Myanmar is an enchanting country to soak up something unique in Asia. There are many Myanmar destinations to explore and as it has just opened its doors to the world after decades of isolation; many of its heritage is still intact. This means you will have the chance to explore intrigue temples, untouched beaches, and the treasured ancient capitals.
Here are a few of the Myanmar travel experiences not to be missed
Fly over Bagan Temples
There are different ways to admire some 2,500 pagodas and temples in the sacred plains of Bagan. Any holiday to Myanmar must include this majestic destination in the itinerary.
Many visitors pedal through unpaved road to grab the chance seeing faded pagodas directly, the other is to embark on a horse-cart drawn drive, however, taking a Balloon is the most impressive choice.
Prepare your camera to enjoy the photogenic chances as you fly over temple spires, capturing the mighty Irrawaddy River during the sunrise.
Go green in Maymyo
Myamyo or Pyin Oo Lwin has two main parts: British colonial heritages and untamed nature. If your passion is to learn about Burmese flora and fauna, head to the Kandawyi National Botanic Gardens which is home to various bird species and mammals. If you expect an adventure that takes you to cascading waterfall, dense jungle, stretch your legs a little further to Hsipaw.
Maymyo has not only that to offer. Its mountain dirt road is extremely inviting for off-road motorcycle.
Eat Street foods in Yangon
Yangon, the former capital of Burma Kingdom, is a great place to challenge your tongue. As the city has a mixture of Indian, Chinese communities as well as regional Burmese ethnics, hence it is a colorful rendezvous for cuisine development.
In Yangon downtown, you can easily get attracted by a smoky BBQ Chinese restaurant, aromatic local fruit stalls, mouth washing snack on the street side, or some of the most delicious noodles in Asia that come from Shan State.
If you have only 1 or 2 days in Yangon, do not hesitate to reserve a street food tour which allows you to taste the most quintessence dishes of Yangon.
Take a Mandalay Photo Tour
Mandalay is a beguiling city. It was the last capital of Burma Kingdom and in fact, there are up to 4 ancient capitals around the city. Only this character makes it a stunning choice for a photography trip.
The site that drives so many photographers every day is Ubein, the world’s longest teakwood bridge but if you are seeking for something exceptional then do not miss the chance to shoot the colorful pottery villages, whitewashed pagodas or stilt riverside villages.
Participate in Thingyan Festival
Known as the new year festival, Thingyan happens in April to mark the end of the dry season and welcome the rainy season. Like Water Festivals in Laos or Thailand, Thingyan is the best chance to mingle with local people, get wet and get fun. No matter where you come from, local people will throw waters toward you at any street and certainly, you can do that to them. Everyone is happy to receive this!
During the Thingyan, you are offered chances to treat your tongue the finest Burmese foods.
Celebrate your holiday in Mergui Archipelago
Imagine you are floating in the least visited parts of Asia, seeing the best beach without humans and dive with friendly sharks. You can add all these experiences in a trip to Mergui Archipelago, home to more than 800 islands.
The area has been opened to foreign visitors since 2012 and it still remains an expensive destination in Myanmar. After all, you get what you pay for! You will be rewarded by amazing seascapes, striking Lampin marine park, amazing caves to kayak through or simply meet the local people.
Miguel Gluton is the writer after Our Travel Lifestyle. He often journeys to the wilder parts of Asia from time to time. You will find some interesting stories on his blog at www.ourtravellifestyle.com