10 Top Tourist Attractions in Myanmar

Martina Rosado
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Shwemawdaw Paya

Located in Yangon (Rangoon), the Shwemawdaw Paya is the biggest Paya in the city. It depicts the Maha Wod″ (Great Strength) Myth, the king of the gods’s struggle to defeat the demons. The images of the figures are of gold and silver, and they are raised in ridges on the framework of wood, painted with gold and silver colors. The edifice is surrounded by a high wall, with four stone towers, which were no doubt of religious significance.

This unique and wonderful historical monument is the jewel in the crown of Yangon, and an attraction for the visitor.

Ayeyarwady River Cruise

And Dinner show.

Myanmar is the beautiful land of Golden Pagodas and Golden mangroves. You can have the best view of all these places from the river. Myanmar rivers are full of bright fishes and some of the most beautiful blossom.

Through a short cruise, you can then enjoy dinner and show in the same place.

Shwenandaw Monastery

Its name Shwenandaw Monastery is derived from “Shwenandaw Paya”, which, translated from Burmese means “ten thousand spiritual sites.” The biggest Monastery in Mandalay and also the biggest Monastery in Myanmar. It is said to house one of the most venerated Buddha images in Myanmar.

The Shwenandaw Paya complex measures 160 meters long on the outside and 45 meters wide, with ornamental wooden pillars supporting a huge golden umbrella. The umbrella contains an image of the Buddha. The Shwenandaw Paya has steep stairways on both its eastern and western sides. The image of the Buddha inside the umbrella is covered by a golden layer, which is removed only when the image is taken out for special Buddhist occasions.

The Monastery is situated at the peak of Mandalay Hill, from where one can view a number of Buddhist religious sites throughout the city.

The golden umbrella at the Shwenandaw Paya is the largest golden Burmese temple umbrella in Myanmar. Moreover, Shwenandaw Paya is the biggest Monastery in Mandalay and the biggest Monastery in Myanmar.

Ngapali

This is probably the best time to visit Lahad Datu, as you would not get to see this place when the crowds are swarming around.

My fastest ride here was just under eight hours.

The journey will be less hectic because the Malaysian checkpoints are just 10km out of town, so you do not have to wait in the long lines.

It's a one-hour drive from Malaysia.

That was when I was the sole traveler.

When the border is fully operational, it would be a 6 hour trip from the Malaysia side to the border and then from the border to Raja Merdeka Square.

You can see a customs officer until you are on the other side of the border, so your passport would not be confiscated.

I recommend taking the direct bus service from the Sultan Ismail International Airport that will take you to the border in just over 3.5 hours.

From the bus terminal, you can catch a taxi for an hour ride to arrive at the border.

Once you are on the other side of the border, you can easily take a shared taxi or rental car to the ngapali beach.

The best time to travel to the beach is in the afternoon.

I have read people suggesting daylight during the day but it is too hot and it is more convenient to travel during the afternoon.

Mrauk U

(Mrauk U State)
One of the most famous places of interest in Myanmar, Mrauk U is a citadel city 100 km from the center of Mandalay. This city is the center of the Rakhine kingdom in the kingdom of Arakan. It was founded in the 13th century by King Razadarit who became the first king to rule it. The city is known for its integrated religious architecture. Mrauk U is home to over 100 temples, including the U Maha Mariri (the Great King of the Emerald), the Thandwegiri (the Royal Temple), the Tharabakha Temple, the Kyaukpya (the temple of the sacred white umbrella), the Razadarit (the Great King of Great Wisdom), and the Shwetaung, as well as the ancient pagodas of Bagan, the city is home to magnificent structures and monuments.

Inle Lake

Lying under the lap of Himalayan mountain range forming part of the Shan Hills, Inle Lake is a lake formed by Okkalapa Intha Mountain (one of the Shan Hills). It is the largest lake in Myanmar and the largest freshwater lake in the country. The lake has been recognized as one of the world’s ten most beautiful lake by the New York Times in 2010. The lake and its surroundings boast the world’s largest stupaï Classical Theravada Buddhist monastery, three clusters of mountain temples and 450 waterfalls. The lake is dotted with many small islands and is surrounded by Intha Village, the major tourist attraction.

