so much to see and do in Mandalay – the second-largest city of Myanmar. But if you’re seeking breathtaking views, look no further than a climb up Yankin Hill.
Located a short journey east of the centre, not only will you find a splendid temple at the peak to reward your efforts, but you’ll also be able to enjoy incredible views of Mandalay’s famous rice fields. Don’t miss the chance to navigate the many walkways here too.
You’ll find a great range of places to stay in Yangon, the country’s commercial and artistic powerhouse.
The five-star Belmond Governor’s Residence is just a few minutes by car from Shwedagon Pagoda – and has amenities including an outdoor pool and spa treatment rooms. Other highly rated options include the Melia Yangon, the Rose Garden Hotel and the Taw Win Garden Hotel.
With the Mahamuni Paya temple and famous Jade Market among its noted landmarks, Mandalay is another excellent destination for our Myanmar holiday packages.
Top accommodation choices here include the Hotel Hazel – which has an outdoor pool – and the Mercure Mandalay Hill Resort, which is about a mile from Atumashi Monastery. Both the Ritz Grand Hotel Mandalay and the Palace View Hotel are also comfortable, convenient choices.
The currency in Myanmar is the Burmese kyat (MMK). You will find money exchanges in Yangon and Mandalay. US dollars are also accepted at some hotels and tourist attractions.
The official language of Myanmar is Burmese. Recognised regional languages include Kayah and Rakhine. English is also widely spoken in the main tourist areas.
National holidays in Myanmar include Independence Day (4 January), Union Day (12 February), Armed Forces Day (27 March) and Martyrs’ Day (19 July).
In the larger cities, taxies or buses are usually your best option. For cross-country travelling, choose from buses, trains or hiring your own car.
Rice and mild curries are the tasty staples of Myanmar’s cuisine. Indian and Chinese influences can also be detected in the country’s side dishes, which include lentil soup and vegetables served with a fish sauce known as ngapí ye.
Be sure to sample mohinga, the national dish – which is a delicious fish and noodle soup that comes in a variety of regional interpretations. If you have a sweet tooth, tuck into desserts made using grated coconut, tapioca and sticky rice.