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Situated on the most westerly point of Southeast Asia, you will find a country scattered with gold. The fertile lands along the banks of the Ayeryarwady River are littered with pagodas, some shiny, others deepened to a rich patina over many years. Myanmar, formerly Burma, is one of the most physically diverse and beautiful countries in the region. From its sublime landscapes, rich history, serene people and deeply Buddhist culture, it is a destination like no other and a remarkable country to visit. Myanmar offers a wealth of wonders that are not beset by hordes of tourists and many return praising the cheerful, kind, hospitable people of this country and their fortitude. Until recently, only the most intrepid travellers ventured into Myanmar, but there is an increasing sense of optimism and now may be the best time to explore this fascinating country and encourage democratic change –before the multi-national conglomerates roll into town. Myanmar is brimming with treasured sights: from sunset over the Shwedagon Pagoda in the capital, Yangon, to dawn breaking over the stupas and temples of Bagan, and cruising along the Ayeryarwady or Chindwin rivers. If Bagan is the historic heart, Inle Lake is the spiritual magnet, and of course Mandalay, forever immortalised in Kipling's evocative stanzas. Head a little further into Southeast Asia and you'll discover this quietly proud country, unfolding into a patchwork of stunning landscapes and unforgettable views.

Myanmar with A&K
A&K might have Myanmar's (Burma's) best vehicle fleet, but we're always open to expanding and improving it - even if it's just a temporary addition, purely for your enjoyment. When our guide, Goldene, saw her party admiring the Yangon (Rangoon) colonial era buses, she worked some instant travel magic. While everyone tucked into lunch, she slipped away to flag down a driver and negotiate a private charter. The guests emerged to find one slightly dilapidated, but seriously photogenic, wooden bus waiting to return them to their hotel. 'It made our trip,' they wrote

The knowledgeable and charming Goldene - she has guided the likes of George Soros and Mick Jagger - is one member of our brilliant team offering an authentic taste of Burmese life, where surprises and spontaneous excursions are par for the course. You've also told us about four-hour hikes in the central mountains that ended up taking double that time because every single village wants to host a welcome meal; and golf courses where caddies disappear into lakes to fetch your wayward drive before placing the ball on a perfect fairway lie. Myanmar is truly unique.

Yet for all it unexpected treats, divine landscapes and rich Buddhist culture, this blossoming East Asian flower remains a challenging place to visit, with a young infrastructure. Choose an Abercrombie & Kent Myanmar (Burma) holiday in 2016, 2017 and you're in the safe hands of one of the country's oldest private travel companies. Established in 1997, it's part of an experienced, superbly connected regional network of staff on call 24 hours a day.

They'll show you Yangon's (Rangoon's) cobbled streets and elegantly fading architecture, before heading north to Inle Lake's stilt houses, where fishermen make one-legged rowing look ludicrously easy. There's Bagan's plain of 2,230 temples, a site to rival Angkor Wat, and you can cruise the Ayeyarwaddy or Chindwin rivers, gliding serenely past villages, paddy fields and pagodas.

They're wonderful sights, truly wonderful, but we're pretty sure you'll remember the people most of all. A&K arranged for one guest to visit the tattooed village ladies near Mrauk U. Forget bland formalities, she heard their passionate views about river damning and very real fears of flooding. Myanmar (Burma), as we say, is a holiday like no other. 



Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

Classic Myanmar

Nights: 10 | from £2,823pp

Virtually off-limits for decades, Myanmar is back with a bang, as stay-away travellers realise the delights they’ve been missing in this wonderful, warm,... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made Private set departure

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Telegraph Tours: Classic Myanmar with Nic Dunlop and Ma Thanegi

Nights: 11 | from £5,250pp

Discover Myanmar on this 11 night journey in the company of award-winning photojournalist Nic Dunlop. You will also have the chance to hear from author... Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Hilltribes of Myanmar (Burma)

Nights: 13 | from £2,995pp

Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, distils the best of South-East Asia – golden pagodas, fascinating hilltribes, lush mountain scenery, pristine beaches... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Adventure & Culture

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Highlights of Myanmar (Burma)

Nights: 8 | from £2,114pp

Discover thriving Yangon, explore the Bagan temples and relax at enchanting Inle Lake. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Sanctuary Ananda: Mandalay – Paung Pyin - Bagan

Nights: 14 | from £5,366pp

On this 14 night trip, during a cruise on the luxurious Sanctuary Ananda, visit Myanmar’s lesser known spots, seldom visited by tourists... Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Below are some of our suggested places to stay:

Belmond Governor's Residence

Yangon

A romantic, colonial-style mansion dating from the 1920s, Belmond The Governor's Residence is redolent of the days when it was home to the ruler of Burma's...Find out more

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Ngapali Bay Villas & Spa

All the villas at Ngapali Bay Villas & Spa are unique; they feature hand-selected local paintings and antiques, high wooden ceilings, and spacious...Find out more

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Sanctuary Ananda

Ayeyarwady River, Myanmar

Named after the beautiful Ananda Temple in Bagan, Ananda also translates in Sanskrit as 'extreme happiness' - one of the highest states of being. Step...Find out more

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Inle Princess Resort

Inle Lake

This is the best resort in Inle Lake and lies within the blue mountain ranges on the east bank of Inle Lake near the Magyizin Village. The resort is built...Find out more

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Adventure & Culture

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Villa Inle Resort and Spa

Villa Inle Resort and Spa

Villa Inle Resort and Spa has a stunning location on the lakeside with a selection of villas that have been created so that they blend in with the environment....Find out more

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Luxury Small Group Journeys - Myanmar & the Irrawaddy

Myanmar

Save up to £860pp for 9 nights
Book the 9th October 2016 departure on our Luxury Small Group Journeys - Myanmar & the Irrawaddy and save up to £860pp. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

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Sanctuary Ananda: Bagan - Bhamo - Mandalay

Myanmar

Prices from £3,951pp saving up to £1,702pp for 15 nights
Join our Sanctuary Ananda cruise from Bagan to Mandalay via Bhamo departing on 30th July 2016 and save up to £1,702pp. Prices includes two nights in Yangon, 11 night Sanctuary Ananda Cruise, international and domestic flights, and transfers. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

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Sanctuary Ananda: Mandalay - Bhamo - Bagan

Myanmar

Prices from £4,070pp saving up to £1,583pp for 15 nights
Join our Sanctuary Ananda cruise from Mandalay to Bagan via Bhamo departing on 19th July 2016 and save up to £1,583pp. Price includes one night in Mandalay, one night in Yangon, 11 night Sanctuary Ananda Cruise, international and domestic flights, and transfers. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

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Sanctuary Ananda: Mandalay – Paung Pyin - Bagan

Myanmar

Prices from £3,902pp saving up to £1,464pp for 14 nights
Join our Sanctuary Ananda cruise from Mandalay to Bagan via Paung Pyin departing on 10th August 2016 and save up to £1,464pp. Prices includes one night in Yangon, one night in Mandalay, 10 night Sanctuary Ananda Cruise, international and domestic flights, and transfers. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

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Best time to be there

Myanmar (Burma) has three clear seasons: from March to May are the very hot summer months, the wet and humid monsoon runs from May to October and the cold dry winter lasts from November to February. The best time of year to visit is late November early December when the rains have gone, the landscape is lush and green and the skies are crystal clear. However any time from late November to March is a good time to travel.

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Yangon (Thai Airways via Bangkok)

flying time

12 hours 55 minutes via Bangkok

time difference

GMT +6 1/2 hours

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