The opening up of Myanmar to tourists has come as boon to travelers across the world who are now heading to the country for a taste of unspoiled beaches, mystical temples and primeval forests. Myanmar offers the curious traveller a range of experiences. From exploring monuments to beachcombing or trekking, Myanmar offers something for everyone. Travel the path less trodden with an offbeat vacation at this vacationer’s paradise. Here are a few things you must do and see when in Myanmar.
This famous shrine which is more than 2,500 years old, houses strands of Lord Buddha’s hair, as well as several other relics. The top of the Stupa is covered with hundreds of gold plates and is also embellished with thousands of diamonds. It is considered one of the wonders of the religious world.
Timing: 4.00 am to 10.00 pm on all days.
Temples of Bagan
The thousands of temples of Bagan make for the perfect backdrop drop for a spectacular sunset each day. You can explore this archaeological site on a bike, a horse and cart guided tour, or from a hot air balloon that soars over the plains. Ananda Pagoda, the Myoe Daung Monastery built from teak, and That Byin Nyu Temple are some of the popular ones in the group.
Timing: Sunrise to sunset.
This picturesque, freshwater lake is characterised by marshes and its floating gardens. Stilt house villages dot the region and boats are the most common mode of transportation. Watch as the fishermen row the boats in a unique style with one leg on the oar while standing. Hydroponic farming, restaurants and hotels on the lake, and Nga Hpe Kyaung or Jumping Cat Monastery are some things to look out for.
Timing: September and October are best times to visit.
Mandalay Cultural Heritage Day Tour
This private tour takes you to all the major attractions in Myanmar. Starting with the Mahamuni Pagoda where the idol is said to be one of five exact likenesses of the Buddha, you will also get to see a gold leaf workshop where the coverings for temples are made. Zaycho Market, Mandalay Palace, and Shwenandaw (Golden Palace) Monastery are the other attractions covered on this tour.
Timing: All day.
Gotyeik Viaduct Day Trip from Mandalay
This rail tour takes you across the Gotyeik Viaduct which is a century old bridge connecting two towns. Built by the British, this is the highest bridge in Myanmar and affords great views of the landscape. It is the perfect way to experience the scenic beauty of the countryside.
Timing: Lasts 9 hours
This teaching monastery is home to around 2,000 monks at any given time. Common areas are open to visitors from where they can watch the monks line up barefoot for lunch which is their last meal of the day.
Timing: All day, though mid-morning is when tourists gather to view the lunch lines.
The Popa Taungkalat Monastery is perched at the top of this extinct volcanic mountain and makes for a spectacular viewpoint. A total of 777 steps lead up to the top where you can enjoy the panoramic scene before you. Make sure you are well rested before you start, as the hike can take around three hours each way.
Timing: 8 am to 5 pm
Boat Ride to Yele Pagoda
A visit to the Yele Pagoda situated in the middle of the river is sure to be the memory of a lifetime. Going by boat is the only way to access this shrine which dates back to the third century BC. Step back in time and revel in the culture of Myanmar at this mystical locale.
Timing: The trip takes at least two hours.
Enjoy a new experience each day and ensure that your holiday is long enough to see all you want to and do call you can! Leave the planning to GoFro and prepare for a memorable vacation!