Myanmar is also called Burma. And not so many people know that much about Myanmar but, it is rich in history, culture, nature, iconic structures, and is actually a festive country. Tourism in Myanmar is growing each year because of its historic landmarks and warm beaches. It also has one of the world’s most expensive stupas, and it is called the great golden Shwedagon Pagoda which is 100 meters high and is covered with hundreds of gold plate and its top is also covered with more than 4,000 diamonds. And a stupa is a dome-like structure containing relics that is used as a place of meditation. And this is just one of the most thrilling things about Myanmar! Read here to know more about budget travel in Myanmar and our Myanmar travel guide!
How to get to Myanmar
You can take a plane to get to Myanmar. Most of the visitors arrive in Myanmar at either Yangon or Mandalay airports. The cheapest way to reach Myanmar from outside the region is by flying by either Thai Airways via Bangkok or Emirates via Dubai. For your visa, you can get you E-visa through online by filling up some forms for registration. Your passport should be must have at least 6 months of validity. You can visit Myanmar with a 28-day visa in a single entry.
Best time to visit Myanmar
It is the wet season on Myanmar from May to October. And roads aren’t passable particularly on July to September. The best time to visit Myanmar is in winter season that lasts from November to February when temperatures are relatively manageable and convenient. Click here to know more about the weather in Myanmar!
Instagrammable Places in Myanmar
The main tourist attraction in Myanmar is Bagan or formerly known as “Pagan”, was the capital of the first Burmese empire, and is one of the prosperous archaeological sites in Southeast Asia. Bagan serves as home to ancient Buddhist pagodas, temples, and stupas built from the 11th to 13th century. Bagan’s temples are best viewed from a peak point, and there’s no greater perspective than the one you’ll get from riding a hot air balloon which ascends 2,000 feet in the air! You can also see the sun rise or set from the top of the temples. Bagan is one of the cheapest tourist spots. Meals will cost you $1-$5, and average level accommodations will be around $20-$40. There is an entrance fee $25.
2. The Alms Giving Ceremony
Every morning, the Alms Giving Ceremony is conducted in the streets of Myanmar. It is one of the most sacred Buddhist traditions here. Around 6 in the morning, locals and tourists start to prepare food, rice or money that they will give to the monks. The monks are mixed of young and old men who come out of the temple. You’ll see them in streets in single line, barefoot. This has been a tourist attraction since travelers are encouraged to take part of this tradition as long as respect remains.
3. Hot Air Balloons in Bagan
Riding a hot air balloon is a must when you visit Bagan. Before actually riding the hot air balloon, you’ll get to watch how they are being set-up. And once you’re up above, you’ll be gliding gracefully over the spectacular 360-degree panoramic view of the beautiful Bagan, with its mountains and Buddhist temples, stupas, and villages. Pilots are smooth operators, so expect your while ride and landing to be safe and fun! They will even give you a light breakfast meal with champagne before riding the hot air balloons.
4. Kyaiktiyo Pagoda
Kyaiktiyo Pagoda or the Golden Rock is a famous pilgrim site among Buddhists. It is one of those places that will be beyond your expectations for it absolutely holds magic. The golden rock is perched on the very edge of a hill as if it is defying gravity. Its spirituality and cultural factor are very strong. You can reach the top by either riding a bus or by feet. And if you’ll walk, it’ll be a 16-km hike and would take you around 3-4 hours to get at the top, but the experience will be precious because you can engage some conversations with the locals, and learn more about their culture. Women aren’t allowed to touch the rock, but men gather around the bottom of it, kneeling in prayer while wrapped in the smoke of incense. The Golden Rock can be any time of the day, but sunrise and sunset is especially magical!
5. Shwedagon Pagoda
Shwedagon Pagoda or Paya is Yangon’s most famous landmark, built on a hill which is the biggest and grandest Pagoda in Myanmar. This Pagoda was built 2600 years ago and is the oldest Buddhist stupa in the world, it is 99 meters high and is completely encrusted with gold plating. Massive numbers of devotees visit the Shwedagon every day and walk around the stupa to make offerings to the Buddha. Understanding the culture and history of this sacred pagoda, can greatly improve your visit. Appreciating its history and immersing yourself in its mystical beauty will be a spectacular experience! The entrance fee is $8.
More Instagrammable Places in Myanmar
6. Hpa An
Hpa An is a small city surrounded by dramatic mountain scener, lush green rice fields, and huge amount of religiously significant caves. Hpa An is a quiet place, perfect for you to experience the local life, hike, visit some biggest Buddha. Wander around the city or go to the local market by walking through the tiny neighborhood or by renting a bicycle or a motorbike. You can also explore the rice fields!
7. Beaches in Myanmar
I can recommend Chaungtha if you want to spend some time on the beach and sands! The beach has various offshore islands to explore and enjoy water sports activities such as snorkeling and speed boats. It is particularly fun when it is full of locals on a weekend away from the city. There are plenty of beer stalls, teas and café houses, and souvenir shops that are reasonable in price. Chaungtha is also more crowded and can be a little dirty, but it still has the best people, great activities, and is a spectacular place to go and cherish moments with friends or family.
8. U Bein Bridge in Amarapura
U Bein Bridge is the longest teak bridge in the world and very old. It was constructed from wood and retrieved from the former royal palace in Inwa. The best time to visit the bridge is at sunset and you should be around 5-6 pm to find a good spot for picture takings. The light is often best around an hour before sunset with all the shadows and silhouettes. It is just impossible not to capture the lovely and majestic photos of the U Bein Bridge!
9. The Gokteik Viaduct
Gokteik Viaduct is the highest railway bridge in Myanmar, which is over 100 metres high the ground and nearly 700 metres long. As you ride this train, you will see so much of the local life of Myanmar. The train ride will give you beautiful sceneries, and there are many chances to buy food on each stop so bring some extra cash. The fare for the “upper class” cabin is $6 and $3 for the regular class with wooden seats but still comfy! It will be breathtaking experience as you look out of the window of the train into a depth of a hundred meters!
10. Inke Lake
It’s one of the most touristic places in Myanmar, you can get there from Kalaw in a 3-day trekking. You can hire a guide, prices are very cheap around $10-15 per day and it’s included accommodation and food. You can rent a boat and going around the lake. You can also walk around the lake. The place is really nice for resting and relaxing, especially if you are coming from the trekking.
Need Accommodation in Myanmar?
If you’re looking for a cheap place to crash, there are dorm rooms in Myanmar that only go for $20 or less. Another inexpensive lodging option is AirBnB, where you can get rooms for $15-25. Click here to get a $30 USD discount on your first booking when you sign up on AirBnB! Those who want to treat themselves can always book luxury hotel rooms starting at around €200 per night.
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