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Jhire was excellent and took really good care of us, even changing parts of the itinerary to fit in around us! One of the highlights of the trip was spending time with him, it was great fun. Overall, our trip was thoroughly enjoyable and we’d certainly use the Mountain Company again. So a big thank you to you and everyone who made it all happen.
Caroline Clark (UK) | Everest Luxury Lodge, Nepal

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  • Sule Pagoda in Yangon
  • Old British colonial buildings in Yangon
  • Typical Burmese tea shop in Mandalay
  • Yangon city centre
  • Golden Swedagon Pagoda temple in Yangon
  • Flight to Mandalay
  • Shwenandaw Palace teak monastery in Mandalay
  • Burma Monks With Alm Bowls
  • Burmese food stall
  • U Bein’s teak bridge in Amarapura
  • Train near Kalaw in Shan state
  • Women working in the fields in Chin state
  • Pindaya in Shan state
  • Making local style umbrellas with Shan paper
  • Monks studying
  • Phaung Daw Oo Paya monastery on Inle Lake
  • One-legged rower on Inle lake
  • Temples and pagodas in Bagan
  • Local man in Chin state
  • Making betel nut in Chin state
  • Village near Kampalat in Chin state
  • National Kandawgyi Gardens at in Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo)
  • Nose flute and tattoo faced ladies from Chin state
  • Buffalo mill near Bagan
  • Food stall in Kengtung, Shan state
  • Intha woman on Inle Lake
  • Red mountain vineyard at Nyaungshwe near Inle Lake
  • Wine tasting at Red mountain vineyard at Nyaungshwe near Inle Lake
  • RV Paukan on Irrawady (credit: Christopher Birrell)
  • Sunset view from RV Paukan on Irrawady river (credit: Christopher Birrell)

About Burma

Burma had a long period of inaccessibility to tourists until 2010 when Aung San Suu Kyi was released from house arrest in Yangon and general elections were held. As a result the ruling military junta was dissolved and a civilian government installed who manage to push through a number of reforms. After these changes Aung San Suu Kyi announced that she would welcome responsible tourism to Burma, therefore now is a good time to visit this extraordinary country to meet the friendly people and to explore its beautiful landscape and culture.

To the north Burma borders China, Laos and Thailand and then to the west Bangladesh and India. Burma has a long western coastline on the Indian Ocean and lies within the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea. Burma is the second largest country in South-East Asia with an area of 676,577 square kilometres. The length of the country from north to south is 2,050 kilometres and the broadest point from east to west is 935 kilometres.

In Burma there are 135 officially recognised ethnic groups and over 100 languages and dialects are spoken with the principal language being Burmese. The majority of the people, about 70%, are said to be Burmese and they are the dominant force politically, economically and culturally. The largest non-Burmese ethnic groups are Shan (8.5%), Karen (6.2%), Arakanese (4.5%), Mon (2.4%), Chin (2.2%) and Kachin (1.4%). Indians and Chinese account for around 1% to 2% of the population.

The majority religion of the country, around 89%, is Buddhism with a further 4% practising Islam and 4% Christianity. Animism plays an important role among ethnic minorities and is also reflected in everyday life in Burma with many households having altars to ask for protection from the nats (spirits).

The best time to visit Burma is between October and the end of February, during this period the climate is cool with lower amounts of precipitation.  March and April are often dry too, but the temperature is likely to be higher and less bearable for sightseeing.  It is also possible to visit from May to September although it is likely to be hot with higher amounts of rainfall however some places like Bagan further north will be drier than Yangon located in the south. Some areas such as Ngapali Beach, are closed during these months.

At the end of your trip why not visit one of Burma’s beautiful beaches and we recommend Ngapali in the west coast as one of the best in the country. Ngapali Beach has a beautiful beach with white sand and interesting local villages to explore. There is a wide range of quality accommodation including high end properties.