Into Myanmar: Tour Ops Tap Untouched Asia


Bagan Temple
Bagan Temple is on Kensington Tours’ programs for Myanmar.


For American travelers, Myanmar has been on the radar as an emerging destination over the past year. Having been plagued by political turmoil, the country has not been a viable option for the U.S. market. Its isolation has also left it remarkably untouched, unlike its other Southeast Asian neighbors.

Earlier this year, the U.S. restored diplomatic relations with the destination following a series of political and economic reforms in the country. While Myanmar is a far cry from the more heavily trafficked countries in the region, there is an ever-increasing tourism presence in Myanmar, reflected in its slew of high-end boutique hotels and cultural landmarks.

Myanmar sits at the northern border of Thailand, making it an easy add-on destination to stays in Chiang Mai, Thailand; Laos and Vietnam. Note: There are no direct flights from the U.S. to Myanmar, but airlines like Singapore Airlines, Etihad Airways and Lufthansa all fly to the destination. Also, if you go, there are no ATMs in Myanmar, so plan accordingly. A visa is required for entry.

Kensington Tours has responded to the rising interest in Myanmar with the unveiling of a newly redone portfolio of private guided adventures. Itineraries include a variety of themes, such as culinary arts, traditional crafts, viticulture or outdoor activities. Some of the top destinations include Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan, Inle Lake, Ngapali Beach, Lashio, Kalaw, Bago, Mrauk U and more. Other tour operators that arrange trips to Myanmar are Abercrombie & Kent, Asia Transpacific Journeys and Pacific Delight Tours.

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