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aug 14 2014

4 Places You Shouldn't Miss In Myanmar

Temples of Bagan, Myanmar
(Courtesy cosianatour/myBudgetTravel)

Are you planning a trip to Myanmar? Here's how to see the most of this fascinating country if you've got a good sense of adventure and two weeks to go exploring.

Day 1-3: Yangon

Yangon is the gateway to magnificent Myanmar. The major hub for international and domestic flights alike, it is not a bad place to start. As soon as you step out of the airport it is readily apparent that being cut off from the globalized world has allowed Myanmar to retain its cultural authenticity. Men wear sarong skirts, women wear pasty white thanaka paint on their faces, and the city is abuzz with a one-of-a-kind energy. The main sites in the tropical city actually cover a fairly small area and are manageable on foot, although taxis and public transportation are available. In a few days, you can cover the main sites of interest in Yangon including Sule Pagoda, Inya Lake, Shwedagon Pagoda, Kandawgyi Lake, Chinatown, and Bogyoke Aung San Market.

Day 4-7: Bagan

may 16 2014

Myanmar's Mergui Archipelago: More Than 800 Untouched Tropical Islands

Mergui Archipelago in Myanmar
(Courtesy of www.myanmarburma.com)

In a world where it seems every potential tourist spot is becoming yet another site for fast food franchises, Myanmar offers many locations that are unbelievably unspoiled. Formerly known as Burma, the country is vast and offers a wide range of ecosystems that can be enjoyed. Among them are tropical islands, such as those that make up the Mergui Archipelago to the south of the country. Because they only became opened to tourism recently (in 1997), there are not that many visitors as of yet, allowing you a chance to visit a place that few people in the world have ever been. It's the perfect spot for enjoying the surf and the sand. You can go boating, snorkeling, diving, and fishing here in turquoise water that is unbelievably clear. Or you can just laze on the pure white sand and do nothing at all except enjoy a refreshing drink. The choice is yours.

apr 23 2014

Myanmar’s Culinary Delights

Spices in Myanmar

While the spice levels are toned down when compared to its Southeast Asian neighbours, traditional Myanmar fare proudly stands on its own with strong flavors, unique offerings, and its rich mix of spices.

(Courtesy Judepics for MynamarBurma.com)

Myanmar's rich and varied cuisine is a direct reflection of its fertile land, variations in climate, and ethnic diversity. Having been fairly isolated from much of the world until recently, the country's culinary influences have come almost exclusively from neighbouring countries like India, China, and Thailand. While the spice levels are toned down when compared to its Southeast Asian neighbours, traditional Myanmar fare proudly stands on its own with strong flavors  like ngapi (shrimp or fish paste), unique offerings like laphet thoke (a salad of pickled tea leaves), and its rich mix of spices such as turmeric, lemongrass, tamarind, and cilantro.

jan 28 2014

Visiting Myanmar's Golden Shwedagon Pagoda

Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon

Pay a visit to the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar.

(Courtesy gcching/myBudgetTravel)

No trip to Myanmar is complete without a visit to the legendary golden Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon. The huge 110-meter tall gilded pagoda, which lies to the west of the Kandagyi Lake on Singuttara Hill, dominates the city skyline. Its warm, golden glow and its intricately encrusted dome and stupa will leave you absolutely gobsmacked.

dec 02 2013

8 Reasons To Visit Yangon, Myanmar

Sule Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar

Visit the Sule Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar.

(Courtesy of www.myanmarburma.com)

This article was written by Melissa Reichwage, an avid traveler and international development and health professional currently living in Colombia. She holds a Master's in Public Health from Emory University in Atlanta (USA). With familial ties in Myanmar, she has a special affinity for the beautiful landscapes and people of Myanmar.

nov 04 2013

6 Reasons to Visit Myanmar

Kuthodaw Pagoda in Myanmar

Explore Kuthodaw Pagoda in Mandalay, Myanmar, home to the world's biggest book.

(Courtesy Ja Racharaks)

This article is a guest post by Ja Racharaks.

When you start investigating Myanmar as a travel destination, you'll discover how many monuments have been constructed throughout the country's history that exhibit truly grand scales of devotion and determination. Myanmar is the home to at least six of the world's greatest attractions—and although three of these items have technically lost their titles in recent years, all have retained their genuine sense of significance and beauty.

feb 17 2012

Should You Travel to Myanmar?

An ox cart on Myanmar’s Ngapali Beach, on the Bay of Bengal. (Courtesy donutdollie/myBudgetTravel)

We’re sometimes so quick to call a travel destination "a land of contradictions," the phrase has all but lost its meaning. Except, maybe, where Myanmar is concerned.

Never heard of Myanmar? Maybe that’s because the country of about 48 million is also—and better—known as Burma. Don’t know where it is? Look in South Asia between the Bay of Bengal and China. Why should you consider traveling there? Gorgeous empty beaches (such as Ngapali, on the Bay of Bengal), boutique hotels, and a welcoming Buddhist culture that prizes civility and devotion.

dec 09 2011

Would You Go To Myanmar?

Myanmar (Courtesy the Myanmar Tourism Promotion Board)

Myanmar, also known as Burma, is a controversial destination, known probably more for its years of dictatorial rule than for its serene landscapes and golden pagodas.

But in the wake of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's visit to Myanmar last week — signaling improved relations between the two countries as Myanmar continues to take greater steps towards democracy — travel companies are starting to beef up their Myanmar offerings in anticipation of increased demand for the off-the-beaten track destination.

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