Top 15 the most beautiful places in Myanmar
Myanmar is the most beautiful and the only unspoilt country in South East Asia. Most tourist that are visiting this area of the world, choose the famous route Thailand–> Cambodia–> Vietnam. We did the same at our first trip. We were just searching for the best tips in the Internet and everybody said that these countries are the best to visit. Well, they are not bad, but after visiting almost every country in SE Asia, we know that there are many destinations that are more amazing, like El Nido in Philippines or… Burma in general with beautiful places Myanmar!
We can’t believe no one told us before that this country is so amazing. Why we haven’t found any informations about it in the Internet? Why any traveler that we met on the road didn’t mention Burma? To be honest, we visited Myanmar because it was one of the last places in South East Asia that we haven’t seen. Our main goal is to visit all the countries in the world, so we had no choice- we bought tickets to Burma.
It was love at the first sight. As soon as we get off the plane, we felt the unique vibe on this country. Everybody was smiling and was very helpful. It wasn’t crowded, like on the other airports in Asia. On the way to our hotel, we were watching people from the window of our taxi. It was a cultural shock for us. It turned out that men in Myanmar wear skirts! There were so many things that positively surprised us in this country that we wrote a separate post about it: interesting facts about Myanmar.
Unfortunately, our time in Burma was limited and all we saw was Yangon. We asked other travel bloggers to help us in creating this post. They wrote about things they like the most and beautiful places Myanmar. After seeing all these incredible photos and reading their texts, we really can’t wait to visit Burma again!
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Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon from Sharon at Where’s Sharon
Sule Pagoda in Yangon by us 🙂
Long Neck tribe from Stefan at Nomadic Boys
Inle Lake from Kerri at Passport Penguin
Trekking from Kalaw to Inle Lake from Taylor at Travel Outlandish
While most of the world’s great hikes end with a high-altitude summit, a trek from Kalaw has an end point of an entirely different kind. After 61km of trekking through remote villages, becoming immersed in local life, and sleeping on monastery floors, you’ll wind up at the spectacular Inle Lake. You won’t miss the scenic overlook at all!
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Red Mountain Winery – Inle Lake from Alana at Great Big Globe
Bagan’s Secret Temple: The Best Place to Watch Sunrise from Hannah at Eat Sleep Breathe Travel
Ngwe Saung from Sonal at Drifter Planet
A white beach, a sandbar, and delicious seafood – Ngew Saung has it all! To make things better, there’s a spot on the beach with two little pagodas to make your sunset viewing epic! The name Ngwe Saung means silver beach in Burmese and is an apt description. The main beach of Ngwe Saung appears to be “endless” because it stretches for many kilometers. When the tide is low, a little sandbar emerges that leads to Lovers’ Island. Ngwe Saung is easy to reach from Yangon by an overnight bus and is a destination that should not be missed.
U Bein Bridge, Mandalay from Darlene at Point and Shoot Wanderlust
Kya Hnyat from John at In The Loop Travel
The Many Thousand Temple in Bagan from Ferna at Everywhere with Ferna
Mawlamyine from Jen at Two Can Travel
If you like nature, getting off the beaten path on a motorbike, and giant Buddhas, Mawalamyine needs to be on your radar when traveling in Myanmar. Located 300km Southeast from Yangon, this gorgeous coastal city has a fascinating history with so much to explore. One of the highlights of our time there was riding a motorbike to the Win Sein Reclining Buddha. At 180 meters long and 30 meters high, it is the largest reclining Buddha in the world. Inside the Buddha is a museum featuring life-sized models depicting the life of the Buddha as well as graphic scenes of hell, death and destruction. It’s a bit freaky at times, so bring a flashlight and a friend! Besides exploring the Buddha, you can ride your motorbike along the surrounding roads leading to many other impressively large statues. The higher up the hills you climb, the more vast the views become of green trees, mountains, and the ocean in the distance. Up on the hills there are killer views for sunset! We were fortunate to meet and be blessed by U Myint Oo, the then 94 year old monk who spearheaded the building of the Buddha back in the 1990s. We also met a large group of pilgrims who were making their annual visit to work on construction and maintenance of the Buddha. They invited us to join them for dinner in the temple where they were all sleeping for the night. That’s what we love about Myanmar; wherever you go there are incredible sights and kind strangers waiting to become friends.
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Nyaung U Market Bagan from Drew at The Hungry Partier
The Nyaung U Market in the Old City of Bagan was one of the highlights of my trip to Myanmar. I loved how everything was so cheap, and the people were friendly (even if you didn’t buy anything). You can find everything from clothes, to food, and even household appliances at this market.
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Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery from Sarah at Fit Travels
A popular day trip when in Thailand is a visit to the Bridge On The River Kwai and Kanchanaburi. This is where the Thailand– Burma railway line that was constructed by Allied prisoners of war during WWII begins. What is considerably less visited is the other end, 415km away in Thanbyuzayat, Myanmar. Around 12,000 Australian, British, Dutch and American POW died during the construction of this railway. Many of them were never repatriated so cemeteries in Thailand and Myanmar were created as a final resting place. Having been to Kanchanaburi and visiting the cemetery there I felt it was my duty as an Australian to pay a visit to the Thanbyuzayat cemetery when I was in Myanmar.
Located approximately 90 minutes south of Mawlamyine the drive takes you through small Burmese villages. As is the case with all Commonwealth cemeteries around the world the Thanbyuzayat cemetery is immaculately kept and well maintained. It looks completely out of place along a dusty road with livestock and street vendors surrounding it. Grave plaques provide names of soldiers, their ages, where they’re from and perhaps a short quote from a loved one. There are rows upon rows and it’s quite overwhelming to know that most of these men didn’t make the age of 30. Thanbyuzayat is a really moving place, and when reading the guest book of visitors who have come and found the graves of their relatives it’s enough to bring tears to your eyes.
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Mingun from Karisa at La Dame Darling
Hop on the back of a motorcycle taxi in Mandalay and spend a half day in magnificent Mingun! Lovers of history and architecture will revel in the earthquake-cracked ruins of Mingun Paya and the birthday cake layers of the white Hsinbyume Paya. Sip a cup of Burmese sweet tea along the Irrawaddy River before marveling at the world’s largest ringing bell. Mingun will truly leave you enchanted!