Myanmar is a trending travel destination which offers something really unique. It treasures two of biggest archaeological sites in Asia, imposing temple landscapes, oceanic hidden gems and distinctive culture. From exotic rotating Indein market to the immersive Mandalay Royal Palaces, from sundrenched Ngapali beach to the breathtaking trekking site of Shan state, Myanmar has so many things to offer to its visitors. It is hard to narrow the list of things you should delve into in Myanmar but these are just remarkable places you should not miss :
To name your first stop in Myanmar, Shwedagon is definitely a must-see. This iconic pagoda represents the highlights of Buddhism architect with its huge, golden spires as well spacious pilgrimage areas. Shwedagon is a perfect attraction to understand about this history of Yangon. This is one of the most favorite spots for photographers also.
There are reasons that Bagan is mentioned in any Myanmar Tour whether it is an adventure or a cultural trip. Its charm mainly comes from some 2,500 pagodas and temples surviving from all earthquakes since 11thcentury. Bagan is also famous for mural art, lacquer traditional work or grateful puppet dance.
While many travelers dream about a sunrise Balloon flight, there are other ways to appreciate its sublime beauty including taking an ebike, cruising Irrawaddy River or simply embarking on a horse cart tour.
Mandalay Ancient Capitals
When it comes to the idea of where to witness the timeless beauty of Burma Kingdom, Mandalay is the premier city you should stop. The city is studded with 4 ancient capitals and each one shows a different story that you will surely be seduced. Located in the heart of Mandalay, the last Royal palace depicts the architectural wonders of Burma time.
Inwa ruin capital boasts faded palaces, photogenic Ubein bridge. Sagaing is home to the largest Buddhism university when Hsinbyume Pagoda in Mingun capital beguiled you by an eternal love history from Prince Bagyidaw. Mandalay,however has more than that to offer. Things you should soak up in this vibrant city includes gem market, Kuthodaw pagoda, snake pagoda and visiting typical tapestry factory.
Inle is mostly contrast to all other tourist sites in Myanmar thanks to its styled lake culture. What really tempts visitors in Inle is the unique life of Inthar fishermen who navigate the boats by one leg. Inle isn`t short of sightseeing places which can at least make you occupied for 2 days.
In the morning, you can opt a visit to Indein ruins as well its market exposing full of lake catches, handicrafts and foods. During the day time, a wooden boat trip will lead you to several stilt villages, observing floating gardens.
If you are eager to challenge your camera skill, order a sunset shooting with the local fishermen !
Pyin Oo Lwin
About 80km from Mandalay, Pyin Oo Lwin is an ideal town to escape from Burmese`s tropical weather. This is one of the few hill station that enjoys cool mountain air. Interestingly, Pyin oo Lwin is home to numerous Colonial Architect remaining from British Era.
Pyin Oo Lwin is a wonderful area for eco travel activities varying from trekking into the wild valleys, cycling through verdant tea plantation, swimming in Anisakan falls. For something more special, ride a train over the awe-inspiring Goteik Viaduct.
When it comes to the idea of where to enjoy sea, sun and sand, Ngapali is simply the best choice. It is the most convenient beach destinations with direct flights from Yangon and Heho airports. Ngapali stretches over 17km of sand, lined by green coconut lines, studded by best world class resorts. Though it is not abundant of nightlife but there are exciting activities to charge your active day: off shore diving, boat excursion, mountain biking with panoramic sea view or Thandwe town river journey.
This trendy destination is extremely mesmerizing. It houses 800 islands of different sizes, shapes with only few tourist steps.
Mergui satisfies cruise lover by its azure waterways where you can dive to observe pristine marine life, kayaking through untouched mangrove. The area starts welcoming travelers recently and there is no group tours which means you need to hire your own boat but it is really worthy. Imagine you set sails amongst the sunny islands, taking a sunbath in a remote beach without any foot step, it’s time to explore Mergui !