With its majestic mountains, pristine beaches, serene islands, mesmerizing lakes and scrumptious food, Myanmar has a habit of making its visitors fall in love with the place. With its rich culture and hospitality of the warm local, Myanmar is a land of wonder.
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One of the last countries of southeast Asia to be open to tourism, Myanmar is sandwiched between India, China, and Thailand. The culture of Myanmar has therefore developed by absorbing and taking the best from those around them and creating their own style and flair.
When you walk through the cities of Myanmar, you will experience the hectic pulse of modern Burmese life in the metropolis of Yangon. Flying Squirrel Holidays also conduct special Yangon tours included with our Burma tour packages.
There are countless monasteries that are spread all across the country. Some of the more important ones are found in Mandalay. The country is home to many important religious sites for Buddhists worldwide.
As the people of Myanmar practice Theravada Buddhism, tourists can experience the spiritual and the supernatural in temples, pagodas and monasteries across the lush landscape.
Deep forest and green mountains decorate the land of Myanmar. With numerous wildlife sanctuaries, Myanmar is one of the best places to choose for exploring the wetlands and national parks with a booming sector of eco-tourism.
Myanmar features some of the adventurous things which include jungle and mountain trek, bike tour, hot air ballooning, island hopping.
In Myanmar you will come across beautiful lakes among which the most popular one is Inle. Being the second largest natural lake, Inle lake offers an entirely different experience to travellers. It also has numerous waterfalls and a visit to the waterfalls will be a treat to the eyes.
If you are looking for a less crowded place for an authentic cultural experience you will adore the ancient kingdom of Mrauk U. It is still a sacred place of worship for the local people and you will find many devotees offering their prayers in the old temples. The many stupas and spiral top temples in Mrauk U are lined with Buddha statues.
Mrauk U was the capital of the very powerful Rakhine Kingdom from 1430 to 1780. U was an opulent empire and had one of the biggest fleets in the region. Many of the temples were built during two golden centuries, where Arakanese kings were protected by samurais, hailing from Japan. The most important temples here that still exist are Shite-thaung or Shitthaung Temple, Htukkanthein Temple and the Koe-thaung Temple.
Mandalay Hill is a 240 metres hill that is located to the northeast of the city centre of Mandalay in Myanmar. The 760ft hill is the best point to enjoy a full view of Mandalay’s pancake-flat sprawl. Mandalay Hill is famous for its abundance of pagodas and monasteries, and therefore has been a major pilgrimage site for Burmese Buddhists for a long time.
There are 1,729 steps on the “Two Chinthes Ascent” of Mandalay Hill. They start from the two large white Chinthe which are half lion, half dragon statues on the Hill’s Southern foot and end at the Su Taung Pyae Pagoda at the summit. There is a huge Buddha image which points the hand to the city at the top of Mandalay, which is symbolic of the developing growth of Buddhism in Mandalay.
The walk which leads you up the hill’s southern slip is itself a beautiful experience. You also might need to go barefoot in places, as you pass through the many temples and pagodas. The summit viewpoint is at its best during the sunset hours, the visitors can admire the city is bathed with the golden light of the ancient golden pagodas. It is also when young monks converge on foreigners for language practice.
The Bagan Inle Lake region is one of Myanmar's most beautiful destinations. The vast, serene lake is 13.5 miles long and 7 miles wide surrounded by marshes and floating gardens. It is adorned by small stilt-house villages, Buddhist temples that rise above the water, and Intha fisher folk who move along gently in their boats.
There are over 200 monasteries around the lake including the unusual Nga Hpe Kyaung, more commonly known as Jumping Cat monastery. The reason behind this name is the presence of dozens of resident cats which are trained by monks to “jump” through hoops. The building of the monastery is a splendid wooden stilt structure that dates to 1890. The monastery also has an impressive collection of ornate buddhas.
The hills which surround the lake are home to many minority communities like Shan, Pa-O, Taung Yo, Danu, Kayah and Danaw, who descend from their villages for markets that hopscotch around the towns of the region on a five-day cycle.
Take a day trip on the lake in a long, narrow boat and experience the gentle waters. Make a trip to the small workshops in stilt villages, visit the several pagodas or check out the numerous floating gardens of fresh produce.
