A diversity of regional influences along with a century of imperial colonialism has shaped Burma into a cultural destination that will capture the hearts of adventurous travellers. Once isolated from the rest of the world, tourism is now encouraged in small groups allowing visitors to once again discover this beautifully preserved nation, which was described by Rudyard Kipling as 'quite unlike any land you know about'. There’s no better time than now to join a tour or luxury river cruise and see this transitioning nation for yourself.

  • Rangoon (Yangon) is developing at quite a rate however cultural wonders such as the Shwedagon Pagoda remain at its heart
  • Over 2000 9th to 13th-Century pagodas and temples can be found in the plains surrounding the ancient city of Bagan
  • Luxury Belmond cruises along the Irrawaddy River between Rangoon, Bagan and Mandalay
  • Ancient traditions and cultures such as the leg rowers of Inle Lake
  • This is the perfect destination if you are keen to get off the beaten track and immerse yourself in local culture.

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Time difference:

GMT + 6½ Hours





Flying time to destination:

13 hours indirect

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When to visit

Jan 27°c
Feb 31°c
Mar 35°c
Apr 37°c
May 36°c
Jun 33°c
Jul 33°c
Aug 33°c
Sep 32°c
Oct 31°c
Nov 29°c
Dec 27°c
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Travelling through Burma offered us a glimpse at a destination unique and unspoilt by mass tourism. The people are very friendly and deeply dedicated to their Buddist beliefs. Bagan and Mandalay offered us the opportunity to see the very best temples and ancient sites - the most impressive we've seen across all of the Far East.

If you like to get under the skin of a destination and like to experience life at a slower place Burma offers all this in abundance. Our highlight was when we hired a horse and cart driver for the day to see all the temples in Bagan. It is idylic!

Andrew Fielding