Asia + The Middle East
The mystical gem of south-east Asia
The main cultural draws of Myanmar are the Buddhist temples and pagodas around Bagan and Mandalay and the extraordinary gold Shwedagon Paya in Yangon and they do not disappoint but the further off the beaten track, the more the country surprises: hill tribes and cultures spill over as they have for centuries from neighbouring India, China, Laos and Thailand.
In the south west, Myanmar enjoys the same beaches and Andaman Sea which have made its neighbour Thailand so popular – but it has a fraction of the visitors. It boasts the majestic Irrawaddy River which starts in the Himalayas, cuts through richly wooded hills and down into a wide fertile valley which possesses some of the most extraordinary and extensive temples and pagodas in the world. As it spills via a delta into the Andaman Sea, it is extraordinary that the journey of a river of its size and celebrity has taken place in one country.
Tourism is still in its infancy. The years of isolation and the concentration of wealth in a ruling elite have meant that the economy and infrastructure has been only partially developed despite the rich natural resources of teak, oil, gold and many other minerals. But the people you meet are amazingly open, friendly and proud.
Getting it Right Every Time
Your Destination Expert will build a relationship with you and a nuanced understanding of what you want from your holiday.
CREATING AN ITINERARY
Once we know you, we can match our years of specialist knowledge to you and begin designing your extraordinary trip.
We will continue refining your itinerary adding in those special touches and leaving no stone unturned to make sure that every day is spectacular.
From the moment you leave home, we will be on hand to ensure a totally seamless experience.
We work in some of the most ecologically and culturally sensitive parts of the world, so have always been conscious of operating in a way that has a positive impact on both the environment and the people.
When you travel with us, we will make a contribution on your behalf to one of the following charities: All About the Light Foundation in Africa, ABOUTAsia Travel & Schools in Cambodia, the Alalay Foundation in Bolivia and Scott Polar Research Institute in the Polar Regions.
If clients are interested, we are always keen to get them involved in local projects and conservation efforts. Whether it be whale counting in Antarctica or rhino relocation in Kenya, you will leave knowing your actions have made a difference.
Our service includes booking and managing all your international and domestic flights. However, you can also book your own international flights if you would prefer. We can also organise private charters and private jet travel for both international and domestic flights.
We have a fantastic VIP service in place to help you navigate the airport and make your journey as smooth and easy as possible. We can collect you from your home, take you to the airport and escort you through check-in and immigration to avoid any queues, straight through to the airport lounge before boarding your flight. The same service can be put in place on your return journey.
We understand that one of the most important factors to our clients is flexibility to give you as much assurance as possible when booking your next trip. We are extremely flexible and are on hand to discuss with you the latest updates on flexibility in any one of our destinations.
We have excellent relationships with a handful of insurance companies who provide various forms of cover. Each one offers a different policy with varying terms and conditions, so we strongly recommend getting a series of quotes and discussing your personal requirements in detail with them in order to find the best one for you.
Booking and travelling with an accredited tour operator is more important than ever. cazenove+loyd is a bonded tour operator and is ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). Our ATOL number is 3208. This means that the UK government guarantees all funds paid out to a bonded operator and is bound to pay in full if the bond holder is unable to deliver as contracted. This gives our clients peace of mind and full financial protection. Please see our booking conditions for further information.
We have put the relevant measures in place so that our destinations are ready to welcome you safely. In all of our destinations, sanitation and hygiene in our vehicles and the properties we work with are extensive, with cleaning protocols rigidly followed as well as other necessary safety requirements. We always arrange private vehicles and guides for our clients when travelling in a destination.
The price of our service is dependent on the intricacies of the itinerary. No two trips are the same. Our philosophy is to make every detail tailored just to you.
For the latest details on deposit and balance payments and schedules, please get in touch to speak to an expert.
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Each of our dedicated experts has extensive knowledge of the destinations they specialise in. They are continuously re-visiting, trying and testing so that they can offer you up to date and little-known insights into the regions they are so passionate about.
Stories from Myanmar
"Time has passed, yet the memories are even stronger. It has been over one month since Annabel and I returned from Myanmar and we are still thinking back nearly everyday to the best holiday either of us have ever been on."
"As we sit here in Belmond Governor's Residence on our last night in Burma - we just wanted to write and say thank you for organising such a divine and special holiday. Truly - it was out of this world and utterly seemless. We were met with smiles at every turn in this country of breathtaking beauty - I can't think of a single moment that we would have wanted to change in any way... You organised it to perfection!"
"Suffice it to say, we are sitting here feel rather miserable to be leaving but return with memories that will last a lifetime! And thank you for the champagne...a perfect touch"
"We also just wanted to mention that our guide was in a league of his own. From inviting us to his home Bagan to his captivating stories of life in Burma we tried hard - but were unable - to catch him out on any topic. He was a powerhouse of knowledge and great fun to be with. Indeed, the only addition we were able to add to his repertoire, was introducing him (curtesy my daughter) to a Burmese cookery course by Lake Inle at the completely enchanting Bamboo Hut (we have brought you back their card for you)....other than that he is clearly revered wherever he goes and we felt thoroughly spoilt and blessed to be in his company - again, thank you!"
"Thank you very much for organising our holiday. We had a ball! It was, for us, the trip of a lifetime and it all worked wonderfully. What a truly lovely and interesting place Burma is. I am so glad we have seen it, if but just for 10 days before it changes. How interesting for you to be involved in such a fascinating place. We were also there for the elections which was exciting."
"We want to thank you so much for putting together such a memorable Myanmar experience. Everything went so smoothly, a reflection of your careful organising and attention to detail. We were welcomed warmly by the local people everywhere we went but especially in the villages we visited along the Chindwin River where few tourists venture and access is limited. The river trip was an undoubted highlight."