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)
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
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.
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.
(Tip: There’s a cute winery in Inle Lake – you can cycle too, beware of the hill!)
Places to skip: Nay Pyi Taw, the new capital is a ghost town!! (Trust me – Skip it!)
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Read more about my trek – Kalaw to Inle Lake
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