Myanmar (traditionally known as Burma) transports visitors to an ancient Asia of times past, evoking powerful images of exquisite natural beauty, alluring cultural heritage, and long processions of Buddhist monks. After years of relative isolation, the 21st century’s winds of change are at last sweeping through the national, where recent pro-democracy progress has positioned the country at the cusp of a significant time for change and development.
As a result, renewed interest and fascination with travel in Myanmar have made it one of the most sought after destinations within Southeast Asia. Absolute Travel’s specialists have an in-depth knowledge of luxury travel in Myanmar and design tours that showcase the authenticity of the region. Our tours feature architectural masterpieces, the most authentic markets, sunsets from ancient temple rooftops, Myanmar’s top properties, and the wonderful Burmese people.
Luxury Travel In Myanmar
Throughout your Myanmar travels, discover the Myanmar that lives beyond the headlines and glossy magazines: Buddhist pilgrims gathering at the country’s many pagodas; the magnificent remains of Bagan’s golden age; colorful Irrawaddy River cruises, and the solitude of Inle Lake. On your Myanmar tour we recommend you visit the hill stations, pilgrimage sites, craft villages, and beaches. Join in with local people as they celebrate the many festivals of the Burmese Buddhist calendar. Cruise gently along Myanmar’s rivers, the traditional method of traveling between remote outposts.
Once you arrive in Myanmar, tours typically start in buzzing Yangon, the former capital and largest city in Myanmar; traveling in the city itself reveals a history of British imperial rule in the extensive presence of old colonial architecture. The Buddhist religion, however, has deeper roots and gilded pagodas invigorate the atmosphere and radiate with the history of ancient Burma. Travel to Mandalay showcases this spirit in a number of breathtaking religious sites, including temples, pagodas, and statues – one, which is called the Maha Myat Muni Paya, is a 13-foot tall golden Buddha decorated in precious jewels. Bagan is perhaps the most beloved site of historic Burma, and travel to this archeological wonderland is an essential part of any tour of Myanmar.
Myanmar is one of our favorite destinations, and our luxury travel specialists’ rich knowledge of its highlights and lesser-known experiences and longstanding relationships with the Burmese people make our Burma tours unparalleled. Speak to our team about creating a customized, luxury Myanmar tour; we are also happy to design a tour of Myanmar in conjunction with other countries like nearby Thailand, Cambodia, Laos or Vietnam.
- During your tour of Myanmar be sure to try staffer Holly Monahan’s favorite breakfast dish called Tohu Nuway, a bowl of steaming fresh noodles slathered with a thick soybean cream and topped off with chilies and spices. Divine!
- Swap your Levis for a traditional Burmese longyi!
- Stop by the Mahagandhayon Monastery and witness the monks lining up for their mid-day alms.
- Visit the Sule Pagoda in Yangon, a shrine built in the 3rd century that remains a center for ayurvedic astrology.
- Float down the Irrawaddy River to see ancient ruins, then continue your exploration on horseback.
- Explore Inle Lake to visit the stilted houses and famous leg-rowing fishermen.