Myanmar, formerly known as Burma and officially the Republic of Myanmar, has been a surprising destination for tourists around the world. From unparalleled number of temples and pagodas to incredible scenery and awesome local cuisine, this is where you would come for a retreat. Myanmar is different, because people here have retained some of the older ways of living while moving ahead with the changing times. We have some quick pointers for first-time travelers.
- Myanmar is a conservative country. People respect and are extremely proud of their culture and religions, so do have respect for these values. Make sure that you are modestly dressed for temples, pagodas and other places of religious interest.
- Do not skip Yangon, no matter what people tell you. This is home to the Shwedagon Pagoda, which is known for its golden stupa. If you like to experiment with local food, you can find some of the best Burmese fare here. This is where you can find awesome Shan noodles.
- Book your hotels in advance. Travelers often complain that finding a place in budget is hard in Myanmar, but that’s not always true. Check in advance and confirm you stay to find the most loved places. You can check collection of boutique hotels in Myanmar by Secret Retreats
- Make time for Inle Lake, which is ideal for nature lovers. This is the first UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in Myanmar. We recommend that you spend at least three days here, because the air and water here is unlike anything of the cities. You can rent a bike to get around.
- Keep at least three days for Bagan¸ which is best known for being the capital of ancient Pagan Kingdom. Over 2000 temples, pagodas, and monasteries can be found here today, and many say there were more than 10,000 built.
- Always carry important medicines and supplies with you. The interiors of Myanmar don’t have the required healthcare facilities, and people do fall sick from time to time. If you want to avoid the heat, come here between November and March.
- Finally, do include Mandalay on your list. You can include places like Amarapura and Inwa in a day, while the major attractions in Mandalay can be covered on the next day. See if you can find a local guide who can tell you on how to make the most of your available time.
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