Sightseeing Tours

From the floating gardens of Inle Lake to the colonial buildings of Yangon. The wonderfully rich culture of Myanmar is a dream to explore.

Yangon

It might not be Myanmar’s capital any longer, but Yangon has remained the commercial focal point of the country, and will be the beginning point for most tours.

Yangon is a huge city, and is the gateway into Myanmar for the majority of passengers, who will fly into its international airport. Many will pass it by too quickly, but take the time to explore this bustling city, and you will be handsomely rewarded.

From being the host of the largest number of colonial era buildings in South-East Asia, to the majestic 2,500 year old Shwedagon Pagoda, the country’s spiritual landmark, which dominated the skyline, Yangon has something for every traveler.

Bagan

One of the most remarkable archaeological sites in Asia, if not the world, the magic of Bagan has inspired visitors to Myanmar for nearly 1000 years, and will often be the second stop on your tour.

From the 11th to the 13th Century, Bagan was the capital of the Kingdom of Pagan. It was during this time, first by King Anawrahta, and later by his dynasty, that Burmese culture, ethnicity and Theravada Buddhism was established. The kingdom also unified the area that we now know as Myanmar. This is known as Bagan’s Golden Age, a period of wealth, prosperity, and temple building.

From the 10,000 pagodas that were built, only just over 3,000 remain to form these incredible plains. The joy of Bagan is that every one of these temples can be explored inside and out, at your own leisure. Once you have paid the $20 entrance fee to enter the Bagan Archaeological Zone, you are free to discover this magical site all on your own, or with a guide.


Mandalay

Traditionally, the midpoint of most tours, but being used more and more as a gateway into, and out of Myanmar, Mandalay is the historical ancient capital of the country, a capital of Myanmar culture, Buddhist Sasana and Myanmar traditional arts and crafts.

The last royal capital of Myanmar, until the British completed their colonisation in 1886, Mandalay is the second largest city in the country. King Mindon finally complete the city in 1857, as he tried to re-establish a Burmese kingdom following defeat in the Second Anglo-Burmese War. As such, it was constructed on a vast scale, with Mandalay Palace being a testament to this.

The royal palace, though unfortunately now almost entirely reconstructed following damage to it in World War Two, dominates the city.

Mandalay is seen as a young, vibrant city, famous for its architecture and arts. Ask one of the many traditional craftsmen on the street about their work, and they will be proud to tell how their images are admired and transported around the world.

Further afield famous sites include U Bein Bridge, said to be the longest teak bridge in the world, and the aweinspiring Mingun pagoda, which was meant to be the largest pagoda in the world when construction started on it.

Inle Lake

No tour would be complete without visiting this freshwater paradise in the heart of Myanmar. Inle Lake is the jewel of Shan State, and home to the Intha people, who actually live on the lake. Using their unique style of one-legged rowing, they build their homes on stilts, create floating gardens, and host the famous five-day market.

The lake is 22 kilometres in length and is surrounded by 1500m high mountains on all sides.

Compared to the rest of Myanmar, Inle Lake feels like a different world. The calm way of life of the Intha people and the picturesque scenery, make it one of the top destinations in Myanmar.


Other Tours

These destinations are perfect for expanding your tour further, or for those seeking some of the quieter, hidden gems of Myanmar.

Ngapali Beach
With its gorgeous white sand, and remote location; Ngapali is Myanmar’s premier beach destination. Here you will have the opportunity to relax on the sand, snorkel in the clear blue seas, or head out into the Bay of Bengal on one of the many local fishing boats. Ngapali retains its fishing village vibe, and relaxed, early to bed hours, even in the height of the tourist season.
Hsipaw
High up in the Shan hills, Hsipaw is the base camp for many treks in the area. It is possible to organise a 2 or 3 day trek with a local guide, who will take you further into the hills, and through some of the local villages. Many of the views from the hilltops are breathtaking and well worth the walk. Hsipaw itself is a very laid back, quiet town, which many travelers fall in love with due to its tranquil lifestyle. It is possible to reach Hsipaw by travelling over the famous Gokteik Viaduct railway bridge, by train.

Hpa-an
Hpa-an is the capital of Kayin State, in the South of Myanmar. Though small, it does not lack any character, and visitors who make the effort to travel here are always rewarded. Surrounded by limestone mountains, the tallest of which is Mount Zwegabin, it is reminiscent of Northern Laos, with its sheer rock cliffs and meandering river. Hpa-an itself has a very much backpacker vibe, with many visitors either traveling to, or from, the Thailand border.
Mergui Archipelago
With over 800 islands, the Mergui Archipelago is one of the last places in Asia, where you can still feel like an explorer. Swim in crystal clear blue water; sunbathe on white sand beaches, or catch a glimpse of eagles circling overhead. Here, it is possible to sail for days without seeing another soul, other than the odd local fisherman. Explore the islands at your leisure, while being transported onboard a luxury yacht, and visit one of world’s most unspoilt destinations.

Putao
Only accessible via air, Putao is in the far North of Myanmar, situated up high in the Himalayas. For the few lucky travelers who get to experience it, Putao offers rich trekking, white water rafting, and mountaineering experiences. Snow covers the mountain tops year round, making the scenery breathtaking.
 




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