Known for sublime landscapes, a rich history, serene people and a deeply Buddhist culture, Myanmar is a largely-rural, densely-forested country. The capital of Yangon offers a dynamic scene of contemporary arts, culture and cuisine mixed with a touch of colonial heritage while Bagan's centuries-old pagodas and archaeological treasures are endlessly captivating. The nation's spiritual and artistic heart lies in Mandalay, where hundreds of monasteries can be found in the surrounding hillsides and saffron-robed monks pass down age-old wisdom. The Ayeyarwady River provides a scenic backdrop to idyllic river cruises while Inle Lake and surrounding region offers adventurous treks to ethnic villages, farmland and valleys in the shadow of the Shan Hills. 

We recommend:

  • A shinbyun experience, a colorful village celebration marking a young boy's initiation into monastic life
  • A cruise on the Ayeyarwady River on the custom-designed Sanctuary Ananda
  • Cycling to traditional textile villages and peanut oil farms on the outskirts of Bagan
  • Discovering local Myanmar flavors and home cooking with a traditional Shan chef
  • Observing the devout life of novice monks at a monastery in Mandalay


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