Burma (Myanmar) Holidays
Quick! The longer you leave it the more it will change. And right now, Burma (or more correctly, now known as Myanmar) is an absolute must-see destination, an overflowing treasure trove of natural beauty, culture and history.
On a Myanmar holiday with Yonder, you’ll discover a land of rich diversity. There is enough history and culture to keep you enthralled for years. In the cities, there is a wealthy urban elite but everywhere else in this essentially rural nation, you will encounter stoic peasants tilling the fields. There are high mountains and plateaus with rolling pastures and densely forested hillsides. There are fertile lowlands producing vegetables and fruits in abundance. There are mighty rivers and dry arid plains.
The cities and forests are peppered with gilded pagodas.
And on a holiday in Burma with Yonder you’ll find picture-perfect beaches and archipelago islands that even some of the most dedicated travellers don’t know exist.
As Rudyard Kipling wrote in his Letters From The East at the height of British colonialism: ‘This is Burma and it will be quite unlike any land you know about.’
On our Myanmar Burma travels, we’ve climbed the narrow staircases of the temples of Bagan to catch the sun as it sets over the ancient spires and the mighty Irrawaddy river beyond. We’ve trekked in the cool mountains above magical Inle Lake where the Intha people dwell in stilt houses, and we’ve embraced the pleasures of the simple life, staying overnight in remote but hospitable monasteries amid majestic scenery.
Yonder’s luxury hotels in Myanmar
We’ve been pioneers (or very willing guinea pigs depending on how you look at it) for some exceptional new hotels in Myanmar. . Whilst the more superlative extremes of Western hotel luxury are in short supply for Myanmar holidays, unique experiences are offered in abundance. If you want to explore the emerging Myanmar boutique hotel scene, we have journeyed far and wide on our Burma travels to find worthy candidates. And it’s these Myanmar hotel adventures make Burma holidays true Yonder territory.
There is still a sense of the old Orient about a Myanmar tour. Mobile phones remain a novelty in some corners and few people own cars. Rickshaws are still an everyday form of transport and many of the 100 different ethnic peoples continue to wear their traditional dress (and not just for tourists).
In 2015 Myanmar voted in its first democratically elected government in over half a century. ‘The Lady’, Aung San Suu Kyi, has achieved saint-like status. Sanctions have been dropped and the world is eager to do business here. Large areas of the country once off-limits can now be freely visited.
Exiles are returning. Energy, hope and expectation hang in the air.
On your Burma holiday with Yonder, Prepare yourselves for dazzling gold pagodas, floating villages, cave temples, the world’s biggest book, saffron robed monks and pristine white sandy beaches lined with swaying palms that would shame the most clichéd travel brochure. A Myanmar holiday is one hot ticket.
Start planning your luxury holiday to Burma
Whether you are looking for the perfect hotel stay or to create an exciting itinerary tailored just for you, every last detail of your trip with Yonder is carefully crafted, including hand-picked hotels that we adore ourselves
Newly-built Bagan Lodge is probably the leading light of the Bagan hotel scene. One of the lovely things about the hotel is that the concept is for it to blend in with the surrounding countryside. The rooms all have canvas roofs and the buildings are painted in a muted brown.
The Aureum Palace is really the only hotel in Pyin Oo Lwin, Myanmar. As we’ve remarked elsewhere, all hotels within this Burmese-owned chain are idiosyncratic in style. But at least you know what you are going to get: generally reliable service, clean rooms and broadly decent food.
You’ll arrive at the Aureum Palace Inle to water features, statues, huge columns and a heavily teak-lined open reception. From here, the hotel cascades down towards the lake shore, occupying as it does a lovely lake-front setting with a huge pool overlooking the water.
Inle Princess welcomes guests back time and time again. Renowned for its excellent staff, quality food and its beautiful location, it is one of the best on Inle Lake. Its location, with its own private canal entrance, is simply magical. It’s an enclave of tranquillity.
If you only do three things in Burma (Myanmar)…
Visit the Shwedagon pagoda in Yangon. Dazzling with gold, it is the ultimate symbol of Myanmar and a mandatory stop on any itinerary.
Explore the ancient royal city of Mandalay. There’s more history here than you can possibly consume.
Leave Indiana Jones in the shade by exploring the temples complex of Bagan, ideally by hot-air balloon. It is mind-bogglingly spectacular.