Sightseeing is one of the main activities when you visit a place and there are a number of Myanmar tourist attractions that you do not want to miss. Since, for many years, it has been not been considered as a main tourist destination, Myanmar is a mysterious land of jade and pagodas and many other things. While visiting Myanmar, we suggest that you do a thorough research to find out the top interesting places to visit in Myanmar. The country is best known for its temples and unique Buddha statues that you will not find any place else. But, Myanmar is not all about this only, it has many other interesting and beautiful places to visit.
Must-See Interesting Places in Myanmar
Thinking of what to see in Myanmar? While it will be quite difficult to say that which places you should leave, it will be equally difficult to name any noteworthy sightseeing attraction as the entire country is filled with wonders and sight worthy places. We did our best to compile a list of top 10 Myanmar must see places to help you get a better idea.
1. Shwemawdaw Paya Pagoda
Shwemawdaw Paya Pagoda is the tallest of the pagodas in Myanmar, about 114 meters high above and impressively studded with diamonds, Shwemawdaw Paya is the most significant pagoda as it has a number of relics related to the Buddha, which makes it one of the most important temples in Myanmar. It is located in Bago and is almost 1000 years old; the notable part of this pagoda is its highly intricate architecture as it is ornate with other, smaller, pagodas that are also gold-coated, a number of statues and pavilions.
All this combines to give the construction a glittery and towering look, the reason it can be noticed from miles away and a must see place in Myanmar.
Yangon is an ancient and the capital city of Myanmar and central hub of all the main tourist activities of the country. The city is filled with a number of eye-catching sightseeing places, that make it a chief city to visit and enjoy some significant sightseeing. The main reason for the city being so famous and attractive is the presence of a large number of pagodas and local markets here. When in Yangon, you will notice the people going about their business in local attire like longyi and open sandals. Some of the pagodas to visit in Yangon are;
- Sule Pagoga
- Shwedagon Pagoda
- Botataung Pagoda
- Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda
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3. Bogyoke Aung San Market
Previously known by the name of Scott Market, Bogyoke Aung San Market is one of main Myanmar must see places for Shopaholic. The market is located in the central Yangon and is a lively buzz of activity and cheerful shopkeepers. The market is one of the main attractions in Yangon and Myanmar since it is the place where you can find nearly everything from antique souvenirs to handmade tapestries and lacquerware.
Want to take back some precious gifts for your loved ones? You will find precious and genuine jade jewellery there, which is sure to please your female friends and family members. The best part of the deal is that everything in Bogyoke Market is reasonably priced and you can always bargain a bit.
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4. Hlawgar Wildlife Park
The Hlawgar wildlife park is located in Mingaladon, approximately 35km North of Yangon and is an adventurer’s paradise. The Hlawgar Wildlife Park is the best place if you want to have a closer and more authentic look and feel of nature. The park is richly filled with fauna and flora and a number of interesting animals, including Barking Deer, Hog Deer, Sambar Deer, Pangolin, Pythons, Rhesus Monkeys and many kinds of birds.
When planning a visit, you will have several choices of either exploring the park on jeeps or buses, hiking through the area, going for a bird watching visit and the most interesting, conducting the tour on an elephant’s back.
5. Inle Lake
If you want to experience the unique beauty of Myanmar then visiting Inle Lake is a sure thing, the lake is one of the most interesting places to see in Myanmar. Inle Lake is a five-kilometer canal that opens up into a wide lake, the lake is ‘decorate’ with loads of stunning floating gardens and stilted villages. While having a lake visit, you will notice a number of beautiful things like lakebeds having flowers, tomatoes, cauliflowers and other vegetables, floating tomatoes fields, the sound of the people weaving silk and pleasant faces of people. The markets near the Inle Lake offer freshly grown hill food and a number of other local products.
6. Ngapali Beach
Ngapali Beach is one of the most exotic beaches in Myanmar, it is located in the Rakhine State and its borders touch the Bay of Bengal. The beach is known for its unblemished beauty of white sands, palm trees and an infinite sight of the horizon, since the place is in higher-end, you will not find much of the visitors there. The beach is not crowded with people of hawkers and it offers a serene and quiet environment for sunbathing and relaxation.
Once you are there, there are a number of activities like visiting the nearby fisherman villages on bicycle tour, fishing in the small hills located the Strand Beach Hotel and enjoying the natural and unspoiled view of nature. Ngapali Beach is one of the main Myanmar sightseeing places, you should not miss.
7. National Kandawgyi Gardens
The National Kandawgyi Gardens was founded in the year 1915; the garden is located in Pyin Oo Lwin, Myanmar and is a 435-acre botanical garden. The government maintains the garden and it is a remarkable sight, it has loads of different species of flowers, trees and shrubs that are aesthetically framing the beautiful sights of pagodas and Kandawgyi Lake’s wooden bridges. The garden encloses a swimming pool, orchid garden, butterfly museum and visits to the aviary having an impressive collection of birds.
The best way to have a great touring experience of the garden is to explore it on foot, as you will get to see all the unique and beautiful flowers and eastern and western sides of both Kandawgyi and Kandawlay Lake.
8. U-Bein Bridge
The U-Bein bridge is the world’s most elongated teak bridge stretched along about 1300 yards of the Taungthaman Lake, it hems in the most picturesque sights you could imagine. The bridge is a great place if you want to see the local people and monks going from and to have a sight of beautiful vegetation and green fields stretched below it.
The place gives a perfect sight of beautiful sunset when the colour and hot sunset light is spread across the sky and bridge. At the other end of the U-Bein Bridge, you will also have the opportunity to see and visit the Kyauktawgyi Paya, which is built in the image of Ananda Pahto, as per the legend, in the mid 1800s. So, you will have a triple advantage of enjoying a beautiful sunset, visiting a Paya and watching the hustle of the place.
9. Mon Cultural Museum
Mon Kingdom is one of the most influential cultural groups in Myanmar and this could be witnessed by the fact the entire museum has been dedicated to their cultural and religious history. It has a wide collection of ancient stone slabs, ceramics, Mon musical instruments, royal funerary urns and silver betel boxes. While most of the descriptions in Burmese language, you will some in English language too. The Mon Cultural Museum is worth a visit if you want to have a glimpse of powerful Mon that played a vital role in Burma’s history.
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Finally, no visit to Myanmar will be complete without visiting Bagan, one of the most famous cities of Bagan, it is a melting pot of the myriad activities and cultures. Bagan is an ancient city and it has a good number of pagodas, temples, local markets, tourist attractions and a number of exciting things to do in Bagan. If you want to have a better tour of the city than exploring it on horse cart and hot air balloons is the best way for it.
Myanmar has loads of exciting places to see, even more than what we have added to this list. Have you visited other sightseeing places besides these? Please comment and let us know about it.