Since the lifting of Western sanctions in Burma (also known as Myanmar) has become a popular place to visit. It has some incredible temples, rivers, lakes and stunning landscapes. When planning a trip to Myanmar try venturing out a little and explore the villages, the local ,markets, and local places to eat and tea houses. If you visit around the time of a full moon day you will see virus festivals and parades in monasteries.
Kyaiktiyo Paya (Golden Rock)
Kyaiktiyo Paya is one of the most iconic locations and also one of its most important Buddhist sites in Myanmar. This small pagoda on a golden rock with gilded, it was made by male pilgrims to the site.The golden rock is on top of a larger rock – to get tot he top you will need to hike up hill from a town called Kinpun. The full track is approx 11 miles and takes approx 4-5 hours. There are some transport options to reach the top such as trucks. Please be aware of the strict dress code when visiting this temple.
Yangon (formerly often known as Rangoon) is o longer be the country’s capital city but it is still considered by many to be its main centre in Myanmar. The golden pagoda is the city’s main landmarks. The are lots of beautiful old colonial building to see and Yangon is considered a photographers dream. The city is rich in culture and history. If you explore further afield you can visit Kandawgyi Lake, Hledan Market and the huge marble Buddha (Kyauk Taw Gyi).
Once of the most breathtaking sites in the world which has over 2000 Buddhist structures. You can take a hot air balloon to see this vast site covers with beautiful ancient temples and buildings. Bagan has numerous historical buildings, temples, and an old palace. Bagan is particularly beautiful at sunset. If you want to explore the area fully you will need several days here. The site is over 26 square miles, and has the Irrawaddy river running through it. The temples were built around 1057-1287 by the kings of pagan. Today you will find approx 2230 temples of the original 4450 temples that once stood there. The area has been preserved and restored by UNESCO.
Mandalay is a young city that was established around 1857 and t has grown into a busy and interesting city. It is known to be the cultural centre of the country. in Mandalay you can see many traditional shows and it is a great place to buy traditional arts and crafts. The neighbourhood around Mandalay are definitely worth exploring to see the hustle and bustle of this city as well as lots of historical sites and buildings, such as temples, mosques. You can also climb the Mandalay hill for stunning views of Mandalay, where you also find many religious sites. Bikes are available to explore the area.
Inle Lake is one of the highlights of visiting Myanmar, the natural beauty of this area is a must see. There are may villages lining the bank s of this lake and you can see the traditional fisherman and visit its local markets. You can take a scenic boat trip around to see more off the beaten track areas along the lake.
Legend has it that the Shwedagon Pagoda is 2,500 years old, but archaeologists estimate it was first built by the Mon sometime between the 6th and 10th centuries (i.e. during the Bagan period). The pagoda emerges from legend into history in 1485, which is the date of an inscription near the top of the eastern stairway that tells the story of Shwedagon in three languages (Pali, Mon, and Burmese). The great Schwedagon Pagoda stands on a platform covering over 5 hectares on a hill 58m above sea level. It can be seen from virtually anywhere in the city.
If you manage to climb the 777 steps to the top of Mount Popa Monastery – you will be treated with stunning views over the area. Beware the walk up is home to hundreds of monkeys who appear to guard the monsters on your way up, they are not shy in taking any food and items from your bags or pockets, so keep things after and locked of you can. You ca take a day trip here from Bagan which takes about 1 hour. The monastery is built on top of extinct volcano.
The Gawdawpalin Pahto was begun during the reign of Sithu II (or Narapatisithu, 1174-1211) and completed during the reign of his successor, Nadaungmya (or Htilominlo, 1211-1234). It is one of the larger (it is actually Bagan’s second tallest) and most imposing of the Bagan temples. The Gawdawpalin a large east facing two-story temple set on a low platform in the centre of a walled enclosure with four gateways. It is located just to the north of the present Archaeological Museum.