Myanmar traditionally known as Burma is a country possessing rich history, culture, custom or tradition. It has numerous tourist attractions, with many undiscovered tourist attractions which are yet to explore. Many of Myanmar's popular tourist attractions are familiar to many tourists all over the world.
To this day Myanmar remains one of the most mysterious and undiscovered destinations in the world. A land of breathtaking beauty and charm yet only recently emerging into the modern world. What can the casual visitor therefore expect upon arrival, and why should one embark on such a journey in the first place?
There are so many amazing and fun things to do in Myanmar. And if you need help deciding what to do on your vacation, check-out some of the favorite attractions and activities.
This is probably the most illustrious tourist attraction in Myanmar. It is considered the oldest pagoda on earth that represents the center of Buddhism in Myanmar. It is believed that this pagoda had been covered in 30 tons of gold including huge number of gems and jewelry buried in it. You will find wide collection of best arts and crafts related to Myanmar and many of the shrines are decorated in rare, priceless sculptures and wood carvings.
Bagan is called the "Land of Thousand Pagodas" You can consider Bagan as the ancient capital of Myanmar which has more than 2,000 ancient pagodas scattered all over the place. Bagan is the most visited place in Myanmar, because of its religious significance. It is believed to be the capital built in the 9thcentury AD and stayed as the capital of Myanmar nearly 200 years. During this period many monarchs, queens, princes, nobles including ordinary citizens had built thousands of large and small pagodas, beautifully decorated with fine art and mural paintings. You will see many of these spectacular and huge pagodas and temples still exist, demonstrating its greatness. Visiting Bagan, you will appreciate the beautiful architecture and art of ancient Myanmar.
This is called the Golden Rock in Myanmar. It is a large natural rock covered in gold. It is a well known tourist destination for many foreign tourists until the recent past. Kyaikhtiyo still considered as one of the most sacred destinations in Myanmar. Many Buddhists devotees coming from Myanmar, China, Thailand, Laos and many others believe that Kyaikhtiyo Golden Rock has magical or divine powers. The golden rock is opened to visitors during the dry season and it is accessible from Yangon or Rangoon by bus or car.
Mandalay seemed to be the last capital of Myanmar or Burma. It is the second largest city in Myanmar and still believed to be the cultural center of Myanmar. This is an exciting place for the art and cultural buffs looking for traditional art and craftsmanship. Although number of traditional artists and craftsman are on the decline, numerous Myanmar's traditional artists, sculptors, liquor ware artists, bronze-smiths, and tapestry artists still exist in Madalay. The famous Buddha Image, Mahamuni, is located in Mandalay Myanmar. It is well known that the stone inscription of Tri-pitaka is located at the base of Madalay Hill.
The Inle Lake called as the "Sea in the mountains' is located over the Shan State Highland. It is the habitat for thousands of Inthas. The Inthas tribe live in houses built over water and they greatly depend on the lake for their livelihood. It's an ideal location to visit by the environmental concerned traveller, he or she will see the balance between man and the environment. You can get great photo opportunities, especially the images of Inthas rowing the boats with their feet. You can hire a boat exploring the lake while visiting many villages in the lake including incredible floating market and the floating Phaungdawoo Pagoda. If you visit during September or early October, you can watch the popular boat races of Inthas.
Yangon is situated in the fertile delta country of southern Myanmar on the Yangon River. Today the city is an important cultural centre as well as a very active commercial port.
Besides above, Myanmar has many tourist attractions, however the above places will definitely make the first time traveller happy and excited. There are lot of places to visit for anyone who has never been to Myanmar before. All depends on the visitors interests or likings or hobbies. It varies from one person to another. If you do not have enough time to visit remote places of Myanmar, other than Yangon, it is better to visit the Shwedagon Pagoda or a visit other interesting places in the city. Visitors can observe the Buddhist devotees from all backgrounds who have come to worship Shwedagon Pagoda. You will see many devotees offering fresh flowers, pouring holy water, burning incense sticks and candles.
The 15 km long white sand beach with palm trees is a popular place for tourists. There are many cheap accommodation and guest houses in Ngewe Saung town. When you visit Ngwe Saung, you will come across a small tourist village selling cheap souvenirs and delicious seafood. During low tide the beach is accessible to many islands.
The package tours are available with accommodation to Ngwe saung but you can visit this beautiful beach resort on your own, few hours from Yangon. Be ready to experience six hour travel along a bumpy road.
Aung San Bogyoke Market
It is the premium market for tourists arriving or departing Myanmar. This is the best place not only for shopping but also trading your foreign currency at much better rate. However, be sure to count your money and calculate the exchanged amounts yourself. Once you change your dollars to local currency, this market is the best place to buy jewelry, antiques and crafts.
According to latest travel information, Myanmar is becoming a great tourist destination for the traveler. It is becoming or known as one of the hot tourist spots in the world. Also, it seems to be a safest destination for foreigners as it has the lowest tourist crime rates in the world. So you can relax and have peace of mind when you visit Myanmar.
Wherever you go in Myanmar, whether it be cruising down the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River in style, drifting over the ancient city of Bagan by hot air balloon, or searching for that elusive tiger on the back of an elephant, there is always a feeling of adventure.
Tourist visa Myanmar
A valid Passport with Entry Visa is required of all visitors. A Tourist Visa allows a stay of 28 days.
Overland entry is permitted for Thai tourists with border pass and for third party tourists with visa at Tachileik, Three Pagoda Pass, Myawaddy and Kawthaung check points along Myanmar-Thai Border; and for Chinese tourists with border pass and for third party tourists with visa at Lweje, Nam Kham, Muse , Kyukoke, Kwanlong, Mont Lar along Myanmar-China Border.
Business Visa Myanmar
A valid passport with Entry visa is required for all businessmen, applicable at Myanmar Embassies and Consulate General Offices abroad.
Best Time to Visit Myanmar
The best time of year to visit Myanmar is during the cool season.
There are three seasons in Myanmar: the hot season, the Monsoon season, and the cool season.
The hot season in Myanmar lasts from early March to late May, the Monsoon season in Myanmar runs from the late May to mid October, and the cool season in Myanmar runs from late October to late February.
The best time to visit Myanmar is the cool season, as temperatures can climb very high in the hot season and the rains can interrupt sightseeing in Myanmar’s Monsoon season.
Now, Myanmar gradually becoming a safe destination for foreign tourists, its pristine and clean beaches, unique cultural attractions, snowcapped mountains and forest wilderness are rapidly becoming attractive for the enthusiastic traveller.