Myanmar holidays

Myanmar (Burma) Holidays

Why we like Myanmar holidays

Steppes Travel have been crafting and designing Myanmar holidays for over 20 years, making us one of the UK's most knowledgeable and experienced companies when it comes to travelling to Myanmar.

Despite having endured years of isolation and dictatorial rule, the people of Myanmar have retained a gentleness and charm that many nations would do well to emulate. There is still an innocence that has not been corrupted by western ideals and the remote tribal areas, which are now opening up, are a vanishing example of times gone by.

Bagan
 

Bagan

  • Take to the air in a hot air balloon for an aerial view of the city at dawn.
  • Take the journey from Bagan to Mandalay by boat.
  • Lose the crowds at sunset and find your very own pagoda for an exclusive viewing
Fishermen Inle Lake
 

Inle Lake

  • Explore the floating villages and five-day market on Inle Lake by slow boat.
  • Travel with likeminded people on our expert led group tour.
  • Meet local people

 

Irrawaddy river
 

River and Ocean Cruising

Fisherman Li river
 

Beyond the Ordinary

  • Live for a day in a remote Pa O village accompanied by your private guide.
  • Travel through Shan state in a 4WD.

 

What to expect on your Myanmar holiday

The current popularity of holidays to Burma has stretched the infrastructure to breaking point and we cannot stress enough the importance of booking well ahead. Hotels are few and far between and the good ones are even more scarce - hence if comfort is important, start talking to us a year before you plan to visit Burma on holiday.

Once in Myanmar you might be surprised to find delicious food and, in many places, good hotels. The road system is fragmented making the surprisingly good internal airline the transportation method of choice, although modern luxury river boats are also providing a relaxed and comfortable way of visiting other areas. Where road travel is essential 4x4s are available.

We have never met anyone who has not returned from their holiday in Myanmar with the fondest memories.

Our Myanmar holiday experts

Paul has been creating Myanmar holidays for many years – he first travelled to Myanmar twenty years ago and most recently he took a family holiday to Burma.

Whilst Joe’s expertise is the culture and history of Myanmar, his real obsession is trekking and cycling in the Shan state – an active extension to your Myanmar holiday.

Advice from our Burma Expert

“Myanmar, or Burma as it was once known, is a country full of surprises. Scratch a little below the surface with our help and discover little visited hill tribes, unspoilt beaches, rickety railways, hidden temples, sleepy waterways, and a country emerging into the 21st Century. ”

Joe Parkes | Steppes Travel Myanmar Expert

Myanmar FAQs

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Is the country now safe to travel around?

Having only recently opened its doors to the western traveller, Myanmar is one of the safest places to travel in Asia. Having been closed off to the outside world for so long, its people are genuinely pleased to share their country.

It is more likely you will be chased down the road for leaving your wallet behind rather than falling foul of a pick-pocket however we always advise caution wherever you are in the world.

Does Myanmar have good hotels and road transportation?
You might be surprised to find a handful of very good hotels. Although Myanmar doesn’t claim to be competing in the luxury hotel market there are a number of new hotels springing up in the cities and Inle Lake. Be prepared for a more modest offering in the hill villages. The road system is fragmented making the surprisingly good internal airline the transportation of choice, although modern luxury river boats are also providing a relaxed and comfortable way of visiting other areas. Where road travel in remote regions is essential 4x4s are available.
Must I book a holiday to Myanmar in advance?

The current popularity of Burma holidays has stretched the infrastructure to breaking point and we cannot stress enough the importance of booking well ahead. Hotels are few and far between and the good ones are even more scarce - hence if comfort is important, start talking to us a year before you plan to visit Burma on holiday.


Do I need any immunisations or malaria tablets?

The best person to speak to is your Doctor or Nurse Practitioner as the advice can change. Malaria is not present in Yangon and Mandalay, although it is throughout the rest of the country.

Is there a dress code I should follow?

When visiting monasteries and pagodas, there is a strict dress code. Bare shoulders and legs should be covered up, and shoes must always be removed so bringing a bag with you to put them in is a good idea as it may take a while to find them again! For women, a shawl is a great for covering up shoulders and arms.

During the hotter days when touring, loose shirts and trousers/skirts are ideal, although in Yangon which is more up to date with the western world, skirts below or on the knee are acceptable and now replacing the traditional Longyi by some younger women.

Will my mobile phone work in Myanmar?

Myanmar currently has no international roaming agreements with any other country so your mobile phone won’t work. It is possible to purchase a pre-paid SIM card for USD $50 that will allow you to keep in touch with friends and family. There is also WIFI at many hotels but this should not be relied upon as it can be rather intermittent.

What can I do to make sure my money does not all go to the Government and large businesses?

It is hard to ensure that all of your money does not go to the Burmese Government or larger businesses. Eating at locally run boutique restaurants and shopping at local markets is a good way to start, and talking to locals is a great way to find out if you are looking for something specific.

