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  • Temples of Bagan, Burma
  • Twlight at the Golden Rock, Burma
  • Local villagers, working the crops, Burma
  • Pagodas, Kakku, Burma
  • Local village, Inle Lake, Burma
  • Fisherman, Inle Lake, Burma
  • Cyclists at sunset over U Bien bridge, Mandalay, Burma
  • Mt Popa, Burma
  • Bullock carts on the beach, Burma
  • Tribal lady, Burma
  • Village lady smoking a pipe, Burma
  • Marak U, Burma
  • Shwedagon, Yangon, Burma

Myanmar (Burma) - Themes

Adventure

Balloon Flights over Bagan

The best way to appreciate the scale of this temple site is to see it from the air. We can arrange a spectacular hot air balloon ride, taken at sunrise and including a light breakfast and a glass of Champagne. The flights, which drift serenely over the temples allowing perfect photo opportunities, generally last about 45 minutes.

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Kalaw & Pindaya

In the days of the British occupation Kalaw was a popular hill station retreat. The area is populated by Nepalese and Indians, which is reflected in the cuisine, as well as local hill tribe people. The colonial architecture mixed with the stunning alpine forests make this a great place to visit. It is an excellent base for walking in the cool picturesque mountains.

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Putao

Only recently opened to tourists and tucked away in the far north of the country is the small quiet town of Putao. Formally known as Fort Hertz, Putao was one of the British Empire's most remote outposts. During the Second World War, even the Japanese were unable to conquer this remote and isolated area.

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Sittwe and Mrauk-U

Sittwe, the capital of the Rakhine State, is located on the northern coast near the Bangladesh border and home to a large Muslim community. Originally built by the British in 1826, the town’s most popular sites include the Payagyi Pagoda, the Rakhine State Cultural Museum, Payamya Monastery and the riverfront market.

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Cultural, Historic or World Heritage Site

Bagan

The 100’s of temples, stupas and pagodas strewn across the plains of Bagan are the most impressive relics of the first period of Myanmar greatness. Situated on the eastern bank of the Ayeyarwady River, Bagan covers more than 42 square kilometres.

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Golden Rock

Of all the sights in this country of eternal surprises the Golden Rock Pagoda is possibly the most extraordinary. Legend has it that the rock, perched precariously on the edge of a precipice on an 1100 meter mountain, is held in its gravity defying place by a single strand of Buddha’s hair.

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Inle Lake & Kakku

Ringed by the cool green hills of the highlands of the Shan State and yet seemingly worlds apart from the rest of Myanmar, lies Inle Lake in all its outstanding natural beauty. The lake itself sits at a pleasant 1300 meters above sea level and is famous for its strange unique leg rowers, floating markets and prolific birdlife.

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Mandalay

Mandalay was founded in 1857 as the capital by King Mindon and remained the capital city of the Konboung, Myanmar’s last dynasty. After Bagan it is the country’s richest historical landmark. The Mandalay Palace boasts finely built palace walls and a beautiful moat surrounding this fortress.

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Mount Popa

Just an hour’s drive from Bagan is the curious Mount Popa. The mountain rises 1500 metres above sea-level and immediately adjacent to Popa Mountain is Popa Taungkalat, a rather odd looking volcanic plug. Sitting on top of this plug is a monastic shrine, home to the 37 Nat-spirits which are the focus of Myanmar’s pre-Buddhist animist religion.

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Yangon (Rangoon)

Yangon (Rangoon) is the cosmopolitan capital city and gateway to Myanmar. Always green with lush tropical trees, shady parks and beautiful lakes, Yangon is known as the “Garden City of the East”. It was founded by King Alaungpaya on the site of a small settlement called Dagon when he conquered lower Myanmar in 1755. The name Yangon means “End of Strife”.

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Directors Choice Destinations

Bagan

The 100’s of temples, stupas and pagodas strewn across the plains of Bagan are the most impressive relics of the first period of Myanmar greatness. Situated on the eastern bank of the Ayeyarwady River, Bagan covers more than 42 square kilometres.

