These are the top 10 places to visit in Myanmar

Myanmar is a stunning country. It’s full of amazing sights that stole our hearts from the moment we landed in the strange, beautiful, and inspiring country. Myanmar offers an amazing array of activities. From Inle Lake, the chaotic capital of Yangon, to the stunning Bagan temple plain. Myanmar is still one of the most beautiful countries in South East Asia. These are our top 10 places to visit in Myanmar.

Watch the sunrise over the Bagan temple plain

Bagan sunrises can be breathtaking. It is a memorable moment to see the sun rise over the Bagan temple plain. The temples stretch out as far as the eyes can see. A morning mist rises above the plain and a rainbow-coloured sky emerges from the darkness. Hot air balloons drift above the horizon.

Climb the 777 steps of Mount Popa

Mount Popa is a Myanmar postcard spot: A sacred monastery perched on top of an extinct volcano, it has stupas made of gold and a holy church. The route leads to Mount Popa’s top, where you will find the headquarters of Myanmar’s most powerful Nats. There are 777 steps, and there is a lot of monkeys along the way, eager to have fun with tourists who are on the hunt for food. Mount Popa is an easy half-day trip from Bagan.

Get lost among the thousands of Stupas at Kakku, Inle Lake

Kakku, one of Myanmar’s most impressive pagodas is an undiscovered Shan State gem that offers some of the most amazing things to do at Inle Lake. It is made up of 2,478 stupas, which were commissioned 2000 years ago. It serves as a religious center for Pa’O people from Myanmar. You can reach it by taking a half-day trip from Inle Lake. A local guide is required due to local laws.

Take a sunset boat ride on Inle Lake

Inle Lake is one the most beautiful lakes in the world. The stilt houses and Buddhist temples that rise from the marshy water reeds add to its beauty. It is a great way to see Inle Lake. A ride on one the long-tail wooden boats is a great option. You can also enjoy the quiet and solitude of the lake while watching the local villages go by. Inle Lake is a great place to be for sunsets. The beautiful colours of the Myanmar sunset shine through the lake’s glassy surface making it a stunning setting.

Be amazed at the sight of hundreds of ancient stupas at Indein, Inle Lake

Hundreds upon hundreds of brown, white, and red stupas are dotted along a hill in Indein. This village is located just off Inle Lake at the mouth of a narrow creek. It was a pleasure to travel to Indein. The creek’s twists and turns took us past farmers who were accompanied by water buffalo. Families bathed along the banks.

Experience the calmness of Shwedagon Pagoda at night

While Shwedagon pagoda can be enjoyed at all times of the day, it is especially enjoyable after dark. It is considered the most sacred Buddhist Pagoda of Myanmar. It is home to the relics from four Buddhas, and is crowded at night with worshippers. After darkness falls, the golden beauty of Yangon’s Pagoda is stunning. It is one of Yangon’s must-see attractions.

Cruise the Irrawaddy River from Bagan to Mandalay

The Irrawaddy River is Myanmar’s longest river. Cruising along it offers a glimpse into Myanmar’s daily life on its banks and waters. It is a peaceful and authentic experience to pass rural villages and observe daily life in Myanmar along the banks.

Step back in time at the Shwenandaw Kyaung Monastery, Mandalay

The Golden Palace Monastery, located near Mandalay Hill and once part of the Roayl Palace is decorated with stunning teak carvings depicting Buddhist myths. It is a unique religious sight in Myanmar, and a highlight of Mandalay.

Watch the sunset over the U Bein Bridge, Mandalay

The traditional teak U Bein Bridge, which spans over 1km across the Taungthaman Lake is one of Myanmar’s most photographed landmarks. It is also the longest in Myanmar. The bridge is a symbol of Myanmar as the sun sets on another Myanmar Day. It hosts the monks who cross the bridge to return to their monastery.

Watch the sunset over the U Bein Bridge, Mandalay

The traditional teak U Bein Bridge, which spans over 1km across the Taungthaman Lake is one of Myanmar’s most photographed landmarks. It is also the longest in Myanmar. The bridge is a symbol of Myanmar as the sun sets on another Myanmar Day. It hosts the monks who cross the bridge to return to their monastery.

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