• India – Myanmar – Thailand – Malaysia Crossing

    Duration: 26 Days 25 Nights - Price: $US

    India Myanmar Thailand Malaysia

    This tour allows you to drive drive from India to Thailand via Myanmar, before exiting into Malaysia with your own vehicles (bikes, cars, motorhomes).  Burma Senses make your crossing...

  • Burma Trekking Tour

    Duration: 13 Days 12 Nights - Price $1950

    Ann ethnic people in Kyaing Tong

    On this adventurous Burma Trekking Tour, we walk through remote lands and also spend time in the principal highlights of the country. We trek to remote hilltribes of the...

  • Burma At Glance Tour

    Duration: 07 Days 06 Nights - Price $1250

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    This Burma At Glance Tour is perfect for those who desire to visit Burma's 4 major cities, including  Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan and Inle Lake in very short time. With this...

  • Burma Photo Tour

    Duration: 12 Days 11 Nights - Price $2385

    Burma Picturesque Photo Tours

    Discover one of the world’s most photogenic countries on a special photographic tour organized by Burma Senses Travel & Tours. Hone your photographic skills while travelling through Burma's Victorian...

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Burma Destinations

Most travelers visit Burma will commence their trips in Yangon, also known as Rangoon, the administrative capital of the country until 2005 when the authority decided to move the country’s capital to Naypyidaw. There is another possibility to enter the country that is from Thailand. If you take this way, you will cross at the Tachileik – Maesai border. This route would take you through the hill-tribe Shan State and via Kengtung).

Despite that there is a variety of different ways to travel Burma, most first time visitors are likely to make a bee-line when choosing the incredible temples of Bagan as the next destination after Yangon, followed by Mandalay which deserves at least 2 full days of your time. From here, we recommend a trip to the fascinating former British Colonial Hill Stations of Maymyo (Pyin Oo Lwin) and Hsipaw, especially if you have time for the interesting train over the infamous Gokteik Viaduct. After this destination, it is perfect, either to drive or to fly to Inle Lake before turning west to the truly unspoiled and pristine beaches of Ngapali or Ngwe Saung near the charming town of Pathein.

We fulfill all the expectation of those with more time, with more extensive travels. Perhaps you will like some trekking in Kalaw then Pindaya or visiting the iconic Golden Rock (Kyaikitiyo) or Bago. For those who are seeking some experience in archaeological sites, there are also places of immense interest such as Sittwe and Mrauk U. The truly adventurous people can also consider the long journeys to the National Parks of Putao in Burma’s distant north, bordering China, or Muse on the eastern border. Besides, Mergui Archipelago with a wide array of islands will be a perfect venue for ones adoring the diving and snorkeling activities.


Nestled in the heart of Burma, with 150 years old, Mandalay city boasts as the culturally prime centre and a surprisingly modern metropolis. The city is ethically diverse and a big contradiction in term of population portions. The Chinese accounts for nearly 40% of Mandalay’s population, whilst the rest is a blend of Burmese, Karin, a few Nepalese & the Shan, whose heritage reaches back into Thailand & Laos. Mandalay, or ‘City of Jems’ as called was Burma’s royal capital, from its founding in 1857 to 1885, when the British Empire took control. Its most significant attraction is the Royal Palace,...

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Monywa is a town lies on the bank of Chindwin river, tucked away in the dry zone of Central Burma West of Mandalay. Although the area receives few foreign tourists, the town and surroundings are dotted with a number of unique sites. The valley surrounding Monywa is full of busy farms, beautiful pagodas and small villages. The rural area is mainly prominently agricultural, with short-month crops as beans, palm sugar and cotton. Further west of the Chindwin river situated a large-scaled copper mine. The local market in town offers locally produced food, fruit, handicrafts and textiles and are ideal places to...

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Kyaikhtiyo (Golden Rock)

Head off south east some 4 hours from Yangon to the fabulous Golden Rock or Kyaiktiyo in other name in the Mon State, you will be confronted by quite literally a huge granite boulder, covered in gold leaf layers which have been continuously added to by pilgrims over the centuries. This balanced, rather nerve-shreddingly site, located on the jutting tip of a rocky outcrop and little visited by tourists and formerly off limits to foreigners, holds particular reverence with the devoutly Buddhist Burmese. A legend telling a story that the boulder maintains its precarious balance due to a precisely placed...

