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Myanmar

Myanmar

A nation where Buddhists make up 85% of the population, Myanmar is the largest country in Southeast Asia. A must-see destination, Myanmar remains a country filled with vibrancy, color and culture. Not many destinations retain that “untouched by the world” feeling like Myanmar. The country, which just opened its border to tourists in 2011.

Throughout Myanmar, more than 100 ethnic groups, languages and dialects co-exist. Locals don traditional attire while showcasing their deeply rooted cultures through festivals, cooking and hospitality. Temples lay tucked away in lush forests and jungles. Once you experience the culture and landscapes of Myanmar, you will find it hard to leave.
Myanmar

Locations

Bagan

Bagan

An astounding 2,230 temples are within the city of Bagan, making it overwhelmingly beautiful. With so much to see and do, the best way to temple hop Bagan is by bike or through the skies on a hot air balloon tour. This spiritual city is located on the mystic banks of the Irrawaddy River, providing a stunning backdrop for the many historical landmarks. Bagan immerses visitors in the culture of Myanmar from the architecture to activities.
Inle Lake

Inle Lake

Learn about the lifestyles of the indigenous Intha people at Inle Lake. Famous for their stilted houses, residents have adapted to the landscape by learning how to plant their vegetables in floating gardens and becoming skilled fishermen. Explore the lake on a traditional longboat journey before trekking to lavish pagodas. Learn the ways of the peaceful monks at Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery or be one with the Buddha at the Pindaya Caves, where there are almost 800 Buddha statue
Mandalay

Mandalay

After Yangon, Mandalay is Myanmar’s most visited city. It owes much of its allure to the intriguing relics of its Royal Palace. The stories behind this prophetic city are almost as interesting as its ruins. In 1857, King Mindon decided to fulfill a sacred prophecy by building a city at the base of Mandalay Hill. Keeping with tradition, the king had 52 people buried alive at each of the site’s corners, making them guardians of his great city. King Mindon entered its twelve gates four years later and died in his royal apartment in 1878. Mindon’s son, King Thibaw, routinely visited the apartment to meditate until he became convinced that his father’s spirit was haunting the building. He promptly had the structure dismantled and removed from the Royal City. It was later reconstructed as the Golden Palace Monastery on the city’s outskirts where it remains today, a tribute to King Mindon and a fine example of Burmese architecture.
Yangon

Yangon

Combining traditional and modern Southeast Asian styles, Yangon is an ancient city with a cosmopolitan flare. Busy food stands line every street, feeding tourists the local flavors. Restaurants also offer a welcoming cultural experience. The highlight of any trip to Yangon is a visit to the golden Shwedagon Pagoda, one that inspires all who see it.