Rudyard Kipling once wrote, “This is Burma, and it is quite unlike any land you know about.”
And it goes unquestioned because Myanmar, a country undiscovered, truly is a place of wonder no matter how many times you’ve visited it.
It is home to colorful festivals, stunning architecture, pristine beaches, breathtaking landscapes, rich biodiversity, and a variety of ethnic groups that have their own culture and language. Remnants of the country’s traditional way of living can still be found everywhere — from the old stilted houses and balancing fishermen of Inle Lake, to the thousand monks of Maha Gandayon Monastery.
If you only had a few things to see during your stay in Myanmar, it’s its sacred sites. Tourists often flock to Bagan to marvel at the thousands of majestic temples whether on the ground or several feet up aboard a hot air balloon at dawn or dusk. The Golden Rock — a giant boulder with a pagoda on top which balances at the edge of a cliff and which is said to be Buddha’s miracle — is likewise a sight that must not be missed. Don’t forget the world’s largest Reclining Buddha, the Taung Kalat monastery, and most sacred Buddhist site, the Shwedagon Pagoda.
But beyond the city, there’s a much greater beauty to witness. Myanmar’s jungles are rich in wildlife, most of which are near threatened and endangered. Also hidden within it are crumbling temples that have succumbed to nature, with trees growing out of them, and that are embellished with art not seen in most modern-day pagodas anymore. You could even discover images of Buddha enshrined in some of these temples.
There’s just so many ways you can explore Myanmar, be it on a scenic train ride, by foot, or a tranquil boat ride. But here’s a look from up in the air that will ultimately convince your adventurous self to purchase that plane ticket.
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