Myanmar

Myanmar Travel Guide

Whether you call it Myanmar or Burma, this country is perfect for those seeking a unique trip to a beautiful, exotic locale. Use this Myanmar travel guide to plan your excursion to this tropical country and to better explore its gorgeous landscapes, which include nearly 2000 miles of coastline and a handful of mountain ranges, and its rich cultural heritage, influenced heavily by traditions popular throughout Southeast Asia. Eat your weight in complex, well-spiced Burmese cuisine and enjoy a balance of luxury and adventure in this rapidly developing nation. Travel to Myanmar for a true taste of adventure and the country’s breathtaking scenery. Explore the varied topography of Myanmar and learn more about the cultures within and without the nation that have influenced its 50 million inhabitants.

Things Not to Miss in Myanmar

• Stop and smell nearly 500 different flower species at National Kandawgyi Gardens

 • Visit Bagaya Kyaung, a nearly 200-year-old Buddhist monastery
 • Traverse Taungthaman Lake by crossing the U Bein Bridge, the longest and oldest teak wood bridge in the world
 • Take a trip to Shwedagon Pagoda, which is considered a sacred site by Burma’s Buddhist population
 • Celebrate the end of the monsoon season and the Buddhist faith at the Tazaungdaing Festival
 • Charter a small boat across Inle Lake and take in its verdant, bucolic surroundings

When to Go to Myanmar

Like most Southeast Asian countries, Myanmar sees nearly 200 inches of precipitation a year due to monsoon season. Accordingly, it is best to plan your Myanmar travel for the drier months, between November and February. If you must visit Myanmar during the monsoon season, be sure to book accommodations in the cooler, drier northern and central regions of the country, as coastal cities tend to get uncomfortably hot in the warmer months.

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