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Burma - Myanmar

Myanmar sits at the crossroads of Asia’s great civilisations of India and China, and looks out onto the vast Indian Ocean next to Thailand.

One of South East Asia’s largest and most diverse countries, Myanmar stretches from the sparkling islands of the Andaman Sea in the south right up into the Eastern Himalayan mountain range. Formerly known as Burma, it is often referred to as the Golden Land. Myanmar’s long-term isolation has bequeathed a corner of Southeast Asia full of traditional culture, spirituality and old-world charm.               

To this day Myanmar remains one of the most mysterious and undiscovered destinations in the world. A land of breathtaking beauty and charm yet only recently emerging into the modern world. What can the casual visitor therefore expect upon arrival, and why should one embark on such a journey in the first place? 

In Yangon, once known as Rangoon, you can stroll along tree-shaded avenues and marvel at golden stupas and glittering pagodas. A walk around downtown Yangon reveals the spectacular Shwedagon Pagoda, and some of the most impressive colonial era architecture in the region. Mandalay offers the chance to offer alms and food to the monks and novices from the Mahagandayon Monastery before visiting the hundreds of peaceful stupas on Sagaing Hill.

Myanmar offers all the traditional delights of Asia in one fascinating country. Virgin jungles, snow-capped mountains and pristine beaches, combined with a rich and glorious heritage spanning more than two thousand years. Spectacular monuments and ancient cities attest to a vibrant culture that is still home to 135 different ethnic groups. One of the highlights of a holiday to Myanmar is a visit to the mysterious and striking plain of Bagan. Situated on the banks of the Irrawaddy River, this 42 square kilometre plain is the largest area of Buddhist temples, pagodas, stupas and ancient religious ruins in the world. These date from as early as the 11th and 12th centuries.

The country’s tourism infrastructure boasts budget through to five star properties, intimate boutique hotels and family guest houses in all the major centers, as well as stunning mountain and beach resorts. Myanmar also boasts one of the lowest tourist crime records in the world, so visitors can rest assured their holiday will be carefree from start to finish.

In Myanmar you can journey to colonial hill stations set amongst rolling pine-clad hills. Or drift around Inle Lake with its stilt house villages at the water’s edge. You can feel the power of a Buddhist relic at Kyaiktiyo, also known as Golden Rock, where a huge golden stupa perches precariously on the edge of a hill.

Wherever you go in Myanmar, whether it be cruising down the mighty Irrawaddy River in style, drifting over the ancient city of Bagan by hot air balloon, or searching for that elusive tiger on the back of an elephant, there is always a feeling of adventure. With modern internal airlines upgrading and expanding their networks, new and exciting destinations off the beaten track are gradually being opened. From mountain trekking and rafting in the far north to world class diving in the Mergui Archipelago. But above all, Myanmar offers the warmest welcome in Asia. 


Discovery Touring in Burma - Myanmar


 The golden Shwedagon soaring over Yangon. A horsecart trotting past a plain of stupas. Thanaka on a small girl’s cheek. Colonial paddle steamers meandering down the Irrawaddy. A monk’s parasol glowing red in the sun. Just some of the hidden mysteries of Burma. This 10 day tour visits YANGON - BAGAN - MANDALAY - KALAW - INLE LAKE - YANGON. This small group tour departs every Friday. Contact Guidepost Tours for prices.  (Gpt-ICS-MY-SIC-22)


 A kind of magic shrouds the whole land with its tropical plains, the Himalayan Highlands, teak-filled jungle and the Ayeyarwady River.  Myanmar is almost twice as big as Germany. It is sandwiched between India and Bangladesh on one side and China, Laos and Thailand on the other. To the south is the Andaman Sea with beautiful unspoiled beaches. This is a small group tour with weekly departures. Contact Guidepost Tours for prices. Tour operates weekly. (GPT-ICS-MY-SIC-21)


A visit to Myanmar is in many ways a journey back in time. Discover hidden temples and magnificent archaeological sites, colourful hill tribes and bustling markets, stunning beaches and striking natural scenery. Destinations include Yangon, Bagan, Mount Popa, Salay, Mandalay, Pindaya and Inle Lake.  Contact Guidepost Discovery Tours for tour information in Burma (Myanmar) and prices from Australia. (U'Dest) 



 Myanmar on Rail & Road, 13 days in Burma.  YANGON - TRAIN - THAZI - PINDAYA - KALAW - MOUNT POPA - BAGAN - MANDALAY - PYIN OO LWIN - YANGON. This is a private tour itinerary for individuals or groups. The Itinerary can be tailored to visit locations of special interest. Contact Guidepost Tours for quotes. Tour can leave on any date - from AUD$3175 per person twin share. (GPT-ICS-MY-S-01)


