Once a country closed off to the western world, Myanmar now welcomes travellers with open arms and big smiles. This extraordinary country has something to offer everyone. From its majestic pagodas to some of the world’s most beautiful wildlife and beaches, Myanmar is a place you will visit and want to come back to time and time again.
With so much to see in one country, it is best to choose a Myanmar tour that encompasses all the top locations and sights in one trip. Here are the sights no Myanmar trip should be without:
Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon
The Shwedagon Pagoda is the most sacred Buddhist site of the Burmese people. The structure stands at 99 metres tall and is over 2500 years old. The pagoda is visible from almost everywhere in Yangon and is adorned with 27 tons of gold and thousands of diamonds and gems. The site holds its special place in Burmese culture as it houses strands of Buddha's hair and numerous other relics. When you see the Shwedagon Pagoda for the first time, you are guaranteed to be overwhelmed by both its size and beauty.
Balloon ride over Bagan
Ballooning over Bagan consistently makes it onto lists of the world’s top balloon rides, and for good reason. Seeing the ancient city of Bagan from above is a way to see a foreign country that can’t be beaten. You will be able to spot the thousands of pagodas dotted along the land and get a bird’s eye view of many ancient structures. A balloon ride of Bagan is one of those few events where you really can say it was a once in a lifetime experience.
Inle lake is the second largest lake in Myanmar and is densely populated by local tribes whose stilt houses and shallow boats can be seen across the lake. The floating gardens of the Intha tribe are a fascinating sight as get a unique look into how these industrious people grow their food in the shallow freshwater. The main form of transport in the area is by boat, even when visiting houses and markets.
Shwenandaw Kyaung in Mandalay
For a truly awe inspiring example of Myanmar's architecture, look no further than the Shwenandaw Kyaung Monastery. Rebuilt by King Thibaw Min, in the late 19th century, the structure is entirely made of wood and is known for its ornate carvings depicting Buddhist myths. It is the only surviving structure that made up the wooden palace built by King Mindon and is without a doubt the most renowned monastery in Mandalay.
A trip to Ngapali beach gives you the chance to take in one of the world’s most scenic and pristine beaches. Lined with palm trees, it is the perfect place to unwind and spend some time getting reacquainted with the beach lifestyle. The area supports many local fishermen who can be seen heading out into the horizon for a days’ worth of fishing. While the beach easily rivals those in neighbouring countries, it has retained its old charms and unique character.
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