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Despite the fact that since 2006, Yangon is no longer officially the country’s capital city, it is Burma’s largest & most internationally famous metropolis. It possesses one of the most exotic urban landscapes on the continent with many lush, leafy parks interspersed with narrow rivers, large clean lakes, decaying Neo-Classic British Colonial streets, dusty concrete downtown blocks & traditional wooden architecture. Mopeds have been banned from the city centre which has helped ease the traffic congestion, popularly associated with so many Asian city centres. In almost tours to Burma, Yangon is usually the first stop. The most famous icon of...

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Best known as the Asia’s archaeologically unique city of four million pagodas, Bagan (or Pagan as it used to be called in the past) is the cradle of Burmese civilisation, the first capital of the once mighty Bamar Kingdom. Although Bagan's early history is shrouded in mystery, chronicles recount that the city grew out of 19 villages. The city's “Golden Era” and limelight was between 1044 and 1287 during which time thirteen kings left their signature on the area in the form of temples, pagodas, palaces and the introduction of Theravada Buddhism to the region and ultimately the country. As...

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Inle Lake

Inle Lake is truly amazing. One of those places you will not want to tell a soul about in order to maintain its charm and character, but you just can’t help yourself. It is a magical, bewitching place put in the hills of the southern Shan state, close to the border with China, Laos and Thailand. High hills flank the lake on both sides of the shore. The lakeside and islands are settled down with sprinkling of villages on stilts, inhabited mostly by the industrious Intha people. There are also myriad of monasteries and thousands of pagodas lying along the...

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Bago is a richly cultural and historic town slowly getting popular to tourists located about 90 kilometers North East of Yangon. The town used to have the name Pugu in the past when it was founded and ruled by the Mon people in the 6th century. This cultural hub played the role as the capital of the Mon Kingdom Hanthawaddy until halfway the 16th century, after which it became the capital of the Taungoo Kingdom until 1599. When the Mon conducted battles and war against the Burmese in 1757, the city was entirely destructed by the armies of King Alaungpaya of...

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Pyin Oo Lwin

The former British Colonial hill station of Maymyo, also known as Pyin Oo Lwin, sits at the cool altitude of 1050 metres above sea level, 69km east of Mandalay in the central Shan hills, offering a respite from the intense heat of the lowlands during summer months. The town became a permanent military post in 1896, and acted as one of the summer capitals during British rule with little cottages with chimneys and neatly tended gardens sit on the outskirts of town. The highlights of the town include the Purcell Tower, a gift from Queen Victoria; the national Kandawgyi...

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Pindaya Caves

Pindaya is an hill tribe town, nestled in Shan plateau. From an hour drive, we can connect it either from Kalaw or Inle Lake. The beautiful drive to Pindaya brings you through charming countryside which is unlike other rural land in Burma. You will have chance to meet groups of Pa-O in wide brimmed hats, resting under the shade of mature old trees. At Pindaya you will find a serene lake and an amusing local market, especially the Pindaya caves containing over 8,000 images on Buddha. Travel a bit further to the northwest of Pindaya, you will see the...

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Ngapali Beach

Just thinking about Ngapali Beach is enough to make you relax as this is one of Burma’s most well-known attractions with vast stretches of pure, soft, white, empty sand. This truly pristine beach brings a name reminiscent of the Naples man’s visit. Local people could not find a word matching “Napoli” in their Burmese language, therefore, Ngapali was chosen. Ngapali has been untouched by tourism, and still one of the best attractions in Burma worth visiting. It is stretched with rustling palm trees, 2 kilometer white, empty sand of heaven and a few luxury bungalow-style resorts. Ngapali Beach boasts its...

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Mrauk U

Nestled just below the border with Bangladesh, Chin state, and the Bay of Bengal on Burma’s far west coast in the state of Rakhine, the spectacular former Royal city of Mrauk U is another of Burma’s key cultural highlights. Located in a predominantly agricultural region on a rocky plateau in the Rakhine state, this unassuming town was once the Mrauk U Empire’s splendid capital, a thriving nexus of exotic trade routes from Portugal, Spain, Holland, the Middle East, India, Burma & beyond. Founded around 1430, the kingdom prospered for over 350 years before its collapse in the late 18th...

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Hpa-An is the capital city for the Province of Kayin. It is one of the closest place to the Thai border and is the first major city that Thai travelers would encounter. It is home to only 50,000 people and, as you’d expect, it is one of the easiest cities to get around on foot. If you don’t fancy walking, it’s simple and easy to rent a motorbike though don’t forget that there is a ban on foreigners riding bikes in Bagan and around Inle Lake. If you are coming over land from Kyaikto, you may find that the “bus” is...

