Without a doubt the most amazing way to see the culturally rich country of Burma is by taking a luxury cruise on the Irrawaddy River. Forget about packing and unpacking and just relax watching the amazing shoreline change. There is no better view of Burma than this!
Asia is a stunning continent with huge areas of coastline, so there is no better way to explore Asia than by boat! Here are our top six cruises, personally selected by Asia specialist Nathan, to inspire your very own boat trip around some of Asia’s most iconic and beautiful sites.
Apart from the stunning scenery, fascinating history and amazing culture, Burma is all about the people. They are some of the kindest and most compassionate people you will meet. One story that we can’t tell enough is that of the Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp in Burma. There are so many elephant experiences that tourists can take part in across South East Asia, but many of them are simply tourist attractions that have no concern for the elephants’ welfare. At Green Hill Valley, love and care for animals is at the very centre of everything they do. Here is an interview we carried out with Htun and Maw who founded the camp. It gives you a real insight into their care and compassion for these beautiful animals.
Off-limits for years but now back on every intrepid traveller’s wish-list, Burma (now known as Myanmar) lies in the heart of Asia and is one of the most culturally rich countries in the world. Go and be overwhelmed by giant Buddhist temples and thousands of ancient ruins set across mystical landscapes, or venture out to remote villages, where you will be welcomed by the friendly locals still living their traditional lives with very little western contact. We've whittled down our top 10 things to see in this enigmatic golden land…
When To Go To Burma
Burma’s climate is influenced by the tropical monsoon that visits the country every year. The cool dry season is the best time to visit Burma, which is between November to March, when the country sees its most visitors. The wet season begins in May and finishes around October, however the major tourist areas in Central Burma can all be visited year round.
The Dry Season - November to April
The best time to visit Burma is during the dry season from November to April. At this time the warm and sunny days are ideal for sightseeing throughout the country.
The temperatures start to rise in March and May to September is best avoided as this is the rainy season when sightseeing can become difficult.
The Wetter Season - May to October
The months at the start of the wet season are usually the hottest of the year when temperatures can reach 40 degrees Celsius. May to August are characterised by heavy downpour and the climate is hot and humid.
At the end of the rains, the cooler months arrive when at the foothills and in the highland areas, it is really cold especially at night.