Top Places To Visit In Myanmar – Visit Myanmar April

Top Things to Do in Myanmar

Previously called Burma, Myanmar is a nation in Southeast Asia that is slowly gaining popularity amongst travelers. Because of great accessibility from land boundaries, vacationers from Thailand and the rest of its neighboring countries in Southeast Asia typically frequent these lands trying to find off-the-beaten-path adventures.

Although not huge, there are still lots of locations to see in Myanmar Incredible archaeological sites, stunning natural landscapes, as well as a vast selection of cultural spots, Myanmar is a nation that I prompt everybody to place on their bucket lists. Below’s a list of locations in Myanmar (Burma) that are worth checking out.

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Places to Visit in Myanmar

 

Yangon

The capital city of Myanmar, Yangon is growing to be an active metropolitan city where old colonial structures meet ancient pagodas. There are sights like the Shwedagon Pagoda which is among the most essential historical sights in all of Myanmar. The circular train is additionally an incredible experience where you can observe the local culture.

Sule Pagoda and also Shwendagon Pagoda

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Known for its mystical pagodas, no journey to Myanmar is complete without going to Sule Pagoda and also Shwendagon Pagoda. These 2 pagodas are so stunning, particularly throughout dawn and also sundown.

Sule is smack in the centerof Yangon. It is 48 meters high and was utilized by the British as the core of their grid pattern plan for Burma in the 1880s. Sule, unlike other pagodas, is a octagonal-shaped pagoda.

The 2,500 years old Shwedagon Pagoda enshrines strands of Buddha’s hair and also other divine relics. It is a have to see. Shwedagon Pagoda is covered with numerous gold plates as well as its stupa is encrusted with 4531 diamonds.

Ride Yangon’s Circular Train

yangon circular train

The Yangon Circular Train is something you absolutely have to experience. You won’t just experience a day in the life of locals, however also reach take incredible pictures of the outskirts of the city.

You’ll see individuals going up and also down the train selling things, and likewise meet people of all kinds jumping on and off the trains. Business people, market vendors … it is among those points that permits you to experience Myanmar wherefore it truly is.

Outside Yangon

 

Mt Kyaiktiyo Pagoda (Golden Rock)

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Mt Kyaiktiyo is a prominent pilgrimage trip for devout Burmese Buddhists and is usually full of devotees who take a trip from around the country to pay homage to this religious site. From Yangon, this golden rock is accessible by bus or train.

The pagoda itself is comprised of a large gold rock which is stabilizing beside the cliff. We recommend checking out during sunset as the golden rock glows, even more, when the skies becomes various shades of orange and purple. Although it is a religious site, it has actually likewise ended up being extremely commercialized yet nevertheless, a sight to see.

Where to stay in Yangon

Budget: Little Yangon Hostel

Budget: Pickled Tea Hostel

Mid-Range: Jasmine Palace Hotel

Mid-Range: Hotel Grand United (21st Century Downtown)

Luxury: Sule Shangri-La

Luxury: The Savoy

Reaching Yangon

 

By Air: Yangon has an international airport terminal as well as offers the largest number of destinations both within as well as outside the country.

 

By bus: Yangon is also very well connected by both bus and train routes. It’s from Yangon that you will certainly have the best option of locations to travel to.

 

By train: Yangon is a major stop on the nation’s train system. Do be aware that trains are not what you would certainly find in developed nations. There are hard seats and no or poor a/c. Train travel is likewise much slower than bus. However, if you’re after a local experience, train is the means to go.

 

Bago

 

If you seek even more pagodas, an outstanding reclining Buddha and a wine monastery, you will certainly want to travel to Bago.

Bago is just a number of hrs away from Yangon, making it an easy day outing.

According to tale, the Buddha that once travelled in the location saw a number of Hintha birds flying across the waters searching for a relaxing place. The male bird came down on the only available place which was just huge enough for one bird, upon which the female perched in addition to the male bird. Upon seeing this, the Buddha foretold that one day a city would certainly thrive at this area.

Shwemawdaw Pagoda

Called the “Gold Temple” this stupa is the highest in Burma

shwemawdaw pagoda

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Kyaik Pun Paya

This is residence to the renowned Four Seated Buddha shrine.

