Myanmar is a global traveler’s dream, one of the most underrated treasures in Asia. The country open its door to welcome travel addicts and paradise-seekers. JTA Tours lists down 6 lust-worthy reasons to pack your bags and head to the gilded “Golden Land”
1. The best-kept secret in Asia
Having only opened its borders to foreign travellers a few years ago, Myanmar is still fairly mysterious and it is unlikely that you will ever see hordes of tourists flocking to get the best shot in many of the most popular attractions. You better make a trip before your Instagram feed lives to regret it. If you don’t visit it soon, you will be battling growing numbers of tourists in the years to come. Now is the time to go!
2. The stunning natural landscapes
Whether it is riding a scooter around awe-inspiring temples in Bagan or horse-riding through the dirt-track roads at lnle Lake, you are bound to be impressed by Myanmar’s natural beauty. Due to a lack of vast tourism, it’s beautiful mountains, picturesque rural landscapes and stunning scenic routes are practically untouched by humans. Most of these scenes will be there for you to enjoy in all your glory; soak it all up!
3. Inspiring temples
We dare you not to feel overwhelmed with emotion as you take a night-time walk around the Shwedagon Pagoda in Myanmar’s former capital Yangon or get goosebumps whilst watching the sunrise above the hundreds of temples in Bagan. There is a constant feeling of otherworldliness in Myanmar – the country is shimmering with a kind of magic that cannot be captured with a camera. Immerse yourself in it and get your spiritual senses tingling! Soak in ‘Bagan Archaeological Zone’, an area scattered with pagodas, stupas, temples and ruins. Embark on a sunrise balloon ride above the majestic pagodas of Bagan between mid-October through to mid-March when the winds are calmer. This experience might be more costly than others but definitely worth the splurge!
4. No “tourist price”
With almost 90% of people identifying as Buddhist in Myanmar, the country is extremely devout. Perhaps because of strong Buddhist beliefs in fairness to all people, the idea of a “tourist price” is relatively rare. Ask any local how much a journey should cost, and nine times out of 10, that is the first price offered by a driver. In souvenir markets where price gouging is expected, starting prices are surprisingly reasonable, stall owners are keen to bargain, and tend to avoid the strong arm bargaining tactics used elsewhere in Asia.
5. Unique and tasty authentic food
Food in Burma is not only cheap, but is plentiful and supremely tasty as well. What’s more, the county’s cuisine is so unique and special that it’s not even eaten or served outside its borders. Dishes in this country are derived from local, Thai, Indian and Chinese ingredients, which isn’t surprising considering the country’s geographic location. The most sumptuous and common dishes in Burma are Mohinga (rice noodles with orange fish sauce), Shan Noodles (traditional noodles stir-fried with chicken in bean sauce, vegetables and peanuts), and Onnokauswe (noodles simmered tastefully in coconut milk). And thanks to its tropical climate, Myanmar boasts bountiful fruit crops. Here, you can get and enjoy fresh fruits easily nationwide.
6. People with smiles
The people in Myanmar are not just welcoming, but they are also incredible friendly to travelers and visitors. We promise you, the people of Myanmar are some of the most pleasant you will ever meet. On every side street, in every village, every town, and every city you’ll be greeted by smiling faces. Everyone is friendly beyond measure, eager to talk to you about your trip in Burma and hear your stories of home. It is such a friendly place, and everyone’s English is so good, that you could easily talk away your entire day.
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