Myanmar (formerly Burma) is a distinctly beautiful country situated in Southeast Asia, bordered by Thailand, Laos, India, Bangladesh and China. It is a country with a rich and varied cultural identity due to the more than 135 ethnic groups who call this county home. Myanmar is largely undiscovered although with a new e-visa system in place and Lonely Planet listing it as one of their favorites for 2017, it won’t be long before more and more people tune in to check out ‘beautiful Burma’.
Myanmar is full to the brim of hidden treasures, exotic landscapes, parks, lakes, bustling markets and historic buildings. The following are just of the few recommended sites we can build into your visit to ensure you make the most of your far eastern adventure.
Plain of Temples in Bagan
The Plain of Tamples in Bagan must be seen to be believed. Between the 11th and 13th centuries, over 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries were constructed in the Bagan plains alone, of which the remains of over 2200 temples and pagodas still survive to the present day. It is like stepping back in time to see this ancient city with Buddhist temples, monasteries and pagodas stretched out across the lush green landscape. A sense of calm and quiet beauty abounds here.
For nature lovers a visit to Inle Lake is a definite must. Although the lake is not large, it contains a number of endemic species. Over twenty species of snails and nine species of fish are found nowhere else in the world. The lake also hosts approximately 20,000 brown and black head migratory seagulls in November, December and January a spectacular site. The people of Inle Lake (called Intha), some 70,000 of them, live in four cities bordering the lake, in numerous small villages along the lake’s shores, and on the lake itself. A number of festivals occur from August to October on Inle Lake and in the surrounding areas. The ceremonial Hpaung Daw U Festival, which lasts for a total of 18 days, is closely followed by the Thadingyut festival of lights.