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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 2015, 2016 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. 


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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.

Fly to

Yangon (Thai Airways via Bangkok)

flying time

12 hours 55 minutes via Bangkok

time difference

GMT +6 1/2 hours

Visas

Required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area

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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 £2,823

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 Set departure

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Hilltribes of Myanmar (Burma)

Nights: 11 | from £2,995

Visit the hill tribes of Burma, visit colonial hill stations, meet the Shan people and spend a night in a local village. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Adventure & Culture

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Highlights of Myanmar (Burma)

Nights: 11 | from £4,395

Discover thriving Yangon, explore the Bagan temples, drift along the River Ayeyarwady, visit enchanting Inle Lake and relax on Ngapali Beach on this 11... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Sanctuary Ananda 10 Nights Mandalay – Homalin – Bagan

Nights: 10 | from £2,750

Spend 10 nights on the Sanctuary Ananda, cruising past charming villages, lush paddy fields and mystical pagodas towards the temple city of Bagan. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Voyages & Cruising

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Sanctuary Ananda 7 Nights Mandalay - Bagan - Mandalay

Nights: 7 | from £1,225

A magical 7 night adventure aboard the luxurious Sanctuary Ananda travelling along the great rivers of Myanmar, visiting temples, monasteries and cities... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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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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Sandoway Resort

Ngapali Beach

Nestled among coconut palms on the pristine beach frontage of Ngapali Beach in the bay of Bengal, Myanmar. The luxurious resort consists of 55 Villas...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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Bagan Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort

Bagan

Bagan Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort is situated on the banks of the Ayeyarwady, Myanmar's river of history and legend. The resort sprawls over 24 acres...Find out more

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Annie, Brandon, Debbie, Margaret, Vicky Hamlin, Vicky Smith and Rachel - are experts in designing travel experiences across the region to suit your personal needs, interests and budget. Their intimate knowledge of every hotel and resort featured in our Orient, India, Australasia and Indian Ocean portfolio, together with our own network of offices throughout these areas, allows us to offer unique in-depth knowledge, unparalleled insider access and the VIP service for which Abercrombie & Kent is renowned.

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A winner will be selected at random at the end of each month. The winner will be notified within 10 days of being selected using the contact details supplied on the enquiry form. The winner will receive a £500 holiday voucher to use against travel with Abercrombie & Kent Limited in the UK. The voucher will be valid for 6 months from the date of issue. Entries are limited to one per household, not per enquiry. Prizes must not be sold or auctioned. Prizes are non-transferable and no substitutions or cash equivalents are permitted. The voucher can only be used against a new booking and cannot be used to amend or book additional tours or excursions on current bookings. Entrants must be aged 18 years or over. Prize winners are responsible for paying the outstanding amount of the booking within the usual booking terms and conditions. Abercrombie & Kent Limited reserve the right to withdraw or otherwise amend this promotion at our discretion.

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I would also like to make special mention of Thida Win - she is an absolutely wonderful guide - very kind, patient, knowledgeable and a consummate professional in undertaking her job. She made sure that everything happened seamlessly without any hitches whatsoever - she is a great advert for A&K and for Myanmar.

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