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5 Reasons why Myanmar should be your next Travel Destination

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Still hidden behind an ambiance of mystery lies of one of Asia’s most astounding and unchartered travel destination – Myanmar. Known to many as Burma, the country is now liberating itself from its turbulent political past and is taking on a new path towards becoming a top tourism destination in Southeast Asia. A country so rich in culture and exceptional sights, so abundant in natural beauty truly deserves to be there. We had the great opportunity to have visited this country and want to present you with 5 good reasons why Myanmar or the “Golden Land” should be your next travel destination:

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1. The Hospitality and Friendliness of the People

The people of Myanmar have left quite a positive impact on us when we traveled around the country. We have experienced the friendliness of other countries within Southeast Asia but people here seem to go above and beyond with their kindness and hospitality. Genuine smiles accompany you wherever you go. People seem to be very happy and interested in knowing about you. Quite shy at first, they will love to interact with you and practice their English. Truly remarkable people, they will always help you out and make sure your time in the country will be unforgettable.

monks in myanmar

2. The Awe-Inspiring Temples and Pagodas

Being one of the most devout Buddhist countries in the world, Myanmar is a paradise for temple- and pagoda-lovers. From small village shrines to the majestic Shwedagon in Yangon or the Mahamuni Paya in Mandalay, the sheer diversity, spirituality, and beauty of these constructions will leave you speechless. Spend your days biking around the ancient temple ruins of Bagan, enjoying the sunset over the studded plains of this remarkable site.

shwedagon pagoda in myanmar travel

3. The Breathtaking Natural Landscapes

Myanmar is, geographically speaking, the largest country on mainland Southeast Asia and boasts a huge variety of different landscapes and sceneries. From the white, sandy beaches of the Mergui Archipelago in the South, to the tropic monsoon forests and the highlands up North, Myanmar is home to a rich flora and fauna. Enjoy romantic river cruises in the Irrawaddy River or go trekking in the Shan highlands. Have a look at once our posts about the beautiful Inle Lake to get an idea of the country’s stunning landscapes.

landscapes myanmar

4. The very Authentic and Captivating Culture

Strongly influenced by Buddhism and other religions and from its neighboring countries as well as its colonial past, Myanmar has a very distinct culture that captivates its visitors. Still untouched by mass tourism, there still is a high degree of authenticity that cultivates itself in everyday life. This can be found in its food customs, ceremonial rituals, and traditions and is a constant company to experiencing this country in its very own way.

monks in monastery myanmar

5. Because it’s going to Change!

The country is continuing to open up and as more travelers and investors are pouring in it’s a matter of time until its alluring sights become a diluted attraction for mass tourism. Figures of incoming tourists have increased rapidly in the last years and are expecting to rise further. Rightfully, Myanmar is showing up on the classic Southeast Asia route more often now. Creating chances for its people on one side it may also bear the risk of influencing its authenticity and charm. Yet, Myanmar has an incredible potential and we highly recommend to visit this enchanting country with its friendly people and unique landscapes and clearly set it out to be the next destination on every traveler’s bucket list.

 

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30 Responses

  1. Tami
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    Your photos are very descriptive and beautiful. Asia has not been on my bucket list, but my cousin recently visited Thailand, and his stories make me reconsider. Your article does the same. I know I would love to see a beautiful sunset with the silhouette of all the temples — that sounds amazing!

    • Julian
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      It is! Myanmar is definitely a bit ‘different’ to travel as it gets you more local life and less tourists…still. Hope you will go and travel there one day!

  2. Sheena
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    My bucket list just got heavier ????
    I love the colors in your blog, great post and wonderful pictures.

    • Julian
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      Myanmar should make it on your list, try to move it up high 🙂 Thank you very much!

  3. Andi
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    We had a trip planned but had to cancel it, we need to plan a new one. My husband is a photographer and he’s dying to capture the temples. I’m dying to eat the food!

