Top Must-do Activities In Myanmar
Myanmar’s wealth of culture encompasses gilded pagodas, faded colonial architect, vibrant markets and appetising street foods. It is always difficult to define what is the best to experience in this fascinating country. The list of top things to do in Myanmar seems endless but there are things you should not miss when planning your trip :
Ride the Balloon in Bagan
Unlike the balloon in Turkey, the flight in Bagan allows you to soak up the bird-eye view over some 2,500 pagodas built from 11th century. This precious experience operates from 5.00 am with abundance of photogenic opportunities when the balloon slides over Ayeyarwaddy River, small villages and temple`s spires.
Balloon operates more during the dry season from November to April. Though there are still flights in summer time which offers greener landscapes but it is not frequent. It is advisable to book the flight in advance.
Go Motorcycling in Mandalay
Mandalay itself is a bustling city. It has largest number of motorbikes in the country and seems to be the best place to start a motorcycle trip thanks to its beautiful surroundings.
Take time to meet Zach, a dedicated American expat who is also a big motorhead to get his insightful knowledge of trails, bike selection and you can also rent a bike from him.
Some of the most rewarding trip is to explore Pyin Oo Win, Hsipaw as well the ancient capitals like Inwa.
Feel something different in Hpa An
The laid-back area of Hpa An surprise its visitors by the authenticity it boasts. From Sadan cave to Zwegabin mountain, there is no better chance to experience the slow pace of life, understanding the local life without tourist crowd.
Some dedicated travel agencies now start creating kayaking trip so brings travelers closer to the nature, being active during the sightseeing to verdant rice fields, friendly villages.
Attend Taunggyi Balloon Festival
Amongst the highlights of Shan State, Taunggyi Balloon is the most desirable events you should enjoy. It takes place in a remote town of Taunggyi which is more famous for elephant camps.
The festival shows how people use their imagination to craft big balloon in different shapes like animals, odd objects. Taungyi is not only about the chances to behold the balloon, you will get funs with people and live in their festive spirit. Do stay late for amazing firework !
Photograph Inthar Fisherman
It is said that your Myanmar Tour is incomplete without seeing Inle Lake and its native fishermen.
The very first reason is Inle`s landscape. It attract camera`s lens thanks to the unique floating garden, stilt villages reflecting on its water. On the other side, Inthar fishermen has a very different technique to control their wooden boat: using only 1 leg. Inle Lake is really a place where your photos can tell a story of Myanmar.
Sail the Mergui Archipelago
If you find it difficult to find one beach or one island for your holiday then Mergui Archipelago with its 800 islands may make your choice easier. By taking a cabin on a set departure cruise or charter a private yacht, you will have chance to delve into this hidden gem of Myanmar before it becomes touristics.
As many of the islands are uninhabited, every sailing day you can opt various activities : kayaking on azure waters, meeting hospitable Gypsy people, diving in Shark Cave, exploring Horse Shore islands with its ocean-in-island formation.
Cruise the mighty Irrawaddy
Known as the bloodline of Burma, Irrawaddy is the longest river in the country. Along its banks, there are so many things to explore. Whether you are seeking for the best way to appreciate Pyu, the only Unesco World Heritage site in the country; watching the awe-inspiring Bagan from different perspective, spotting the rare freshwater dolphin, the Irrawaddy Cruise has something to lure you.
You will always find something that match your budget since there are so many options for cruises varying from 1 day budget trip to luxurious journey lasting for more than 10 days.
Trek in Hsipaw
Hsipaw is really out of the tourist map. This hidden charm of Shan State has both natural and cultural charm.
For cultural enthusiasm, Shan state and its secret is a big attraction, not mentioning about the exotic markets and ethnic minority`s life.
The magnificence of Hsipaw also comes from its pristine river, dense jungle and sliding waterfalls surrounded by green rice field.
By taking a breathtaking trek in Hsipaw, you will add all these values to your trip in Myanmar.