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.
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 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:
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…
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.
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.
Private islands offer exceptional seclusion and privacy, adding an extra exclusive dimension to your holiday. Here is a roundup of our favourite private island experiences in Asia.
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.
A cruise in Myanmar offers an unparalleled insight into the local way of life. The difficulty is knowing which boat offers the best route, best length of trip and best value. That’s why we picked out some of our favourite River Expeditions!
The thing is, Burma is just such a complicated place: historically, culturally, politically, and there’s just too much to say about it. It’s impossible to talk about Burma in simple terms. With a history spanning more than 13,000 years and a population made up of a huge variety of different ethnic groups, it is an endlessly fascinating, complex and beautiful country.