Things to Do In Myanmar

1. Visit Shwedagon Pagoda 

Any visit to Myanmar without a visit to the 2500 year old Shewdagon Pagoda is incomplete. The Shwedagon Pagoda is one of the pagodas in Myanmar that will give you a chill. 

The Shwedagon Pagoda enshrines strands of Buddha hair and some holy relics, this pagoda is covered with hundreds of gold plates and its stupa is coated with 4531 diamonds. This pagoda is the largest one in Myanmar and one of the most prestigious sites that annually draws thousands of believers as well as visiors coming to pay their respects.

Shwedagon Pagoda is also an ideal palce to watch sunrise and sunset in Yangon. The moments promise to be spectacular and memorable when the sun cast its glow on the golden stupa. Visit Shwedagon Pagoda and you will want to come one more time. 

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2.Shopping at Bogyoke Aung San Market

This is one of the most popular markets in Myanmar which is also known by its common former name “Scott Market”. The market was built under the British colonial period in 1926, thus having the elegant architectural style. Even if you are not a huge fan of shopping, you will love the market. 

If you are wondering what to buy in Myanmar, Bogyoke Aung San market is an ideal place to get nice mementos from Burma for your family and friends back home. You can get all sorts of things here ranging from jewelry, fabrics, foods, artworks, handicrafts to souvenirs, etc.

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3. Take a Yangon Circular Train Trip

A trip on Yangon circular train will give you a lifetime experience of 3 hour travelling around Yangon city from the busy downtown to the peaceful countryside landscape. Although this is a long journey, it is not boring at all because you will not only have a chance to see a true insight to the local life but also the memerizing scenery outside the window.

This trip is not traditional for tourist but it is just a great way to observe the life and culture of people in and around Yangon.

If you have half day to spare, you are good to go in the train trip. 

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4. Riding Balloon in Bagan 

After enjoy your time in the "Garden of the East" - Yangon, let head to Bagan - the massive plain of thousands ancient Buddhist temples. To make your trip easier and smoother, consider some options to travel from Yangon to Bagan.

Visiting Bagan is a must when you travel to the Golden Land and one of the not- to - be - missed activities here is the ride in the hot air balloon. 

The balloon ride will give the grace to see the magnificent monuments as well as the mighty Irrawaddy river from the bird's eye view in the break of dawn. Notable landmarks will be point out by the pilot and a wise man with camera will always have something to reference to after leaving Myanmar. 

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5. Take a Boat Ride in Inle Lake 

Located in the highland of Shan state, lake Inle is the second largest body of water in Myanmar. Endowed with beautiful landscapes and unique culture, Inle Lake is a great place to spend your holidays. 

Taking a boat ride is the only way to explore the water - based life of Inle Lake. It is one of the most interesting things to do in Myanmar. Set aside a day for the boat ride with the aesthetically pleasing landscape and mountains that will serve as a great back drop, you will go at sunrise and return at sunset through the lush floating gardens, stilt houses, outstanding temples and colorful floating markets. 

The lake also homes to many villages making traditonal products such as cheroots (Burmese cirgar), lotus silk and cottons.

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6. Walk the U Bein Bridge

The U Bein Bridge which crosses over the Taungthaman Lake is the longest teak bridge in the world. It was constructed as far back as 1850 with the length of 1.2km. The bridge is said to built by the wood reclaimed from the former Royal Palace when the capital was moved from Ava (Inwa) to Amarapura. U Bein bridge is the important passageway as well as a famous tourist attraction.

Walking the U Bein Bridge is very relaxing when you can immerse in the poetic surroundings of the lake and see kids running around or couples holding hands. U Bein Bridge is also a perfect place to watch sunset in Myanmar.

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7. Climb the Sagaing Hill 

Sagaing hill is the outstanding site on the bank of Irrawaddy river which dotted by hundreds of golden and white stupas. The climb is a bit exausting but the reward is well worth the effort. 

The various lookouts and temples along the way, the monasteries are also good stopping point while climbing the Sagaing hill. Get to the top of the hill and enjoy foods and drinks in the calm little café on the hill top and visit some amazing pagodas. While you are on the top, you can also have a clearer and gorgeous view over Mandalay. 

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8. Dive in Mergui Archipelago

Mergui Archipelago features numerous pristine island and islets which are surrounded by unexplored fishes, corals and sea life. Several diving companies provide live aboard that gives tourists the room to island hop, scuba dive and snorkel till you are fully satisfied.

It’s always fun diving in Mergui Archipelago as it promises to be a memorable event.

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Myanmar also features many stunning beaches with turquoise water and white soft sand which can give you great Myanmar Beach Holidays.

9. Trek in Kalaw

The trek in Kalaw is one of the memorable experiences you will have in Myanmar as it will expose you to the different side of this country, the green and admirable environment will also be explored. 

The typical trek in Kalaw will take you past the hill station in Shan state, and also a trek to Lake Inle. This trek lasts for days and at most a week, there will always be provision for food, and shelter so don’t be bothered. 

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 10. Enjoy Burmese Foods

If there is something you must not miss doing when you get to Myanmar, it is the Burmese food. Burmese cuisine is influenced by neighboring countries like India or China, hence, still has its own characters. At almost every corner in Myanmar you will find interesting things to eat. 

One of the popular dishes that you will love and can also be found everywhere is “Mohinga”, this is a bowl of rice noodles in a fish based soup, also have a taste of the “laphet thoke” or the Picked tea leaf salad. Curry feast is also what you must not miss in Myanmar.   

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