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Myanmar (Burma) is a beautiful country with spectacular archeological sites, many gilded pagodas, and fascinating traditional culture. In addition to its unique attractions, another of the country’s great assets is the hospitable nature of its people. They are helpful, and delighted to share their way of life with the wider world.
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.More
Bordered by Bangladesh to the northwest, India to the north, China to the northeast, and Laos and Thailand to the east, Myanmar juts into the Andaman Sea and Bay of Bengal. Covering an area of 261,228 square kilometers, Myanmar has a population of around 60 million, the majority of whom grew up on the banks of the Irrawaddy River and its tributaries.More
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.
The following guide gives you some good ideas for planning a trip to Myanmar. It introduces must-see sights and amazing experiences and describes festivals and events throughout the year. Information on flights, hotels, restaurants, shopping and entertainment is also provided. The culture section introduces Myanmar’s history and people, its arts and crafts.
The sight of hot air balloons drifting serenely over the plains of Bagan has become iconic in Myanmar. The balloon rides, in the mornings from October to March, offer visitors an unrivaled perspective of the archeological zone. The former colonial hill station of Kalaw is a popular departure point for treks through the nearby minority villages. Watching a sunset from the wooden-teak U-Bein Bridge at Amarapura, silhouetted against the sky, creates a great opportunity for good photos. A journey cruising along above the Irrawaddy River is a classic way to experience the country’s timeless charm.
Most flights are in the early morning, through the delicate mist and towards the rising sun, offering an unrivaled perspective
At 1,320 meters above sea level, Kalaw was the hill station where the British fled to escape the hot plains of Myanmar
The sight of people walking along the wooden bridge watching a sunset, with sunlight intensifying the orange hues of the lake
Taking a boat and sailing down the Irrawaddy River has got to be the best way to get from Mandalay to Bagan
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.