Myanmar Travel and Tours
Myanmar is a fascinating and unique Southeast Asian destination, fast emerging on the international tourist scene. But how best to explore its incredible wealth of historical and cultural attractions? There are two ways to see the country – by land or by water. If you’re looking for a convenient way to get around, travelling in comfort and style, we recommend booking a cruise along the Irrawaddy River which will enable you to cover many of Myanmar’s most prominent sites with ease. Alternatively, there’s the option of overland travel, which often means venturing further off the more established trail to explore the farther reaches of the country. We offer a couple of land-based tour extensions that enable you to do just this.
Myanmar River Tours
Choose from our selection of four fantastic cruises, plus two land-based itineraries that enable you to explore more of this fascinating country beyond its rivers.
Travel Myanmar on an epic 10 day / 9-night cruise along the magnificent Irrawaddy River, traveling either upstream or downstream between the bustling hub of Mandalay in the north and the pilgrimage sites at Prome (Pyay) further south. You’ll have the chance to visit the mesmerising ancient city of Bagan, along with Acva (Inwe), Salay, Yandabo and plenty more must-see attractions. Expert local English-speaking guides who know the area inside out provide fascinating insight as you glide past the sights and sounds of the river bank, whilst daily excursions allow you to fully immerse yourself in each destination. You’ll encounter a wealth of historical, cultural and religious delights, from the archaeological remains of ancient cities, to gleaming Buddhist shrines, bustling colonial cities and small river communities.
Travel aboard a luxury cruise vessel boasting unbeatable levels of comfort, style and service. All accommodation is in suites, which are spacious, beautifully appointed and equipped with a full range of amenities and creature comforts. On board, admire authentic colonial décor throughout, savour gourmet cuisine and admire breath-taking views through large windows and from the attractive sun deck. There are also plenty of public areas in which to relax, unwind and meet fellow passengers, including a dining area, well-stocked bar, fitness centre and spa.
Choose from our range of 6, 7, 8 or 11 day cruise options, all covering some of Myanmar’s most renowned destinations. Cruise past Buddhist pagodas, visit bustling British colonial towns and explore centuries-old temple complexes. The 6-day Royal Capitals cruise encompasses Bagan, Yandabo, Amarapura and plenty more stunning sites along the Irrawaddy River. The 11-day option adds additional stops, including Mandalay, Mingun, Monywa, Katha, and more. Whichever option you pick, this river cruise offers the ultimate chance to venture into the very heart of this beautiful and charming country.
This elegant, modern vessel is constructed primarily out of traditional teak wood, featuring 18 cabins in total and accommodating up to 34 passengers. The Paukan 2012 boasts several different accommodation types to suit a variety of preferences and budgets. All cabins are well-appointed, featuring floor-to-ceiling glass windows, comfortable beds and spacious bathrooms. Spend time soaking in the sun and views from the top deck. Relax in the air-conditioned indoor lounge where you’ll find plenty of comfy seating, along with reading material, table games and yet more magnificent views. You’ll also be treated to delicious meals made with fresh, local ingredients and prepared by expert chefs.
Make your selection from the available 6, 7, 8 and 11 day river cruising options, all of which tour a selection of Myanmar’s very best sights. Marvel at the stunning rural scenery, tour ancient Buddhist monasteries, admire gilded pagodas and meet the friendly local people who reside along the river banks. The Paukan 2007 follows the same itineraries as the 2012 vessel, taking in such unmissable destinations as Bagan, Yandabo, Manadlay, Amarapura, Shwe Pyi Thar, Monywa, and more, depending on the length of your cruise.
This large luxury cruise vessel sails both the Irrawaddy and Chindwin Rivers, featuring 29 beautifully-appointed cabins and a carrying capacity of 55 guests. It’s a beautifully crafted boat with a traditional design combined with plenty of modern features and amenities. The timber-walled cabins are tastefully furnished, with comfortable beds, ensuites and the option to upgrade to deluxe and superior options. An attractive sun deck and large indoor lounge are great places for watching the scenery unfold, whilst the dining area, bar and lecture/movie room are fun places to socialise and relax. Enjoy an informative presentation from an expert guide, savour the delicious local and international cuisine, or treat yourself to a soothing massage at the spa.
Tour Myanmar aboard an original 1947 steamer for the ultimate authentic cruising experience. Constructed in Scotland on the River Clyde by renowned ship builders Yarrow & Co and transported to Myanmar in 1950, this unique vessel offers a wonderful means of embarking on an adventurous cruise around some of the country’s top sights. Whether you fancy exploring the remarkable remains at Bagan, or witnessing the historic terracotta potters’ village of Yandabo, this cruise has it covered.
The Paukan 1947 underwent extensive renovations resulting in an excellent standard of fixtures, furnishings, facilities and décor. The ensuite cabins are comfortable, stylish and fully equipped with everything you need. Mouth-watering cuisine, drawing on local and Western flavours alike, is served in the attractive dining room. The air-conditioned lounge is the perfect place to unwind after a thrilling day, whilst up on the sundeck enjoy stunning sunsets over evening refreshments.
Tour Extensions: Yangon and Inle Lake
Not all of Myanmar’s prime attractions can be visited from its main rivers, and there are several things to see in Myanmar that further exploration outside of a cruise itinerary.
The country’s largest city and former capital, Yangon, is one not to be missed. Top of the list should be the awe-inspiring Shwedagon Pagoda, adorned with glistening gold, thousands of gleaming jewels and revered as one of Myanmar’s most sacred sites. Spend time touring the elegant British nineteenth century architecture, along with plenty more notable sights, including Sule Pagoda, the bustling Bogyoke Market and the National Museum. Yangon also boasts an incredible culinary scene and some lively nightlife to get stuck into.
Also well worth the trip is Inle Lake, a beautiful freshwater lake located in the mountainous landscape of Shan state. This is one of Myanmar’s biggest tourist draws, offering fantastic hiking, wonderful scenery and an unparalleled insight into local Burmese life. Rent a canoe and make your way between markets, ancient pagodas, floating vegetable gardens and picturesque bamboo stilted houses. If you’re feeling energetic, one of the best ways to explore the area is hiking from Kalaw to Inle Lake, past small rural communities and spectacular viewpoints.