Myanmar, the country that was once known as Burma, is relatively new on the tourist radar as it only recently became opened for travelers to visit. As yet, it isn’t possible to enter all areas but here are the top three destinations which will undoubtedly be added to as time goes on.
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Yangon is the largest city in Myanmar and, given that you’re international flight will likely land here, it’s the perfect place to start out. With its many temples juxtaposed with the colonial buildings left over from British occupation, it’s a fascinating blend of histories.
Among the many sites to see here is the Shwedagon Pagoda. It’s believed to have been constructed some 2,500 years ago and said to have within it 8 strands of the hair of the Buddha. The top of the temple is studded with thousands of gems… around 36,000… including a 76 carat diamond at the very top. Speaking of gems, you’ll want to visit some of the many colorful markets. In some of these, you can find jade and rubies- an unusual souvenir to take home with you!
While Buddhist temples and monasteries are prevalent throughout the country, Bagan in the Mandalay Region is particularly known for them, being home to more than 2,000. A favorite activity here is … Read more