10 Things to do in Myanmar That You Shouldn't Miss

December 4, 2021 Velvet Mowry

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1. Bagan Temples

Bagan Archaeological Zone, Bagan Myanmar
Excellent
88%
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10%
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5.0 based on 6,494 reviews

Bagan Temples

An area of 42 sq km houses thousands of richly decorated pagodas & temples.

Reviewed By Harrison-F-Carter - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Absolutely loved it here - now one of our favourite ever places. Getting up at 5.30am to see the sunrise and balloons sets a wonderful tone to the day and seeing the temples - and hiring e-bikes was just wonderful - they were plenty fast enough and you are just free to go where you please, independently with just a dusty breeze upon you - worth bringing a face mask. Loved it here...

2. Shwedagon Pagoda

Yangon (Rangoon) Myanmar http://www.theshwedagonpagoda.com
Excellent
80%
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5.0 based on 14,023 reviews

Shwedagon Pagoda

The city's biggest tourist attraction is this immense Buddhist shrine built approx. 2500 years ago.

Reviewed By patricklN1986UH

The Shwedagon pagoda is visible from everywhere in the city ... and it will draw you to it like moths to a flame ...Late afternoon and evenings is the best time as it can get too hot underfoot during the day ( bare feet at all Pagodas & temples throughout the country ) ... It is a vast complex and as the sun sets, the locals light up the candles all around the Pagoda and it makes for some wonderful photo and video opportunities .. Learn a bit about the history of the pagoda ( 2,600 years old ) and be respectful of the dress code ( nothing short or skimpy, especially women ) ... I wore denim jean shorts to my knees and had to "rent ' a llongi for $10 as i was deemed inappropriate ... Not going here while in Yangon is like not looking at the Eiffel tower in paris or the Opera house in Sydney .. it is simply THE thing to do in Yangon

3. Mahamuni Pagoda

Mandalay Myanmar
Excellent
54%
Good
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4.5 based on 1,514 reviews

Mahamuni Pagoda

Reviewed By 266kyaws - Mandalay, Myanmar

This is very famous pagoda in Mandalay city.I think you should go there,Thank my guests so much.Good Luck.

4. Kuthodaw Pagoda & the World's Largest Book

Mandalay Myanmar +95 9 793 764900 http://www.royaltamuprincess.com
Excellent
53%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
7%
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4.5 based on 1,688 reviews

Kuthodaw Pagoda & the World's Largest Book

The Kuthodaw Paya houses "the world's largest book", 729 marble slabs of Buddhist scriptures.

Reviewed By Emmathexplorer

Would definitely recommend going here! We found it to be a very relaxing place and hundreds of white stupas were beautiful! A nice place to relax if you have time sit down in the shade and read a book!

5. Inle Lake

Nyaungshwe Myanmar
Excellent
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4.5 based on 3,154 reviews

Inle Lake

Reviewed By LuizaR106 - Bangkok, Thailand

We spent our last 3 out of 12 days of holidays on Inle Lake and it was the best part of the whole trip. Here you can really see the beauty of Myanmar. Inle Lake area as well as Samkar Lake area are not only very beautiful but a lot is happening there. You must have a guide to rake you to all these places. We were lucky to find on TripAdvisor contact to Naing Moe (+95 942837 2125) who made sure that each minute of our time was filled in and we were very well taken care of. Special thanks to his friend Pie who was with us the first 2 days. Upon arrival in Heho we were picked up and drove to Pindaya cave with 8,000 Buddha statues, and drove around villages. The second day we went 50k by boat to Samkar, saw a complex of old stupas, floating stupas, pottery making and rice whisky workshops, walked through a village and saw many floating villages. The third day we cruised on Inle Lake, saw fishermen and their village, went up the river to see amazing 16th century stupa ruins, attended lotus and silk weaving and cigar making workshops. It was all super interesting and the views everywhere are breathtaking. People at Inle are the nicest ever. We stayed at Aureum Palace Hotel and Resort. We loved it. Beautiful, large rooms, very cosy restaurant with perfect menu. The avocado salad was great. And the spa is definitely worth a visit too. Excellent value for the money spent.

6. Shwenandaw Monastery

Shwenandaw Golden Palace, Mandalay Myanmar +95 9 431 11459
Excellent
59%
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33%
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4.5 based on 1,878 reviews

Shwenandaw Monastery

Reviewed By Geeess - Rome, Italy

In 1857 it was built as a palace for king Mindon. Beautifully decorated at 5 levels worth intricate and exquisite wood carvings the wooden palace has survived and is worth a visit. It has 4 entrances and a prayer hall as the king donated it as a monastery. It is still a monastery but monks live across the road. UNESCO supported restoration is on with several local people trained in carving.

7. Ngapali Beach

Western coast of Myanmar, Ngapali Myanmar
Excellent
78%
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4.5 based on 1,509 reviews

Ngapali Beach

Reviewed By millyboxley1 - Chichester, United Kingdom

Stay at Pristine Mermaid Hotel as best hotel and location on the beach and the beach massages are to die for! Avoid Hilton area as quite a lot of stones and either end of the beach where Pristine is more for backpackers and has a fishing village at south of beach which sadly has a lot of litter.

8. Ayeyarwady River

Myanmar
Excellent
70%
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7%
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4.5 based on 299 reviews

Ayeyarwady River

Reviewed By PlanetOz - Melbourne, Australia

My wife and I went on a luxury boat cruise from Mandalay to Bagan, for 4 nights on Sanctuary Ananda. We upgraded to the Owner's Suite, which measures 75 square metres, including the balcony. There were daily excursions to tourist attractions, as well as on board entertainment. We took the optional Hot Air Balloon flight in Bagan. It was a very pleasant trip. We also went to Inle Lake and Yangon. Myanmar is the 46th country that I have been to.

9. Shwe Oo Min Pagoda

Oo Min Road, Kalaw Myanmar +95 9 787 825569
Excellent
46%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 222 reviews

Shwe Oo Min Pagoda

Reviewed By WorldDiveD - North Sulawesi, Indonesia

Only one and a half hour away from Kalaw (driving a motorcycle) this cave is a great place and the perfect thing to do before starting the trekking to Inle lake. More than 8000 budha status inside gives this cave a really unique atmosphere. it is not crowded with tourists (at least when we were there). on the other hand you will get to see a lot of local people coming here on a pilgrimage. Important to note : like any other Buddhist place you must respect a certain dress code: no shoes or socks, no short pants (up knee level) and for the ladies no spaghettis strap, naked shoulders etc... I highly recommend to visit this place.

10. Mandalay Hill

Mandalay Myanmar +95 9 430 47743 http://www.tourismtransparency.org/cities/mandalay
Excellent
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4.0 based on 2,855 reviews

Mandalay Hill

Reviewed By janesR3396FZ

I went to Mandalay Hill straight after arriving in Myanmar & was so glad I did. I took a tuk tuk to the base of the hill & was greeted by a friendly novice monk who wanted to practice his English. We chatted all the way to the top & the sunset view was really lovelyI thoroughly enjoyed my visit & highly recommend!

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