Turn back the clock in this time-warped country that’s a world apart from the rest of Southeast Asia. Now is the moment to visit the extraordinary land of Myanmar, scattered with gilded pagodas, where the traditional ways of Asia endure and areas that were previously off-limits are opening up.
Yangon in the south has Shwedagon Paya, a stunning golden zedi on a hill dominating the city but also makes an excellent base from which to visit nearby Bago and Myanmar’s most sacred religious site, the Golden Rock. Myanmar’s heartland is home to its biggest attraction – Bagan, with its haunting landscape scattered with over 2,000 11th century temples. In the east Mandalay, the second largest city, is alive with new construction but is also a good starting off point for exploring the U Bein Bridge, the world’s longest teak bridge, and Inle Lake with its remarkable leg-rowing fishermen. Ngapali Beach in the northwest is a perfect place to relax amongst the swaying coconut palms and in western Myanmar the ancient zedis of Mrauk U are testament to its former status as a wealthy city.
These are just a few of the best places to visit in Myanmar. For a complete list, continue reading for our top ten places to visit in Myanmar.