Myanmar Travel Guide

Myanmar Travel Guide

By Nora OuUpdated May. 14, 2021

Why Visit Myanmar?

Towering, gilded pagodas, ethereal archeological ruins, stunning landscapes and diverse culture are the main reasons why visitors have been flocking to Myanmar since the easing of the tourism boycott. Myanmar opened up much later than its neighbors, and it has retained its old-world charm relatively unscathed.

It is an ideal destination for travelers interested in Buddhism, with distinctive sights of long lines of monks in wine-colored robes and countless temples in different architectural styles. As well as its culture, Myanmar has gorgeous landscape, from pristine beaches and majestic rivers to tranquil lakes and ancient central plains. Its many scenic panoramas make it a haven for photographers.

Balloon Flights over Bagan
Balloon Flights over Bagan

Most flights are in the early morning, offering an unrivaled perspective

Trekking in Kalaw
Trekking in Kalaw

Kalaw was the hill station where the British fled to escape the hot plains of Myanmar

Sunset from the U Bein Bridge
Sunset from the U Bein Bridge

The sight of people walking along the wooden bridge with sunlight intensifying the orange hues of the lake

River Cruise from Mandalay to Bagan
River Cruise from Mandalay to Bagan

The best way to get from Mandalay to Bagan

Sample Itineraries for Myanmar

The best duration for a first Myanmar tour is 7-9 days, allowing wide-ranging visits, from the remnants of four royal capitals in Mandalay and the tranquil glassy Inle Lake, to the wonders of the ancient ruins of Bagan and the cultural hub of the largest city Yangon. If you have a few more days to spare, consider a trekking trip from Kalaw, or a leisurely holiday at Ngapali beach; or move on to explore Thailand.

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Top Travel Destinations in Myanmar

First come to the two big cities, Mandalay and Yangon, which serve as the entry points for international visitors to the country. Mandalay is the only practicable base from which to explore the sights (such as Mandalay Hill and U-Bein Bridge) in and (such as Mingun, Inwa and Sagaing) outside the city. Yangon is the former capital and has retained much of its colonial charm. Next is Bagan, the archeological zone with more than 2,000 surviving monuments, perfect for air-ballooning.

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