Myanmar is a beautiful country in the Southeast Asia, consisting 14 states and offering different activities from discovering caves and boating on rivers to trekking up mountains and even making a pilgrimage. Below are the top 10 must-do activities for your trip to Myanmar, which can not be missed out!
- Riding a boat on Inle Lake
Located in the Shan state, Inle Lake is one of the famous destinations in Myanmar. During the boat time, you will see the local life of fishermen with cone-shaped nets to catch the fish. Other things to see and do in the Inle Lake Region includes bustling local fresh market, the beauty of Indein Pagoda, the Cheroot Factory with green leaf cigarettes, floating gardens as well as learning about traditional weaving at Silk Weaving workshop.
- Ride a hot air balloon in Bagan
Bagan is an ancient town with thousands of centuries-old temples. One of the spectacular things to do in Bagan is visiting this impressive complex by riding a hot air-balloon, especially during the sunset. Although the expense is pretty expensive by $399 per person, it is really worth to try.
- Shwedagon Pagoda
Yangon, the former capital, the largest and popular city in Myanmar, is the first destination for any visitor. Pagoda is the main tourist attractions in Yangon. And a visit to Yangon is incomplete without a visit to Shwedagon Pagoda. It is the most famous pagoda in Yangon, built more than 2600 years ago and considered the Eiffel Tower of Yangon. This massive golden temple is a symbol of pride for the Myanmar.
- Trekking in Kalaw
Kalaw is the hill station in Shan State, just minutes from Inle lake and surrounded by Buddhist Pagodas, hilltop viewpoints and peaceful local ethnic villages. Trekkers will see a lot of different sides of Myanmar, from ancient artificial pagodas to natural caves, from peaceful villages to forest-capped hills.
- Journey across Goteik Viaduct by train
Goteik Viaduct used to be the highest bridge in the world after being built in 1899. This is also a famous rail routine in Myanmar, moving from Hispaw to Pyin Oo Lwin. On they way, you will be immersed in peaceful countryside scenery and also try your brave because the train will make you shake so much in the height of 102m.
- Cycling around Mandalay
Mandalay, the ancient capital of Mandalay is beautiful, peaceful and romantic. For anyone love the feeling when the wind touches their hair, discovering Mandalay by bike is an interesting experience. You will go around Mandalay, discovering their tranquil countryside, lovely villages, impressive green rice fields and even remote places, where not much people come.
- Discovering the ancient temples
Bagan – the land of more than 2.000 ancient temples give visitors the chance to discover architecture from 09th to 11th century. Discovering Bagan by bike or horse-cart to across each spiritual place, especially during sunrise or sunset will be an unforgettable experience.
- Climb to the peak of Mount Victoria
Mount Victoria is the third highest mountain in Myanmar, located in the Chin State. It takes about two or three hours to climb to the peak of the mountain and you will see the breathtaking scenery from above. Especially if you visit it in November, December and February, you will be immersed in colorful rhododendron blossom.
- A Beach Vacation at Ngapali
Among many pristine beaches in Myanmar such as Chaung Thar, Ngwe Saung, Maung Ma Kan, Ngapali Beach is the most beautiful. Either simply sunbathing on the sandy beach or taking a short boat trip to Pearl Island and snorkeling in blue warter to discover the world under sea there, both of them will not let you down.
- Walking barefoot in caves
Sadan Cave is an impressive cave system, located in Hpa An, a small riverside town in Mon State. There are Buddha stupa, pagoda and drawings inside the caves. It is compulsory for every visitor to take off their shoes as general rule in all caves and temples in Myanmar. So maybe it will be not comfortable during rainy season because of muddy ground in caves. To leave the, you have to come back the entrance by either walking again or hiring a small boat to return.