Burma, or Myanmar as it is known locally, is the second largest country in Southeast Asia. Flights from the UK will take around 11 hours 40 minutes, and the benefit of traveling this far East, is that you will soon find yourself immersed in a completely alien culture.
Burma has borders with China, Laos, Thailand, Bangladesh and India. With so many rich cultures all adding their influences to this fascinating country, it is no surprise that holidays in Burma offer a truly unique experience.
Burma's top attractions include cultural hotspots, as well as many sites of staggering natural beauty. A first stop for many visitors is the former capital of Mandalay, where you’ll be able to explore a fascinating mixture of ancient architecture and sites of religious importance. This is also the gateway to the old cities of Amarapura, where visitors can see famous sites such as the Teak Bridge and Sagaing.
Bagan is another remarkable city, and home to over 4000 Buddhist temples, spread along the shore of the Ayeyarwady. Watching the misty dawn break over Bagan’s countless spires and domes is an experience that no traveler will forget in a hurry. Yangon is regarded as the cultural capital of Burma (Myanmar), and this glittering metropolis is another essential stop on any holiday to Burma.
Other attractions include Kalaw, a great destination for backpackers, and the picturesque Inle Lake – here visitors can take a boat trip around the many floating villages, monasteries and aquatic gardens.
Kipling once described Burma as ‘unlike any place you know about’. You’ll see why when you visit, and experiencing this country’s rich and varied culture needn’t cost you an arm and a leg.