What are the top ten things to do in Myanmar?
Glittering temples, fairy tale landscapes, and warm, welcoming people – discover the treasures of Myanmar. It is a country that is steeped in history, religion, and spirituality. From architectural delights to mystical rock formations and caves and the colorful markets of Nyaungshwe, there are so many places to visit and things to do in Myanmar! Places like Bagan, Yangon, Inle Lake, Mandalay, and Mrauk U are a must visit on your trip to Myanmar, formerly known as Burma.
If you are wondering when is the best time to visit Myanmar and how best to plan your itinerary, our destination experts are ready to help you. Here is a list of the top things to do in Myanmar curated by our Enchanting Travels specialists, which should definitely be part of your Myanmar travel guide!
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1Enjoy a Balloon Trip Over Bagan
The highlight of every Myanmar tour is a surreal hot air balloon ride over the royal city of Bagan, one of the most amazing things to do in Myanmar. Experience the majesty of the city with its numerous temples from a very special bird’s eye perspective. The majestic pagoda ruins extend over 36 km and are a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Bagan is steeped in Buddhist spirituality and wisdom. There are over two thousand sacred monuments throughout the vast steppe region of Bagan and despite several earthquakes, these brick temples have been wonderfully preserved and renovated – making Bagan a true cultural delight.
2 Explore the Kaw Goon Cave in Hpa An
Discover the historic natural limestone Kaw Goon Caves in Hpa An. There are over 1,000 Buddha statues in these mystical caves, one of the top attractions in Myanmar.
It is easily one of the best-preserved caves in the region and the sight of the ancient clay Buddha statues, in different sizes and colors, dotting its walls, makes for a surreal sight. Pindaya is another town in Myanmar that is popular for its limestone caves.
3Head to the Thanboddhay Paya Pagoda at Monywa
The Thanboddhay Paya Pagoda in Monywa houses an incredible 600,000 Buddhist temples. The complex is a place of true superlatives: hundreds of stupas and millions of statues and sacred images are waiting to be discovered by you, making it one of the top attractions in Myanmar.
From here, you can also head to the nearby impressive sandstone caves of Hpo Win Daung.
4Marvel at the Gokteik Viaduct
The imposing Gokteik Viaduct near Pyin Oo Lwin was completed in 1900 and was once the largest railway viaduct in the world. Almost 800 meters long and more than 100 meters high, the building still traces the Gokteik Gorge.
Nearby Pyin Oo Lwin is full of charming colonial buildings, tree-lined streets and quiet roadside settlements. The best way to savor the lingering old-world charm of the town is to explore it on a traditional horse-drawn carriage.
5Visit the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon
The gold-shining Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon is one of the most famous stupas in the world and a landmark of Myanmar (formerly Burma).
This legendary, imposing structure surpasses all the buildings of the city and is over 2,500 years old. The gilded structure is believed to be the most sacred Buddhist pagoda in the country and exploring it is one of the top things to do in Myanmar.
6Enjoy a Beach Vacation in Myanmar
Enjoy peace and relaxation at the fantastic Ngwe Saung Beach. Located on the western coast of Myanmar, this beach has only become a popular destination in recent years, which is why you will find unspoiled nature here. Unwind amid pure white sands and azure waters, fringed by lush palm trees, far away from the hustle and bustle of crowds.
7Explore the Mystical Mount Popa
Meet the ghosts of Myanmar on Mount Popa. At almost 800 meters, the sacred beings are at home according to local traditions.
The extinct volcano is always teeming with pilgrims and offers not only spiritual encounters but also an overwhelming view of the surrounding flatland.
8 Discover the Monasteries of Mawlamyine
Home to numerous monasteries, the coastal town of Mawlamyine is one of the most important spiritual centers of Myanmar. The Yele Paya Buddhist Temple has a breathtaking view of the ocean. Built in 875 AD, Kyaikthanlan Pagoda is Myanmar’s most notable landmark and is the site from where Rudyard Kipling wrote his famous ‘The Road to Mandalay’ poem.
Another top attraction in Mawlamyine is the Thanlwin Bridge, Myanmar’s longest road and rail bridge, stretching 11,000 feet over the Thanlwin river.
9 Savor the Many Hues of Mandalay
The cultural center of Myanmar is Mandalay. The city lies on the banks of the Ayeyarwady River (or Irrawaddy River) and houses golden-shaded pagodas, temples and lively markets. The most beautiful view of Mandalay is from the Kaunghmudaw Pagoda.
The city is home to diverse arts ranging from wood carving to gold leaf making.
10 Discover the Sacred Rock of Kyaiktiyo
Walk up the forest-covered mountains and experience one of the landmarks of Myanmar! In the midst of a picturesque mountain range, the famous sacred rock of Kyaiktiyo glimmers in a thousand gold tones. This gold-covered pagoda sits perched on the edge of a huge cliff, appearing to tip over any moment.
So how does the pagoda stay so carefully balanced? According to legend, a strand of Buddha’s hair precisely placed in the seven-meter tall pagoda allows it to do so, making visiting the site one of the top things to do in Myanmar!
Expert tip: Don’t forget to visit the stunning Inle Lake, a shining example of Burmese culture with its numerous stilt houses, constructed over the waters!
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