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After six hour drive to south-east of Yangon, you will reach Mawlamyine formerly Moulmein, on the Andaman coast, and the capital of the Mon State. Situated on the Salween river delta, the city is flanked by lush countryside and huge pagoda-dotted hills, and is famous for its excellent cuisine, but is usually considered to be one of the off the trail sites for most tourists in Burma. Previously a busy teak port, not to mention the first administrative capital of British Burma, the city owns many faded Colonial buildings amidst its gleaming Buddhist stupas and monasteries. Some would say it...

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Myitkyina is the Capital city of Kachin State. The town is situated in a flat valley that becomes extremely hot in the hot season and very rainy during the monsoon. There is an abundance of fruit in this state. The “Myit-son” the confluence of the Mekha and Malika Rivers, 45 km north of town, forming the great Ayeyarwaddy, flowing through the whole country. It is a sight seeing attraction for local and foreign visitors. The Kachin Manaw festival is held annually in Myitkyina. It is usually around New Year or the first week of each year. Most of the Kachin people...

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Around 75 miles south of Mandalay, 3 days hike from Inle Lake, Kalaw is a beautiful little sleepy market town, sitting on the western edge of the Shan plateau at 1320 metres above sea level, was once very popular with the British in colonial times. The town is a mix of old colonial and wooden Shan style houses sprawling out over this hilly town, where is home to the descendants of the Shan people & local tribes including Indians, Shan, Bamar and Nepalese (Gurkhas retired from British military service). The surrounding countryside with lush green pines, bamboo groves and...

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Kawthaung (Victoria Point) has been best known by tourists as a place to visit from Thailand to extend their visas. It is becoming a popular destination on its own merits.  Sea Surround Kawthaung is located in the southernmost region of Burma (Myanmar), at the tapered end of the country’s tail. Known as Victoria Point during British rule, it’s separated from Thailand by the Pak Chan River on the east, and dwarfed by the Andaman Sea to the west. Unsurprisingly, it is a township whose history, economy and character have been shaped by its proximity to the sea. The focus of Kawthaung is...

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Kyaing Tong (Keng Tung)

Kengtung, a Shan trading town near the Chinese border in Burma’s far east, sits amongst a large rural population of traditional tribes, including the Akha, La Mone & Lahu, all of whom inhabit the surrounding Kengtung province, offering a truly unspoiled glimpse at an area forgotten by the rest of the world. Keng Tung is a small sleeping town hidden away in the far east of the Shan state. The town is located in the vicinity of the infamous area well-known as The Golden Triangle, once famed for its opium production and smuggling. The main focus on a visit to...

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Mergui (Myeik)

Stretched down the Andaman coast to the very southern tip of Burma, the Mergui or Myeik archipelago must be one of the last untouched tropical island systems left on earth, defined by its archipelago of over 800 islands, mostly covered in lush vegetation & often fringed with soft white margins of sand, strewn with broken, sun-bleached branches & smelling of salt – definitely not Ambre Solaire. Off-limits to foreigners until 1997, very few of the nine hundred or so islands have permanent habitation, thus the area remains unexplored by modern travellers. Once arriving here, you are more than likely to...

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Nay Pyi Taw

Nay Pyi Taw is the administrative capital of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. Centrally lovated, it is 391 km from Yangon and 302 km from Mandalay, being easily accessible from all parts of the country. The environs of Nay Pyi Taw comprise (8) townships viz. Zeyar Thiri, Pohbba Thiri, Uttara Thiri, Zebu Thiri, Dekhina Thiri, Pyinmana, Lewe and Tatkone Townships. Nay Pyi Taw Airport is about 30 minutes from Nay Pyi Taw. All domestic carries operate daily flights from Nay Pyi Taw to the commercial capital, Yangon, and the cultural capital Mandalay. There are flights via Nay...

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Surrounded by the modern world, like Bagan, Mrauk U, Innwa is an ideal place to explore the archaeological values containing the rich legacy of traditions, spirituality and culture of ancient Burma. Maha Aungmye Bonzan Bagaya Kyaung Monastery Nam Myint Leaning Tower Snake Pagoda...

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Chaung Thar Beach

It is situated near several other seaside tourist spots, but Chaungtha gets busier than its neighboring beaches. On the drive out you will cross the Irrawaddy River, crossing one of the longest bridges in the country, and then pass through some of the most spectacular mountain ranges in the area. Chaungtha Beach is one of the most relaxing places in the country; many people come here to unwind and embrace the picturesque surroundings. Even around the beach area, there are some islands that are worth exploring, such as Pho Kalar and White Sand Island. Because of the unspoiled beauty, you...

