Turn your ideas into a trip to Myanmar
Welcome to Myanmar, where farmers in ox-drawn carts tend rice paddies and golden stupas dot deserted plains. It’s the Asia of yesteryear where life plays out here as it has for centuries.
In essence, Myanmar’s a traditional, rural place. You’ll meet men wearing sarong-like longhi, women daubed in thanakha (a natural sunblock), lines of monks in burgundy robes, cheroot-smoking grannies, and trishaw drivers chewing betel nut. Their unguarded openness is a joy for travelers.
Let’s not forget: Myanmar’s traditional charm is a consequence of decades of beleaguered isolation. And while change is coming (and deservedly so) travel here is not for the faint of heart. Roads are potholed, schedules are flimsy at best, sanitation is not always as you hope. But if you’re the kind of traveler that likes things a little raw, you’ll find arriving in Myanmar is akin to traveling back through time to a Southeast Asia of the 1980s.
Mists shroud the valleys and almost every hill is topped off with a pagoda, gilded in the richer towns, merely painted in the poor ones. British era architecture, faded and crumbling, watches over flower markets and street food stalls serving steaming mohinga noodles. The scent of chai spices rises from teahouses on every corner. Longtail boats zip across lakes and harbors. Deserted beaches stretch for miles with hardly a traveler in sight.
Myanmar tourism is still in its infancy; full of enthusiasm, teetering on the brink before globalization takes hold. That’s why, the time is ripe to explore Myanmar, and find out first-hand why so many of us have fallen in love with this beautiful country and its warm-hearted people.
Our favorite guided tours and excursions
There’s a difference between seeing Myanmar and experiencing it with fascinating guides. From bathing elephants in the river, hot air ballooning over the Ngapali jungle, to trekking through ethnic minority villages with a Pa-O guide, we’ll connect you with the right people to give you a deeper, more rewarding journey through Myanmar.
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