Top things to do in Myanmar

A place for travellers, seekers of spiritual inspiration, and history lovers, Myanmar is an ideal tourist destination for all. A blend of modern and ancient, this place is for people of all age groups. From magnificent pagodas to jaw dropping natural beauties, Myanmar (or Burma) is a must visit destination with your friends/family. The place is abundant of fun activities.

So, here’s our list of Top things to do in Myanmar.

  1. Overlook Ancient Pagodas with Hot Air Balloon Ride in Baganbagan

Between 11th-13th centuries, during the heyday of Pagan, more than 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries were constructed. As of now, there are 2,000 temples or pagodas remaining and looks magnificent when seen from above. A hot-air balloon ride in Bagan is the major attraction of the place. You’ll be overlooking at the ancient temples or pagodas from height for nearly 40 mins. The activity happens in the wee hours of the morning, you will be served tea or coffee before the flight and champagne and croissant after the flight.

  1. Hsinbyume Pagoda


Just like Taj Mahal, this pagoda was built with the same notion and that is love. Hsinbyume Pagoda is situated on the northern side of Mingun in Sagaing region. This pagoda is painted in all white and was dedicated to Princess Hsinbyume, Bagyidaw’s first cousin and consort, who had died in childbirth. Faithfully following the Burmese design norms, this pagoda is absolutely photogenic and a place to visit in Myanmar.

  1. U-Bein Bridge


Interlude from all the pagodas and temples to witness the natural aesthetics of Myanmar. U-Bein is just the right place for it. Located just outside the Mandalay city, this bridge is the longest teak footbridge in the world and spreads about 1300 yards. To get the best out of U-Bein, visit the place during wee hours in morning or evening and feel the tranquillity. PS, don’t forget to take a camera and take the perfect shots.

  1. Shwedagon Pagoda


Your vacation in Myanmar will be incomplete without visiting Shwedagon Pagoda. Just like Bagan, Shwedagon is one of the major attractions in Myanmar. Shwedagon is the most sacred place in Myanmar and all over Asia. The stupa is plated with hundreds of gold and encrusted with more than 4500 diamonds and rubies. The golden chedi sparkles when the rays of sun fall on it. During sunny hours, one can barely look at the pagoda without squinting their eyes.

  1. Shopping in Bogyoke Aung San Market

Bogyoke Aung San Market

Best market for tourists to visit, it also known as Scott Market. The market is located in central Yangon and is renowned for selling Burmese handicrafts, jewellery, accessories, and clothes. As a tourist, you’ll find yourself lost in the cobblestone streets. Stroll in the markets of Yangon wearing Longyi, a traditional Burmese attire.

  1. Boat Ride in Inle Lake


One of the most stunning lakes in the world, Inle lake offer great views of the golden stupas and quaint stilt houses. The best way to enjoy the aesthetics of Inle lake is to take a ride on the long tail wooden boats. Sail in the boat during the wee hours of morning or evening to get the best of Inle lake and the nature around it. You can also see the locals carrying out their daily routine, which is a real privilege to watch. The rowing technique of fishermen is quite unique and fascinating. They show a perfect balance on the boat whilst using one leg rowing technique to keep the boat going and simultaneously dipping the fishnet into the water.

  1. Savour the Burmese Cuisine

things to do in myanmar

Rich in drooling delicacies, the Burmese cuisine is one to try. From special breakfast dishes to late-night buffets, Myanmar has everything to offer. Few of the many dishes that you must try are Mohinga, Burmese Pancakes, Shan Noodles, and Mont Lin Ma Yar, etc.

  1. Dive deep into the waters of Mergui Archipelago

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One of the most fun activities, Mergui Archipelago lets you dive deep into the water and snorkelling as well. This place is the best to witness the aquatic life up close and have an experience worth remembering. It’s a perfect place to relax and enjoy the cool breeze.

  1. Kakku Pagodas


Kakku Pagodas is the road that is often not taken. Still oblivious of its existence, tourists miss out on the beauty that Kakku Pagodas is. Kakku has a collection of 2500 homogenous stupas and is the religious centre of Pa’O people.

  1. Traverse into the amazing Saddan Cave


Situated in close vicinity to Inle Lake, this stadium-sized cave is just magnificent. Upon setting foot into the cave, you will see dozens of Buddha statues, couple of pagodas, and clay wall carvings. As you go farther into the cave, there’s a secret lake full of ducks. There’s another cave on the far side of the lake, local fishers paddle through it and can help you take back to the main entrance. Watch out for bat excrement.

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