 This is a private 13 day tour which will immerse you in the culture of the Burmese people. YANGON - PYIN OO LWIN - MANDALAY - PINDAYA - INLE LAKE - KENGTUNG - YANGON. You have a choice of 3, 4 or 5 star accommodation. This independent tour will run any day with 2 or more people - price from AUD$3595 per person twin share. Contact Guidepost Burma Tours for a firm quote and more information. (GPT-ICS-MY-S-10)

RIVERS ROADS & RAIL TO RANGOON - 11 days through Northern Thailand and Burma

Small group scheduled departures November to April -  This exciting journey takes us from relaxed northern Thailand, to the beautiful and serene Inle Lake, across the central plains of Burma to the temples of Bagan, before ending in the old capital of Rangoon. We make use of Burma's public transport network, with the chance to engage with locals on a bus ride to Bagan, and an opportunity to travel between Mandalay and Rangoon on a colonial railway line originally built by the British. Also included is a leisurely two-day river cruise along Burma's biggest waterway, the Irrawaddy. (ExpWW)




BURMA IN DEPTH - 21 days through Myanmar

 Scheduled small group departures throughout the year - Travel beyond the usual highlights into offbeat and fascinating destinations. In Bagan, explore the vast archaeological plains of one of Asia's most spectacular sites. Travel deep into the Mon State to Ogre Island and join local pilgrims as they admire the sunset from the sacred Golden Rock at Mount Kyaikhtiyo. Contact Guidepost Discovery Tours. (ExpWW)


 Scheduled departures September through to April - Plenty of time to explore the "big four" - Yangon (Rangoon) Inle Lake, Mandalay and Bagan. Step back in time as you cruise down the Irrawaddy River and meet with the friendly Burmese  people in their villages and markets. Afterwards spend a few days relaxing on the beach. Contact Guidepost Discovery Tours. (ExpWW)

UNDISCOVERED BURMA - 13 days in Myanmar

 Scheduled small group departures in October & November - Visit Mergui and camp overnight on white sand beaches. In Myeik, explore little-visited towns and villages. Travel to Kyaikiyoi to witness the sunset over the Golden Rock. Contact Guidepost Discovery Tours (ExpWW)




 As Myanmar just recently opened up to worldwide tourism after years of isolation, now is the right moment to visit this extraordinary land of pagodas. We start our journey in Yangon, Burma’s former capital city and travel on to the picturesque Inle Lake. In the ancient city Mandalay we visit the Inn Thein Pagoda complex before we take a river cruise for two nights that let's you admire the natural beauty of Myanmar and lets you see some amazing sunsets in this tropical land from the top deck. After our days on the cruise we reach Bagan. Over 10,000 Buddhist temples were constructed in the history of Bagan alone of which 2,200 still survived to the present day. This life changing tour is for every traveller who wants to immerse in the authenticity and culture of this gem in Southeast Asia. Contact Guidepost Discovery Tours. (Gpt-ATC-TTC)


We start our journey in Yangon, Burma’s former capital city and travel on to the picturesque Inle Lake. In the ancient city of Mandalay we visit the Inn Thein Pagoda complex then travel on to Bagan. Over 10,000 Buddhist temples were constructed in the history of Bagan alone of which 2,200 still survived to the present day.   The Majestic Myanmar Tour is for every traveler who wants to immerse in the authenticity and culture of this gem of South East Asia. Contact Guidepost Discovery Tours. (Gpt-ATC-TTC)


 This tour is for all guests who want to explore the Land of Pagodas, Myanmar (old name: Burma). We will visit temples, caves and markets on our visits to the former capital city Yangon and the ancient city Bagan before we travel to the picturesque Inle Lake. The Myanmar Explorer is recommended for every traveller who is interested in the culture and history of Burma and wants to get an insight into the authentic local life. Contact Guidepost Discovery Tours. (Gpt-ATC-TTC)

BURMA BY BIKE - 14 days in Myanmar

  Scheduled small group tours in February - Biking between Inle Lake, Mandalay and Bagan. Step back in time with a cycle through rural Burma. Explore Yangon and the golden Shwedagon Pagoda. Contact Guidepost Tours (ExpWW)

CYCLE BURMA - 14 days

 Scheduled small group departures in January, April, October & November - Biking between Inle Lake, Kalaw, Mandalay and Bagan. Step back in time with a cruise down the Irrawaddy River. Explore Rangoon and the golden Shwedagon Pagoda. Contact Guidepost Tours. (ExpWW)

River Cruises on the Irrawaddy River between Yangon Bagan and Mandalay

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