Burma

A New Frontier

The most recent addition to South East Asia's eclectic blend of accessible countries, Burma (also known as Myanmar) is a mesmerizing mix of evocative royal relics, stately temple complexes, tranquil lakes, a striking capital and of course some of Asia's most undiscovered beaches and archipelagos. Burma's complex and often tragic history belies a nation filled with hope and optimism, populated by a friendly and proud people.

Burma

A New Frontier

Welcome to Burma (Myanmar). Please explore the respective categories in the menu to the left. Should you require further information or assistance please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Curated Hotels

As the newest addition to South East Asia's golden destinations, Burma's hotel scene is relatively untested but currently expanding at a staggering pace. What existing hotels and staff often lack in experience, they make up for with spirit and hospitality. Lower your expectations somewhat and you will find yourself delighted with the quality of the better hotels and even the smaller properties across the nation

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Health & Relaxation

It may not be known as a great spa destination yet, but Burma's unmistakable aura of spirituality is palpable and part of the nation's cultural fabric. Mindfulness, self-control and the observation of true reality are cornerstones of Vipassana Buddhism and you could do a lot worse than integrate a meditation session into your travel plans.
Of course a nice spa treatment should not be missing and we have the finest selection

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Health & Relaxation

A little rest goes a long way. You spend enough time dealing with the stresses of life. Come away with us and rebalance, relax and feel reborn. Below is a list of – by no means exhaustive – health and relaxation related recommendations. Download our itineraries from the SAMPLE page for more inspiration or drop us a message!

The mark of a successful man is one that has spent an entire day on the bank of a river without feeling guilty about it. 
The Strand Spa (Yangon)
Nemita Spa by Lilawadee (Yangon)
Siam Spa (Yangon)
La Source Beauty Spa (Yangon)
Inya Day Spa (Yangon)
The Nature Spa at the Aureum Palace (Mandalay)
Amata Resort & Spa (Yangon)
Jiivala Spa (Inle Lake)

Immerse

Cultural Experiences

Burma's recent tourism resurgence has once more revealed it for what truly is; a cornucopia of adventure, mysticism and spirituality. One need not be a photographer to appreciate the immense beauty of Inle Lake and its Intha fishermen, or the mesmerizing spectacle of the Bagan temples at dawn. Add in a mahout elephant training, perhaps some cycling or hiking and voilà, an unforgettable journey in Burma.

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Cultural Experiences

What inspires aspiring travelers? What is their dream image of Burma? Our team and our local guides compiled a short list of some of the most memorable and original activities we could think of. To inspire. To dream. Need more suggestions? Please download our sample itineraries from the SAMPLE page or contact us.

Orwell's Burmese Days
The Life of Inle Lake
Myanmar's guardians of the forest
Hidden wonders of Mrauk U
Rubies of Mogok
Upstream from Mandalay
Buddhism in Burma
Private Bagan Balloon
Puppets & Puppeteers

Savor

Burmese Cuisine

Influenced by India, Thailand, China and even Nepal, Burmese cuisine features just about every flavor and texture of Asia's already rich and diverse food scene. Not to be outshone by their neighbors, the locals have made sure to add a twist of their own to many dishes; tea leaf salads, chickpea porridge and a catfish curry soup... just a few of Burma's clever palate teasers.

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Burmese Cuisine

Yin & Yang. Horse & Carriage. Laurel & Hardy. Travel & Food. You shouldn’t accept the former without the latter. It is said that ‘love goes trough the stomach’ and we certainly want you to love our trips. So here’s some useful information about Burmese cuisine, may it tempt you to download our sample itineraries or get in touch.

