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 heritage 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
Book your trip now
Are you ready to book your trip? To help you get the best deals and service here are the companies that I personally use to book all of my travel online. I always shop around before booking anything, but these are my tried and tested starting places.
- Skyscanner – I’m a bit fan of Skyscanner, it is who I use to book all of my flights. I often will check other like Google Flights or Momodo, but I always go here first and it is who I book 99% of my flights with.
- Booking.com – I LOVE booking.com especially when I can book and cancel free up until a certain point, mostly because my plans are forever changing. It’s easy to use and has one of the widest selections.
- Airbnb – I’m not a huge user of Airbnb, but sometimes I do like to use it, and I ALWAYS check it before I book anything else. You can get some really cool places to stay here, and it is especially good in places like Cuba. If you don’t have an account and you click on this link then you will get $36 off your first booking.
- Hostelworld – If you are looking for hostels then this is a great place to check first. They often have additional places that you won’t find on Bookin.com.
- Agoda – Although I don’t use it as much as booking.com, Agonda is especially good if you are traveling in Asia as they really do dominate there.
- Worldpackers – If you want to travel on the cheap and save money on accommodation then you need Worldpackers in your life. You can read more about it here. If you click this link to sign up and use the code CLAIRESITCHYFEET then you can get a 40% discount on your membership!
- Book a Way – If you are traveling in Asia and want to pre-book your transportation then bookaway.com is a fantastic site to do so. They have buses, trains, and cars.
- RentalCars – Looking to rent a. car while you are away? I always book through Rental Cars as they do a search of all of the big sites and find the best deals.
- Welcome Pickups – Very occasionally getting from the airport to my accommodation is a total pain in the butt, or I’m traveling in a group and it makes sense to arrange a pickup. When I do I use Welcome pickups.
- World Nomads – If you are looking for flexible travel insurance then it’s World Nomads all the way. I wrote all about insurance here if you want a more thorough review.
- SafetyWing – AsI’m a Digital Nomad and not moving around quite so much anymore I personally use SafetyWing now for my health insurance. I wrote a full review here.
- Viatour – Sometimes it can be a little expensive, but I like Viatour for somethings, especially if you can get a discount code! It’s also great for inspiration.
- Klook – If you are traveling in Asia, then Klook is great! You can book all kinds of tours, activities, and train tickets, plus they even have sim cards and WiFi.