Myanmar is a country in south-east Asia. For years, the country was marred by civil unrest and wars. During that time, it wasn’t easy to visit the country. Myanmar is one of the most untouched nations in the world. It retains most of its beauty because it hasn’t been ‘invaded’ by tourists and foreigners. If you want to visit this magnificent country, here is a list of things to do and see.
1. Climb Mount Popa
Visit Mount Popa and climb 777 steps to the top. You will feel like Rocky after reaching the top. The good news is that you will have a blast on your way up the mountain. You will meet mischievous monkeys and other friendly wildlife creatures along the way.
2. Cruise along Irrawaddy River
Irrawaddy River connects Yangon and Bhamo. If you find yourself in one of these cities, take a cruise along the river. There are tourist boats to help you cross safely at an affordable price. Since the journey can take up to a day, discover towns and villages located near the river by spending the day or night in one of them.
3. Visit Inle Lake
Inle Lake is one of the most iconic lakes in Myanmar. The Inle people depend on fish from the lake. You will see one of the most unique fishing techniques in the world when you visit Inle Lake. The fisherman will row using a long oar with one leg and utilize his hands to fish. The balance of Inle fishermen is incredible. Along the Inle River, there is the Shan State, which has over 2000 stupas used for religious ceremonies.
4. Visit Kuthodaw Pagoda
Have you ever wondered what the largest book in the world looks like? If you want to see it, you should visit the Kuthodaw Pagoda. Prepare yourself for a big surprise because the world’s largest book is not what you might think. Here are a few surprises and clues. First, the book is not made from paper. Second, one page fits a single temple. Third, the pages have writings on both sides.
5. Visit Ngapali Beach
Myanmar also has some amazing beaches. If you just want to chill and enjoy a cold drink, you can visit Ngapali beach. This place has beautiful tall palm trees, creating the perfect relaxation environment. You can go for a swim at the Bay of Bengal if you are tired of sitting.
6. Visit Mergui Archipelago
If you want something more private, you can visit the Mergui archipelago. Also known as the Maldives without the masses, this archipelago retains its natural beauty. The area has not been affected by mass tourism. The waters are clear and magnificent. This is one of the best places in the world to go deep-sea diving or snorkeling.
7. Visit Kayah State
Until recently, Kayah State was out of bounds for tourists. As such, it is one of the best places to see and experience indigenous Myanmar cultures. Some of the tribes that you will see there are Kayah, Yinbaw, and Lahta. The country opened up the state to encourage tourism and help the locals become self-sufficient. While there, you can dress up in traditional attire and learn the folk songs of Kayah tribes.
8. Visit Shwedagon Pagoda
This pagoda is the most sacred site in Myanmar. It is one of the most beautiful Buddha temples in the world. Covered in gold, the pagoda is truly a site to behold. Visit this site and be amazed by Myanmar architecture.
At least once in your lifetime, save some money and go visit this beautiful country. As you can see from the list, there are lots of activities that you can do. Take as many pictures as you can when you visit Myanmar because there is no other country like it.