Myanmar, as we know it, is a land of centuries-old stupas and traditions. A golden land of spine-tingling beauty, Myanmar is one of the world’s most charming destinations and a nation with deeply rooted Buddhist traditions that can be felt in its heartwarming, hospitable people.
A nation with more than 130 ethnic groups, Myanmar seems like a living edition of BBC Earth where the landscape is scattered with a wealth of different cultures, traditional ways of living and festooned pagodas.
A paradise to discover, Myanmar is a destination for perceptive, intuitive tourists and is blessed with a number of mysterious and tranquil destinations which are as diverse as its people.
Let’s take a look at some of the best destinations in Myanmar:
Yangon, the capital city of Myanmar until 2006, is a dynamic, bustling city that still functions as the most important commercial center and most of the tourists to Myanmar begin their journey with Yangon. Yangon is a melting point of traditions, culture and modernity and gateway to Myanmar.
Lovingly referred to as ‘Garden City of East’, the alluring city is bedecked with wide avenues, colonial architecture, serene lakes, numerous food vendors, and verdant vegetation.
– Shwedagon Pagoda
– Bogyoke Aung San Market
– Kandawgyi Lake
– Ferry rides to Dala
– Maha Wizira Pagoda
Mandalay is Myanmar’s last remaining royal city and is known for its exemplary bridges, glass palace, and monasteries. Located on the banks of Irrawaddy River and evoking images of a bygone era, Mandalay takes its visitors to Myanmar’s old self.
Mandalay is the cultural heart of Myanmar with multiple monasteries, nunneries and pagodas. It’s the second largest city in the country and has some of the best places to visit in Myanmar.
– Mandalay Hill
– Kuthodaw Pagoda
– Mandalay Palace
– Inwa’s country lanes
Bagan is one of the most remarkable destinations in Southeast Asia which has been inspiring people for the last 1000 years. Founded in 849 AD, Bagan rose to glory as the first capital of the unified kingdom of Myanmar.
As the chronicles report, there were once 4446 temples spread across Bagan, of which only 2230 remain today. It’s a celebrated archaeological site offering rich glimpses into the 12th century empire of Myanmar. You’d leave Bagan with a lingering sense of wonder and awe.
– Ananda Temple
– Shwezigon Pagoda
– Mt. Popa
– Bagan Museum
– Hot-air balloon ride
– Boat cruise
– Lacquerware workshops