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Travelers' reviews about Burma

4.9
23 reviews
Dom
5
Burma
Solo
I know most (now all countries) in Southeast Asia but I had never gone to Myanmar before due to restrictions. I heard a few persons who have gone and they all described as a very good experience. Therefore I decided to go. Everything was great -- local tour guides, hotels, visits, adventures, etc. Everything worked perfectly. I wish I had more time in Myanmar. It was a super trip.
Best parts:
1. The tour guide in Inle -- Win ************** 2. The hotel in Inle -- ********** 3. The ballon trip in Bagan -- *************** 4. The program in Yangon -- so much accomplished in an afternoon -- massage, SShwedagon Pagoda, The lads down Budda, the garden near the hotel
Worst parts:
There were no worst, but to mention one, during a bike cross tour in Inle, I was so entertained looking at the scenery that I did not see there was a curve and then I have fallen into a rice field and got hurt. The guide and the trip leader helped me a lot recovering from that fall.
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Ilaria R
5
Burma
Couple
I love traveling to Myanmar. It’s a destination with so much variety in culture, landscapes, activities and sightseeing. We saw the highlights of the country (including Yangon, Bagan, Inle, Mandalay, Ngapali) and I totally recommend to explore less touristic parts such as Golden rock and Hpa-An.
Best parts:
Connections/transports organization Local guides Richness of the tour in general Balloon flight on Bagan
Worst parts:
Some hotels were not as expected but this cannot influence the overall review. Sadly the country is really polluted with plastic.
Evaneos
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Peter
5
Burma
Solo
as a traveler I felt all simple, organized, nothing to worry about. I know the preparation and organization of the trip was great. I wrote a lot of letters to Hoa and we were very good at working together
Best parts:
Quinh Hoa's job, organisation and care for whole my trip was excellent job first and second guides
Worst parts:
thank all was very good
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jrtome
5
Burma
Couple
A marvelous country which I had first visited back in 1984, but then the options allowed for travelling and visits were very limited and only Yangon, Bagan and Mandalay were allowed. Now with his four week journey I revisited those places plus lake Inle, Ngapali beach and many other places. Will go back again! Myanmar is the best place to be in Southeast Asia (and I know all the other countries with plenty of visits ...).
Best parts:
This four week journey to Myanmar in April 2019, was the fifth we did with Evaneos in the space of two years yielding a total of almost 19 weeks of travelling with Evaneos in five countries (Myanmar, Madagascar, Panama, Colombia and the Philippines). This was no doubt the best journey we had with Evaneos (The Philippines in February 2017 was also excellent!). Very well organised with meticulous analysis of details, very good choice of hotels and guides and above all very receptive to changes we had to make before the journey started. Tip Top agency our local agency and my contact Zar! My personal page of Facebook is full of posts on this journey and can be visited under my name João Raminhos Tomé. Feel free to browse. No doubt I will recommend Zar to my friends if they wish to visit this marvellous country!
Worst parts:
None!
Ladi
5
Burma
Couple
Both destinations were very interesting. Hotels were fine and the cars comfortable. I was always getting lots of help with my walking disability
Best parts:
The great guide and that she traveled with us through Myanmar
Worst parts:
Too many presentations about UXO in Laos. Too many pagodas in Myanmar
Aquilina
5
Burma
Family
The whole trip was very well organised and with no waits. thumbs up for the organisation. The places we visited were previously discussed with our local agency and very well executed. We visited Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan, Inle lake, and spent the last few days in Ngapali to swim and relax.
Best parts:
Meeting the locals at the markets. the good knowledge of the guides. All was organised in a superb manner. Drivers very courteous and ready to help. Attention to detail.
Worst parts:
There was nothing to complain about! I was a bit surprised to see the long necked people in a shop rather then in a village as i expected!