• Bagan is one of the most visited places in Myanmar and frequently tops the list of the best tourist attractions in Myanmar. It is one of the world’s greatest archaeological sites and leaves its visitors with a distinct sense of awe and amazement.
The Burmese Pagan Kingdom that ruled the ancient temple plain of Bagan in Myanmar was extremely religious and strong believers in Theravada Buddhism. The Bagan kings and their subjects built thousands of stupas between the 9th and 13th centuries CE.
Bagan still has over 2,000 remaining temples out of the 10,000-plus temples which it had in its glory days. The sea of countless temples, that pierce the clouds and the forest silhouettes, were built by the kings of Bagan. Most were constructed between 1057 and 1287, when the kingdom was swept away by earthquakes and Kublai Khan and his invading Mongols.
The sublime setting of the plains, covered in dozens of palm and tamarind trees, the leisurely flowing Irrawaddy river and framed by the tips of the Arakan Mountains loom in the background, enthrals its visitors. Seeing Bagan by a ride on a hot air balloon is becoming increasingly popular, and offers a truly amazing view over this 26-square-mile land of temples.
The pristine white sands of Ngapali, scattered with palm trees with a view of the clear waters of the Bay of Bengal, make it Myanmar’s most popular sand stretch. Myanmar's premier beach getaway, Ngapali is a laid-back fishing village with various ethnic groups.
Take a tour of the Chaukhtatgyi Buddha Temple which is known for having the statue of a reclining Buddha. The statue is 217 ft in length and is one of the largest in Myanmar. This is one of the most beautiful Buddha statues and is intricately detailed.
Feed the catfish at Kandawgyi Lake. A popular local activity in Yangon, you can go down to Kandawgyi Lake or Yangon Lake and feed the swarms of catfish.
Try a hot steaming bowl of Mohinga. A breakfast, this dish consists of rice noodles which are cooked in a fish-based broth, with an added curry flavour to it. It is packed with spices and aromatics and cannot be missed.
Go up in a basket and float into the sky with a hot air balloon ride over Bagan or Inle Lake.
Take a horseback ride in Bagan around the temples.
Take a leisurely cruise over the Irrawaddy River.
Go shopping for rubies in Yangon.
Take a walk through the Kandawgyi Park which is one of the best places to visit in Yangon if you want to get out of the center of the bustling city.
The Shwedagon Pagoda also known as the Greater Dragon Pagoda is the most revered site of Buddhism in Myanmar. The 2,500-year-old pagoda is among the most stunning Buddhist structures in the world and enchants all those who tread upon its spectacular 114-acre complex in the heart of Yangon city, the country’s largest city.
Initially starting at a height of 8.2 meters, the Shwedagon Pagoda has continuously grown and today stands close to 110 meters. The Pagoda is covered with hundreds of gold plates and the top of the stupa is encrusted with 4531 diamonds, the largest of which weighs a whopping 72 carat. Among its numerous treasures and other religious relics, its most prized possession is a strand of Buddha’s hair.
Though the origins of Shwedagon are ambiguous, it is assumed that the Pagoda was first built by the Mon during the Bagan period, in between the 6th and 10th century AD.
Numerous temples, statues and stupas can be found at this magnificent symbol of Buddhism. The Pagoda also focuses on community activities. You can see devotees and monks washing the statues, offering flowers, worshiping, and meditating.
one of the most popular Myanmar tourist attractions, is also called the Temple of 80,000 Images or Temple of Victory. The temple with marvellous architecture is home to more than 80000 Buddha statues. The images of queen and king are carved at the highest position of the temple followed by the royal family.
The Ananda Temple is considered to be one of the best known and most beautiful temples in Bagan. Located near the Tharabar gate, it was one of the first great temples to be built in Bagan and is the only gate remaining of the original 12 in the old Bagan city walls.
The Ananda Pagoda, also named Ananda Pahto and Ananda Phaya is a single storey with architectural influences from Mon and North India. The gilded sikhara or the tower like spire on top of the pagoda is its most distinctive feature. The reflection of the gilded sikhara is said to be visible from miles away over the Bagan plains.
