Myanmar, although as beautiful and idyllic as most of Asia, is still considered one of the most unexplored places in the world, even with a crazy amount of explorers these days! As a country full of intriguing history and tradition, Myanmar is slowly becoming an extremely popular place to visit. With ancient temples and pagodas, pristine landscapes, and an evolving culture that is slowly opening up to the modern world, there is a lot to discover and learn about this place.
In 2015, this country, formerly known as Burma, voted for its first democratically elected government in half a century and opened its doors to tourists. You will find that the people in Myanmar are hospitable and friendly. There are many reasons to add this place to your list, even now from the magnificent temples of Bagan to the serenity of Inle Lake and the bustle of the capital city of Yangon.
Myanmar: location. According to thesciencetutor, Myanmar is the northernmost country in Southeast Asia. The country is bordered by China to the north and northeast, Laos to the east, Thailand to the southeast, the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal to the south and southwest, Bangladesh to the west, and India to the northwest.
Myanmar: from the capital. The capital of Myanmar is Naypyidaw.
Myanmar: language. Although the main language in Myanmar is Burmese, there are still about 100 other dialects that are commonly spoken. Considering the fact that the country has just opened its doors to other countries in the last few years, the level of English among locals is not the same as when traveling to other countries in Southeast Asia. However, those who work in the tourism industry have adapted quickly and can usually communicate easily.
Myanmar: in aluta. Currency: Burmese Kyat (MMK)
Myanmar: climate. You can visit Myanmar all year round due to its tropical climate. However, as a general rule, try not to visit Myanmar between June and September. At this time (especially from July to September) the rainy season is in full swing. Places like Ngapali Beach are closed during this time due to inaccessible roads.
The best time to visit most of Myanmar is from November to February as it is not too hot to walk due to the cool wind that blows. March to May, on the other hand, is hot, especially on the plains near Bagan and Mandalay.
Myanmar: about the main attractions.
Mandalay. While there is plenty to do in Mandalay, there are a few must-see highlights such as climbing Mount Mandalay, visiting the U-Bein Bridge, or visiting the many temples and pagodas throughout the area.
Bagan. Naturally, one of the highlights for any visit to Myanmar is to see the sunrise over the temples in Bagan. Whether you plan on watching the sunrise from a hot air balloon or just from a variety of scenic vantage points, the experience is pure magic and I highly recommend doing it in Myanmar.
Lake Inl. One of the most exciting things to do in Myanmar is to hike from Kalau to Inle Lake. Not only is the scenery quite gorgeous, but the locals you meet along the way make it worthwhile as you travel from one local village to another. In addition to trekking, there are plenty of other things to do on Inle Lake, from cycling to boat tours of surroundings.
Yangon. Besides exploring the cities of Bagan, Mandalay and Inle Lake, most travelers make the trip to Yangon to see the Shwedagon Pagoda, which is one of the most popular religious sites in the country. In addition, in Yangon you can also ride the local circular train, as well as visit the many art galleries that are opening in the city.