With so many amazing places to explore, Myanmar has something to offer everyone. To help determine which destination is best for you, we would recommend you spend time searching through our destination guide. Feel free to click on one of the red pins to find out more, or if you hover over a brief description will appear.
Did you know that 90% of the world's rubies come from Myanmar? Well, believe it or not, most of them come from this little known town. Gems and rubies aside, the area is also home to some great trekking opportunities. Please note that it is necessary to obtain a government issued permit prior to visiting.
A long day trip, or worthwhile 1-2 night stop from Mandalay, Monywa is a small, yet prosperous township, which serves as a major agricultural trade route. Highlights include Mohnyin Thambuddhei Pagoda and Hpo Win Daung, an ancient cave complex located on the outskirts.
We're going to be bold and label Hsipaw as South East Asia's number one trekking destination. 2-3 nights here will see you explore unspoilt Shan villages, luscious green countryside and left over remnants of the Shan royal family.
Myanmar's second largest city and the last royal capital. Many come here to view the miraculously preserved palace walls, which somehow managed to survive multiple Japanese and British bombing raids during WW2. It survives today as an important religious centre, especially famous for its arts and crafts.
Pyin Oo Lwin
Once the summer capital of British Burma, Pyin Oo Lwin is a small town famous for its cool summer climate, coffee and fruit jam. The highlight for most however is the National Kandawgyi Botanical Gardens, built by the British in 1915.
Myanmar's Wild West, Chin State is one of the most remote and least developed destinations accessible to tourists. A great destination for trekking and wildlife enthusiasts, or those looking to keen to experience Myanmar's diverse cultural make-up. Warning: a trip here is NOT for those seeking creature comforts.
The capital of the Kingdom of Pagan during the 9th and 13th centuries. It's fair to say that a trip to Myanmar is not complete without a stop here.
Recently designated a UNESCO biosphere, Inle Lake is a fresh water expanse famous for its picturesque oily water, stilted accommodation and Intha 'one-legged' rowers. Those looking to forgo a trip to one of Myanmar's beaches may find this a relaxing, yet cultured alternative.
Famous for its think, bunker-like stone walled temples, Mrauk U was once a lucrative trading hub frequented by the Portugese, French and Dutch. Before travelling here, please check your country's government travel advice to ensure no restrictions are in place.
The remote and charming capital of Kayah State, home to a large number of distinctive tribal cultures, with arguably the most famous being the Padaung, or ‘long-necked’ Kayan.
The new capital of Myanmar. Due to its central location, lack of traffic and state of the art airport, Naypyitaw serves as an extremely convenient transit point. It's not short of attractions either with its 99 metre Uppatasanti Pagoda, houses of parliament and a range of affordable luxury hotels.
One of the oldest and most interesting archaeological sites in the country. Just east of here can be found the ancient ruins of Sri Ksetra, an important historical and religious site recently awarded UNESCO’s World Heritage status.
Unlike any other beach destination in the world, Ngapali's golden stretch of sand and calm waters provide the perfect setting in which to relax. Furthermore, the abundance of local seafood restaurants will be sure to replenish your energy after an action packed trip.
A five to six hour drive from Yangon, Ngwe Saung is a lively beach destination especially popular with local tourists and expats. If you're looking for an alternative beach break, there's a good chance Ngwe Saung will be for you. We would also recommend visiting a traditional paper parasol workshop in Pathein en route.
Once the capital of the most powerful kingdom in the country, Bago (Pegu) exists today as a thriving market town famous for its temples and the reconstructed Kanbawzathadi Palace. It is also a convenient overnight base for anyone looking to explore the nearby Moeyungyi wetland wildlife sanctuary.
It might get a lot of stick for the noise and traffic jams, but Myanmar's commercial capital is home to some remarkable colonial relics and a surprising amount of green space. It's also the easiest destination to fly in and out of.
Famous for its iconic Golden Rock, Kyaiktiyo is one of the most popular pilgrimage sites in the country.
One of Tour Mandalay's favourite destinations. Hpa-an is still in the early stages of opening up to tourists, but it offers a myriad of attractions including sacred Buddhist caves, jaw-dropping sunsets, kayaking and mountain hikes.
Myanmar's fourth largest city is rarely frequented by tourists, which is a surprise seeing as it it features in the opening lines of Rudyard Kipling’s famous poem, Mandalay. Once a major colonial stronghold, the city's home to some rare examples of colonial architecture and it's also a great base for those looking to pay a visit to the notorious 'Death Railway'.
A busy trading hub, Dawei is a growing city lined with coconut and betelnut palms. It's possible to access a few beaches from here, although they're unfortunately not going to rival those of nearby Thailand. Second or third time visitors are likely to appreciate a trip here more.
A major border crossing connecting Myanmar to the North of Thailand. Even if you're not planning to cross, a visit here is a great way of experiencing Myanmar's incredibly diverse cultural makeup.
Once the capital of the infamous Golden Triangle, Kyaingtong is home to a plethora of 'off the beaten track; trekking routes, tribal groups and long forgotten colonial ruins.
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