Considering Aung San Suu Kyi assumed the position of State Counsellor of Myanmar (de facto Prime Minister, position specifically created for her), we thought it timely to mirror those changes and update our traveller safety information on the mysterious land that is Myanmar.
Having only opened up to tourists relatively recently, there’s a nascent culture of tipping in Myanmar. We’d encourage tipping for particularly good service; wages are low so they’ll certainly be appreciated. That being said, do only tip on a merit basis and don’t feel obliged to do it. Here are our guidelines for tipping in Myanmar.
Having relatively recently opened up to the world, Myanmar can still pose challenges for travellers wanting to navigate the country. It encompasses a vast landmass, so getting about can be problematic as can be experiencing the highlights away from crowds and reaching undiscovered spots. This short guide will briefly outline how best to plan your trip.
For those considering how they’ll get around the vast country of Myanmar (Burma), you may be wondering whether it’s worth hiring a driver and guide for parts of your trip. We believe they help you to maximise your experience in the country and are great value for money; they’ll really get you under the surface, providing an insider’s perspective on all the things you see.
When the British winter has you wondering if the sun actually ever existed and you haven’t seen your own skin in weeks, you know it’s time to jet off in search of winter sun.You need somewhere exotic, somewhere sunny and warm, somewhere with beautiful flora, palm tree-lined beaches, smiling people and delicious food. Here are our best places to travel across this season:
I’ve been asked many times how the temples in Bagan, Myanmar, and those around Siem Reap, Cambodia compare, and which are better. I’ve been lucky enough to visit both sites over the years and the short answer is that neither one is better than the other. Both have their own charms and unique selling points and are truly awe-inspiring places to visit.
Learning about our ancestors can help us to get to the bottom of our identity; what has our family done, where have they lived and how does that influence ourselves and our relatives today?
Exploring your family tree can be a fascinating and exciting trip through history, but with such a wealth of information out there on the Internet – and so many different resources to take it from – where do you start?
We’re walking 40km on the south downs, whatever the weather!, and we need your help! We want to raise £1000 to contribute to education in Myanmar. Will you support us in our aim?
In 2011 Myanmar (Burma) opened to the world but there was little infrastructure to cope with the influx of tourists and few had had the chance to research experiences beyond the main sites. Five years on, this has all changed. Across the past few years, we’ve sent five of our country experts on reconnaissance missions to explore the best ways to get you under the surface of Myanmar, here travel specialist Matt shares his top 5 new experiences.
We invited Duncan, founder of our destination charity: Heal Kids, to talk about how travel inspired him to set up the foundation. On his visit to Bagan, he met a group of streetchildren all wishing they could go to school. Struck by their drive to learn, he went back out just a month or so after returning from his holiday to make a difference and start empowering locals to improve their own lives.
Sarah went on a trip of a lifetime to Indonesia and Myanmar (Burma) September 2015. From meeting local celebrities of the Malang football team, to spotting beautiful orangutans in the rainforests, to escaping unusually strong forest fires in Borneo – it was an experience full of adventure and discovery. Here she shares her story:
Travel expert Matt has researched new experiences in the eastern states of Myanmar (Burma), largely untouched by tourism. From discovering Kayan tribes in remote villages, to absorbing the stunning terraced landscape for rice cultivation, here he describes the findings from his trip to Loikaw.
One of Experience Travel Group’s clients, Hazel, recently travelled around Myanmar (Burma) with her family and she gave us some great feedback on their adventures. All of us in the office were particularly interested in their overnight train journey from Yangon to Mandalay. Over to Hazel:
In honour of the London On-Water Yacht and Boat show we wanted to share one of our traveller’s most inspiring and intrepid boating experience. Clive Forestier Walker of the Royal Yacht Squadron led a remarkable yachting expedition to the little known Mergui Archipelago in Burma’s south coast. Chartering nearly every yacht available in the area, he kindly shared his story with us.
Top travel photographer Tom Parker has finished the decision making process for the 2015 Photography Competition. Here is his selection:
There are some fantastic deals and lush landscapes away from the crowds when travelling in low season throughout Asia. When there is rain, it is often short and sharp and we can try to make sure you get fantastic weather by incorporating a beach stay in a region with glorious sunshine. This short guide will give you some great ideas about combining the best value destinations with the superb beaches.
Exciting news, Emirates will launch daily services from Dubai to Yangon, Myanmar and Hanoi, Vietnam from mid-August. Flight guru & Asia travel expert David reveals more…
With so many temples available to visit – how do you make sure you avoid the dreaded temple fatigue?
Here our Asia travel specialist, Lucy, gives 6 top tips:
For the new year, we asked our team to nominate their favourite hotels and explain why. From sumptuous luxury experiences to learning traditional archery, here’s our selection.
On his research trip to Myanmar, David tested the two latest ballooning experiences. From floating over the stunning Lake Inle to gaining spectacular aerial views of Ngapali Beach, he’s had a lifetime experience, twice!
Thank you so much to all of you who entered our 2015 photography competition. The quality of entries has been particularly good this year and we wanted to share some of our favourites before the deadline closes.
All of our tailor-made holidays are crafted from our own first-hand experiences. So, without further ado, here are our highlights of 2015 – including some new and unusual experiences you can try on your own travels.
2015 has been a big year for our ETG signature experiences. Be it avoiding the crowds, visiting the best local restaurants or doing an iconic attraction differently, our country specialists have been working hard to make sure your holiday is like nothing you’ll find elsewhere.
Being ETG’s resident flight geek, David recently flew with Vietnam Airlines Premium Economy on his trip to Myanmar. Here he shares his rather comfortable experience.
Multi centre holidays offer an incredible array of cultures and experiences to the inquisitive traveller. The problem lies organising transport, working out how much you can fit in, to balancing costs. To help you in your planning stages, here are our 10 dos and don’ts for anyone thinking of a multi centre holiday.
With Aung San Suu Kyi’s party (National League for Democracy) winning a landslide victory in Myanmar, we thought it time to marshal our thoughts on traveller safety to this mysterious country.
Eco Lodges offer guests a much deeper insight into a destination and can make the difference between a good holiday and an unforgettable experience. From the inclusion of local communities, to the design of the accommodation itself, its the personality of the accommodation that makes your stay much more insightful.