The Buddhist temple houses four standing Buddhas and each one faces a particular direction- east, north, west and south. It is arranged in the form of a crucifix layout and has many stairs which lead to small temples around. This place is a treasure trove of Burmese art and culture which charms the visitors.
This is a SAMPLE itinerary. Our Myanmar tour packages from India are customizable to suit your preferences
Day 1After arriving at the Yangon International Airport, you will meet our representative who will take you to your hotel. Get some rest after the tiring journey and have your lunch, after which you will set off for your sightseeing tour. The first place is the Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda, which is famous for its massive reclining statue of Buddha which is 65m long and 16m high. After admiring the pagoda, set off towards Kandawgyi Park. The park surrounds the Kandawgyi Lake and is a great place to enjoy a walk and take in the fresh air. After spending some time here, visit the Karaweik Palace, also known as the floating golden palace. In the evening you will visit the 2,500 year old magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda. Observe the devotees and monks engaged in various kinds of rituals. Spend the night in Yangon.
Day 2After breakfast drive towards Kyaiktiyo Pagoda. Make a stop at Bago, the ancient capital of Mon kingdom and one of the richest archaeological sites in the country. Visit the incredible Shwemawdaw with a height of almost 114 m. Then visit the Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda, also known as Golden Rock Pagoda and one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in Myanmar. The pagoda itself measures almost 7.5 m high. Covered with gold leaves by Buddhist devotees, the boulder, on which the pagoda stands, is believed to stand on a strand of Buddhas hair. The rock seems to defy gravity by the way it stands precariously on the hill. Later, spend the evening exploring the local shops in the area. Stay in Kyaiktiyo for the night.
Day 3After breakfast, take a 30 min walk to reach Kyee Kan Pa Sat, also called Crow's Mouth Cave. Later return back to Yangon via Bago and enjoy the views of rice fields and the small. After reaching Bago, visit the Shwethalyaung Reclining Buddha. Along with the reclining Buddha, you will also see the four seated Buddhas. The sightseeing will be followed by a visit to the local market. Drive back to Yangon and stay there for the night.
Day 4In the morning, set off for Syriam. The first place which you will visit here is the Kyaik Khauk Paya pagoda. After admiring its brilliant architecture, head towards Kyauk Tan with the Island Pagoda as your next stop. Also known as Kyaik Hmaw Wun Pagoda, it was constructed more than 2,000 years back and contains a golden statue of Buddha. After the sightseeing return to Yangon to visit the Botahtaung Pagoda. Located just to its left is the Bo Bo Gayi, a guardian spirit who is believed to be the protector of Buddha's hair and other relics. Have a delicious lunch and then make your way to the Bogyoke Market, also called the Scott Market. The market consists of several stalls which sell art, antique, handicrafts, jewellery and traditional clothing like lungi. Stay in Yangon for the night.
Day 5In the morning, you will leave for Yangon International Airport to catch your flight and journey back home.
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Myanmar has a reputation of being among the more expensive travel destinations in Asia. The official local currency is the kyat while the US dollar is also essential as hotel bills or invoices for domestic flights can be issued in dollars.
There are regular flights from India to Myanmar. The cost of flight to Myanmar will depend on the airlines, how much in advance the ticket was booked, peak or non-peak seasons, and the city you fly out from.
The hotel prices might be a bit higher during the main tourist season from November to February. Flying Squirrel Holidays provides customized travel services and we have Yangon tour package/Bagan Myanmar tour package/Burma tour packages made according to your budget and preferences. Enquire now!
When is the best time to visit Myanmar?
Myanmar experiences a tropical climate and has the monsoon between May and October. The ideal time to plan a trip to Myanmar therefore is between November and February when the temperature becomes relatively cooler and less humid.
What is Myanmar famous for?
Myanmar is mostly famous for its wood, pearls, and gems.
What are the most popular dishes of Myanmar?
Shan-style noodles, tea-leaf salad, and mohinga are some of the popular dishes in Myanmar.
Myanmar so much to offer to the adventure and nature lovers. Hike the wild hills in the old lands of the Shan Kings and or meet the lake farmers at Inle, or visit the countless Pagodas. Myanmar provides you with an exceptional sense of peace and tranquility rarely found in other places. If you are seeking solitude Myanmar is the place for you.
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