Myanmar is one of the least explored gems in the world of tourism. Despite having the potential that urged Rudyard Kipling, the British writer, to declare it as “quite unlike any land you will ever know”! A mysterious land where dense tropical forests not just only cover over 49% of the area but also acts as a veil to numerous architectural and cultural landmarks.
A land where archaeological sites are abundantly strewn with magnificent pagodas; where the people are repository of a rich wealth of cultures; where traditional culture expresses itself through colourful festivals and arts is undoubtedly the dream come true vacation for travellers seeking heritage tourism, culture tourism, and ethno-cultural tourism. But Myanmar pleases even those seeking nature tourism to the full. With stunning landscapes those can adorn every screens’ wallpaper, it has verdant fertile plains, seemingly endless unexplored jungles, lofty snow-capped mountains, and untouched beaches lapped up by crystal clear waters among others.
Presently, the major tourist attractions range from the prominent cities such as Yangon and Mandalay; sites of spiritual significance in Mon State, Pindaya, Bago and Hpa-An; rendezvous with nature in Inle Lake, Kengtung, Putao, and Pyin Oo Lwin; relics of urban settlements such as Bagan and Mrauk-U; as well as breath-taking shores in Ngapali, Ngwe-Saung, and Mergui among others.
Each of these locations have enough pleasant surprises in store for the explorer. Take for example the case of Yangon, the capital and also the entry point to Myanmar. The modern city has an idyllic side to its. Calm lakes, tree covered parks and vast stretches of vegetation help one find respite from the hustle and bustle of the city life. For the traveller seeking cultural tourism, spiritual tourism and heritage tourism, Shwedagon Pagoda located on the Singuttara Hill acts as the perfect destination. It is, in the opinion of many travellers, Myanmar’s single most impressive Buddhist pagoda. Turn around, and one comes face to face with the Maha Wizaya Pagoda. This one is situated on the Dhammarakkhita (Guardian of the Law) Hill bang opposite the Singuttara Hill. Yet another example of traditional architecture is found in the Karaweik Hall. The architecture of this magnificent double bow structure depicts the mythological karaweik, a water bird mentioned in the Indian pre-history.
Another way to explore cultural tourism and heritage tourism is to attend a performance of Yamazat. It is a representation of the Indian epic tale of Ramayana.
For those who find interest in adventure tourism and mountain tourism Myanmar offers Mt. Hkakaborazi. At an elevation of 5881 metres, this permafrost peak is the highest in Southeast Asia and is home to a plethora of world’s most endangered butterfly species. You can also indulge in trekking and hiking expeditions and opt for white water rafting. One can also find peace and calm at Thandaunggyi, a British era hill station.
If mountains are not something that sets your pulse racing one can head straight for the waters. A unique community-based eco-tourism project at the Ayeyawady Dolphin Protected Area lets you indulge in cultural heritage tourism, nature tourism and also river tourism.
Want more out of the water? Dive into it. Literally. Myanmar enables scuba diving opportunities in undiscovered regions of the Andaman Sea. Want more from Myanmar? Choose hot air ballooning over the ancient city of Bagan with its thousands of pagodas.
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