comscore

Myanmar/Burma Travel Guide

Been here

Tribes: Who likes this place?

Who Likes This Place?

What the scores mean:
These scores tell you how well-liked a place is in each Tribe. Gogobot Tribes are groups who share a certain travel style, like Family Travelers or History Buffs.

Which Gogobot Tribe do you belong to? Join now

  • 98%
    Local Culture
  • 78%
    Luxury Travelers
  • 71%
    History Buffs
  • 64%
    Outdoor Enthusiasts
  • 64%
    Backpackers
  • 64%
    Adventure Travelers
  • 57%
    Budget Travelers
Show more

Member Reviews (21)Write a review

Most Relevant
Sort by
  • Myanmar/BurmaPro 2014
    Matthew Crompton
    Member of
    Outdoor Enthusiasts
    Adventure Travelers
    4 Jul 16, 2014

    Myanmar (Burma is used more or less interchangeably, though locals seem to favor the former name these days) is a Southeast Asian country distinguished mostly by what it DOESN'T have: loads of tourists. In contrast to Thailand, Angkor or Vietnam, this nation at the crossroads of south and southeast Asia can seem positively empty of visitors, and that's part of its charm. People here -- be they Burmese, Mon, Indian or Shan -- are mostly friendly and smiling, without the scams or greediness you find elsewhere in the region; and the country has a kind of sleepy charm that's immediately appealing. Myanmar might lack blockbuster sights (virtually nothing in the country is a "must", though many things are certainly nice), but getting a little off the tourist treadmill and seeing a corner of the world that often seems forgotten is a reward more than worth the journey.

    Recommended for:Budget TravelersHistory BuffsLocal Culture
    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(1)
    Report
  • Myanmar/Burma
    Travel + Leisure
    Member of
    Local Culture
    Foodies
    Luxury Travelers
    5 Feb 14, 2014

    Up-and-Coming Cruise Port: Rangoon, Burma
    Excursion: This two-day Temples of Burma jaunt is worth the quick flight to Pagan: you’ll see a few of the 2,000 pagodas and temples from a traditional horse cart, with stops at a lacquerware workshop. Includes an overnight stay in a local hotel.
    Voyage: Seabourn Odyssey, to and from Singapore. November 9; 14 nights from $6,999.

    Recommended for:History BuffsLocal CultureLuxury Travelers
    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • Myanmar/BurmaPro 2014
    Stephen Bugno
    Member of
    Local Culture
    Outdoor Enthusiasts
    Budget Travelers
    + 5
    • Foodies
    • Wellness
    • Green Travelers
    • Backpackers
    • Art & Design Lovers
    5 Feb 10, 2014

    Myanmar is a country changing fast. It's recently opened up to mainstream tourism and at the current moment can barely keep up with the demand. There are some beautiful places to visit, but the biggest joy of visiting is probably the people of Myanmar, some of the friendliest I've met.

    Recommended for:BackpackersHistory BuffsLocal Culture
    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(1)
    Report
  • Myanmar/BurmaPro 2014
    Anisha Shah
    Member of
    Local Culture
    Outdoor Enthusiasts
    Wellness
    + 4
    • Luxury Travelers
    • History Buffs
    • Adventure Travelers
    • Spiritual Seekers
    5 Dec 11, 2013

    As Myanmar tourism expands, many miss the exotic authentic Bay of Bengal. Ngapali Bay hotel & spa features designer glass-front villas along sweeping beachfront. Enjoy fresh lobster and cocktails by a tiny rustic beach bar, while beautiful village ladies wander past balancing baskets of fruit on their heads. The hotel’s USP is it’s familiar feel and beachfront proximity to the working fishermen’s village; a fascinating flurry of activity at dawn.

    Recommended for:Adventure TravelersLocal CultureLuxury TravelersOutdoor Enthusiasts
    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • Myanmar/Burma
    @LilyRiani
    4 Jun 09, 2013

    Enroute to Bagan, the train stop by a remote village where we saw a soulful train market. Trading their produce, living their life.

    My suggestion to travelers, take the train from Yangoon to Bagan. The scenery, lanscape and experience is one of a kind. Challenging but worth it.

    Blog : http://lilyrianitravelholic.blogspot.com/search/label/Myanmar?m=0

    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • Myanmar/Burma
    Dana Filek-Gibson
    Member of
    Local Culture
    Outdoor Enthusiasts
    Foodies
    Backpackers
    4 Oct 30, 2012

    If you are thinking even a little bit about visiting Burma: do not walk, RUN to the airport and get on the next available plane. Ever since the release of Aung San Suu Kyi in late 2010 the country has been steadily opening to the rest of the world and, as a result, tourism is booming. There are still considerably less foreign travellers here than any other Southeast Asian country but visitors are on the rise, and with good reason: Myanmar is a country unlike any other in the region, where you are just as likely to run into a massive, gold-covered stupa rising out of the ground as you are to meet the driver of a horse-drawn cart lumbering down a major city street. People are overwhelmingly open and friendly, and the scenery is gorgeous; I could have sat on a temple in Bagan all day. Loved every minute, start to finish.

    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • Myanmar/Burma
    Tom Clark
    1 Jul 21, 2014

    Not impressed at all. I went to ask about going to an Island. It turns out Immigration put the wrong stamp in. They regulate your travels beyong 3 to 5 miles. They has some spys reporting all my where a bouts and what I was doing. Then they took my passport and stamped the wrong return date again in my passport making problems for me when I returned to Thailand. I will not visit again, what too restrictive. They have a long way to go to build up their tourism...

