Top 10 Things to Do in Myanmar
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The permanent inhabitants in Myanmar are always proud of their nation because it is a country of sacred temples and pagodas, stunning landscapes and natural resources. This is the reason why another name of Myanmar is the Golden Land.
Myanmar is worth taking time and effort to discover. And if you are having no clue what to do in Myanmar during your next Myanmar tour packages, let me help you with this article about the top 10 things to do in Myanmar in 2019. Keep on reading!
1. Watch Sunrise in Bagan
When traveling to Myanmar, you can not miss the old capital which is built in 1044 - Bagan. In the first dynasty, this was a magnificent project of King Anawrahta.
There are more than 2,000 sacred temples and stupas in Bagan. You can find them and learn more about Bagan history when walking along the Ayeyarwaddy river shore. These constructions were built from the 9th to the 13th centuries with sophisticated sculptural details, which impressively expressed the typical culture of Myanmar people.
The moment the sun appears on the eastern horizon, everything in Bagan is covered with a golden layer. This magnificent view will be a wonderful start to a new day as well as a perfect journey!
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2. Witness a unique Burmese architecture with Mandalay Palace
Mandalay Palace lies in the Mandalay city - the last imperial capital of Burma, so it is also known as the Royal Palace. Unlike other splendid palaces, Mandalay Palace was completely built of wood in the 50s of the 19th century with traditional Burmese style. For this reason, if you take a deeper view, you will realize that all towers must be in the right-center and face the East. In addition, buildings in the Palace must have the same height and importance of each tower are shown by the number of towers. These interesting features give Mandalay Palace unique and solemnity, which reveals layers of rich history of Myanmar.
3. Immerse yourself in the nature in Inle Lake
Inle Lake is in the top 5 new tourist destinations in Myanmar rated by the world-renowned magazine Condé Nast Traveler. Coming to Inle Lake, you will feel as if you are returning to your peaceful childhood. When you catch a panoramic view of Inle Lake, it seems like a simple and rustic village picture. Stay here until sunset, when the sun goes down into the water, to find some serenity inside.
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4. Take a sunset cruise at U Bein Bridge
If you are a romantic person, you will find yourself pleasantly overwhelmed by the most beautiful sunset in the world at U Bein bridge - one of Myanmar top attractions. In the late afternoon, flocks of people come to this bridge to watch the sun hiding behind the far-away mountains. If you are fortunate, you will see old monks who often tell stories about Buddhism and even Myanmar and its history.
Admiring the beauty of the sunset on the legendary bridge is a great experience of the fascinating Golden Land.
5. Enjoy the beach life in Ngapali
Ngapali is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Myanmar. Visitors come to Bengal Bay to seek for a truly refreshing journey. The lush coconut trees running along the pure white sand, charming turquoise water, and the picturesque huts along the coast - all these things have created a pristine, unspoiled and wild Ngapali beach.
In addition to immersing yourself in the fresh natural space, you can participate in entertaining activities. I highly recommend adventure surfing, sea fishing or ride cycle bikes to visit the picturesque villages around and enjoy tasty traditional dishes.
6. Visit and pray at Yangon Pagoda
For a quieter experience, you can visit and discover a famous pagoda of Myanmar – Yangon. The most special thing in Golden Temple is that it was made with 90 tons of gold. The top of this tower is attached with thousands of colorful diamonds, jade, gold rattles. Looking at the top of the tall tower, you will be dazzled by the bright light of 76-carat diamond. Paying a visit to this massive golden icon of Myanmar and praying the best things for your life will be an unforgettable memory in your Yangon discovery.
One of the most beautiful and famous pagodas in Burma - the golden Shwedagon
7. Take a ride in a hot air balloon over Bagan
A higher and further view of Bagan from a hot air balloon will be an outstanding experience you may remember for the rest of your life. See the stunning pagodas and temples. See the old-fashioned rooftops with colorful clothes. See the mystical and wonderful beauty of Bagan. However, this service is not cheap and if you can afford a high price, do not skip the chance to ride a hot air balloon - one of the most amazing things to do in Myanmar.
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A Scenic Balloon Ride over Bagan temples
8. Contemplate Buddha statues in Pindaya Caves
Standing in the cave are nearly 8000 Buddha statues with many different designs, spreading throughout 150m of the cave. The special thing in Pindaya is that there is an area to decorate a population of Buddha statues and a circle of reincarnation. When you come here, go around this circle 7 times to have good luck and peace, according to local beliefs.
Pindaya Caves is home to thousands of golden Buddhist statues of various sizes
9. Make efforts to come to Taung Kalat monastery
With Taung Kalat monastery - the most famous monastery in the world, you must climb all 777 stone steps to reach the main hall. When you get to the top of Mount Popa, you will see the glorious view of ancient Bagan, enjoy the fresh air and admire the breathtaking landscapes. This will surely deserve your time and efforts. If you are a Buddhist lover, the unique solemnity of religious buildings, Taung Kalat monastery is suitable for you.
Sightseeing on Taung Kalat Monastery is one of the crazy things to do in Myanmar
10. Explore heaven for outdoor enthusiasts in Mergui Islands
Considered as one of the top places for couples in Myanmar, Mergui Islands is the paradise for those who prefer outdoor activities and desire to conquer nature. You can dive into the beach with manta rays, sharks and watch the colorful coral ecosystem. To visit the archipelago with 800 different size islands, renting a kayak boat is a good idea!
Mergui Island - the heaven on earth in Burma
Overalls, if you are too tired with the bustling and crowded cities, a refreshing vacation to Myanmar will be your light at the end of the tunnel. Are you ready to explore the top 10 things to do in Myanmar above? Swarr kyaraaaung! (Let’s go!)
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