Fisherman on water sat on traditional wooden fishing canoe with conical shaped fishing net.

Myanmar Holidays

A gentle nation that’s rich with remote tribes and blissful landscapes. Myanmar’s beaches – long streaks of brilliant white sands – are an essential inclusion to any bespoke itinerary in the country.

Steppes Travel has been crafting and designing Myanmar holidays for over 20 years. Despite having endured years of isolation and dictatorial rule, the people of Myanmar have retained a gentleness and charm.

There is still an innocence that has not been corrupted by western ideals and the remote tribal areas, which are now opening up, is a vanishing example of times gone by.

Experiences

A selection of activities and experiences you could consider including in your holiday to Myanmar.

Mandalay Market, Yangon, Myanmar

Mandalay Market

Stroll through the towns bustling market, a place few visitors reach, for an insight into real daily life.

Suggested Holiday Idea

Gokteik Viaduct, Pyin Oo Lwin, Myanmar

Gokteik Viaduct

Journey by train over the staggering 250 metre high Goteik Viaduct. Shipped from America to Myanmar and built by the Pennsylvania Steel Company in 1900 it expanding the British Empire’s influence in the region.

C.MM.Fishermen, Inle Lake, Myanmar

Inle Lake Leg Rowers

See the famous Inle Lake leg rowers. Their iconic one legged stance allows them to wrap one leg around the oar to guide their boat while keeping both hands free to cast their conical net into the water

Suggested Holiday Idea

Temple Entrance, Bagan, Myanmar

Cycling in Bagan

Explore hidden temples by e-bike stopping for a picnic.

Suggested Holiday Idea

Market Woman, Myanmar

Inle Lake’s Five Day Market

Visit the five-day market, which travels from village to village based on the lunar calendar.

Suggested Holiday Idea

Pagoda Field, Bagan, Myanmar

Bagan by Air

Take to the air over Bagan in a hot air balloon for an aerial view of the ruins at dawn.

Wa Ale Resort, Mangrove Kayaking, Mergui, Myanmar

Mergui Adventure

Journey into the remote Mergui archipelago for a stay at Wa Ale Island Resort. Walk through pristine rainforest, snorkel in azure waters and kayak through mangroves.

Suggested hotel

Local Villagers, Shan State, Myanmar

Shan State History

Explore this eastern province of Myanmar bordering China and Laos – discover little visited rural villages, monasteries and palaces and delve into the history of the last Shan Princess.

Sundeck, Sanctuary Ananda, Mandalay, Myanmar

Cruise the Irrawaddy

Explore the shores of the Irrawaddy from the comfort of a luxury cruise.

Suggested Holiday Idea

Sagaing Hill, Myanmar

Sagaing Pagodas

Explore the hundreds of golden pagodas and mingle amongst the pink and saffron clad monks of Sagaing.

Suggested Holiday Idea

Explore Myanmar

  • Hsipaw and the Shan State
  • Mandalay
  • Bagan
  • Inle Lake
  • Irrawaddy River
  • Yangon
  • Mergui Archipelago

Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

Sanctum Inle Resort £££££

  • Myanmar

Located close to Inle Lake, Sanctum Inle Resort looks more like a European Monastery than a Burmese Hotel but the renaissance style and verdant grounds provide a lovely base to explore. The 94 rooms are spacious and bright and there are plenty of spots from which to enjoy the lake views including the 20-metre infinity pool, built into the hillside.

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Wa Ale £££££

  • Myanmar
  • Beach and Island Escapes

Wa Ale is located on a 9,000-acre island, one of 800 islands within the Lampi Marine National Park in southern Myanmar. This privately owned eco-tourism project occupies a remote and little-visited island and has been built with a strong ethos of conservation in mind. Set on a sandy cove, backed by lush rainforest and surrounded by mangroves and rocky coastline the resort was constructed by hand, using reclaimed and biodegradable materials.

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The Governor’s Residence £££££

  • Myanmar
  • City

The Governor’s Residence Hotel is an imposing two-storey Burmese mansion dating from the 1920s. Located in the quieter Embassy district, adjacent to Shwedagon Pagoda and set amidst tropical gardens. The 47 rooms overlook either the courtyard or lotus gardens and the spa and swimming pool offer a lovely spot to unwind after a day’s sightseeing.

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The Strand Hotel, Yangon £££££

  • Myanmar
  • City

The Strand, Yangon has remained true to its architectural past whilst transiting elegantly into the 21st Century. Colonial elegance mixes with Burmese antiquities throughout, and the 31 suites, all enjoy 24-hour butler service. Situated on the banks of the Yangon River in a bustling part of the city, the swimming pool surrounded by sun loungers and greenery creates a welcome oasis.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Paul Craven

Paul is the Conde Nast Traveller chosen Specialist for Central Asia and the Silk Route.

Being from a family with Army connections I can from an early age remember travelling. From camping in Europe and then later being sent to boarding school when we lived in Germany at the age of eight, complete with shorts, long socks, a cap and my suitcase. In appearance not too dissimilar to the children evacuated to the countryside during the blitz.

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