Learn More »

Golden Rock

Of all the sights in this country of eternal surprises the Golden Rock Pagoda is possibly the most extraordinary. Legend has it that the rock, perched precariously on the edge of a precipice on an 1100 meter mountain, is held in its gravity defying place by a single strand of Buddha’s hair.

Learn More »

Inle Lake & Kakku

Ringed by the cool green hills of the highlands of the Shan State and yet seemingly worlds apart from the rest of Myanmar, lies Inle Lake in all its outstanding natural beauty. The lake itself sits at a pleasant 1300 meters above sea level and is famous for its strange unique leg rowers, floating markets and prolific birdlife.

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River Journey

Pandaw Expedition Cruises

Our favourite river cruising company in Burma, Pandaw, offers a range of longer cruises that ply the Irrawaddy and Chindwin Rivers for different durations on various boats.  Onboard a Pandaw boat you will travel deep into the interiors of these little developed nations and explore a pristine eco environments inaccessible by anything other than a river boat.

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Paukan Short River Cruises

Two Days - One Night Cruise and Three Days - Two Nights Cruises

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Somewhere completely different

Golden Rock

Of all the sights in this country of eternal surprises the Golden Rock Pagoda is possibly the most extraordinary. Legend has it that the rock, perched precariously on the edge of a precipice on an 1100 meter mountain, is held in its gravity defying place by a single strand of Buddha’s hair.

Learn More »

Inle Lake & Kakku

Ringed by the cool green hills of the highlands of the Shan State and yet seemingly worlds apart from the rest of Myanmar, lies Inle Lake in all its outstanding natural beauty. The lake itself sits at a pleasant 1300 meters above sea level and is famous for its strange unique leg rowers, floating markets and prolific birdlife.

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Maymyo (Pyin Oo Lwin)

An hours drive east of Mandalay is the British Hill Station of Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo), 1070 metres above sea level. The town was used by the British as a summer retreat from the heat on the Mandalay plains. The famous Candacraig Hotel, the immaculate Botanical gardens and Pyin Oo Lwin Market are all popular places to visit.

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Mount Popa

Just an hour’s drive from Bagan is the curious Mount Popa. The mountain rises 1500 metres above sea-level and immediately adjacent to Popa Mountain is Popa Taungkalat, a rather odd looking volcanic plug. Sitting on top of this plug is a monastic shrine, home to the 37 Nat-spirits which are the focus of Myanmar’s pre-Buddhist animist religion.

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Putao

Only recently opened to tourists and tucked away in the far north of the country is the small quiet town of Putao. Formally known as Fort Hertz, Putao was one of the British Empire's most remote outposts. During the Second World War, even the Japanese were unable to conquer this remote and isolated area.

Learn More »

Sittwe and Mrauk-U

Sittwe, the capital of the Rakhine State, is located on the northern coast near the Bangladesh border and home to a large Muslim community. Originally built by the British in 1826, the town’s most popular sites include the Payagyi Pagoda, the Rakhine State Cultural Museum, Payamya Monastery and the riverfront market.

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Undiscovered Beaches

Mergui Archipelago

Diving in the Mergui Archipelago

Searching for an unconventional destination for world-class diving? The unexplored remote waters of the Mergui Archipelago could be just the thing for you. There are a choice of live aboard boats to suite most budgets and experience levels.

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Ngapali

The beautiful Ngapali Beach stretches for over 3 km along the northern coast. During the dry season from October through May Ngapali becomes a popular beach resort for locals and visitors alike, offering clean sand and clear water and peace and quiet for all. Easily reachable via daily flights from Yangon, you can fish, swim, horse ride, play golf or just relax on the fantastic beach.

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Ngwe Saung

Myanmar’s newest beach resort is located a 5 hour drive through the Ayeyarwady Delta from Yangon. Despite the long journey to get there it is well worth the effort as a 15 kilometre stretch of pure white sand and clear waters await you. There a couple of boutique resorts here but not a lot else, making Ngwe Saung one of those few places in Asia a true beach escape.

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Wildlife

Moeyungyi Wetlands

About 70 miles north of Yangon you will find the Moeyungyi Wetlands, a vital shelter for both resident and migratory waterfowl. In 1878 a water storage reservoir was constructed in the area and over a period of many years the reservoir changed gradually, but naturally, into wetlands it is today.

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