An Introduction to Group Tours and Holidays in MYANMAR
Myanmar is a truly fascinating and spiritual country, largely unexplored by tourists. The country has preserved its culture and landscape, remaining relatively unchanged since the time of British colonialism. Unlike other southeast Asian countries like Vietnam, Myanmar has only just recently opened its doors and allowed tourism into the country. Infrastructure is still developing and due to the immense interest in travelling through Myanmar, resources are often limited. Accommodation in Myanmar is improving but still may not be at a standard you may expect in a city. Hotels will be simple, clean and comfortable. The country has a diverse ethnic makeup. The population is divided into eight ethnic groups and 67 sub-groups, each with their own dialect and culture.
In Myanmar, 89 per cent of the population are devoutly Buddhist which is reflected in their gentle and welcoming nature. Myanmar is known as the `Golden Land' because of the countless number of pagodas and temples, which dominate the landscape. While we endeavour to include varied sightseeing experiences for each passenger, please be aware that Myanmar is a Buddhist country and so sightseeing will be predominantly pagodas and temples. Myanmar has a vast topography; it contains almost every type of environment you could think of from alpine country, grasslands and mountain ranges to jungles and coral reefs.
Time - Myanmar is 3 1/2 hours behind Australian EST.
Language - The official national language is Burmese, however, it is estimated that there are 107 languages spoken. English is also widely spoken in major cities and tourist areas.
Entry Requirements - Passports must be valid for six months beyond the length of stay. Visas are required for Australian travellers, the price of which is already included in the fully inclusive price of all our group tours for Australian passport holders (providing all applications are received by Wendy Wu Tours within the required visa processing time frame).
MYANMAR NATIONAL HOLIDAYS
During the following holidays some or all businesses are closed and tourist sites will be busier than usual, therefore touring may be affected.
The Myanmar New Year is on 17 April 2014.
YANGONWith a pleasing combination of old and new, Myanmar’s capital possesses a peaceful atmosphere with colonial boulevards and tranquil lakes. This charming city is thriving by night with bustling streets filled with stalls selling everything from locally made handicrafts to fruits and cigars.
PYAY (PROME)Pyay is located in southern Myanmar, on the banks of the Irrawaddy River. This historic city houses the ruins of the ancient city Sri Ksetra, the former capital of the Py Kingdom and the gilded Shwesandaw Pagoda, a Buddhist pagoda in the center of Pyay.
BAGANThe city of Bagan was once the glorious capital of the first Empire of Myanmar. It is home to over 3,000 ancient temples and pagodas and is also the centre for the manufacturing of lacquerware.
MONYWAMonywa is located northwest of Mandalay on the banks of the River Chindwin. The major tourist attraction in Monywa is the Mohnyin Thambuddhei Paya, a Buddhist temple with a huge stupa reminiscent of Indonesia’s Borobudur. Built in 1303, it was reconstructed in 1939. It is said to hold over 500,000 images of Buddha.
MANDALAYMandalay is the second largest city and the last royal capital of Myanmar. Located on the east bank of the Irrawaddy River and centred around the Royal Palace, Mandalay is within easy distance to former colonial hillstations, ancient cities and other cultural attractions.
PINDAYAPindaya is a small town located in the west of the Shan State. It is most famous for its limestone caves called Pindaya Caves, where thousands of Buddha images have been blessed for worship over the centuries.
INLE LAKEStretching just over 10km wide and 22km long, this water paradise is inhabited by over 200 villages constructed on stilts. Visitors can witness the daily lives of the locals, including the ‘leg rowers’ who row their fishing boats with oars attached to one leg.
MYANMAR Group Tours
MYANMAR Short Stays
Private short stay packages for the independent traveller.