Myanmar (Burma)

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July 23, 2014 as of 10:40 AM

Travellers to secretive Myanmar are welcomed by local people as their only contact with the outside world, making this one of Southeast Asia’s most rewarding destinations.

Known as "The Golden Land", Myanmar is a country rich in cultural heritage and natural scenic landscapes with abundant tourist attractions. History enthusiasts can bask in ancient cities and archaeological museums. Nature lovers can discover the lure of Myanmar forests, wildlife sanctuaries and scenic spots. Beach lovers can relax and enjoy the call of the sea at pristine beaches. And with such great diversity, any combination is possible with customized Myanmar tours by Grandeur Journeys.

If you want to really discover Myanmar, the land formerly called Burma, you should set aside a couple of weeks to travel, meet the people and gain an understanding of this beautiful and fascinating country. Our shortest tours are half day excursions and while the longer you've got, the more you can see. At Grandeur Journeys we pride ourselves on being able to fill everybody's travel plans with just the right mix on your Myanmar tour packages.

Considered one of the most picturesque cities in the Orient, Yangon is a great starting point for most Myanmar package tours. A visit to the city is a perfect introduction to the country, its people, and its history. Explore the markets, surrounding villages, and glamorous temples with our expert guides and be prepared to be pleasantly surprised by the warmth of the Burmese people.

For a glimpse into the past, visitors should not miss Bagan, one of the richest archaeological sites in Southeast Asia with over 2000 pagodas and temples. The town is also bordered by the mighty Irrawaddy River where boat cruises along this stretch of water offer great views and a glimpse of riverside life.

Located in the southern Shan State, Inle Lake is the second largest natural lake in Myanmar and is best known for its floating villages and gardens. Visiting Inle Lake is an unforgettable experience and the highlight of many travelers.

Mandalay is a bustling commercial center and home to ancient Myanmar culture. In addition to the fortress-like Royal Palace and spectacular temples, Mandalay features a variety of local workshops and this combination of history and culture are yet another reason to include the city on your trip to Myanmar. Nearby, there are several ancient capitals such as Amarapura, Sagaing, Ava, and Mingun which can be visited in a day trip inclusive of a cruise along the Irrawaddy River.

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Where to go in Myanmar?

That depends how long you've got, what you want to see and what you want to do. If you want to really discover Myanmar, you should set aside a couple of weeks to travel, meet the people and gain an understanding of this beautiful and fascinating country. Our shortest tours are half day excursions and while the longer you've got the more you can see. At Grandeur Journeys we pride ourselves on being able to fill everybody's travel plans with just the right mix. It will be our pleasure to make the suggestion and arrangements to allow you to make the most of your precious leisure time.

When to go in Myanmar?

Myanmar has a tropical climate with three distinct seasons: the cool season from November to February which is dry; the hot season from March to May with average temperatures in the 30s and occasionally over 40C; the rainy season from May to the beginning of October with frequent short rainstorms and humidity.  The rains are rarely long enough to disrupt sight-seeing plans. 

For those heading to the beaches, the coast has two distinctive seasons: Dry and Rainy.  During the rainy season (April-September), most resorts and restaurants close down entirely and the flight schedule is severely limited.  The dry season is delightful with sunny skies, warm ocean breezes, and temperatures around 30-34 Celsius during the day time.

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Highlights

1. Yangon - the social, economic and cultural capital of the country, home to the dazzling Shwedagon Paya where all that glitters is gold

2. Bagan - Witness the beauty of a misty dawn breaking over 4000 Buddhist temples on the shores of the Ayeyarwady

3. Around Mandalay - Burma’s former capital is the gateway to the intriguing old cities of Amarapura with its famed teak bridge, and some stupa-pendous views from Sagaing

4. Inle Lake - Take to the water at this pristine lake, a mythical landscape of floating villages, stilted monasteries and aquatic gardens

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Visa to Myanmar

A visa is required for entry to Myanmar, and it must be obtained before departing your country of residence.

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For all travelers to Myanmar, visiting Bagan is a must. The sunset in Bagan is world famous, so it is certain that one who has enjoyed it wants to enjoy it more and more as it is mixed with awe-inspiring, touching and pleasant beauties.

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Republic of the Union of Myanmar
Area: 676,578 square kilometer
Capital: Naypyidaw
Time zone: GMT+6:30 hours
Calling code: + 95
Currency: Kyat - MMK (1 USD equal 6.4 MMK)

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