Still hidden behind an ambiance of mystery lies of one of Asia’s most astounding and uncharted 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:
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.
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.
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 scenery. 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.
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.
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.