If you’re a certified beach bum who like to have Buddha as a combination, although it looks very unlikely, you should explore Myanmar. Commonly known as Burma, the country is filled with Buddhist Temples. It also has unspoiled beaches situate in Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea. Myanmar is a conservative country slowly and gradually opening to foreign tourism.
Myanmar (formerly Burma) is a Southeast Asian nation of more than 100 ethnic groups, bordering India, Bangladesh, China, Laos and Thailand. Yangon (formerly Rangoon), the country’s largest city, is home to bustling markets, numerous parks and lakes, and the towering, gilded Shwedagon Pagoda, which contains Buddhist relics and dates to the 6th century.
Average spending in exploring Myanmar should cost approximately $25 per day. Just remember that your spending is what you make it. You can go exploring even lesser than $25 per day. It is ideal to avoid all-inclusive tours and just take local transportation as much as possible.
So, below are the top 10 travel destinations in Myanmar:
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Travelers with great passion for Buddhist temples, pagodas and stupas should not dare missing Bagan. It contains the most Buddhist temples, pagodas and stupas in the whole world. Bagan is an ancient capital of Myanmar. The place is really magical.
2. Golden Rock
Golden Rock, locally known as Kyaiktiyo Zedi, is an awesome sight. It is a well-known Buddhist pilgrimage site in Mon State, Burma. It is a small pagoda (7.3 metres (24 ft)) built on the top of a granite boulder covered with gold leaves pasted on by devotees.
3. Shwedagon Pagoda
Shwedagon Pagoda is considered the most sacred among all the pagodas in Myanmar. It is well-known as Great Dragon Pagoda. It is one of the most famous and spectacular sight in Yangon. Thousands of years old, over 300ft tall and covered in fold, jewels and precious stones. It it one of the most important sites in the Buddhist faith. I don’t know how you might miss going here if you are in Yangon but I highly recommend it. You just need to wear decent clothes especially females. The ladies should not forget to cover their legs, back and even their shoulders in respect to Buddha. The place is very peaceful and serene.
4. Taung Kalat Monastery
Taung Kalat Monastery is one of the most breath-taking sites in Myanmar as it is situated in dramatically atop of huge rocky outcrop. The monastery is surrounded by sheer cliff faces and offers a really stunning view of the surrounding plains and Mount Popa itself. At a moderate pace, the monastery can be reached in no more than 30-minutes hike up. You can be excited to pass by platoons of cheeky monkeys along and a small army of locals selling drinks, ensuring to keep your steps clean of monkey poo in return for a possible tip.
5. Inle Lake
Inle Lake is a freshwater lake located in the Nyaungshwe Township of Taunggyi District of Shan State, part of Shan Hills in Myanmar. It is one of the top travel destinations in Myanmar because of its considerable natural beauty. Sunsets are best captured by the lake. One thing I’d like to stress about this place is that Bagan isn’t the only place to see astounding stupas in Myanmar, you can also find them around Inle Lake.
6. Mrauk U
Mrauk U is a very significant archeological town. It is also the capital of Mrauk-U Township, a sub region of the Sittwe District. Make sure to also not miss Mrauk U because visiting it is an opportunity to see at first hand the natural Burmese way of life; the flow of seasons; devotion to family and all underpinned by Buddhism from which the Burmese derive their way of life.
Ngapali is Myanmar’s premier beach destination. It is located on the Bay of Bengal coast in Rakhine State, its main feature is an idyllic stretch of white sand and palm tree-lined coast, with a number of resorts spread out next to traditional fishing villages. Ngapali’s peak season is from November to March. However, it is a sure home to early bed goers too because Ngapali is certainly snoozy.
8. Shwenandaw Monastery
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Shwenandaw Kyaung Temple (Shwe Kyaung pyi in Burmese) meaning the Golden Palace Monastery was built mid-19th century and is the only major surviving old teak building from the former royal palace. It was moved from the royal palace at Amarapura to Mandalay to be used by the king for meditation, and was later donated to the monks for use as a monastery for learning. The detail on the teak is absolutely beautiful. This is a small monastery and won’t take too long to look around. There is an admission fee but it’s the same ticket that gives you entry to the Royal Palace and other sites around the Mandalay Region.
9. Ayeyarwady River
The Ayeyarwady Rivers connects the famous cities of Mandalay and Bagan with Yangon. It is Myanmar’s longest river. Here you can enjoy river cruising in style. One should not miss trying Ayeyarwady River Cruise because it is truly going to be a relaxing experience, excellent in all aspects and a superb adventure. Trying the cruise yourself would make you realize how Myanmar is still unspoiled where its people are incredibly friendly and welcoming.
10. Shwemawdaw Paya
Shwemawdaw Paya is a stupa located in Bago, Myanmar. It is often referred to as the Golden God Temple. It is a nice pagoda. You will be charged an entrance fee at the main gate. I’m pretty convinced that it’s worth it. The pagoda is not crowded. This is good for a little side-trip on foot around Bago.
There you have it, the top 10 travel destinations in Myanmar. Draft your itineraries now and put this places all together in one trip as you visit the country of Myanmar. We would love to guide you around so don’t hesitate to give us a buzz on our social media accounts.