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Tailor made Holidays to Burma (Myanmar)

Burma mapA visit to Burma (Myanmar) is like stepping into a time capsule that has been locked for nearly four decades, where the Burmese people carry on their quiet existence with a degree of modesty and reserve.

Visiting Burma can appear to give approval to the regime, but it also shows the people of Burma that they are not forgotten and does offer a contact with the outside world of which they would otherwise be deprived. Our clients have the opportunity to make up their own mind on the current situation in Myanmar. To this end Silk Steps is working with a Yangon based private company to promote individual itineraries and small specialist group tours, using private enterprise services and hotels wherever possible.

A very strong and continuous increase in demand has led to price increases from most suppliers and services. This concerns the accommodation, but also transport (air, land, rail and boat), restaurants, guides and entrance fees.

As of the end of July 2012, any proposed quotation will be definitely confirmed after booking services and payment of reservation deposit of 30% of the tour price to enable us to secure bookings and prices.

Escape to Putao. In Located in the remote Kachin State, Putao is surrounded by the snowcapped peaks of the Himalayas. Staying at the elegant Malitcha Lodge, you will have an opportunity to elephant ride, hike, raft and visit remote villages in a spectacular unchanged environment.

Don’t head back to Thailand for a few days on the beach at the end of your tour. Relax on the white sands of Ngapali beach. Myanmar’s beaches are largely unknown but the white sands of Ngapali beach are home to a handful of excellent boutique resorts.

Go on a 4-day adventure and trek from Pindaya. Journey by foot from Pindaya through the countryside and villages of the Danu and Pao O tribes reaching Yasagyi at 1835 metres. Overnight at the Yasagyi Monastery and trek to the summit before dawn to watch the sunrise.

Take a boat trip from Yangon to Twante. Take a 2-hour boat trip from Yangon to Twante, famous for its pottery, and explore the town by trishaw.

Fly high over Bagan in a hot-air balloon. Soar into the sky at first light and look down on the ancient temples of Bagan which spread as far as the eye can see.

Cruise the Ayerwaddy River. Board the RV Pandaw to cruise between Bagan and Mandalay, a 2-night journey that hasn’t changed much in the last few hundred years. View the rich and varied life on the riverbanks from the comfort of a wicker chair on a boat that transports you back to a gentler, slower age.

Suggested tailor made holidays
The Burma Experience
Burma; Off the beaten track
Burma Beckons download

Burma Hotel Selection
Burma Brochure download
Foreign office travel advice
u_bein_bridge at Mandalay
Bagan where you will be amazed at the thousands of spectacular pagodas and stupas scattered across a 40-square-kilometre plain
Burmese monks

Golden Earth: Travels through Burma, published by Norman Lewis in 2003
Burma/Myanmar: What everyone needs to know, published by David I Steinberg in 2010
Letters from Burma, published by Aung San Suu Kyi in 2010
Myanmar(Burma): Country-Guide, published by Lonely Planet in 2011
Finding George Orwell in Burma, published by Emma Larkin in 2011

VISA REQUIREMENTS (UK Passport holders only)




Two completed visa application forms, three passport photos and confirmation of a pre-paid package tour are required to procure the visa. Current cost is £14.00 (subject to change)


The best time to visit Burma is in the cool, dry season from November to February. The weather is normally very comfortable, however in the Inle Lake area and Pagan the temperature can drop quite low in the evenings.   

For up to date weather details try BBC weather

Apr Water Festival and Burmese New Year
Dec-24 National Day
Dec-25 Christmas Day
Feb-12 Union Day
Jan-04 Independence Day
July Beginning of Buddhist Lent
Mar-02 Peasants’ Day
May-01 May Day (Workers Day)
November Festival of the Lights
October End of Buddhist Lent

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