May 19, 2024


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Myanmar, previously known as Burma, is becoming very  popular with travelers to Southeast Asia.  Myanmar is a fascinating travel destination offering scenic landscapes, beautiful temples, intriguing cultures, and the most gracious and hospitable people you would ever care to meet.

Visitors to Myanmar have quickly discovered their favorite places to visit.  These 4 Top Destinations in Myanmar seem to be on everyone’s itinerary.   If you can only visit Myanmar for a short time you would be wise to include these locations in your plans.  And if you are lucky enough to be able to linger in Myanmar these four locations will provide a good framework for your more extended travels.

4 Top Destinations in Myanmar


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Shwedagon Pagoda – beautiful both by day and night.

Yangon, previously known as Rangoon, is the “front door” of Myanmar.  Most visitors to Myanmar arrive and depart through Yangon, the country’s largest city. Yangon is wildly diverse, combining the old and new in a city which is active, alive and a bit chaotic.  Visit markets, take the Circle Train around the city, stroll through lovely parks, and never miss the Shwendagon Pagoda which dominates the skyline. As soon as you arrive in Yangon you will note that things are just a bit different here – all vehicles are constructed in the “British Fashion” with the driver sitting in the right side seat.  Meanwhile traffic moves in the  European or U.S. manner moving along the right side of the road.  Yes, it takes a bit of getting used to. Welcome to Myanmar.


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U-Bein Bridge at sunset.

Mandaly lies 390 miles (@ 624 km) to the north of Yangon.  It’s a large city on the banks of the Irrawaddy River full of temples, monasteries and markets including the jade market.  Previously a capital of Burma, it is home to the Mandalay Palace in the center of the city, encircled by a moat and surrounded by impressive fortress walls.  Climb to the top of Mandalay Hill to visit the Pagoda and have wonderful views of the city. Stroll across U-Bein Bridge, the world’s longest teak bridge, at sunset.


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Balloons Over Bagan fly at sunrise in Bagan

Bagan, 180 km southwest from Mandalay, has been the location of three previous Burmese capitals.  Bagan is temples, pagodas, monasteries, and temples, temples, temples.  Estimates place over 2200 temples in the Bagan area.  You can never see them all of course – but you can see many. Climb one to view the sunrise, take a balloon flight with Balloons Over Bagan to see them from the air, take a horse cart tour to visit others during the day, and sit atop another to watch the sun set over the Irrawaddy River at dusk.  For variety visit markets, museums, or relax and have a massage.  Life is good in Bagan.



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Lake Inle, 340 km east of Bagan, is a large (@ 50 square miles) and shallow (17 feet greatest depth) lying at an elevation 2,900 feet. Fishermen use unique conical nets while paddling with one arm and a foot. The lake is surrounded by numerous villages and local markets as well as temples and monasteries with small farms radiating further out from the lake. Take a long boat ride to experience life on the lake,  Shop the markets, take a hike or bike ride, sip wine and watch the world go by.

A journey to Myanmar really should include a visit to these 4 Top Destinations in Myanmar.  They serve as a good core group of locations from which you can then branch out, according to time available, to visit many of the other great Myanmar destinations.

Visit Myanmar ………………. And Enjoy the Adventure!


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