Lapet Thoke
What’s in it:Pickled Tea leaves, Tomatoes, Shrimp Floss, Peanuts, Ginger, Fish Sauce Why we love it:Though Indochina countries with strong cooking backgrounds border Myanmar; it has its own quintessential take on south East Asian delicacies. Take the salad, Myanmar is one of the only nations to use tea leaves as the main base of their salads. Lapet Thoke is considered a staple for providing a bright burst of flavor along with the earthiness of the tea. This is considered a must try for any traveler to Burma.
Mohinga
What’s in it:Catfish, peanuts, turmeric, ginger, lemongrass, garlic, paprika, chickpeas, fish sauce, eggs, coriander, and banana stem Why we love it:This incredibly complex ‘soup snack’ is a Myanmar Staple. The catfish provides a rich fish that absorbs the cornucopia of flavors used to make this dish an mélange of flavors. A great dish to ‘free your senses’ so you may adjust to and enjoy all the wonderfully complex meals on offer in Myanmar
Nan Gyi Thoke
What’s in it:Thick rice noodle salad with chickpea flour, coconut milk chicken, fish cake (nga hpe), onions, coriander, spring onions, crushed dried chili, dressed with fried crispy onion oil, fish sauce and lime. Why we love it:The thick and springy noodles used here provide a perfect base to the sweet coconut oil and firm chicken, which make up this dish’s main flavor profile. The heat and complexity of the other seasonings help elevate this dish far beyond a simple curry.
Htamin thoke
What’s in it:tomato puree, potato, glass noodle, toasted chickpea flour, crushed toasted dried fermented bean cake, crushed dried shrimp, crushed dried chili, garlic and dressed with cooked peanut oil, fish sauce, lime or tamarind and coriander.Why we love it:This dish features the Myanmar staple of rice. A great example of a variety of ingredients combining to elevate the simple ingredients to transcendent new heights. A spicy and ‘funky dish’ that well utilizes fermented flavors and spice to create a great new taste.
Ohn-No Khauk Swe
What’s in it:Curried Chicken, Wheat Noodles, Coconut Milk Broth, Fried Bean Fritters, onions, chilies, hard boil eggs, fish sauce, lime juice.Why we love it:Along with Mohinga, this dish can be considered the national dish of Myanmar, (as it is the equivalent of ‘chicken soup’ for North Americans). This dish is a rich and slightly spicy broth that becomes transcendently rich and complex with each bite. This is the perfect dish after a long & hot Burmese day, to be enjoyed with a cup of tea or beer.
Shan-style rice
What’s in it:fish stock, fish, garlic oil, deep fried pork rinds, leek roots, and turmericWhy we love it:To further delve into Myanmar flavor profiles, we recommend a dish of Shan-Style Rice. The Shan are one of the countries main ethnic groups, and prepare this unique rice dish with fish instead of chicken. This gives the dish a sour and earthy quality that differs wildly from the country’s chicken based dishes.
Shan-style ‘tofu’ noodles
What’s in it:Chickpea Flour, rice noodles, marinated pork, chili oil, pickled vegetables, broth. Why we love it:This is one of Myanmar’s most unique dishes. Made with Chickpeas rather than soybeans this dish is made of a thick porridge that’s strained from ground chickpea liquid. This is then drizzled over rice noodles and meat, and topped with chilies and pickled vegetables. It is one of the most unique textural combinations found in Myanmar and an unforgettable dish.
Nangyi thoke
What’s in it:rice noodles, chicken, fish cake, bean sprouts, hard boiled eggs, chickpea flour, turmeric, chili oil, pickled greens and broth.Why we love it:This dry noodle dish is essentially a ‘salad’ from all the extra ingredients. They blend together (like a salad) into a unique and savory meal combination that allows you to use the broth on the side as ‘dressing’ if you wish to make the dish more rich and savory. This is certainly one of the more unique takes you will find in Myanmar on side dishes.
A small sample of our preferred dining venues in Burma… 
Green Elephant
More of a cultural institution than restaurant, the Green Elephant Restaurant has quickly expanded to locations in Yangon, Mandalay and Bagan. The menu focuses on providing clean and delicious Burmese staples. In addition to providing beautifully prepared meals, the Green Elephant provides cultural shows of puppets and Burmese dancing to introduce guests to cuisine as well as culture.
Monsoon (Yangon)
To better understand the influences of Indochina in Myanmar, we welcome you to Monsoon Restaurant. Her in a yellow colonial house, you will find famous dishes from Cambodia, Thailand and cuisine from the broader Indochina spectrum. In addition the venue is a cultural hub for both locals and expats, with Bar Yangon being a popular foreigner hangout and the third floor as an arts and crafts store. This is a wonderful venue to relax and strike up a conversation.
Red Mountain Vineyard (Nyaungshwe)
This is one of the few vineyards in Myanmar and is conveniently located just outside of Inle Lake. While you should not be expecting these varietals ‘noses’ to be on par with their European forebears, we suspect you will be pleasantly surprised by both the quality and variety of the wine on selection here. The Vineyard offers a stunning view of the surrounding hills and lake; enjoy a romantic dinner for two on the Estate Grounds before returning to your adventures at Inle Lake.
Seven Sisters (Kalaw)
This tiny venue is raved about by foodies throughout Myanmar and is considered a must-visit. The cooking here specializes in the cuisine of the Shan People, which has strong roots in both India and Nepal. You will be able to try a hidden style of cuisine in a ‘off the beaten path’ destination, the perfect paring for a perfect Myanmar dining memory.
Sharkey’s (Yangon)
This is one of the few vineyards in Myanmar and is conveniently located just outside of Inle Lake. While you should not be expecting these varietals ‘noses’ to be on par with their European forebears, we suspect you will be pleasantly surprised by both the quality and variety of the wine on selection here.
LinkAge (Yangon)
For those who wish to provide hope and help as they dine, the LinkAge restaurant is dedicated to helping Myanmar youth rise out from poverty and enter the field of hospitality and culture. Here you can enjoy both art and cuisine prepared by the youth of Burma. A great way to say ‘thank you’ to Myanmar and its bright future.

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We have compiled a carefully curated set of itineraries for you to download, free of charge! These exciting trip templates were designed to inspire and to give you a better sense of what a Mandarin Journeys trip can be.

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Download Itineraries

Burma offers a bewildering range of activities, sights and experiences. We want you to enjoy a holiday that caters to YOUR interests and ambitions and as such we offer, for your consideration, this set of downloadable itineraries, each with a different theme or route. We hope it will assist in the planning of your journey and we welcome your feedback or questions. Please check back frequently as we add more itineraries on a regular basis. Please enter your name and email to begin the download. All documents are guaranteed free of ads, viruses or other malicious software.
A Tour through the cultural highlights of Burma. From Inle Lake to Bagan, this tour brings you the best of Burmese art and its tumultuous history. See Itinerary
A relaxing tour through the undiscovered beaches of Burma. Find peace and relaxation in the best beaches of Myanmar with this itinerary.  See Itinerary
A delicious foodie tour of the last undiscovered pearl of South East Asia. Eat and Drink your way through Burma and unravel the culture of this magnificent country with this trip. See Itinerary

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What’s in it:Pickled Tea leaves, Tomatoes, Shrimp Floss, Peanuts, Ginger, Fish Sauce Why we love it:Though Indochina countries with strong cooking backgrounds border Myanmar; it has its own quintessential take on south East Asian delicacies. Take the Salad. Myanmar is one of the only nations to use tea leaves as the main base of their salads. Lapet Thoke is considered a staple for providing a bright burst of flavor along with the earthiness of the tea. This is considered a must try for any traveler to Burma.