Burma (Myanmar)

Things to see

Things to see

Myanmar has not been on the list of many travelers across Southeast Asia, and it is difficult to understand why. The country is a true hidden treasure, and must capture the imagination of anyone interested in culture and history. Walking through Yangon takes you back to the time of nineteenth-century British colonial rule. Clean, bright parks and temples stand next to decaying colonial-style buildings and deep potholes. Its cultural and religious attractions, such as the Shwedagon Pagoda, add to the city's exotic feel, as do the smiles of the locals. Every corner of the street brings something new, and a small ferry over the river even allows you to glimpse rural life in the countryside. The cities of cultural and historical interest near Yangon are Bago with its Buddhist views, the delta city of Twante known for its pottery and the pilgrimage site of Kyaiktiyo with its golden rock that rocks precariously on a cliff.

Definitely worth exploring more the heart of Bamar, unfortunately the outskirts of the country are beyond the reach of foreigners. The ancient city of Bagan is a real gem and gives an idea of ​​what life must have been like in the 11th and 12th centuries. Marco Polo described it as the "living golden city with tinkling bells and the sounds of the tunics of the monks". It is the largest and densest concentration of temples, pagodas, stupas and Buddhist ruins in the world. Mrauk U is another of those mysterious places: a sleepy town today, its crumbling temples and pagodas recall the early modern period, when it was the capital of an empire involved in extensive maritime trade with Portuguese, Dutch, French and Arab merchants. . Within the Daylay distance of Mandalay is Inwa, another ancient capital where the ruins remain to remind visitors of their former glory. Do not miss Pyin U Lwin, an old British mountain resort with slightly cooler temperatures.

The country has its fair share of natural attractions. Inle Lake is where the backpacker community resides, and it is one of the few places that begins to feel like a tourist trap. Still, a trip to Myanmar is not complete without a boat trip on the lake. It has a unique atmosphere with tribes that live in houses on stilts and paddling in their traditional wooden boats with one leg. The southwestern coast of the country also has some beaches, such as Chaung Tha and Ngapali. If you visit outside of the traditional holiday season, you may have a beautiful white sand beach for you.

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