Apart from the ‘Big 4’ most tourists are unsure of ‘Where To Go’ in Myanmar without a bit of research. So here’s a guide based on our personal experience, of places not to miss and the best Myanmar route to take…
We’ve broken it down into two sections, The South – which a lot of people either skip out or don’t know exists. The Mainland – which is the more common visitors route just with a guide of where to head first.
Where To Go In Myanmar?
The best possible starting place for your ‘Golden Land’ trip. With it being home to the iconic Shwedagon Pagoda, you’ll soon realise why Myanmar was given such a nickname. You can check out our Welcome To Myanmar – What To Expect When Arriving In Yangon blog for everything you need to know before you arrive.
Surrounded by river and history, the capital of the Mon State is full of culture and rural villages. It’s also home to the world’s largest reclining Budda. You should definitely check out Why You Shouldn’t Skip The Mon & Kayin States When Visiting Myanmar here.
Again its states capital, this Kayin located town is home to some really interesting local villages. It’s great for kayaking and landscapes and well worth a visit if you have the time.
Home to the famous Golden Rock, most will at least take this journey out from Yangon to witness the gravity defying Buddhist monument. You can get all the low down on it here A Guide To Visiting The Golden Rock In Kyaiktiyo
So whether you end up back here after your South trip or have just arrived, you know the drill for The Golden Land.
A short distance but a 9/10 hour drive West of Yangon, will land you in the most photographed palm tree beach of Myanmar. It’s definitely a worthy Instagram spot.
Next, head up North and find out exactly why Bagan is THE most popular destination in Burma. With over 2,200 pagodas in the area and giving one of the most beautiful balloon infested sunrises in the world, if there’s one place you have to make it to…its here! Make sure you know exactly which pagoda to head to by reading The Best Pagodas To Visit In Bagan – Including Sunrise & Sunset
Not much to say for this small town apart from it’ll be the starting point if you decide on the Kalaw – Inle Lake hike.
As for the daddy of all lakes itself…well, what an amazing boat day and cultural experience. Witness first hand how the locals live and survive on floating villages. Get together a list of what you want to see by checking out Our Guide To A Perfect Day On Inle Lake
The hiking capital of Burma. Need we say anymore? Grab your trekking boots and get walking.
An easy finishing point to either fly out from or head back down to Yangon and an interesting city to end your Burmese experience with. Check out Our Top 5 Things To Do In Mandalay here.
And that concludes our Best Of Myanmar – Route & Trip Guide. There are always places you can add for example Naypyidaw or even Pyin Oo Lwin, for a taste of scenic highland and old British buildings. But as far as we’re concerned there’s plenty of things to keep you smiling in the happiest country in the world.
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