Where to go

Where to go in Myanmar?

Where to go in Myanmar?
Most people start their visit in Yangon, also known as Rangoon, the former capital of the country until 1995, with evocative colonial-era buildings and the unmissable Shwedagon Pagoda. If you have more time, travel southeast from Yangon to the Golden Rock at Kyaiktiyo is also a good option.
Following Yangon, most visitors travel to Bagan for its stunning temple-stewn plains, en route to Mandalay which deserves at least 2 full days. For those who fond of cruising, a 3 days/2 nights boat trip from Bagan to Mandalay are recommended. East of Mandalay is Kalaw, the starting point for some great walks. A trek from Kalaw is one way to reach the magnificent Inle Lake, with its stilt villages and famous leg-rowing fishermen. If time allows, a trip on the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) River around Katha and Bhamo offers a great chance to meet locals, as do the hiking routes around Hsipaw in Shan State, which pass through ethnic minority villages.
At the end of the journey, if you have time, you may option for flying west to the pristine beaches of Ngapali, the most highly regarded or Chaung Tha and Ngwe Saung much more affordable.
Things not to miss

  • Seek out colonial architecture in Yangon
  • Travel on the world’s longest teak U Bein Bridge
  • Explore the caves of Pindaya, filled with 8,000 images of Buddha
  • Trek through the isolated alpine villages of Kalaw
  • Watch the sunset over thousands of temples in Bagan
  • Experience the beauty of Burma’s “Jewel City”, Mandalay
  • Relax on the unspoiled beaches on the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea
  • Join locals on a river boat cruise along the Ayeyarwaddy River
  • Trek through beautiful valleys in Hsipaw
  • Sample traditional life on Inle Lake