Best of MyanmarThe best of Myanmar
Myanmar's best: Complete route
Burma is not a South East Asia land that is often on travelers' list or scheduled for their great rucksack-adventures. This is a disgrace, because Myanmar is one of the best conserved and most thrilling cultural tourist resorts in Asia. Mighty Myanmar not be on everyone's must do list? Until I travelled to Myanmar, I knew nothing about the land except how it was sealed off from the rest of the planet until a few centuries ago.
Having travelled a large part of Myanmar during the Thingyan Festival, I can undoubtedly make Myanmar my favourite South East Asian state. There are many things that make Myanmar a fascinating and thrilling place. Here is my route on the best of Myanmar, where to go and what to do from my own experience, and a few important hints and hints I should know before I leave.
Myanmar is the most populous and probably the place you will be. First thing you will see is that there are no permanent horn and no motorcycles in the town. That' because they can't go into Yangon town. In Yangon you can see the daily lives of Myanmar residents who are usually too preoccupied to be around you to be selling goods, but who like to be smiling.
Discover the old and new of a rapidly expanding town, and Yangon will have infinite opportunities for road-walkers. Nineteenth and twentieth avenue are the hot spots, and although it can be overcrowded and a little funk ily smells there are many places where you can watch a large dinner, large cool beers and lots of peopl.
SWEDAGON Pagoda is the holiest sanctuary in all of Myanmar and a favourite place of worship for Buddhists. It is my pleasure to walk through the market, you can get a true feeling for the world. To the east of Yangon is one of the three most important places of Buddhism in Myanmar.
In order to get to the pit, you have to take a coach to Kinpun and get into a lorry with Myanmar ers and friars early in the mornings. I was inle one of the most wonderful cities I have ever been to in Myanmar, which is difficult to select because there are many.
Approximately 9-10 hrs northbound by coach is Inle lake, a vast and gorgeous scenic contrasting to Yangon, encircled by verdant rolling countryside, a web of channels, springwaterways, farms and a vast freshwater pond. It is a great getaway after having experienced the busy urban lifestyle of Yangon.
One of the most famous attractions in Inle Lake are the swimming towns. You can take a catamaran and see what it's like to live on the sea and feed on foods grown or caught in pasture. If, like me, you are a trekker and out in the open, you should first go to Kalaw and take the 3-day hike to Inle Lake, which will take you through deeps and small towns where you will spend the nights and experience Myanmar's countryside every evening.
There are no warm shower, no power, no internet, just plain adventures with the world' s kindest souls. As Inle Lake is one of the most visited tourist attractions, it is good to reserve upfront. A little outside the city limit there is a vineyards and a wine estate, which is definitely recommendable after a bike tour on the highways.
It was one of my favourite adventures during my stay in the Shire. Before or after reaching Bagan, it is still a must when you visit Myanmar. As the Angkor Wat of Myanmar (but I think it's better), Bagan is a UNESCO world heritage site and a basin with more than 2,000 antique churches dating back to a Burmese gold age in the twelfth cent.
Hire a motorbike and drive to some of the over 2000 temple around Bagan, but there is no way to see them all. Although we could never fly the ballons because they stop in the summers, everyone says it's a great way to see Bagan.
Everybody in Bagan seems to live in Ostello Bello. In Mandalay during the Thinkgyan ceremonies, my experiences with the town are different from many others. Mandalay is the second biggest town in the whole region and a good starting point for almost all kinds of things to do and do in the area.
Mandalay offers access to Inle Lake, Bagan and Hsipaw in the far northern hemisphere, which could make it a better place to settle from. As Mandalay is another big city in the state, there will be many tasty restaurants and a good night life, with a few elegant riverside facing inns.
I' d have been there all morning, but it was full of visitors at 9am, so make sure you get there early! While I gasped as we reached the summit, it's a long stroll up Mandalay Hill to the top of the summit to enjoy an unbelievable sundown ("and a hell of a staircase").
The Mandalay Fort in the centre of the town is well deserved a visit, amidst a large ditch. Ustello Bello (more social) or Downtown Mandalay (more local). Situated 200 km to the north-east of Mandalay, Hsipaw is the capital of Shan State and ideal for those seeking an out. It will be the primary goal for those who want to undertake several days of hiking tours and discover unspoilt Myanmar in secluded hilltops.
I had to make one of the biggest rail trips in the whole wide globe for someone who' s crazy about railroading. This should be on your must-do lists, especially in Myanmar. Hsipaw is an old railway that will take you from Mandalay before sunrise, zigzagging back and forth to the hills, then down into luxuriant paddy and soybean valley.
Walking in the country was one of the best trips we made in Myanmar. The 2-3 days hike will allow you to see peasants, teapickers and even rebels who are glad to experience their little worlds and share their daily lives. Don't be alarmed, even the troops were the kindest men I've ever known.
Also, the tealeaves there are supposed to help with the long lifespan of living, so get rid of them! The Thingyan Festival, or the New Year celebrations for Myanmar, will most likely be one of the crazyest events of your time. The Thingyan is Myanmar's greatest feast day and a buddhistic ceremony to wash away last year's sin and start the New Year with a clear mind.
Please wear protective glasses, they are a lifesaver (especially from ocular infections). Until Myanmar loosened its tourist policy, obtaining a visa for the land, let alone anything else, could be a big upset. Earlier, simulation maps were worth tens of thousands ofthe dollar, banking was tight, and much more of the land was banned for trips.
There are two ways to apply for your Myanmar visas. There was only one individual in this line when I travelled to Myanmar, but it could be a long waiting period as the tourist industry growth. So we mainly travelled through Myanmar. Now, since there is a major street leading from Yangon to Mandalay, the northern street is not too risky.
Platoon: In Myanmar I was only allowed to take the rail once, but it was my preferred way to go. Travelling by rail is another good alternative and can be done from Yangon to Hsipaw. It is my advice from my own experiences to buy a 1. grade tickets on the trains, which will not be much more costly, and it will spare you back and bottom from aches.
While in Myanmar we mainly took busses when we could find them, but sometimes we had to rent a personal cab to get to the next stop as nothing else was available. There is a $20-$25 per capita charge for a full night trip to another town.
Regular cabs are available in the large towns around Myanmar and will often give you a high fixed rate when you travel to the most important attractions, so be sure to trade with them at a lower one. Most of the attractions around Yangon, which were too far away, we were paying about 1,000-2,000 kyats per one.
Burma is no longer the savage eastern part of Asia, because the country's laid-back tourist policy promotes economic expansion, but it has been one of the most genuine and genuine social experience I have ever had. Travelling in Myanmar is much simpler than 3 years ago, and if you are prepared before arrival by sorting your visa and accommodations, you won't get many squeals.
Myanmar has the most remarkable aspects: the population. That, in combination with the cultural and intriguing sights, made it my favourite target in Southeast Asia. It will certainly also become your favourite.