Places to visit in Myanmar

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Myanmar (formerly Burma) is a unique place and there are many unique places to visit in Myanmar. It is undergoing transition, yet keeping its ancient and authentic feel.

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Travelers are still discovering undisclosed destinations and attractions such as pagodas and lakes of Yangon, Mandalay and its suburbs, Myanmar beaches, Buddhist archaeological site of Bagan and we can (and will) go on.

So without further ado, let’s get started!

Must-see destinations in Myanmar

Must-see destinations in Myanmar
Shwedagon Zedi Daw and also known as the Great Dagon Pagoda and the Golden Pagoda, is a gilded stupa located in Yangon - Places to visit in Myanmar

Yangon - Formerly known as Rangoon

Yangon is packed with religious structures from every religion, from Hindu temples to cathedrals, you will even see mosques and synagogues in Myanmar’s former Capital.

At the same time, the colonial quarter has a lot of gems if you appreciate architecture. Make a time leap, imagining yourself back to the colonial era or take a circular train around the city.

Mandalay and its surroundings

This second largest city lies in the north of Myanmar. It is big, busy and noisy, but easy to visit as the streets are well organised, and for those who get lost easily, a palace is in the middle of the city and will help you to find your way. We strongly recommend the places around Mandalay, such as:

  • Ava: A magnificent place surrounded by nature, pagodas, and monasteries.
  • Amarapura: A former capital famous for the U Bein bridge.
  • Sagaing: The religious Capital. If you are looking to visit a lot of Pagodas and encounter many monks, it is the place to go.
  • Mingun: If you have the time, take the boat and visit a large pagoda. It will take you more time but it is worth it.
Buddha Statues at U Min Thonze (Sagaing, Mandalay) - Places to visit in Myanmar
Balloons at Bagan - Places to visit in Myanmar

Bagan - Holy sites and more than 2000 temples

Such as visiting the Eiffel tower in France or the site of Angkor in Cambodia, visiting the temples of Bagan is a must-do during a trip to Myanmar, not to mention the sunset. Bagan is a large Buddhist archaeological site of over 50 square kilometres.

The most beautiful spectacle in Bagan is the sunset, we recommend to see it from the Shwesandaw temple.

Inle lake - A picturesque home to the local Intha people

Discover numerous fishermen and Intha villages, living around the lake in stilts houses.  
Explore the floating villages and be amazed by Intha’s ingeniosity and learn about their culture and how they are growing their floating gardens.

Discover villages and traditions of locals at Inle lake in Myanmar - Places to visit in Myanmar
Golden Rock in Kyaikhtiyo - Yangon to Inle Lake journey

The Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda - The golden rock

One of Burma’s most sacred Buddhist sites is this sacred boulder. It is a massive stone on the edge of a cliff with a pagoda on top of it enshrining a hair of the Buddha.

The rock that appears to be gold is a granite boulder. Experience an atmosphere of devotion, surrounded by the burning candles, the chanting of devotees, offerings and the smell of incense.

Ngapali - Said to be named after the Italian city of Naples!

One of Myanmar’s most famous beaches, Ngapali is located 7km away from the city of Thandwe (Sandoway). White, soft sand, coconut trees, beach bungalows… sounds like the description of relaxing in paradise, does not it?

Ngapali beach Myanmar

In our opinion, those are the best places to visit in Myanmar. Agree? Have some additional place on your mind? Contact us to discuss it!

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