Myanmar’s culture is a mixture of influences of Chin, Shan, Karen, and Kachin peoples — to name just a few. There are pockets of traditional culture all over the country. Guides can translate and help you navigate local customs and introduce you to a distinctly Burmese way of life.
6 Things to Do
Bagan has thousands of temples, but they’re only a fraction of the site’s original sprawl. Much of the site was built from the 11th to the 13th century, with lots of Buddha statues and other embellishments added from the 14 to the 16th century. You’ll follow your knowledgeable guide to see the most noteworthy temples, as well as a nearby village. This tour takes place around sunset, so you can appreciate the majesty of Bagan’s temples during the cooler part of the day.
8 hrsFrom $54
This tour takes you to see Mandalay, Burma’s last royal capital. This is where the Burmese surrendered to the British at the end of the 19th century, ushering in a difficult colonial era. Today, Mandalay’s artisans work hard to preserve Myanmar’s traditional crafts. You’ll also visit the nearby royal city of Amarapura and then continue to see Mandalay’s most iconic landmarks.
8 hrsFrom $44
This is a 2-day tour that takes you to see the historic temples of Bago and Kyaiktiyo Pagoda. The Kyaiktiyo Pagoda is one of Myanmar’s top pilgrimage sites. You’ll spend the night in a mountaintop hotel in Kinpun and wake up to an incredible view of the mountains.
24 hrsFrom $146
This three-day, two-night tour takes you on a popular trek from Kalaw to Inle Lake. Along the way, you’ll get to see traditional villages and learn about rural life in Myanmar. Before you set out on your trek, you’ll explore some of Kalaw’s most interesting Buddhist sites.
24 hrsFrom $239
This two-day tour brings you to some of the area’s scenic riverside destinations. You’ll get to travel by boat part of the way, which is a lovely opportunity to take in the countryside. You’ll stop at some beautiful pagodas and monasteries and explore a richly decorated cave.
24 hrsFrom $165
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