Exploring Myanmar Hidden Charms

Burma is an emerging travel destination in Asia offering endless picturesque landscapes and outstanding monuments. May Yangon, Bagan and Inle Lake are too familiar with many travelers and usually get crowded in the peak season. If you want to discover some fresh and new spots without tourist insight, these hidden charms of Myanmar are definitely what you are looking for.

1. Hpa An

Lies in the southeast of Yangon, the peaceful Hpa An town is a perfect destination for those who are searching for a real escape from the hustle and bustle city life. The town is surrounded by magnificent limestone mountain ranges and greenery paddy fields creating an amazing picture of the tranquil region.

Sadan and Kawkadon cave are 2 must see spots in Hpa An which feature great collections of Buddha images in the masterpiece of the nature. Mount Zwekabin is where you can challenge your own limit with the long trekking route. The accommodations here are always available with a wide range of options from budget friendly guest houses to luxury resorts. 

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Pindaya is another great place to spend your holidays in Burma. Situated in Shan state, Pindaya owns the ideal terrain for trekking and hiking activities. This trekking route is less touristy than the one in Kalaw which is suitable for those wish private trip. There are a variety of tour options from half day to multiple day treks with the stop at the local houses. This is a great opportunity to experience a slice of native life and also contemplate the beauty of nature. Furthermore, Pindaya is known as a cave filled with Buddha images which are donated by the Buddhist devotees. This is the site that you should not miss in this wonderful town.  

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Tourists are likely to flock to Bagan to see the temples plain of the ancient city and skip this amazing place. Pyay takes 5-6 hour drive south from Bagan offering the sublime monuments and scenic views over the Irrawaddy river. You can visit the UNESCO heritage - Sri Ksetra temple complex, admire the enormous seated Buddha statue at Sehtat Gyi pagoda, overwhelm by the marvelous of Shwesandaw pagoda. However, the most fascinating activity of all is to sail with the Irrawaddy explorer cruise to contemplate the incredible selections of Buddha images carved on the cliffs of the Akauk Taung.

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Known as “ruby land”, Mogok is an interesting place to visit in Myanmar where a number of gems and mines are found. The region is also the home of some ethnic groups which offer great experiences to the local life. You can visit the working mines and vibrant gem markets here and may be get for yourself a lovely gift from this special trip in your Burma travel. Additionally, the trek routes in Mogok lead you to the untouched and pristine areas that cannot be found in any guide books.  

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5. Mandalay – Lashio train trip

Train is the main transportation in Myanmar owing to the cheap price. The railways pass through some amazing landscapes and this is also a chance to see a part of locals’ daily life. 

The best rail journey is the Pyin Oo Lwin to Naung Pain route offering scenic views over the paddy fields and rustic villages. Especially, the train will run through the outstanding Goteik viaduct which stretches across a deep valley providing spectacular view over the surrounding areas. 

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