Famous for its cultural diversity, it is a heterogeneous community where farmers, fishermen, and traders live together.

The lake is located in the northern part of Myanmar near the Chinese border. The lake has a circumference of about 11 miles (18.0 km) and a maximum depth of 240 feet (73 m). The lake is the largest and deepest lake in Myanmar. The lake is approximately a third of the area of Singapore if it were in a circle of the same total circumference.

The lake also supports over 300 species of birds and 80 species of butterflies. It is one of the best places in East Myanmar to see the black necked crane. The lake is also home to animals such as wild buffalo, deer, and flying squirrels.

Taung Kalat

Taung Kalat is a cultural and historical attraction that attracts thousands of tourists from around the world every year. It is situated in the Sagaing Region and is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Myanmar.

The history of this monastery dates back as far as 650 years ago as it is believed that the Buddhist monk Makhon of Saka, whose name is now famous in Myanmar, founded this monastery.

Later on, King Bayinnaung spent a lot of time to develop the monastery which greatly increased its fame.

Also known as Tiger’s Nest, the monastery is located at an altitude of 6000 feet in the Shan Hills. There are 3 caves underneath this monastery which can be accessed by a wooden walkway. They are known as the “Pagoda Cave, Dragon Gate Cave and Abhayagiri Cave.

You can also see a natural cave with rock formations inside the main Taung Kalat monastery. These rocks were formed by underground streams which symbolize a Buddhist rule.

Shwedagon Pagoda

The Shwedagon Pagoda, is the most popular attraction in Yangon, the largest city in Myanmar. The Pagoda is located on a hilltop above the busy downtown area and has been Myanmar‘s most popular destination for over 2,300 years. The Shwedagon Pagoda is a stunning and colorful landmark of Myanmar.

The Shwedagon is the center of Buddhist worship in Myanmar. That’s not to say that it is a temple for Buddhists alone as there are also Muslims, Buddhists and Christians in Myanmar. Buddhist worship in Myanmar is a dual practice. One involves the worship of all Buddhas, the other is believed by Buddhists to grant them merit. It seems that there is no shortage of monks around the Pagoda.

In Myanmar, the number of worshippers may grow to 100,000 per day on the holidays. It is said that walking towards the Shwedagon Pagoda will lead you to heaven, or see the Buddha.

Golden Rock

  • Near Pyay (Mandalay)

Located in the city of Mandalay. The rock is perched on the edge of the city and known for its monasteries that were built on top of it. It is seen by many as a symbol of Mandalay. Personally I like it because of the view. From the top you see the pyramids in all directions. You can see the lesser celestial stupa as well as the three pagodas of Mandalay.

  • Near Inwa (Yangon)

Golden Rock is a 87-arch bridge that has been constructed on the western periphery of the city of Yangon.

  • In Pyay (Mandalay)

The Bridge Over the Kwai In Pyay, is located in the area of ​​Golden Rock, around 7 km away from Mandalay. It was built on the road that runs through the valley of the Kwai. It was built during the reign of King Anawrahta, on the Indian Ocean coast of Sagaing. Even today, it is considered the most beautiful wooden bridge in Myanmar.

  • In Bagan (Yangon)

The Inya Lake , is Lake in Bagan, Visited by many tourists each year. The lake is surrounded by small pagodas and contains boats that are used during religious ceremonies.

Bagan

Bagan is where the old capital of Myanmar used to be. It’s arguably the largest temple complex in Southeast Asia. By its own account, it was built in one thousand, five hundred, and ten different kingdoms and states over three hundred years. It is home to over two hundred and seventy thousand Buddha statues and images. It’s also the largest complex of temples in the world.

To appreciate the scale of a temple like Bagan, imagine taking a football field and laying a building that is four stories high over the center. That’s a reasonable estimate of the total number of temples in Bagan. The largest Temple is the white temple, which is four stories high and sixteen hundred feet long. The city of Bagan was abandoned in the 15th century, but was inhabited until 1810. During its heyday, Bagan was a bustling civilization. By the time of its demise, Bagan was covered with monasteries, markets, and temples. This once-vibrant city has been successfully recreated in modern times and is now open to the public for adventure touring.