7 Top Things to Do in Myanmar

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The country of Myanmar is an enticing travel destination in Asia. From north to south, from rugged mountain ranges to unspoiled islands, the country has so many things to offer to its visitors and local tourists. It is always difficult to narrow the list of what you should experience in Myanmar but there are things you should not miss to soak up its authenticity and uniqueness. Here are top things to do in Myanmar on your visit.

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7 Top Things to Do in Myanmar

1. Visit Golden Pagoda – Shwedagon

7 Top Things To Do In Myanmar
7 Top Things To Do In Myanmar

Known as the symbolic monument of Yangon, Shwedagon is the must-visit place to see in Myanmar. This giant pagoda dominates the skyline of Yangon city from most of the corners. During the daytime, it is a big attraction for pilgrimage who believe that it shrines the Buddha relic while the night time boasts perfect chances for photographers to capture its sparkling lights and architecture.

2. Fly Over Bagan temples on Balloon

7 Top Things To Do In Myanmar
7 Top Things To Do In Myanmar

If Myanmar is said to be a country of pagodas, then the premier stop to really live in some 2,500 pagodas and temples must be Bagan. This sacred plain was built in the 11th century, functioned the capital under the Burma kingdom and the first place to flourish Buddhism throughout the country. There are many ways to appreciate the beauty of Bagan but taking a Balloon ride is probably the best way.

There is no better chance to spot the sunrise from high when the mask cracks over the temple`s spires and Irrawaddy River. Things to Do in Myanmar

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3. Meet the Inthar Fishermen 

7 Top Things To Do In Myanmar

For those who want to make their travel more than just a glimpse at Myanmar`s surface, Inle Lake is very luring. The story of this fascinating land reflects colorfully through its floating garden, stilt villages, traditional workshop but more importantly the life of local fishermen – the Inthar people.

The Inthar fishermen have a unique technique to navigate their wooden boat and fish: using 1 leg. Their life is a big part of Inle`s history that is why photographers flock into the area to shoot their special stories. You can also opt for the amazing inflatable paddle board making your fishing experience a lot more exciting

4. The Ancient Capitals around Mandalay

7 Top Things To Do In Myanmar
Mandalay

Mandalay was the last capital of Burma Kingdom. It shows cultural richness through vibrant markets, busy streets, impressive monastery. Above all, Mandalay is more famous for its 3 ancient capitals including Mandalay, Sagaing, Inwa.

To see all the highlights of these sites, you should spend 2 days exploring the Royal Palaces, Inwa relics as well the Buddhism centers in Sagain perched on a lush hill overlooking the city.

5. Go Rural in Hpa An

7 Top Things To Do In Myanmar
Lumbini Garden

Hpa An is a picturesque area which is full of local experience that defines your trip to south Myanmar. When all the sites like Kyaikhtiyo or Bago become more touristic, Hpa An stays itself away from this route. The most remarkable landscapes of Hpa An consist of rice paddies, awe-inspiring caves, karst lime mountain ranges, Buddha mountain, remote villages and breathtaking trekking trails.

Hpa An is only a few hours ride from Yangon, it is a perfect getaway for those who want to soak up the spirit of Burmese farm life. Things to Do in Myanmar

6. See the long neck tribe in Loikaw

7 Top Things To Do In Myanmar
7 Top Things To Do In Myanmar

Located in the lush Shan state, Loikaw is another off tourist destination that can characterize your holiday in Myanmar. It is home to the Pa-O tribe who is famed for their long neck tradition. Another interesting point that attracts adventurers to Loikaw is its contrast of scenery. 

7. Ocean Safari in Mergui Archipelago

7 Top Things To Do In Myanmar
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Mergui differs itself from all islands you have seen in Southeast Asia: it is mostly untouched. It is a true paradise for an ocean cruise where you traverse some 800 islands, dive in unspoiled marine life, paddling through the lush marine park of Lampi. Things to Do in Myanmar

There are only a few Myanmar Tour Packages so far that cover this inspiring part of Myanmar. What you can do in Mergui include kayaking in the secluded bay, dive with sharks, leisure at a private beach and pack them all in an oceanic safari for 8 days. Things to Do in Myanmar


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