5 Places You Must Visit in Myanmar

Myanmar is unlike any other destination I have visited in South East Asia, under developed and bursting with off the beaten track adventures.

I’v recapped the highlights from trip, in the hope it inspires you to visit!


Marvel at the Shwedagon Pagoda 


This gigantic gold pagoda is lit up on an evening and the stupa (top of the pagoda) is covered with 4531 diamonds! If time permits, I’d also recommend jumping on the railway loop and take a glimpse at local life. (See Travel Fish review)


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A trip to Myanmar would not be complete without visiting the temples! The remains of the temples stretch across the landscape making for unbelievable sunrise and sunset views (and photo opportunities). You can easily hire an E-Bike to navigate between sites – and hopefully you will be a better rider than me. I took a small tumble into a thorn bush and spent the day battling to stay on the bike!



Sunset at the famous U-Bein Bridge

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Take a truly eye opening railway journey over the Gokteik Viaduct


A contrast to the Western Standards of plush seats and packaged food. Gone is the trolley cart, replaced with plastic bag noodles.

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5) Kalaw/Inle Lake  

If I had to pick one travel highlight from five months in SEA this would be it! Three days trekking with a local guide from Kalaw across to Inle Lake.trekking.jpg



(Tip: There’s a cute winery in Inle Lake – you can cycle too, beware of the hill!)

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Places to skip: Nay Pyi Taw, the new capital is a ghost town!! (Trust me – Skip it!)

Recommended hostels I stayed in Myanmar:

Pickled Tea Yangon

Yoe Yoe Lay Homestay Mandalay 

Golden Kalaw Inn

Looking for more inspiration? Check out my top 10 photos of Southeast Asia

Read more about my trek – Kalaw to Inle Lake

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  1. August 10, 2017 / 4:21 pm

    Did you do this trip to Myanmar solo? I traveled to a few places (Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia) as a solo female traveler and found it to be mostly developed/developing and touristy enough that I felt safe. Myanmar sounds amazing!! Curious if it’s safe to travel alone

    • August 15, 2017 / 3:25 pm

      Sounds like you have had some great adventures already! I spent half the trip solo (around 8 days) and half with a friend. However, even being solo I was rarely alone, and made friends in the hostels or trips. I felt safe 100% of the time even when I was solo on buses/ trains. Hope that helps… and best of luck with your rest of your travels!

  2. August 14, 2017 / 1:21 pm

    Beautiful pictures! You’re very prettyyy🌈

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