Remember to shop around as well – paintings that can be bought in local markets go for more than double the price in some of luxury hotel galleries.

Holidays

Myanmar - Shan Kingdoms to Mandalay

expert led group tour

Myanmar - Shan Kingdoms to Mandalay

Following an exploratory recce this tour has been thoughtfully crafted by our Myanmar specialist ...

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Myanmar - Highlights of Myanmar including Inle Lake

Highlights of Myanmar including Inle Lake

Explore the beautiful scenery of Myanmar (Burma) and the fascinating sites that Yangon,  Man...

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Myanmar Sanctuary Ananda - Bagan to Mandalay plus extension to Inle Lake

Irrawaddy River Cruise - The Sanctuary Ananda

One of the newest boats on the river, the Sanctuary Ananda is really turning heads with its beaut...

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Myanmar - Mergui Luxury Sailing Holiday

Myanmar Highlights and Mergui Sailing Charter

How beautiful can two weeks be?  This 15 day trip takes in many of the highlights of a holid...

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Myanmar : Irrawaddy 3 night cruise  THE STRAND with Inle Lake and BEACH

Rivers, Lakes and Coast of Myanmar- Strand Cruise

This 14 day holiday to Myanmar has the spot light firmly placed on Myanmar’s natural treasures. T...

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Inspiration

Ox Carts, Ngapali Beach, Myanmar

Visit Ngapali Beach in Myanmar

The sleepy beach resorts in Myanmar compliment a cultural itinerary perfectly.
Be inspired by our ideas for well paced holidays to Myanmar. Take time out at Ngapali Beach, all to often overlooked on classic itineraries.
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Local Snacks, Myanmar

Michelin Star Chef opens new restaurant in Yangon

Whilst in town dine at the new Seeds Restaurant as a guest of Steppes Travel - on us.
A romantic, contemporary fine dining experience on a lakeside in the heart of the city. Opening early 2017 be one of the first to try the exquisite food, crafted by European Michelin chef Felix Eppisser.
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For Readers with a Penchant for Travel

If you happen to find yourself in Myanmar during the 2017 Irrawaddy Literary Festival, do get yourself to Mandalay. A complimentary  fascinating three day event held over 3-5 November.  Launched in 2013, the ILF has a primary objective to connect long-silenced Myanmar writers with international literary community. William Hague commented that the ILF had "achieved more for freedom of speech in one afternoon than most of us manage in a lifetime". Over the last three years the ILF has gathered momentum and media attention, and the 2017 line up includes 30 international authors including Tony Wheeler, Catherine Anderson and Dame Carol Ann Duffy.

Why not reach Mandalay by river boat on board a pre festival cruise.

Local Villagers, Shan State, Myanmar

Support Myanmar Tourism

"Most local cottage industries were dying. Now that tourism is booming, these cottage industries have become alive, especially lacquer ware, earthen wares, wood carving, tapestry, parasol making, hand weaving." - Mr Nyi Nyi Naing , Guide  
Lady Weaving, Myanmar

Trail of the Ancestors Trek

Learn about the legends of the longneck women. Visit Kasae Kum village where the Kayah women still wear the rings around their neck. Continue onto trek with a local who will tell stories of their ancestors, belief in spirits, use of herbal medicines and the totem pole.

Client Reviews

Local Villagers, Shan State, Myanmar
"A pleasure to deal with Joe. 
Efficient, helpful, knowledgable and fun! We enjoyed all our guides who were knowledgable and always punctual and very helpful."
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Sheila Brown

Myanmar
Monestry Shop, Myanmar
"It was a very enjoyable experience in a fascinating country. 
All our guides were high standard and keen to help us enjoy everything and they were prepared to alter plans to suit us."
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Jennifer Collins

Myanmar
Golden Rock, Kyaiktiyo Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar
"I was completely satisfied with all aspects of the pre-trip information and...
... Joe was very good at both listening to and following up on our wishes as to what we expected from this journey to a country we had never before visited. Altogether an excellent journey where everything functioned very well."
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Lise Hannestad

Myanmar
Tribal Lady, Palaung, Shan State, Myanmar
"Outstandingly good! 
Our trip was greatly enhanced by the exceptional quality of all the guides assigned to us. Their care and management and input to our experience was exceptional."
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Susan Lines

Myanmar
Local Snacks, Myanmar
"It is not just the knowledge/expertise of the Travel Expert but...
...also the understanding of our requirements that makes us use Steppes."
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Mark Fordham

myanmar

FLIGHT INFORMATION

14.5 hours from UK
(via Bangkok or Singapore)

Holiday Ideas in Myanmar

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  • Established for over 25 years creating journeys across 100 destinations worldwide
  • Exclusive access to the best private guides

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  • We negotiate the best rates with hotels and expert guides
  • Be protected from fluctuations in exchange rates

RESPONSIBLE STEPPES

  • Each time you travel with us we donate £5 to a local charity in the UK and £10 to an international charity

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  • Your monies are financially protected
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