You will be mesmerised by this country’s rich cultural charms and its various ethnic groups, who will always welcome you with warm smiles. Festivities, fireworks and parades will grab your attention but saffron-robed monks quietly receiving alms is an equally common sight. Myanmar is a land that seems to have transcended time, recalling a quieter, more leisurely Asia.
The most famous landmark in Yangon and the country’s most important Buddhist pilgrimage site, this 99-metre gold plated pagoda, with its diamond-studded spire and its surrounding temple complex is one of the largest architectural ensembles not only in Myanmar but in all of Southeast Asia.
With eyes made of glass, and topped by a crown encrusted with diamonds and other precious stones, this pagoda is known for its enormous 65 metre-long Reclining Buddha image. Around the striking image are a number of shrines, one for each day of the week in Asian astrology.
This vast, scenic, lake, with its famous leg-rowing Intha fishermen, is one of the highest in Myanmar, at an altitude of 900 metres above sea level. Take a boat trip around the lake and see the famous floating market and Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, which accommodates a collection of legendary golden Buddha statues.
Bagan is a spectacular religious archaeological site with thousands of stupas, temples and monasteries spread over 42 square kilometres of countryside along the Ayeyarwady River. One of the best ways to experience Bagan is to view the sunset over the vast plains from the top of a pagoda.
This quiet and traditional country town is located on the banks of the Irrawaddy. Anyone wanting to get away from the tourist trail and experience authentic Burmese life should take a trip here to soak in the town’s lively market and street life.