Tourism in Myanmar is a mystery to many travellers as the country only recently opened its doors to visitors. For delicious cuisine, untainted natural beauty and friendly locals, now is the time to visit Myanmar!
As the nation of Myanmar only recently began to welcome tourists, it is still relatively undiscovered and offers a certain untainted charm unique in the region. Few signs of Western influence in the country make Myanmar feel particularly timeless. Even today, men wear traditional longyi (long skirts) and women often wear thanaka (a cosmetic paste made from ground bark).
Tourism is steadily growing, and the landscapes of many cities are filling with more hotels, restaurants and attractions. Few travellers will come away from Myanmar without having something great to say about its people and hospitality, and this warm reception extends to its international travellers.
Once the capital of Myanmar, Yangon is a bustling city of 5 million people and a thriving commercial centre. Gold glimmers from the facade of nearly all of its attractions, from Shwedagon Pagoda – the most sacred Buddhist temple in Myanmar, to Golden Rock, a gravity defying boulder balancing a small pagoda on its surface.
Yangon is also home to many natural beauties. The pristine sands of Ngapali Beach are the perfect spot for those looking for a break from the city and Inya Lake is a peaceful getaway, ideal for relaxing and reflecting. One of the most appealing elements of Yangon, though, is its welcoming atmosphere. One of the best places to experience the Burmese hospitality, vitality and friendliness is in traditional villages like Dala.
Bagan and Heho
If there’s any landscape that depicts traditional Myanmar, Bagan is the one. Packed with ancient stupas poking from every inch of the skyline, it is one of the most popular places to experience both ancient ruins and the celebration of Buddhism in Myanmar.
Heho offers a more contemporary view of the Burmese lifestyle, from the simplistic hillside town of Kalaw to the sensational scenery of Inle Lake. Rural countryside is a stone’s throw away from every main road and nature surrounds every doorstep.
Regal architecture and majestic landmarks can be found scattered across Mandalay in proud display. Sagaing Hill glistens with the tips of golden monasteries peeping from forest and Mandalay Palace, the final palace of the last Burmese monarchy stands with immaculate grandeur.
The hilly terrain of Mandalay also provides plenty of places to admire the view. Mandalay Hill is a popular pilgrimage site for many Buddhists and boasts 790 feet of covered stairways leading to a fantastic panorama of the city. U-Bein Bridge provides another inspiring view across the Taungthaman Lake from the oldest and longest teakwood bridge in the world.