    • Julian
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      You should go for sure! The temples and Pagodas are amazing, more stunning than any other SEA country we visited. The food is a bit underrated but they also have great dishes – go for the avocado salad!

  4. Lana
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    Myanmar is a country I would LOVE to visit! This architecture looks unrealistic, but many other things used to look incredible to me until I actually came in front of them 🙂

    • Julian
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      It’s a country you will love. The things you see are actually just as nice in real life, so don’t worry 😉

  5. Jaynie
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    Beautiful pictures! I really do need to add Myanmar to my travel list and visit sooner than later. Thank you for inspiring me to look into it more.

    • Julian
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      Thank you, Jaynie! Hope we could inspire you a bit and highly recommend you to visit this beautiful country rather sooner than later.

  6. Bec Honey
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    Myanmar is definitely the next country on my SEA list, even before reading this post, but thanks for the reminder and excellent reasons. I’m going to try to organise a trip for the end of this year/early 2018. Do you have any recommendations about how long to spend?

    • Julian
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      You could spend lots of time as the country is quite large. We spent around 1 month and saw a bit, 2-3 weeks minimum I would say.

  7. Adriana Smith
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    Why not! I love the reasons you provided! I’m glad #1 was about the people. We have to remember that’s where the culture comes from. Thanks for sharing!

    • Julian
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      Very true, and its the people that make up the beauty of this country for the biggest part!

  8. Matt Hulland
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    Yes. That is all. But seriously you are so right. I loved Myanmar and I’m also super happy I got to go when I did as it is going to change. I just hope that the added tourism won’t change the wonderful nature of the people there. Great list.

    • Julian
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      Thanks, Matt. I also really do hope things are not going to get for the worse but some parts are already turning that way unfortunately. Its actually changing on a daily basis already…but still worth a visit!

  9. WhenTwoWander
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    Cracking post. I wish wish wish we’d included this on our Southeast Asia itinerary. Its criminal how much it will change in the next 18 months let alone years!

    • Julian
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      Thanks! Its not too late yet, but yes, it will probably change a bit

  10. Katie
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    Myanmar is definitely on my “Travel To Do” list. I love the temples and the landscape. And you are totally right, it isn’t going to be a hidden gem forever so I need to get there soon!

    • Julian
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      Yes, well that’s our guess from what we have seen. I suggest to move it up on your list 🙂

  11. Gem
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    Never heard of Myanmar til now. The pictures are breathtaking!

    I truly value when a country preserves its authentic culture. It’s always a new meaningful experience for us travelers. It is also the same for Iceland. Because the country is quite isolated, that results in a lack of external influence such as migration. They are able to preserve their unique culture.

    Very informative read

    • Julian
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      Very true, heard a lot about Iceland as well, time to check it out! Thank you 🙂

  12. Sutee
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    I went to Myanmar a couple year ago and totally agree with your list. It’s a refreshing break from other, over-touristed stops in SE Asia. I just hope they’ll learn from its neighbors and find a middle path.

    • Julian
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      Let’s hope they will learn but somehow I’m not sure they will. Its definitely a different kind of country to travel to.

  13. neha
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    The hospitality of the people and the beautiful temples and pagodas are the prime reason Myanmar is on my bucket list. I particularly like the colorful temples and the buddhist philosophy that they preach. The place is full of culture as well as history

    • Julian
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      The country is magic and I highly recommend you to visit! Noot really comparable to other countries we have explored in SEA.

  14. Joanna
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    It’s so sad to read that a country will change and you need to visit and see its charm before it’s gone. I would love to visit Myanmar and experience the friendliness of the people and see that majestic architecture of the temples.

    • Julian
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      You should, Joanna. The sooner the better – its definitely worth the trip!

  15. Isadora
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    Myanmar is on my list of must-go, I have a friend who just came back from there and she told me so wel about this country!! It has an amazing landscape and the sunrise and sunset there is just breathtaking! Plus you can see these little monks, they are sooo cute!!

    • Julian
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      Yes, Isadora, you should go, it will leave you breathless!

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