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Top 10 pics of Myanmar
Featuring thousands and thousands of photographs to select from, selecting 10 of my favorite Myanmar photographs was no cinch. Burma is SO photoogenic! From Mandalay I worked my way through the countryside to Bagan, Inle Lake and Yangon. Myanmar is definitely on the rise in tourist activity, so if you can get there now, go!
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It is a divine backward, pretty land, formally known as the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, but also Burma, offering abundant sunlight (in winter) and soothing countryside of paddy paddies and palms, a rustic paradise of golden and blank coughies and populated by quiet, welcoming people. - If possible, you should stay away from luxurious resorts, packages and Myanmar Tours and Travel (MTT), the state travel agenc.
Suggested: 2/3 week, Yangon - (Golden Rock? ) - Lake Inle - Mandalay - (Ngapali Strand? ) - Bagan - Yangon. In September 2014, Myanmar introduced an e-visa system that allows travellers to obtain a visa on-line, but only for travel to Yangon Airport and only for 43 destinations - among them the US, Canada, the UK, EU nationals, Australia and New Zealand.
Your E-visa is a one-time use for a 28-day stay and is issued for 90 and over. Landing into Myanmar is a challenge, not only with your passport, but also, if you get a permit, it will almost certainly restrict you to isolated areas in Burma and miss the best travel locations in the state.
One cannot escape the bustling Yangon (which by the way is no longer the Myanmar capital), as most visitors arrive/departure there by air, not to speak of internal flight from there, so that a few unavoidable few short outings. The road scene is moderate and Myanmar's No. 1 pit stop, the Great Golden Shwedagon is a sparkling imagination and a few hour's work.
You can also use Yangon for your souvenirs. Excursions from Yangon to Bago, Golden Rock or Letkhokkon Beaches. Bago, (aka Pegu) a small, not overcrowded city 2 hour driving from Yangon (127 km), houses a splendid golden coupé, which is not unlike the Shwedagon of Yangon, and many sparkling Buddhistic artifacts.
Kyaiktiyo Zedi, a golden balance block. From Yangon (211 km above Bago and its giant, lying Buddha and its impressing golden pagoda) a 3. 5-hour car ride followed by a one-hour mountainwalk. The Letkhokkon Strand is located 2 hrs from Yangon (105 km). An inle sea fisher with traditonal fishing net, trefoil cap and cheroy.
The Inle is an appealing, quiet, 20 km long sea in Burma's Shan Hills, flooded with interesting people, such as fishers and ethnical strains roaming the market, as well as swimming orchards of tomatoes and cat leaping through tires, but not much like old lagoons, although a detour to Kakku offers a huge stupa dose of stuff.
The last great capitol of Burma, Mandalay is now Burma's second largest town and is at the heart of its people. Gamekeeper Ngwe Saung Strand, picture of GoMyanmar. The best in Burma is Ngapali (aka Thandwe), a broad 2 miles long sandy shore and hot ocean with palm trees, with good accommodations and few other people.
The Ngwe Saung is a new competitor to Ngapali, a very long, sandy stretch of sandy beaches with clear water that is less congested than Ngapali. It is a 5 hrs coach trip from Yangon. The Chaungtha Airport is not too touristic, but the street is bad and the driving distance from Yangon is about 5 h. The hotel is located on the left.
The Maungmagan Beach near Dawei has gold sandy beaches and clear water over a one hrs fly from Yangon to Dawei. Letkhokkon, two hrs by car or four hrs by car from Yangon, features subtle sands and palm trees, but musty, unappealing delta water. The 3 day nationwide: end of September - beginning of October, boating race (it is the wet season) all over the country, but especially on the Inle Lake, end of September - beginning of October, Lights Festival at the end of the Buddhist fast.
Burma is best in November - February, although it is often 30C+ (84F+), except in the mainland, such as Lake Inle, where night temperatures can drop to 10C. June-October: the rain period when it is particularly humid in the extreme southern part of Yangon. President Obama of the USA on a trip to Yangon in 2012.
Burma is one of Asia's impoverished nations because of its large and underdeveloped countryside but it is beginning to break out of globalisation. However, some useful reform has been implemented, so the US administration is now recognized, with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton taking infant strides on a 2011 trip, followed by President Obama's major strides on a trip to Yangon in late-2012.
In April 2012, the EU abolished non-military penalties and provided more than $100 million in humanitarian assistance to Myanmar. This is good for Burma's population, poor tourist information, as the wonderful quiet attractions will soon be surmounted by tractor, bus, SUV, bagged plastics, congestion (already in Yangon) and all the other pleasures of the new modernized emerging economies, not to mention bulk travel.