    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(1)
    Report
  • Myanmar/Burma
    Naymin Naing
    5 Jul 21, 2014

    ျမန္မာလုူမ်ိူး...ျဖစ္ရတာ.ဂုဏ္ယူမိတယ္....

    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(1)
    Report
  • Myanmar/Burma
    MyanmarTravel-cc Tourism
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    Myanmar is still offering a lot to discover. Her exotic culture & heritage, ecology system and ancient buildings are still untouched, unspoiled and mysterious. Myanmar people are kind-hearted with warm and friendly smiles. Myanmar is extensively famous as “The Golden Land” to travellers for her sparkling golden pagodas all over the place. “Mingalarbar”, is a cheerful word for greeting of Myanmar people who are deeply rooted in the Buddhism. More than a hundred several races still retaining their traditions and ethic. You will be found a different taste of Asia.

    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • Myanmar/Burma
    donald newman
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    very special, like going back in time,an asian beauty. I would advise a tour guide,very reasonable

    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • Myanmar/Burma
    Lucy Zhang
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    Amazing people, beautiful architecture, and culturally still visibly unique. Very few places in the world feel so foreign as soon as you get off the plane.

    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • Myanmar/Burma
    Jeremy Gillick
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    Mandalay, Inle Lake, and Bagan get heavy tourist traffic for a reason and are not worth missing if you're already in Burma, but Rangoon is where you can really feel the pulse of the country. Monks will eagerly take you to visit some of the less frequented temples, for a small donation, and I'd recommend walking around Kandawgyi Park, which offers great sunset views of the Shwedagon, and where you'll likely meet plenty of young Burmese couples looking for anonymity. Another worthy excursion is the three hour trip around the city's outskirts on the rickety, circular train. You'll probably be the only tourist. Be sure to snag a few enormous avocados from vendors (just eat it like an apple), while you either relax or try to get to know some of the city's poorer residents.

    I also think it is well worth your while to visit Twante, the closest of the Delta towns ravaged by Cyclone Nargis (the extra hassle it takes to get a government permit to travel there is often exaggerated). The ferry ride is beautiful, if uncomfortable, and you'll get to see ramshackle towns still recovering from the storm, as well as a shoreline dotted with beautiful pagodas. You'll also give the locals the feeling that at least somebody cares about them.

    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • Myanmar/Burma
    Tin Aung
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    Not sure you have already been there, if I were you I would go to Yangon, Bangan for ancient temples, Ngapali for a beautiful beach, Inlay for mountains and south of Burma for scuba-diving etc...

    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • Myanmar/Burma
    Elinor Weisbrot
    4 Sep 19, 2012

    A Wonderful Country...

    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • Myanmar/Burma
    Courage Hero
    5 Sep 18, 2012

    I love Mandalay

    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • Myanmar/Burma
    Yan Phyo
    5 Jun 24, 2012
    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • Myanmar/Burma
    jonnyontheroad
    5 Sep 10, 2011
    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • Myanmar/Burma
    Kevin Picholo
    Member of
    Local Culture
    Outdoor Enthusiasts
    Budget Travelers
    + 6
    • Business Travelers
    • Foodies
    • Backpackers
    • History Buffs
    • Adventure Travelers
    • Nightlife Lovers
    4 Mar 08, 2012
    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • Myanmar/Burma
    Paula Almansa
    5 May 23, 2011
    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • Myanmar/Burma
    Dmitry Taranenko
    5 Mar 17, 2013
    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
Find Hotels in Myanmar/Burma:

OverviewEdit

4.5 out of 5
21 members' reviews
53,320 people visited Myanmar/Burma

Description

Bordered by India, China, Laos and Thailand, Myanmar/Burma is characterized by rich wildlife and gorgeous natural landscapes, magnificent Buddhist temples and, yes, international political controversy. The fifteen-year imprisonment of political opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, released in November 2010, is part of the political landscape that has sparked tourism boycotts and controversy. Yet ... read more
that’s not the whole story, as this is a country with a long tradition and stunning historical and natural scenery. Yangon (Rangoon) the ex-political capital, remains the economic center of the country, and is crowned by the golden Schwedagon Pagoda, which gleams in the sun and dates back to the 6th Century AD. On Inle Lake, entire villages are raised on stilts while local monks have taught their cats to jump. Dense teak and bamboo forests are roamed by diverse wildlife including elephants and crocodiles. Tradition reigns in Myanmar, where only .1% of the population uses the internet. Life is characterized instead by images of red betel juice dripping down elderly chins, potholed roads, and monks bathing Buddha statues at dawn, creating a real world out of time. As Paul Theroux said, "Nothing happens in Burma, but then nothing is expected to happen."

Things To Do in Myanmar/Burma

Shwedagon Pagoda
Shwedagon Pagoda
Avg. rating:
Bagan Temples
Bagan Temples
Avg. rating:
View All Things to do

Top Reviewers

  • 1
    Kevin PicholoKevin's Myanmar/Burma Guide
  • 2
    YantiYanti's Myanmar/Burma Guide
  • 3
    Matthew CromptonMatthew's Myanmar/Burma Guide
  • 4
    Sai Lin KyawSai Lin's Myanmar/Burma Guide
  • 5
    Aung Thiha TheinAung Thiha's Myanmar/Burma Guide

Trips that include Myanmar/Burma

Going to Myanmar/Burma

By Daniel

Going to Myanmar/Burma

By René Slot

Going to Myanmar/Burma

By Nainglinn John

Recently Reviewed Hotels in Myanmar/Burma

Report this place

Aliases: Myanmar, Burma