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Tour East Myanmar

Myanmar evokes the senses for a journey embracing ancient cultures, connections with warm and friendly people and embracing extraordinary experiences and memorable journeys. Our international team of travel professionals is passionate about delivering all of that and more whether to explorers, individual luxury travelers or indeed MICE event organizers alike.

Room 603-604, 6th Floor
La Pyae Wun Plaza, 37 Alanpya Pagoda Road,
Dagon Township, 11191 Yangon, Myanmar
T (95) 1 382 528
F (95) 1 382 528
E reservation.mm@toureast.net

Bank Name: Mizuho Bank Ltd
Address: Level 4, Sedona Business Suite, No1 11082 Yangon, Myanmar
Account Number: F10719100543
Swift Code: MHCBMMMY

Welcome to Myanmar

Myanmar is a diverse, vibrant country just waiting to show you its charms…

Myanmar (formerly Burma) is a Southeast Asian nation of more than 100 ethnic groups, bordering India, Bangladesh, China, Laos, and Thailand. Yangon (formerly Rangoon), the country’s largest city, is home to bustling markets, numerous parks and lakes, and the towering, gilded Shwedagon Pagoda, which contains Buddhist relics and dates to the 6th century.

With its verdant landscape of rugged highlands, soft seas and sweeping rivers, Myanmar is a country that will captivate you like few others. As the country emerges from a long period of isolation, visitors now have the chance to come and experience its wonders for themselves. But there is more to Myanmar than just the landscape. Its rich history, vibrant cultural heritage, and the genuine warmth of the local people are what truly bring it alive.

JAN - Ananda Pagoda Festival

Ananda Pagoda is probably one of the most famous of all the Bagan temples and although it has suffered considerable damage in numerous earthquakes over its history, it remains as an enduring symbol of the limitless wisdom of Buddha. During January the jubilant time of Buddhist alms-giving rituals becomes entwined with harvest celebrations, making it a wonderful opportunity to combine a visit to one of the country’s best-preserved temples with a chance to sample the fruits of the nation’s harvest in one of the many food stalls. If you’re looking for a festival to enjoy traditional, local life in Bagan, this lively festival is perfect for you.

APR - Thingyan Festival

The most famous festival in Myanmar, the Thingyan Water Festival is held in celebration of the Myanmar New Year…and boy do they celebrate by throwing or splash water at one another for the duration on the four-day festival, so if you are thinking of coming…be prepared to get wet!! The festival happens all across the Yangon region, but Mandalay has the bragging rights for being the most crowded city to celebrate in.

AUG - Shew Kyun Pin Nat Pwe (NAT FESTIVAL IN MINGUN)

Everyone should attend a NAT festival whilst in Myanmar if possible…Nats are spirits that can guard and protect, but they can also be mischievous and vengeful, and some even have the power to possess people and force them to do their bidding. These types of Nats require offerings to keep them sweet, and Burmese people will often leave out food and other gifts to placate them, particularly during this festival. Don’t annoy a Nat!!

OCT - Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival

This is an 18-day ‘party’ that you should be aware of if you are thinking of heading to Inle Lake around Oct/ November. The festival starts with a solemn procession when four of the five images of the Buddha are removed from their shrine in the Phaung Daw Oo pagoda and placed on the Royal Karaweik barge. The Royal barge stops at 14 villages around Inle Lake, where the images stay in the main monastery for one night and yes… it’s rather noisy during that night in the surrounding area…but boy what an event! Finally, the images arrive in the main town of Nyaung Shwe, where most pilgrims from near and far on hundreds of floating boats come to pay their respects and veneration. One more interesting highlight of the festival is the long boat race, where the participants row with an oar attached to one leg…now you don’t see that everywhere you go…

NOV - Taunggyi Tazaungdaing Festival (The Light Festival)

As Buddhist Lent comes to an end, heralding clear skies and cooler climes, Myanmar is illuminated by this very special candlelit celebration. Lights are symbolic of Buddha’s return from heaven to earth and if you visit during this period you’ll be treated to a truly dazzling display as paper lanterns and oil lamps shimmer across the land. It is also a time of games, marching, fireworks, lanterns, and hot-air balloons. Most of the balloons are made from bamboo and mulberry paper and contain lit candles.

Myanmar Fast Facts

Language

Myanmar language, although English is widely spoken.

Currency

Myanmar Kyat (Known as ‘K’) - businesses in Myanmar are no longer permitted to accept or trade in USD. But USD is still accepted in tourism base business. ATMs are widely available.

Time Zone

GMT+ 6 ½ hours (YES! …a half hour!!)

