Myanmar has been called the hidden gem of South East Asia and it remains a mysterious destination with an abundance of “yet to be discovered” locations. With tourism having only opened up there in recent years Myanmar, which is also known as Burma, looks out across the Indian Ocean and is one of South East Asia’s most diverse countries.
With its virgin jungles, snow capped mountains, pristine white sand beaches and turquoise waters, ancient cities and spectacular religious and historical monuments; not to mention there are more than 135 different ethnic groups who call Myanmar “home” - it’s easy to see why this country is so popular.
You can experience a relaxing holiday, or an action packed tour, visiting the cities and rural regions, meeting the hill tribes and exploring the mountains, lakes and beaches.
Some of Myanmar’s most popular destinations for the increasing tourism industry include the intriguing cities of Yangon and Mandalay; stunning nature trails in Inle Lake, Kengtung, Putao, Pyin Oo Lwin; the ancient cities of Bagan and Mrauk-U; following the Ayeyarwaddy River; the beautiful beaches in NabuleNgapali and Ngwe Saung; and interesting religious sites in Mon State, Pindaya, Bago and Hpa-An.
Yangon itself is a vibrant city filled with colonial architecture, modern high-rises and gold-laden Buddhist pagodas; and Mandalay is home to a life-like Buddha image at Mahanumi and the popular Zaycho Market. Sitting 1100 metres above sea level and completely covered with gold leaf, Kyaihtiyo, also known as Golden Rock, is a sight certainly worth seeing; while a hot air balloon ride over the Bagan region will surely be one of your life’s highlights.
When you travel to Myanmar, you can choose from a full range of accommodation types - from 5 stars to millions of stars, with everything from boutique hotels and spa resorts, river cruises to camping under the night sky.
It is possibly to visit year round, though the best time is between November and February, where temperatures are a bit cooler. If you go between March and May, you’re likely to find yourself in temperatures in excess of 40°C, while June to October is the wet season.
Getting to Myanmar is easy, with regular flights from many international airports, though flights from Australia are not direct and will take you to Myanmar via other South East Asian destinations. You will be required to have a visa when visiting the country.
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