Myanmar is a delightful country, where eternal landscapes and ancient civilizations fill its vast land. Over half of the country is covered by thick tropical forests, beautifully golden pagodas and preserved temples fill the countryside.Here some quick guide about Myanmar we suggest:
– Myanmar attractions:
+ Yangon: Shwedagon Pagoda and Shwemokhtaw Paya (Pathein)
+ South-east: Temples around Mawlamyine, caves with Buddhist art almost untouched and the Golden Rock at Mt Kyaiktiyo.
+ Bagan and Central: The temples of Bagan, the Nat shrine at Mt Popa, Shwesandaw Pagoda (Taungoo and Pyay) and Shwemyetman Pagoda (Shwedaung).
+ East: The mountains around Kalaw and the serenity of Inle Lake, with the unique leg-paddlers, make this area amazing for outdoor activities. It’s also the region to taste authentic Shan food.
+ Mandalay and Around: The Royal Palace in Mandalay and the many craft and antique shops. It’s particularly interesting to see the gold pounder workshops. + + Don’t miss U Bein teak bridge in Amarapura and teak monastery in Inwa.
+ North: Trekking to tribal villages in the hills. There are almost no foreigners here. Also try traveling the local way in a public boat down the Ayeyarwady River.
+ West: Beautiful white sand beaches lined with palm trees. Ngapali, Ngwe Saung and Chaung Tha are the most well-known beach destinations. Don’t miss the amazing sunsets over the Bay of Bengal. For more information of Myanmar attractions, please click Myanmar tour packages
– Travelling to and around Myanmar:
Once you have decided to visit Myanmar, you should book your international flight one or two months in advanced.
For domestic flights, it’s best to book tickets once you are in Myanmar.
It is a good idea to buy bus tickets a day or two in advanced because they usually get full. Independent travel agencies and guesthouses can help you. Journeys usually take longer than you’d think because the bad quality of the roads.
The best time to visit Myanmar is between November and February. From March to May it’s really hot and from the end of May the rainy season starts and lasts until October.
Don’t forget travel insurance. I like WorldNomads, the insurance company recommended by Lonely Planet, Rough Guides and National Geographic.
– Dos and Don’ts:
Remove shoes and dress respectfully (no shorts, short skirts or exposed shoulders) on entering a Buddhist site.
+ Monks and nuns that you will see in the streets should not be touched.
+ Don’t touch somebody on the head (including a child)
+ Couples should avoid public displays of affection.
+ Before coming inside a house take off your shoes.
+ Don’t point your feet at anyone or anything and apologise if you brush someone with your foot.
+ Ask before photographing anyone. Check responsible photography tips.
+ Shake hands or pass money with your right hand, with left hand holding up your right arm.
+ Eat from the spoon and hold a fork in the left hand to push food onto the spoon.
+ Talk to locals and be nice to them. They want to know and are curious about life outside Myanmar.
+ Don’t speak politics with locals unless they start the subject first.