Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, is a culturally rich nation, home to more than 100 ethnic groups. Steeped in history, luxury holidays to Myanmar allow you to journey back in time and experience traditional life at the crossroads of the great civilisations of China and India. An experiential destination defined, Myanmar can take you through picture-perfect landscapes and introduce you to remote hill tribe villages, where locals continue to embrace the traditions of their ancestors.
Myanmar is one of Asia’s lesser-explored holiday destinations and requires expert knowledge for a seamless trip. We’ve journeyed through its beautiful landscapes and have long-standing relationships with the finest guides and luxury accommodations. When you embark on luxury holidays in Myanmar with OROKO, we’ll be by your side every step of the way, with 24/7 support and on-the-ground representatives to guide you at every turn.
POCKET GUIDE TO MYANMAR
Yangon is Myanmar’s largest city and its cultural & commercial hub. The former capital also boasts the largest number of colonial-era buildings in Southeast Asia, with the commercial core centered round the Sule Pagoda and the magnificent, golden Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar’s most sacred and famous Buddhist temple. The city also has an eclectic range of museums, galleries, markets and a diverse selection of restaurants and food, which have plenty of native dishes but are also strongly influenced by surrounding countries.
Situated at the foot of the pagoda-studded Mandalay Hill, the city of Mandalay was founded by King Mindon as his royal capital in 1857 but was destroyed when it was bombed during WWII. Since its redevelopment, it is now home to lively markets, an abundance of monasteries, Indian temples, mosques and gold workshops as well as a bustling, working riverside to stroll along. Mandalay also has a thriving teahouse culture, with teahouses on almost every street corner.
Located between two mountains in the Shan State Valley, the vast Inle Lake is renowned for its floating villages and gardens and unique way of life of the local Intha people, whose communities are based entirely on the water. Fishing and traditional handicrafts play an important part in the local economy, and you will see traders plying their wares on the lake. Religion also plays a massive part in local life with many pagodas and monasteries dotted along the shoreline.
Best Time to Visit
Myanmar has a tropical climate with a dry and a wet season. The ideal time to holiday in Myanmar is during the months of November to May, the dry season, with temperatures between 18˚C and 37˚C. This is the perfect time for sightseeing and cruising the Irrawaddy River, when the water levels are at their most optimal. A number of festivals take place during these months including the Festival of Lights, Independence Day, the Shwedagon Pagoda Festival and Thingyan (Burmese New Year).