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Myanmar, or Burma, is one of the largest countries in Southeast Asia. Although the massive state has incredible sites, gorgeous beaches, and much more, the tourist industry is still relatively new. This is due to the country’s history of conflict and human rights issues. However, Myanmar is now as safe a destination as any, and many visitors are experiencing what it has to offer for the first time.
Getting around is easy, and you can find tickets from Myawaddy to Yangon, as well as many other routes. But what is there to see? Is it really worth visiting?
Because it is such a big country, the number of things to see and do are difficult to count. Here are the very basics of making your trip to Myanmar one of the most exciting vacations of your life.
Hot-Air Balloon Over Hidden Temples
Bagan has ancient Buddhist temples that number in the thousands. They are spread out across the plains and make for one of Myanmar’s most stunning sites. Of course, wandering through thousands of temples is not an appealing adventure for most people. Take a hot-air balloon ride, on the other hand, and the trip becomes effortless and fun. You get an incredible perspective of the area, seeing way more than you could otherwise see. Go at sunrise, and you’ll make the most of the visibility and the beautiful weather.
Visit the Shwedagon Pagoda
The Shwedagon Pagoda is one of the most famous pagodas in the world, and is the crowning glory of the city of Yangon. Because it is so beautiful, any property that looks onto it is prime real estate. It will be at the top of your itinerary when you visit. You’ll not only see architectural brilliance, but you’ll get a taste of the culture and religion, with animal sculptures representing eight planetary posts where local Buddhists pray.
Walking Tours of Yangon
Walking is the best way to get to know most places, and this is certainly true in Yangon. Find a popular walking tour and join for a small price. Alternatively, do your own research and follow the paths others have tread before you. Either way, it’s better to follow an established trail than to wander around aimlessly.
A leg-rower (exactly as it sounds!) will take you down Inle Lake, where you can visit everything from silversmiths to pagodas. You will be able to relax as you watch sites pass you by or spend some time shopping for silk accessories. You can stay in a stilted hotel to get the full experience of Inle Lake.
The Myeik Archipelago has some of the most gorgeous diving spots in the world. If you haven’t got your scuba diving license, you can do a course and be ready to go in no time at all. In the stunning underwater world, you will see sea creatures in their natural habitat, tropical plants and fish, and much more. It is an experience you must have at least once in your life, and this is the perfect opportunity.