Having recently ended over fifty years of military dictatorship, Myanmar has opened up to the outside world, revealing a nation defined by friendly locals, cultural diversity, and a landscape dotted by stunning Buddhist architecture.

The Shwedagon Paya, in elegant colonial Yangon, is one of Buddhism’s most sacred sites, an immense stupa adorned with 27 metric tons of gold leaf. The old capital, Bagan, is a forty-two-kilometre zone home to more than 4000 exquisite Buddhist temples. Though parts of Myanmar remain closed to visitors due to ongoing conflict, the main sites are safe to visit – and responsible tourism is proving vital to getting this long-troubled nation back on its feet.

The need to know

Touring Myanmar

Getting around

Odyssey travels by coach and occasionally uses local transport, including trains and ferries. Specifics are always outlined in your tour itinerary. In Myanmar, public buses can usually be relied upon in large cities, but in the smaller villages, transport tends to be via motorbike taxis or tuk tuks (rickshaws). Trains, where available, are relatively frequent but they are old and the conditions can be poor. It is not always possible to plan transport in advance.

Accommodation

In major cities, Odyssey stays in centrally located 3-4 star hotels, with easy access to public transport. In smaller towns or rural areas, we usually stay in family-run hotels or guesthouses. On our longstay tours, during which you spend the length of the tour in a single location, we use serviced apartments.

Tour Guides

Odyssey always engages local guides with regional knowledge to ensure an authentic experience during which you can learn as much as possible about the history and culture of places you visit.

Health & Safety

As of writing, smarttraveller.gov recommends a high degree of caution while travelling to Myanmar. It’s always best to check the latest details before setting out on a trip. Certain parts of Myanmar should be avoided for the time being, particularly near the border with Bangladesh. There are risks associated with specific areas, and it is important to take these into consideration when planning your trip. But countries like Myanmar rely heavily on tourism, and refusing travel can be detrimental to a struggling economy. Stay apprised of government recommendations for Myanmar in order to be best prepared for your trip.

Electrical Supply

Whenever you travel overseas, it’s always wise to take an appropriate travel adaptor. Myanmar uses plugs in types C, D, F and G, and electricity runs at 230V/50Hz.

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Myanmar Tours

This is a wonderful program focussed on the art and archaeology, designed to take you chronologically through Myanmar’s history.  From Yangon to Pyay, where the 4th-9th century walled city has received Unesco World Heritage status, on to Bagan’s 10th-13th century pagodas, to Mandalay’s last royal dynasty and the 18th-19th century colonial era returning to Yangon for the colonial heritage and modern art scene.

15 days
Asia and the Orient
Level 2 - Moderate

Visitors to Myanmar will find a fascinating country full of old-world charm and rich culture. A beautiful scenic destination, the Burmese are some of the warmest and most welcoming people found anywhere in the world.

15 days
Asia and the Orient
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Tour Reviews

Your chat-operator was informative and helpful. We have covered quite a few countries and seasons to travel. Full marks for that!
Philip Lee
The tour was fantastic and well organised and well managed. · I have travelled expensively but have not with a travel organisation that comes anywhere near Odyssey's attention to detail and the comfort of its travellers. · The tour was fantastic and well organised and well managed. The transport provided was always very good and where the seats were a little narrow, the bus was big enough for us to 'spread out' for more comfort. · Our accommodation was excellent as was our local guide.I would highly recommend a trip to this beautiful country with many treasures to explore and learn about. Discover Myanmar Nov ‘15
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FAQs

Responsible travel tips for Myanmar

  • Learn at least the local greetings to break the ice. Although many locals speak English, the more you know of the native language, the greater your experience of the country will be.
  • Carry a business card in your wallet or purse from your local hotel, to assist you with the return journey if you do become lost.
  • Always ensure that you are covered by travel insurance. If you need advice on this feel free to contact Odyssey and we’ll be able to help.
  • When travelling independently, make sure you check the opening hours of shops and museums so that you don’t miss out! Museums and galleries are often closed on Mondays. Also be certain to check whether your trip coincides with any public holidays, so you can plan accordingly.
  • Consider contacting your bank to inform them that you may be making purchases overseas. Otherwise, they may flag any activity on your account as suspicious. Also, check which ATMs and banks are compatible with your cards, to ensure you can withdraw cash with minimal fees.
  • Before departing, make sure you have a number of Burmese kyat in a range of denominations. You don’t want to be carrying around enormous amounts of cash, but take enough to make it easy to pay in locations that might not accept credit card. It will also help you avoid card transaction fees, and it makes tipping a breeze.

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