In the past few years, myanmar (formerly known as Burma) - a country that has been forgotten for a long time, has become one of South-east Asia's most favorite destinations. Burma attracts visitors in a distinctive way, with pristine beaches, antique temples and a mysterious culture to uncover. Not noisy, not boisterous but myanmar quiet makes any adventurer nostalgic when they leave there. To uncover all the beauty and interesting things in burma only on a short trip is impossible. However, there are experiences that you have to definitely try to come to this country if you do not want to regret. Here are some special things to do in burma for all domestic and international tourists.
see the diamond on top of Shwedagon shining in the light
One of the most interesting things to do in myanmar is visiting Shwedagon Pagoda. Considered as the most sacred Buddhist temple, Shwedagon Pagoda now becomes the symbol of pride for the people of burma.
This well known destination impresses domestic and international tourists by the Burmese architecture and hundreds of gilded gold plates, along with 4,531 diamonds on the top of the tower. It can be seen from most rooftops in Yangon - the main commercial city of myanmar.
But few know that there is only one site in the courtyard where you may see the biggest diamond (72 carats) mounted on top of the tower gleaning in the light. Get yourself to Shwedagon and realize this unique place!
In addition, a journey to Shwedagon Pagoda is absolutely one of the most rich and magical things to do in myanmar. There are four entrances, each leading to a flight of steps into the pagoda. There are also eight planetary posts, one for each day in a week (Wednesday is split in two). Burmese Buddhists will go pray at the private post where they were born. Each planetary post is ruled by an animal as follows: tiger on Monday, the lion on Tuesday, tusked elephant on Wednesday morning, the tuskless elephant on Wednesday afternoons, mouse on Thursday, guinea pig on Friday, naga on Saturday and Garuda on Sunday.
Going to Shwedagon Pagoda, you have to bring off your shoes. Therefore, you should be careful when walking barefoot because the heat at summer‘s noon will make the brick background extremely hot.
relax salient views of the sunset at U Bein Bridge
It is no coincidence that this 1.2 km long wooden bridge connecting the banks of the Taungthamna River in the ancient village of Amarapura is so famous. For a long time, it has become one of the most captivating sightseeing spots with a rich sunset landscape in the world. That's why enjoying remarkable sunset here is always in the list of best things to do in myanmar.
The U Bein Bridge is like a miniature myanmar, where you can uncover the ordinary daily life of people prior the last light of the sun is swallowed up by the night. There are quiescent young citizen sitting together, strollers walking on the bridge, hawkers hastily returning home, fishermen who own finished a hard working day with a net full of fresh fish.
With the exception of the summer‘s months (from March to June), when the water of the Taungthamna River is dried up, it’s better that you spend another evening in your burma adventure to discover it more deeply. You be able to rent a small boat (20,000 kyat / 4 citizen - equivalent to 350,000 VND), enjoy the casual nature of the leisure time on the lake and enjoy the panoramic sight of the world's longest teak bridge in the wonderful sunset.
Admire sunrise in Bagan
No travel to myanmar is completed without a get to to Bagan. The best way to go around here is by motorbike or electric bike, which could be rented easily from one of the numerous departments or directly from your hotel. Sunrise is the specialty of Bagan - the royal capital of myanmar from the mid-11th to the 13th centuries. Wake up at 4:30 am and rent a motorbike or an electric bike to get to. The fear of going out in the dark will soon be replaced by the enjoyment of the view of hundreds of bicycles turning on the lights on the way.
In Bagan, ancient Buddhist temples - hundreds of them, spread across the plains. Therein, the Shwesandaw Shrine is the most captivating place to relax the new day in Bagan. Do not be embarrassed to choose another location because Shwesandaw's high altitude and ideal location will make it easy to capture the panorama of the attractive sunrise. Therefore, you should note this fascinating activity in your list of things to do in myanmar.
Get up early to pick a site you like, with friends from all over the world anxiously waiting for the moment of the sun rising over the ancient temples would definitely be an experience which may never be forgotten.
Admire spectacular views of picturesque burma from a hot air balloon
If you only experience on land, you be able to hardly contemplate panoramic views of pristine natural in burma. But at the height of the hot air balloon, you may find the captivating wilderness with its ancient temples and majestic architecture running along the river.
This type of adventure is one of the most exciting things to do in burma. But it will not be ideal for citizen with a fear of heights or those who inclue a budget because these rides aren't cheap. But if you are brave and have enough money, a adventure on a hot air balloon ride over Bagan (or Inle Lake) is truly a mystical experience. Go into a basket and float into the sky, you will forget all worries, depression and feel harmonious in the picturesque myanmar scenery and the hot air balloon will carry you to the promised land.
enjoy milk tea – ideal things to do in myanmar
Are you passionate about the flavors of coffee? Do you curl your lips with the 'bland' milk tea that is only for teenagers? However, you should not deny the invitation to taste a milk tea 'made in Myanmar', because the milk tea here has a featured taste and a particular processing procedure.
Just like iced tea in Vietnam, milk tea is everywhere in Myanmar: from the corner of the countryside, the roadside restaurants to the cafes. Depending on your taste, you be able to choose for yourself a cup of light tea or luxurious milk. The names of the teas are quite complex and picky to remember, ask the seller to advise you.
Try applying Thanaka and wearing longyi
One of the most interesting sights that capture a traveler’s eye coming to myanmar is the yellow patterns painted on the people’s faces and brightly colored robes of both men and women in myanmar. Do not miss the opportunity to experience the feeling of being a Myanmarese girl or boy - one of the most fascinating things to do in myanmar, with these specialties: Thanaka and longyi.
When you arrive in burma, you will realize the image of the people here, regardless of their age, young and antique, using a white powder on their face, on their neck, and on their arms. It is a yellow-white cosmetic paste produced by grinding the bark of the Thanaka tree on a flat, smooth stone with water. The milky yellow liquid dries quickly when it is applied to the skin.
Women, men, and children apply Thanaka for a variety of reasons. Thanaka is valued as a whitening powder, which has a cooling effect on the skin and acts as a sunscreen. You may rub Tanaka on your face or ask local citizen to draw leaves or even loveable animals on your cheeks.
Longyi is the traditional costume of the citizen in myanmar. Longyi is extremely simple in design, just a cloth about 2m long, 80cm wide, sewn in tubular form. Longyi is much simpler, just wrap it around the person and it is done. But prominent colors with featured pattern and characteristics on each longyi quiescent make tourists extremely excited. It becomes one of the best things to do in myanmar.
In general, myanmar is a big country with various cultures and architectural features. This is truly an ideal option for you this summer. Do not hesitate to plan and prepare your luggage for today and don't forget to list 6 exciting things to do in myanmar for an unforgettable summer adventure.