Myanmar also referred to as Burma, is an incredible country that’s getting more and more tourists by the day.
Here are the top 10 things to do in Myanmar (Burma) in under 2 minutes!
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Here are details on the top 10 things to do in Myanmar, broken up by the four main regions: Bagan, Mandalay, Inle Lake, and Yangon.
1. Temples, Temples, Temples
There are over 2,000 temples to explore in Bagan so grab an electric bicycle – or a regular one if you want more exercise – and find your own path!
2. Balloon Ride Over Bagan
Soaring high above the temples of Bagan is a magical experience and one that should be on every traveler’s list. We highly recommend using Balloons over Bagan, the oldest and most popular balloon company in Myanmar.
3. Sunrise at the Temples
Get up early and find your own abandoned temple – it’s not hard, there are thousands of them. Then, take in the magnificent sunrise.
4. Visit the Three Ancient Cities
The three ancient cities around Mandalay – Inwa, Amarapura, and Sagaing – are all close enough that you can hit them in a day.
If you’re feeling adventurous, rent a motorbike and drive to them yourself, which is an incredible experience. If not, you can hire a driver to take you, and make sure you don’t miss the U Bein bridge – the world’s longest teak bridge – at sunset.
With 729 marble slabs – one for each page of the book – all housed in their own white pagoda, it’s a site you won’t want to miss.
6. Full-Day Boat Cruise on Inle Lake
If you’re going to Inle Lake, you’re going to take a boat cruise. Opt for the full day option so you have plenty of time to see the world-famous fisherman, head to the various floating villages, and make your way down to the town of Inden.
7. Bike Around Inle Lake
Renting a bike is a cheap and fun way to see the surrounding countryside. And while you’re out, don’t miss Red Mountain Winery. It may be a tough, steep climb up, but it’s a blast coming back down and the views are spectacular.
8. Bogyoke Aung San Market
There’s no shortage of weird services, foods, and colors at this eclectic and huge market. Wander around, people watch, and if you are buying something, make sure to haggle.
9. Ride the Yangon Circle Train
It’s long, slow, bumpy, and completely awesome. You’ll have 3 1/2 hours of a completely authentic experience, and will most likely encounter one or all of the following:
Little children carrying baby chickens in a plastic bag.
Women carrying 30 pounds of food on their head, hands-free
Soccer games being played on dusty patches of land.
Friendly, curious stares from locals.
The best part: It costs less than 50 cents!
10. Eat at Feel Myanmar Food
Feel Myanmar Food is the best restaurant we ate at in the entire country, and the experience alone is worth the trek.
Sidle up to the buffet, start pointing at whatever looks tasty (hint: it’s all tasty) and then eat way more than you think is possible.
Bonus: Lucky 7 Teahouse
No trip to Yangon would be complete without visiting a teahouse and eating some mohinga, and the Lucky 7 is one of the best around.
Not only are the drinks and food delicious and super cheap, but they also have a really nice outdoor seating area and get bonus points for the staff members wearing fake soccer jerseys as their uniforms.
Now that you know the top 10 things to do in Myanmar, it’s time to get there. The country is changing very rapidly, and if you’re looking for a destination that is a little difficult but also authentic and unique, Myanmar is the place to go.
Have you been to Myanmar before? What are some of your top things to do there? Share in the comments below!
Traveling the world is a great excuse to eat delicious food.
But what are the most delicious foods? The most delicious places?
You’re in luck!
Heather and I each list our top 10 meals from all over the world (including our hometown!)for a podcast that’s sure to leave you starving. We were when we’d finished recording, even after a bang-bang-bang that led to my new #1!
What are some of the best meals you’ve ever eaten? We’re always looking for more places to try, and with all these frequent flyer miles, we might just fly out to see if it’ll knock one of our top 10 off the list!!
While exploring Yangon in Myanmar we stumbled across an amazing array of buildings left over from the country’s time as a British colony. Some were falling to ruins, but others had been restored to some of the most beautiful buildings we’d seen during our travels.
So that gave us an idea.
What WERE some of the best buildings we’d seen on our travels? The best examples of architecture? Both ancient and new?
So here we are, Heather and I, each laying out our top 10 feats of architecture. From the coastlines of Portugal to the peninsulas of Japan, we span the globe detailing our favorite buildings around the world.
In Part 1 we detail our honorable mentions and the first 5 off each of our lists. Check back on Thursday for part 2, where we discuss even more places that are going to get you yearning for travel once again!
Sometimes when you visit a new place things are just so outside of your expectations and comfort zone that you just loose it.
That happened to us in Myanmar.
We’ve had a wonderful time during our stay in Burma, but along the way, there were moments where both of us were tempted to storm out of our guesthouses. Heather to find a better place to stay, and mine to just leave the country entirely (Mine was a little more extravagant).
In both cases, we managed to keep it together and find a way to make it work, but getting there was a little tough.
Today Heather and I detail our respective freakouts because we do, after all, strive to entertain you. And what better way than to talk about our own mishaps?