Myanmar is an ancient country with religious monuments of great scale and sophistication in architecture like the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, the magnificent Kyaikhtiyo Mountain Pagoda in the ancient capital of Bago, or the 1000 temples and palaces in Bagan.
In addition, Myanmar tourism attracts foreigners by the natural scenery, peace of Inle Lake, Ngapali beach or the unique customs such as the Pa-O tribe or custom cream Tanaka. With these advantages, although just opened, Myanmar’s tourism industry is growing at a rapid pace.
1. How to travel to Myanmar?
Airplanes are still the best mean of transportation to travel to Myanmar and even between locations in Myanmar. If you book a return ticket from Vietnam Airlines, you will spend at least 7,000,000 VND for the HCM City – Yangon route or 7,500,000 VND for the Hanoi – Yangon route.
A cheaper option is to fly with Air Asia, but you will have to connect to Bangkok, Thailand. The schedule is as follows:
Ho Chi Minh City – Bangkok – Yangon or Mandalay: Round-trip tickets for these routes total about 4,500,000 VND (promotional price)
Hanoi – Bangkok – Yangon or Mandalay: round trip ticket totaling about 6,000,000 (promotion price) If you want fast flight, you should fly with Vietnam Airlines although the price is more expensive. If your most important criteria is to save budget, then fly with Air Asia to get the most affordable Myanmar travel.
Travel around Myanmar:
In addition to the air route is the safest and most comfortable, you can also move between the provinces of Myanmar by bus. Remember to bring warm clothes because there are buses running at night, the air in the car is very cold. Taxis are convenient transportation in the city. At the same time, the underdeveloped rail system and the underdeveloped streets have made rail and motor vehicles unsuitable for ordinary tourists.
2. Travel around Myanmar
This is the second largest city in Myanmar after Yangon, and is one of the most popular destinations when travel to Myanmar and transit points for Myanmar tourists. Attractions include Shwenandaw wooden monastery, Kuthodaw Paya Temple with the world’s largest book, Mandalay Hill, Royal Palace, Mahamuni Pagoda with gold-leaf Buddha statues, U-bein bridge the longest wooden bridge in the world and the monastery in Amarapura.
It is an important archeological city located near the western border of Myanmar. Marauk-U is the second largest temple temple in Burma, just after Bagan. The temple here is built of stone bricks, unlike the mud-brick temples in Bagan. Typical temples are Shite-kung, Htukkanthein, Koe-kung, Andaw-thein, Lemyethna, Ratana and Ngu Nhan pagoda. The most magnificent and most significant archaeological significance is the Shite-thaung Temple.
The most famous temple center of Myanmar tourism, once the capital of the mighty Bagan kingdom. With more than 2,000 temples remaining today in a total of 10,000 ancient religious buildings, Bagan is an indispensable destination for visitors. The most famous temples of Bagan are the Shwezigon Golden Temple, the Ananda Temple with four golden Buddhas in four directions, the Thatbyinnyu Temple – the highest shrine in Bagan, the Shwegugyi Temple and the Shwesandaw Temple – which houses the Buddha’s hair relic. When travel to Myanmar, you definitely should visit this city.
2.4 Inle Lake
Inle Lake, also known as Lake Ocean, is located in the town of Nyaung Shwe, one of the most famous landmarks of Myanmar tourism. In addition to the magnificent scenery of Inle Lake, you can also visit the Red Mountain vineyard and winery, the Pa-O hill tribe village and the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, with five gold-leafed Buddha statues when travel to Myanmar .
Myanmar’s largest city, is also a popular destination for Myanmar tourists. Myanmar’s attractions include Shwedagon Pagoda, Sule Pagoda, Thaketa Crocodile Farm, Aung San Bogyoke Market, Mingalar Market, 19th Street Street, Botataung Temple, Saint Mary’s Cathedral, Church Holy Trinity Cathedral, Mailamu Temple, Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue, Mahabadoola Garden, Inya Lake and Kandawgyi Lake. The Shwedagon Pagoda is the most important of these: this is where the four Buddhist treasures of Kakusandha, Konagamana’s water, Kassapa’s, and eight Buddha’s hair are stored.
3. Food in Myanmar
3.1 Tea leaf salad (lephet / laphet)
The fermented tea leaves can be eaten as desserts, or can also be processed for tea leaves. Sour and slightly bitter tea is mixed with cabbage, tomatoes, roasted beans, peppers and garlic. This dish is eaten separately or eaten with delicious rice.
3.2 Shan rice
Russian Hatamin means rice fish, Shan ethnic dishes include cooked rice with turmeric, then compressed flat, sprinkle fresh water fish and garlic oil on top. This dish is eaten with leeks, raw garlic and crispy pork skin, creating a characteristic pungent flavor.
3.3 Burmese curry
For this dish, you can choose curry made from beef, fish, shrimp, pork or lamb. Along with curries are countless dishes including rice, salad, fried vegetables, soups, raw vegetables and boiled vegetables, served with a variety of different sauces.
3.4 Myanmar sweet snack
Unlike Western delicacies, Myanmar delicacies, collectively called “moun”, are eaten as snacks, not as desserts. Moun is not sweet due to its natural ingredients such as coconut milk, coconut milk, rice flour, glutinous rice, pearl and fruit. Some of the typical moun is has nwin ma kin (coconut milk cake, buffalo milk and raisin), bein moun and moun pyit thalet (Myanmar pancake).
3.5 Deep fried foods
In Myanmar you will find crispy crisps everywhere. Typical dish is buthi kyaw (crispy fried dough) with sweet and sour sauce made from tamarind and bean flour.
3.6 Shan tofu noodles
One of the most unique dishes in Myanmar is hto-hpu nwe, meaning “warm tofu”. The name is so but this dish does not have tofu but only porridge made from chicken chickpeas.
3.7 Nangyi Thoke noodles
Nangyi Thoke consists of thick round noodles with chicken, chopped slices, chopped eggs and a few slices of boiled eggs. Ingredients are marinated with grilled chicken broth, turmeric and chili oil, mixed well and eaten with vegetables and broth.
The national essence of Myanmar is mohinga – round rice noodles served with fish and onion soup, sometimes with a crisp bowel of banana. You can also add boiled eggs, crispy akyaw vegetables, crispy lentils, lemon juice and dried chilies.
3.9 Shan noodles
Shan noodles made from rice, flat and thin, are dipped in pepper soup, served with chicken or pork. This dish also has a dry noodles version.