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Shwethalyaung Buddha

Among the biggest lying Buddha images in Myanmar.

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Bagan

Promoted by the numerous sweeping pagodas as well as stupas, Bagan is a cultural joy and also is considered a have to check out by everybody who comes to this country. With over 2000 ancient ruins, you can spend a couple of days traveling around the area hopping from one historical site to the next. If you’re looking for an enchanting experience, you can ride a hot air balloon over the temples during daybreak. The sun shimmering as it rises on top of these ancient ruins is a sight to see as well as is something that is worth doing during your time there.

Apart from seeing the ancient ruins, you can additionally see Mount Popa and the monk monasteries.

 

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Mount Popa

 

mount popa

Where to stay in Bagan

Budget: Ostello Bello, Bagan

Mid-Range: The Hotel at Tharabar Gate

Luxury: Bagan Lodge

 

 

Getting to Bagan

By Air: The local airport terminal is Nyaung U, which is simply a couple of miles from old Bagan. It is a domestic terminal only.

By bus: Bagan is well linked by bus:

Inle Lake (10 hours)

Yangon (9 hrs)

Mandalay (7 hours)

By train: Bagan is on Myanmar’s rail network and also you can connect with Yangon (16 hrs) or Mandalay (8 hours).

 

Inle Lake

 

Take a day outing on the stunning Inle Lake checking out the rivers with its stilt houses, markets, floating gardens, pagodas, local traders and also restaurants. This is a terrific location to see the sun set and the sun rise over the water. Seeing how the citizens in Inle fish utilizing conelike sphere like nets as they guide their boat with one foot is also instead amusing to view.

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Where to stay in Inle Lake

A lot of the lodging lies in close-by Nyuangshwe with a series of budget to high-end alternatives. You can likewise consider at least one night on the lake for the sunrise and also sunset views.

Budget: Ostello Bello Hostel Nyangshwe

Budget: Song of Travel Hostel Nyangshwe

Mid-Range: Thanakha Inle Hotel Nyangshwe

Mid-Range: Aureum Palace Resort & Spa Inle Nyangshwe

High-end on the Lake:  Golden Island Cottages on Inle Lake

Deluxe in Nyuangshwe: La Maison Birmane Boutique

 

 

Reaching Inle Lake

 

By Air: The nearby flight terminal is Heho, which is about 45-60 minutes’ ride from Nyangshwe through winding mountain roads. Expect to pay around $20 for your taxi (among the best deals you’ll get in Myanmar for a taxi ride). Heho is a domestic terminal only. A stay on the lake is about another 20 minutes away from Nyuangshwe by boat (or an additional 40 or so mins by roadway).

 

By bus: Inle Lake is well connected with buses travelling from:

Yangon (13 hours)

Mandalay (10 hours)

Bagan (10 hours)

 

By train: Inle Lake is not on Myanmar’s rail network.

 

Trekking from Kalaw to Inle Lake

From being outdoors, taking pleasure in the amazing landscape, to staying in a local family’s home as well as tucking right into some home-cooked food, there’s a lot to like regarding it. The most common trips are either 2 or 4 days long.

 

Reaching Kalaw: Most individuals begin in Kalaw and also trip to Inle Lake as opposed to the other way around.

 

By air: If you’re flying in to Heho, you’re halfway there– simply take a taxi from the airport. There is a train from the airport terminal (2 hours) yet just once daily in the morning so you would certainly need to co-ordinate your flight time.

 

By bus: there are buses from Mandalay (8 hours), Bagan (8 hours) as well as Yangon (12 hrs).

When should you go? High season (which is both one of the most prominent yet also the driest period) is November to February. Myanmar has a wet season unlike the majority of the remainder of SouthEast Asia– it pours, occasionally relentlessly (compared to the once daily heavy showers of most monsoons). This can produce some miserable trekking conditions.

