The country of Myanmar, previously known as Burma, has come a long way in a very short span of time. With rich traditions, remarkable hospitality, and a very fascinating history, Myanmar has exponentially grown its tourism industry over the last few years. Tourists can travel to this South-East Asian country by air and explore the land of deep culture and pagodas.
This city takes pleasure in being the capital, or might I say, the ‘royal capital’ as the Burmese word ‘Naypyidaw’ translates to ‘abode of the king’. Located between the Bago Yoma and Shan Yoma mountain ranges, the city is divided into several zones such as the hotel zone, residential zone, military zone and the ministry zone. The Myoma Market is considered as the commercial centre which includes shops, theatres, malls, restaurants and other recreational activities. Additionally, the Uppatasanti Pagoda is a striking, large tourist attraction, alongside other places, namely The Gem Museum, Zoological Gardens & Safari etc.
Yangon, formerly called Rangoon, was the capital of Myanmar until it changed to Naypyidaw. Not only is Yangon the largest city in Myanmar, but it is also houses the popular Shwedagon Pagoda which is a beautiful golden stupa and is considered as the most sacred Buddhist pagoda. Kandawgyi Lake is one of the most recreational areas of the city holding the Yangon Zoological Gardens that consist of a zoo, aquarium as well as an amusement park. Home to many pagoda festivals, especially the Shwedagon Pagoda festival which happens annually in March, Yangon attracts pilgrims from all around.
Located at the banks of the Irrawaddy River, Mandalay is a lush green city built around the Mandalay Palace of the Konbaung Dynasty. One can get a picturesque view of the entire city atop the Mandalay Hills. At whose foot is the Kuthodaw Pagoda comprising of hundreds of Buddhist script inscribed in marble slabs. In short, Mandalay is a peaceful abode for travellers who want to enjoy their natural surroundings. As well as they can experience ancient Buddhist culture.
One of the most ancient cities, situated in central Myanmar, Bagan stands on the eastern banks of the Ayeyarwady River. Bagan is popular for its Archaeological Area where over 2,000 Buddhist Monuments tower over green plains. Built in 1091, the Holy Ananda Temple is located in Old Bagan along with Thatbyinnyu, the city’s tallest temple. Almost all the temples, statues, museums contain cultural elements that date back to the 11th century. This city is filled with historical and archaeological artifacts that have been preserved till date.
This is a small town located at the coastline of Myanmar. But on the contrary this city is a typical tourist vacation spot for those who love beaches, water sports, beach resorts etc. One of the most famous beaches here is the Ngapali Beach. Thandwe is an ideal spot for travellers that just want to relax by the sea.
Overall, Myanmar is truly a treasure of South East Asian history. One can learn a lot about Buddhist culture and ancient history by visiting the beautiful creations. As Myanmar continues to develop, more tourists choose this country as a vacation spot.