Quite unlike any place you have visited
“This is Burma. It is quite unlike any place you know about,” said Rudyard Kipling. And this quote still rings true today. If you are looking for the exotic, a world where its culture, way of life and mind set have remained pretty much intact despite today’s interconnected world, then Myanmar is ripe for the pickings.
First, let’s get the image of Myanmar’s government and junta out of your head. The country is rapidly changing under the guidance of Aung San Suu Kyi. Southeast Asia's largest and western-most nation, Myanmar is at the crossroads between East Asia and South Asia, sharing borders with both Bangladesh and India. The result is an intoxicating blend of cultural influences. Combined with a traditional ways of life that prevails due to decades of isolation following British colonial rule, Myanmar's geography contributes to a sense of 'otherworldliness' not found elsewhere in Asia.
Take the country for what it is: a land of variety, rich culture, beautiful landscapes and let’s not forget its smiling citizens; some of the world’s friendliest folks. From exploring the Big Four - Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan and Inle Lake, cruising the Irrawaddy River, sailing the Mergui Archipelago to pilgrimage trails up the majestic Mt. Popa, a trip to Myanmar is anything but ordinary.
Myanmar has three distinct seasons: cold-dry season (November-February), hot-dry season (March-April), and wet season (May-October). Due to crowds in the cold-dry season, rainy season may be the ideal time to visit!
Whether you are in search of colonial splendour, boutique escapes, tropical villas or traditional stays with sunrise temple views, Myanmar's top accommodation choices can be found in our list of preferred hotels.
Closed off for decades, Myanmar remains untainted by the globalisation seen elsewhere in Asia. Travelling in Myanmar is like travelling back in time. Hoof and muscle are used in place of machines, and western fashion sensibilities haven't set root. For those looking for a 'pure' travel destination, Myanmar is it.