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Ngwe Saung Beach

Ngwe Saung Beach boasts its seven miles of pristine sand line the Bay of Bengal, with minimal development, and a laid back vibe, seafront sunsets and an abundance of fresh seafood. This gem of the Ayerwaddy River delta region was off limits for several years after the destructive cyclone Nargis. Although the cyclone missed the beach, the delta region was suffered the brunt of the cyclone and considered unnavigable for a long period. Due to a combination of this and the long distance from Yangon, little facility has been developed here, with a delightfully low number of resorts and guesthouses...

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Putao, in the far north of Burma, shares its border with both China and India, and lies beneath Mount Hkakabo Razi, Burma’s highest peak. Although the mountain’s name Putao means “snow-capped all year round”, the town itself is surrounded by a green, sub-tropically rural landscape, spreading up towards the Himalayan foothills and growing into a tangle of evergreen rainforest, then frosty alpine woodland, before giving way to the snowy, glacial peaks above. Much of the region is only accessed by air and protected by National Park status. Its diverse environments makes it a top spot for elephant treks in the...

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Taunggyi is an hill tribe town, nestled in Shan plateau. From an hour drive, we can connect it either from Kalaw or Inle Lake. The beautiful drive to Pindaya brings you through charming countryside which is unlike other rural land in Burma. You will have chance to meet groups of Pa-O in wide brimmed hats, resting under the shade of mature old trees. At Pindaya you will find a serene lake and an amusing local market, especially the Pindaya caves containing over 8,000 images on Buddha. Travel a bit further to the northwest of Pindaya, you will see the...

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Taking picturesque two and a half hour drive from Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo), charming little Hsipaw town in the northwestern Shan state would be ideal for those wishing to really venture off the beaten track, in this world of heavily trodden paths. This Shan State’s wonderful back garden is gradually getting attractive with the adventurous travellers looking to have something off the trail. You can easily find several basic but surprisingly good eateries on the main street and the accommodation is acceptable for most. Getting up early in the mornings, as the mist lifts, you can see young monks walk...

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Meiktila is a city at the center of Burma (Myanmar). Situated on the banks of Lake Meiktila in Mandalay division, it is a place of natural beauty. But it also is home to Myanmar Air Force central command and Meiktila Air Force Base. Not to mention, the University of Aerospace Engineering. The name Meiktila comes from an Indian kingdom called Mithila. Meiktila is a city with a rich history; it was the site of the 1945 battle of Meiktila and briefly fell to insurgent Karen forces. Nowadays, Meiktila is an up-and-coming town with many pagodas, namely the Shwemyinti, Yele and Sutaung...

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Pathein is the fourth largest city in Burma (Myanmar). It’s also known as Bassein locally, and is the capital city of the Ayeyarwady Region. It is home to nearly 200,000 people and it makes for a great stop-off point before you head on to spend time on the country’s beautifully unspoiled beaches on the coast. The best way to get there is to jump on a ferry heading downriver from Yangon. It’s about 120 miles away and you can have a great night lying on deck under the stars without losing a moment of your precious sightseeing time for the...

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Lashio lies near the Chinese border with Myanmar and is a surprisingly large city for its remote location. It is the capital of the Shan Province and a hive of activity. Its position near China means that it is the center of much of the trading activity between the two nations and business has really heated up since the recent relaxation of travel restrictions in the country. Burma Road Start The city itself is the beginning of the once infamous “Burma Road.” It was built to serve the Allied forces in Burma and extends all the way to central China and the...

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This ancient port town, less than a half hour’s drive from downtown Yangon, is a great place to begin. Thanlyin was the ancient capital of the Mon Kings from the 14th to 16th centuries, and was one of Burma’s main ports. It receded from prominence when Yangon port took on much of its role from 1755, but Thanlyin still remains a town of much importance to Yangon, and to Burma. It lies just 10 km away from Yangon at the confluence of the mighty Bago (Pegu) and Yangon Rivers. You will cross the almost one kilometer wide Bago River...

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Closely located on the Chinese border, with the Shweli River separating it from the powerful China People’s Republic, faded Muse has a certain frontier-town edginess to it. In fact, Muse is much rather a part of China’s than Burma’s and is linked to infamous Ruili, China’s sin city with the mixed ethnic groups on both sides of the border. Muse must certainly not be Burma’s most beautiful town, but it will offer direct insight into the country’s far-from-mystical side. This zone is the biggest border-trade one in Burma, offering everything from agricultural products like fish and rice to timber, electronics...

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