 

 

Mandalay

In comparison to the quiet and subdued roads of Bagan, Mandalay is a big city teeming with life. Busy roads filled with a selection of tea shops, remarkable Pagodas, and numerous tourist attractions make this one of the most popular places to visit in Myanmar. Out of all the tourist attractions, climbing Mandalay Hill is possibly a large crowd favorite as it enables you to sweeping views of the city as well as the Irrawaddy River beaming from afar.

The U-bein Bridge as well as Kuthodaw Pagoda is also a rather prominent attraction as well as is an excellent area to observe the culture of the locals.

 

Kuthodaw Pagoda

The Kuthodaw pagoda in Mandalay consists of a gilded pagoda, numerous temples housing etched marble slabs and also numerous pavilions. The pagoda is also called “the world’s biggest book”, named after the 729 marble slabs engraved with Buddhist teachings.

Kuthodaw Pagoda

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U-Bein Bridge

U Bein Bridge is believed to be the longest and oldest teak wood bridge worldwide and also extends for 1.2 kilometers. The bridge itself plays a huge component in the daily life of residents with hundreds going across by either foot or bike to get to or the local markets. Since coming to be a popular traveler destination, many now make their income from the bridge by providing boat rides, selling food and water or by flaunting their remarkable knowledge of its history.

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Reaching U-Bein Bridge: You can reserve a local driver to take you to the U-Bein bridge at sunset. Prices can be steep given it’s simply half an hour outside Mandalay. You can take a tour and if you spend a little more, you can find a scenic tour that will give you a broader scenic tour of Mandalay including lunch.

 

Where to stay in Mandalay

Budget: Ostello Bello, Mandalay

Mid-Range: The Link 83 Mandalay Boutique Hotel

Luxury: Mercure Mandalay Hill Resort

 

Getting to Mandalay

By Air: Mandalay has an international flight terminal that is additionally well connected locally. However, realize that the flight terminal is about 20 miles outside the city, which can be time consuming (over a hr) and pricey as a result of the {raffic. Internationally, you will certainly connect with more destinations by flying from Yangon.

 

By bus and also train: Mandalay, like Yangon, connects with a lot of the traveler drops in Myanmar.

 

Hsipaw

Found by the Shan state, Hsipaw is a sleepy village that is rather popular for its trekking. From Hsipaw, you can head to either Namhsan as well as Kyaukme. Namhsan is referred to as the tea capital of Myanmar so anticipate to see lots of local| life. Although the {reks are easy, some parts are still restricted to tourists so it is ideally explored with the guidance of a tour operator. Hsipaw is a trekking destination that attracts people in and also keeps them there most likely due to the fact that it’s cooler as well as the air cleaner than most various other areas in Myanmar.

hsipaw

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Trekking in Hspiaw

Getting to Hspiaw: Also on the railway, it takes 13 hrs from Mandalay or 7 hours from Pyin Oo Lwin. There are buses from Mandalay (7 hours), Pyin Oo Lwin (7 hrs), Inle Lake (12 hours) as well as Yangon (15 hours).

 

Ngapali Beach

If you’re looking to unwind by a seaside location, head to Ngapali Beach which is among the most widely known beaches in Myanmar. Situated on the Bay of Bengal coastline, this palm-fringed island has a couple of resorts established among fishing villages providing you a terrific contrast of both. Surprisingly, there is a huge amount of tasks to do in this area with scuba diving, snorkeling, boat tours, and kayaking. You can additionally merely kick back on the beach as well as consume seafood captured by the local fishermen, as well as take a day trip to Pearl Island.

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Do know that Ngapali almost closes down during monsoon  season (May to October).

 

Getting to Ngapali Beach

By Air: Flying to Ngapali beach will certainly be your best bet due to the fact that all other transport modes are seriously limited. The local flight terminal is Thandwe and is just a few kilometres from the beach hotels. You can discover flights from and also to Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay, Heho (Inle Lake). Nevertheless, these routes thin in monsoon season with terminations on the day being common. Your most trusted path is in as well as out of Yangon.

 

By bus: The only bus route running to Ngapali comes from Yangon as well as takes around 11 hours.

 

Myanmar is a truly beautiful place. Hope you enjoyed this guide on the Top Places To Go In Myanmar – Visit Myanmar April

 

 

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