Population

Total for Myanmar 53,774,162

Electricity

When it's working, the electricity supply voltage is 220-240. It is advisable to bring a universal adaptor, which fits multiple socket types.

Capital City

Nay Pyi Taw

International Airports

Yangon, Mandalay & Nay Pyi Taw

Fun Facts

  • Myanmar locals have only first names, no surnames…and they are normally named after the day they were born (the first consonant at least), so many Burmese people have the same name, as there are only 7 days in a week
  • Thanaka – a cosmetic paste made from the bark of selected trees, is widely worn on the faces of women, it is said to keep skin smooth and protect against sun damage and been happening for at least 2,000 years.
  • In the 1930’s Myanmar ran out of Burmese cats!! However, they have now been re-introduced from the US.
  • Yangon is not the capital – Nay Pyi Taw is the shiny new capital since 2006, it’s round 320 kilometers from Yangon.
  • Burmese love their betel leaf, specifically, kwunya: betel leaves wrapped around areca nut with tobacco and cloves, it stains the mouth red and can lead to tooth decay and oral cancer but …the practice predates recorded history!!

Let Us Show You Myanmar

To see and appreciate the vast expanse and beauty of the area from a hot air balloon is a ‘must do’ when in Bagan. The…
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From 9 AM when you will be collected at your hotel, relax and enjoy the day visiting some of the highlights of Bagan with our…
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Inle Lake is one of the most magical places in Myanmar, with hundreds of years of history behind it. At 9 AM you will be…
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Our Recommended Hotels

Location: Myanmar is definitely a ‘touring’ destination and its all about the views here….be it hotel with a rooftop cocktail platform overlook Shwedagon Pagoda , an Inle Lake sunset balcony you are after, a Bagan pagoda sunset vista or a just secluded beach with no one around…. we can find you accommodation exactly where you want to be.

 

Style: Whether you prefer a boutique hotel full of history and ambiance, glamping by the sea, or a brilliant modern hotel, we have accommodation to match your personal style in all locations.

 

Price: Our extensive portfolio of accommodation provides you with a wider selection of choices for your enjoyment. More importantly, with the leverage we enjoy as one of the most established destination management companies in Asia, we are able to offer highly competitive rates.

Bagan Lodge

Location: Bagan

These beautifully presented ‘safari’ type lodges are not just novelty accommodation…they really do deliver, and is not hard to see why this is a top choice for our travellers as well as us! Exquisite service, impeccably clean, a lovely quiet environment and all you could require from a resort, this is one we really like, and we are more than happy to put our stamp of approval on it!

Sanctum

Location: Inle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gosh, this was a tough one to choose….Inle has a wealth of great hotels with lots of different styles of accommodation…and this is where it comes down to a great DMC ( Tour East) to offer a range of options for your client!!

 

Our personal choice would be Sanctum, why? Well, we like the architecture, arches, and cloisters reference the monastic life, the décor, chunky Asian furniture sits amongst clean line and contrasts well against modern facilities. The views are stunning and it feels like a little oasis but mainly…..  the management has a great wine cellar, stocked with local and imported brands…so you will be sure to find a fine grape to sip as you watch the sunset from the veranda and snack on the many delights from the equally superb cuisine. 

Red Canal

Location: Mandalay

This Boutique hotel is just minutes from the famed Mandalay Palace and other attractions and is a convenient sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of Mandalay. With compact gardens of lush tropical greenery, a calming water feature, plus a swimming pool, it ticks our wish list. From the 25 available rooms, we would suggest the Chin Room so you can sit on your balcony with a cheeky cocktail and relax. Just lovely owners and those who like Indian cuisine are in for a bit of a treat…

Art of Sand Resort

Location: Ngapali
Ngapali in itself is a stunning location and it has to be said there are some outstanding properties along this stretch of beach….but we had to pick one!

 

The newest property of the Sandoway collection, Art of Sand Resort has the same philosophy; incorporating warm Myanmar hospitality, locally crafted architecture and furnishings, with a drive to support the local community and to live in harmony with the natural surroundings. This is where the beautiful people stay…so we know you will fit right in!

Myanmar Team

Thomas Kyaw Min Htin

 President

Luis Bauzil

 Global Inbound Manager

Tour East People

Kelly Langrick

 Product & Marketing Manager

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Myanmar presents a wealth of truly WOW locations, however, these locations vary drastically in operational and logistical ease.

Be it a dinner amongst the Temples in Bagan or a Lakeside party in Inle, Tour East will be right by your side, and to be honest…a little way head of you, smoothing the path, to ensure Myamnar smashes your expectations and leaves a BIG positive impression. If it was easy…you wouldn’t need us, and because we realize this we will always make sure we deliver!

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