Kay
5
Burma
Couple
We just completed our 15 days visiting Myanmar through our local agency. At first, i had to admit that i was nervous of not knowing how well this tour agency was doing, but now after finishing the trip, my husband and I are very happy with the agency. They are very responsive, well organized and thorough. The Itinerary is very rich and well diverse which give us opportunity to experience different cultures and landscapes of different part of the country by using different transportation modes from flights to buses and jetty boat. All The tour guides speak English fairly well, knowledgeable, friendly yet very professional and esp very punctual. Drivers are also very good, punctual and careful. They put the safety of passengers as a priority. Accommodations were mostly clean and comfortable and located in the safe areas yet at the walkable distance to central areas. we arrived at the new destination, we always be greeted at the airport/bus station by agency representatives so we feel very safe and comfortable. Overall, i think our local agency had done a great job to give us such a wonderful experience in Myanmar - very good value for the money. We both had a wonderful time visiting Myanmar and are very happy with the service that our local agency provided. We would recommend the local agency to anyone who wants to visit Myanmar. Finally, we also want to thank Evaneos who has done a great job of selecting and training their travel agencies. By using Evaneos, we feel very secure and be certain when working with these wonderful and reputable travel agencies. We have been using Evaneos for 3 of our big trips in the last couple years and none of the travel agencies have ever disappointed us. They all had done fantastic jobs to provide us the best service for our trips. We will continue use them for many more trips to come and would Definitely recommend Evaneos to everyone who would like to explore the world.
Best parts:
The agency is very responsive, well organized and thorough. The tour guides speak English fairly well, knowledgeable, friendly yet very professional and esp very punctual. Drivers are also very punctual and put customers ‘s safety as first priority. Accommodations are clean, comfortable.
Worst parts:
Nothing
Ontheroadagain
5
Burma
Family
We startd in Yangon, went by night bus to Bagan. From Bagan to Mandalay, then Kalaw, Lake Inley and back by plane to Yangon. We had 10 days, which is long and despite this long time our trip was very intense, filled with sightseeing and activities; Our program included cultural sightseeing and activities for the family & kids (elephant camp). We travelled with 3 kids aged 6 to 13.
Best parts:
Everything was very well organised. The whole trip went very smoothly and swiftly. Our guide executed our program perfectly well every day. Our guide did everything in our interest and not in hers. She immediately understood what we liked and anticipated our desires. She even went forward to get us the best table in each restaurant. She made sure we did not have to wait anywhere.
Worst parts:
We would have liked more good photo spots (i.e. that the guide includes in her tour to stop at specific places depending on the position of the sun to make nice photos) Heating did not work in 2 of the hotels, but they brought a portable heater. Breakfast was not great in some of the hotels (but we chose modest hotel category)
Lymden Guy
5
Burma
Couple
Myanmar is a fascinating country and we came away both with great memories of our trip as well as a better insight to the current situation there. The country is full of magnificent temples, many dating back to the 11th century but also the local people have retained an impressive range of craftsmanship that is still flourishing today and is not just for the tourists. Our highlights include the magnificent Shawadegon pagoda in Yangon, riding in a horse drawn carriage around the temples in Bagan, watching the sunset over Mandalay from the Irrawaddi river and zipping across Lake Inle surrounded by lush forested hills with the sky reflected in the glass-like lake. Our itinerary was well balanced such that, despite moving between the four main locations every 2 days we never felt overly rushed or too tired and the guides were all both knowledgeable and friendly and the local travel agency very supportive. I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone wanting to visit Myanmar and experience it's old world charm and deep culture before it most likely changes in the future.
Best parts:
The itinerary was really well designed, covering all the main sites of interest in Myanmar interlaced with visits to local workshops to witness the amazing craftsmanship of the local people, whilst incorporating sufficient rest periods to either explore on our own or relax in our hotel. Having our own guide in each location was also vital for ensuring not only that we got the best out of each site but that we also were able to understand better the local ways of living, from eating in a monastery in the same way as the monks to how to tie and wear a longee and also the opportunity to discuss how individuals felt about the current situation and developments in Myanamar.
