Myanmar has just opened its door to the world for few years hence it remains one of the less explored destinations in Asia. While the north treasures thousands of temples and pagodas while the south showcases the marine diversity with over 800 islands and plentiful sun-kissed beaches. Amongst all the must-sees, heritages are probably the most fascinating reflection of Burmese culture you should learn about.
Filled by more than 2,200 pagodas and temples – Bagan is probably the main reason why many travelers come to this country. All the temples have built in different time starting from 11th century under the reign of king Anawrahta. This picturesque area promises some of the best photogenic chances in the world. It is a perfect place for sundowner or sunrise, especially from the basket of a balloon. Spend at least 2 days traversing all the highlights of Bagan : its magnificent stupas, traditional workshop, rustic villages and ride the boat over Irrawaddy River.
Fun fact : Bagan was recognized as Unesco World Heritage since in 1999 then the government decided to not take the title yet now it is coming back for the listing process.
Located about 50 miles from Yangon, Pegu or Bago is home to Kawbawzagi Royal palace. This world heritage site offers a closer look at Mon state of Myanmar, its thriving culture and unique tradition from Yangon Delta. There are so much to see in the area starting from bustling market to giant Shwemaudaw pagoda, from national park to elephant camp, Pegu is truly a beautiful escape for day trip from Yangon.
Not so many tourists know about this site yet Pyu has its own charm that can defeat many places you may know. Pyu is one of the most favorite spot for river cruise passengers who embark a long journey from Yangon to Mandalay.
Located on the side of Irrawaddy River, Pyu is the main relic of Pyu Kingdom which flourished over 1000 years from 900 Ad to 200 BC. What you can see now in the area includes signature of Hanlin, Sri Kestra and Beikthano. To reach Pyu, you need to take a long scenic road trip from Yangon or Mandalay but we it is really worthy. Authentic Asia Tours now offers some new trekking routes that takes in immersive villages and historical sites of Pyu.
It is one of the wonderful attractions in Myanmar. There are many lakes in the country but the lake culture of Inle makes it outstanding from all others. So far, a beautiful Myanmar Tour should cover this highlighted area for certain reasons.
It is hard to miss admiring floating villages which concentrates special workshops of lotus silk, cotton fabrication, black smith, styled cigars rolling and wooden boat.
Shan cuisine is another draw that foodie travelers should expect for the trip in Inle. Inle has so many surrounding attractions for a day trip including rotating Indein market, Pakkaku thousand stupas and floating villages.