Named as “the country of temple”, Myanmar is known for its religious monuments with great scale and sophisticated architecture.
1. How to get around Myanmar
Airplane is the safe and comfortable way to reach Myanmar and even get around this country from a city to the other. Bus is also a good choice to transfer between cities and provinces of Myanmar. If travelers have a night bus trip, it is necessary to prepare warm clothes because the air in the night is quite cold. In addition, taxi is a convenient means of transportation to get around the cities.
Mandalay is one of the largest cities of Myanmar and one of the most popular tourist places as well as key transit points for Myanmar tourists. Some highly recommended tourist attractions in this city consist of the Shwenandaw monastery, Royal Palace, Kuthodaw Paya pagoda storing the world’s largest book, Mandalay Hill, Mahamuni Temple with gold leaf Buddha, Amarapura’s Monastery and U-bein bridge- the world’s longest wooden bridge.
Located to the north of Mandaylay, this village is famous for its relics such as Mingun Bell- one of the world’s heaviest and largest bells, Mingun Pahtodawgyi, white temple Hsinbyume and so on.
Located near the western border of Myanmar, Mrauk-U is an important archeological city and the second largest temple center in Myanmar, only standing after Bagan. Some typical sites in this city are recommended highly as Shite-thaung, Htukkanthein, Koe-thaung, Andaw-thein, Lemyethna, Ratana. The most magnificent archaeological significance is Shite-thaung Temple.
This city lies on the banks of Ayeyarwady River, about 20 kilometres southwest of Mandalay. Possessing many monasteries and temples, Sagaing is appropriate to be a pilgrimage site of Myanmar tourism.
Bagan is mentioned as the most famous temple center of Myanmar tourism and the ancient capital of the mighty kingdom of Bagan. Possessing more than 2000 remaining temples out of a total of 10,000 ancient religious buildings, Bagan is a destination not to be missed when traveling Myanmar. Shwezigon Temple, Ananda Temple with famous four golden Buddhas, Shwegugyi temple and Shwesandaw temple are the most representative temples of Bagan.
Situated in Nyaung Shwe town, Inle Lake is one of the most famous highlights of Myanmar tourism thanks to its picturesque scenery and peaceful daily life of the local people. In addition, vineyard and Red Mountain winery, Phaung Daw Oo with five gold Buddhas statues are some nearby attractive spots visitors should visit when coming to BNyaung Shwe town.
Naypyidaw (formerly known as Burma) is the capital of Myanmar. Besides Naypyidaw’s complex of monumental parliament buildings, visitors can take visit to other great buidings there such as three huge statues of king Anawrahta, bayinnaung and Alaungpaya U Aung Zeya, Uppatasanti pagoda.
Yangon is the biggest city of Myanmar and also a highlight of Myanmar tourism map. This city is a place concentrating densely tourist attractions such as Shwedagon pagoda, Bogyoke Aung San market, Sule pagoda, Thaketa Crocodile Farm, Mingalar market, Botataung pagoda, Saint Mary’s Cathedral, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue, Mahabadoola Garden, Inya Lake and Kandawgyi Lake. In particular, Shwedagon pagoda plays an important role of these sites because it stores four Buddhist treasures consisting of Kakusandha’s stick, Konagamana’s water filter, Kassapa’s shirt and Buddha’s hair.
Beaches of Bengal Bay
Myanmar tourism has just developed so its stunning beaches remaining the pristine beauty have begun to draw the attention of many beach lovers in the world. Ngapali, Ngwe Saung, Chaungtha and Kanthaya are the most attractive spots in this bay. In particular, Ngapali is rated as the best beach thanks to its clear blue water and smooth white sand.
Being formerly the capital of the Taungoo Dynasty, this city still preserves many relics including Shwethalyaung Buddha, Shwemawdaw temple-the highest temple in Myanmar, Kyaik Pun temple, Kanbawzathadi Palace of the Taungoo Dynasty and other temples as Maha Kalyani, Mahazedi, Shwegugale and Snake pagoda. Especially, travelers can have a memorable trip to Kyaikhtiyo temple- a very famous site of Myanmar tourism. Legend has it that The Golden Rock in this pagoda is precariously perched on a strand ò the Buddha’s hair.