Have you ever visited a land where you can freely explore beautiful and well preserved ancient temples, and where you can live like royalty on a modest budget? Let's spend some time explore Myanmar, and you will fall in love with the pretty nation since the first time coming.
The most massive city in Myanmar has changed a lot since it has the right to communicate with other countries all over the world. Strolling around the town, you will quickly encounter plenty of luxurious hotels, rooftop bars, and excellent restaurants. The city is also famous for the development of commercial business and the most prominent international airport in the territory.
The ideal amount of time for visiting remarkable destinations in Yangon is three days. If you want to discover more places, you can totally plan for a more extended trip. Some must-see spots at night include Shwedagon pagoda with numerous colorful lights and the 19th street in Chinatown - the home to tasty and affordable street food and beer.
How to reach Yangon: You can travel by plane or bus. The stock and convenient choice to move within the city is the bus.
Although the city of Mandalay is not as bustling as neighboring regions are, you can still find some impressive attractions. Let’s be a morning person and head to Mahamuni Temple at 4:00 a.m. to watch a ceremony in which a monk nicely washes the face and brushes the teeth of Buddha.
After that, catch a bus to arrive at the Snake pagoda where three divine pythons are walked and showered daily at 11:00 a.m.
For those who love seeing the moment when the Sun goes down, the peak of Mandalay hill offers a great view of the sunset. However, a group of local kids may surround and bother you to practice English with them. Perhaps you can show your hospitality by answering several questions, then find a way to escape from the annoying horde.
As I have said before, the surrounding areas have more exciting things for you to explore. Let’s hire a driver to get to Dat Taw Gyaint fall within two hours, then travel on foot about 45 minutes to reach the highest point of the hill with the guide of the ladies. Although you may feel exhausted and sweaty, as soon as you are on the top, the majestic natural landscape tells you that it is worth it. And don’t forget to swim or simply play with the water in the fall.
If you want to visit more religious sites, hire a driver to the spots, and contemplate the beauty of the white Hsinbyume Pagoda and the enormous stupa Mingun Pahtodawgyi. Lately, some photos of Hsinbyume Pagoda on Instagram has made national citizens enraged as the photographers broke the rule to cross the curved walls for perfect images. So, remember to obey the regulations in every place you visit.
Both are on the western bank of the Irrawaddy River, about 6 miles northwest of Mandalay. A tip for you is to head to the sites early to avoid the crowd arriving there by boat daily, at 10:00 a.m.
How to get to Mandalay: you can take a flight to the international airport there, but domestic flights are less expensive than international ones. Another option is to get on a bus from Yangon, Bagan, and Inle Lake.
The most renowned beach in Myanmar – Ngapali, offers a wide range of shelters and eateries that match your budget. You will have a chance to stay in a charming bungalow and try the freshest seafood on this beach.
Let your body relax by swimming on the sea or in the pool, strolling along the beach and contemplating the sunset, and digest delicious dishes of seafood all day long.
If you need more active things, rent a boat and a guide to take you on a snorkeling or spearfishing voyage. All you need to do is to wake up early in the morning, put on the necessary equipment, then be ready for the exploration. You don’t need to wear a wetsuit as the water is lukewarm. If you catch fresh edible marine creatures and want to enjoy your efforts, take them to nearby restaurants and ask them to make you flavor cuisines.
If you are fortunate enough to travel to Ngapali during the Thadingyut Festival of Lights, you will see a fanciful scene: all the temples in the city are decorated with numerous candles. At the same time, every corner is full of fireworks.
How to get to Ngapali Beach: If you can pay for a costly air ticket, fly into the Thandwe Airport to save time and energy. On the other hand, if you have plenty of time, catch a bus from Yangon, and you will arrive at the beach after 12 hours.
For more attractions in Burma, check out our part 2!