Worst parts:
Our only minor criticism was the reluctance of some guides to wear seatbelts at all times, however we did intervene and they responded well.
Daniela
5
Burma
Family
Myanmar is an undiscovered gem, I am happy that we visited it until it keeps the authenticity and the unspoiled nature and landscapes. Balloon flight over Bagan is a must ! Hsinbyume Pagoda in Mingun/ Mandalay is awesome and the sunset at U Bein Bridge is spectacular , as Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon. Ngapali Beach is pristine, Inle Lake is a totally different world....
Best parts:
Everything: the program , the guides, the drivers, the accommodation! I love Myanmar and we'll be back!
Worst parts:
It was too short!
Satmareanul
5
Burma
Family
The destination is a spectacular one, still very unspoiled and authentic. It is hard to mention a special attraction, as we enjoyed absolutely every moment of our trip. We are sure that we shall be back in Myanmar, with a larger group of friends, and with your agency .
Best parts:
The program as a whole was a real success. We enjoyed very much all the monuments , temples, especially Bagan. The guides were all very good, and I think we never had such professional and kind guides all along the trip. The drivers were all good professionals, very serious and in time, and also very helpful. The hotels were extremely well chosen, especially those in Yangon, Bagan and Ngapali Beach. The final mention is for Ms Yu, the travel agent who arranged the program for us, and was kind, supportive and helpful , adapting the program as we requested.
Worst parts:
the program was too short ! we should have asked for at least one week more.
TheMarkHodgkinson
5
Burma
Friends
Great destination - hopefully the political unrest settles soon - stunning trip at Inle lake.
Best parts:
Great on everything - value, people -sights and activities.
Worst parts:
Maybe too many Buddha Images but that's Myanmar!
BevB
5
Burma
Couple
Meeting people and seeing many aspects of their 'everyday life'. Perhaps the biggest factor was having local guides. This enabled us to experience things that we would never have done on our own.
Best parts:
The organisation of Myanmar Diaries was excellent, as was their advice on what to see and do in Southern Myanmar. What we saw and did made the whole thing a trip of a lifetime.
Worst parts:
Nothing.
Myanmar highlights
5
Burma
Couple
We absolutely loved Myanmar and agreed it exceeded our expectations. Our highlights were visiting real local markets, fascinating local industries, visiting the cool hills of Pindaya and Pin oo Lwin, riding on long tails boats up and down Inle lake, travelling on Tri shaw and horse and carts, local trains and a wonderful boat cruise from Mandalay to Bagan. Cycling round Bagan was wonderful and made up for our cancelled balloon flight then ending our trip on beautiful Ngapali beach watching amazing sunsets and eating in the local fish restaurants was very special and a wonderful way to unwind after an amazing trip.
Best parts:
Perfect organisation, a wonderful variety of things to do and see and different types of transportation. Meeting some wonderful Burmese people. Pindaya, Inle Lake, Bagan and Ngapali were truly wonderful places. seeing the local industries (umbrella making, lotus weaving and laquerwear) was fascinating and truly mind blowing. Nothing really disappointed.
Worst parts:
There was nothing bad about the holiday, a few times the food in hotels was disappointing and the attention to detail by some of the staff was very poor, but all had good intentions. At times we felt like there was too many visits to temples and to see Buddha's but when we got to each one there was something very different to see so all worth a visit.
Martin
5
Burma
Family
Burma is really different from the other south East Asian countries. The country is still pretty unspoilt. That makes the people so friendly, open and warm. Visiting Yangon, Mandalay, Inle Lake and Bagan was a great choice. We were glad to do Mandalay to Bagan overland to get even more understanding of the country. To do all this in 8 days was quite intensive but absolutely worth.
Best parts:
Guides were good and everything went according to plan. Balloon trip. Accomodation were fine. Very friendly people in a lovely environments. Program was quite suitable for our kids as well, although we had to skip some pagodas now and then. Bringing us to local restaurants and local food was great.
Worst parts:
Second guide was perhaps a bit too close to us