Yangon is the gateway through which most foreign tourists enter Myanmar, and it’s well worth setting aside several days or even a week to explore this fascinating city and the surrounding region. With a population of nearly 60 million people, Yangon is the biggest urban area in the country, a dynamic and unique metropolis that straddles the modern and traditional worlds. Read more..
Mandalay holds a special place in the hearts of the people of Myanmar, being the site of the capital of the last Burmese kingdom and, to this day, the national centre for traditional Burmese culture. It is also an important crossroads for commerce between upper and lower Myanmar, to and from China, and along the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River as it flows through the middle of the country. Read more..
Bagan, located on a wide plain east of the Ayeyarwaddy River in central Myanmar, is home to more than 2000 temples and pagodas dating back about 1000 years. The breathtaking site is not only the most popular tourist destination in Myanmar, but also a huge draw for religious pilgrims who come from far and wide to pray, meditate and make offerings to the Buddha. Read more..
The Shan States are a mountainous area in eastern Myanmar that is home to people of many different minority ethnic groups, offering the opportunity for visitors to enjoy beautiful landscapes while being exposed to the country’s remarkable cultural diversity. The most well-known site in southern Shan State is Inle Lake, a stunning body of water whose glassy surface reflects the green mountains that ring its shores. Inle is home to the Intha people, many of whom live in villages that rise out of the middle of the lake on wooden stilts. Read more..
While Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan and Inle Lake are the most popular tourist destinations in Myanmar, there are many other places to visit throughout the country for travellers with more time or with an inclination to get off the beaten track. Mount Kyaiktiyo in southern Myanmar is home to Golden Rock Pagoda, one of the most revered, and most unusual, Buddhist pilgrimage sites in the country. Read more..