Myanmar/Burma Travel Guide
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- 98%Local Culture
- 78%Luxury Travelers
- 71%History Buffs
- 64%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 64%Adventure Travelers
- 57%Budget Travelers
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- Myanmar/BurmaMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsAdventure TravelersJul 16, 2014
Myanmar (Burma is used more or less interchangeably, though locals seem to favor the former name these days) is a Southeast Asian country distinguished mostly by what it DOESN'T have: loads of tourists. In contrast to Thailand, Angkor or Vietnam, this nation at the crossroads of south and southeast Asia can seem positively empty of visitors, and that's part of its charm. People here -- be they Burmese, Mon, Indian or Shan -- are mostly friendly and smiling, without the scams or greediness you find elsewhere in the region; and the country has a kind of sleepy charm that's immediately appealing. Myanmar might lack blockbuster sights (virtually nothing in the country is a "must", though many things are certainly nice), but getting a little off the tourist treadmill and seeing a corner of the world that often seems forgotten is a reward more than worth the journey.Recommended for:
- Myanmar/BurmaMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesLuxury TravelersFeb 14, 2014
Up-and-Coming Cruise Port: Rangoon, Burma
Excursion: This two-day Temples of Burma jaunt is worth the quick flight to Pagan: you’ll see a few of the 2,000 pagodas and temples from a traditional horse cart, with stops at a lacquerware workshop. Includes an overnight stay in a local hotel.
Voyage: Seabourn Odyssey, to and from Singapore. November 9; 14 nights from $6,999.Recommended for:
- Myanmar/BurmaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 5Feb 10, 2014
Myanmar is a country changing fast. It's recently opened up to mainstream tourism and at the current moment can barely keep up with the demand. There are some beautiful places to visit, but the biggest joy of visiting is probably the people of Myanmar, some of the friendliest I've met.Recommended for:
- Myanmar/BurmaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsWellness+ 4Dec 11, 2013
As Myanmar tourism expands, many miss the exotic authentic Bay of Bengal. Ngapali Bay hotel & spa features designer glass-front villas along sweeping beachfront. Enjoy fresh lobster and cocktails by a tiny rustic beach bar, while beautiful village ladies wander past balancing baskets of fruit on their heads. The hotel’s USP is it’s familiar feel and beachfront proximity to the working fishermen’s village; a fascinating flurry of activity at dawn.Recommended for:
- Myanmar/BurmaJun 09, 2013
Enroute to Bagan, the train stop by a remote village where we saw a soulful train market. Trading their produce, living their life.
My suggestion to travelers, take the train from Yangoon to Bagan. The scenery, lanscape and experience is one of a kind. Challenging but worth it.
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- Myanmar/BurmaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodiesBackpackersOct 30, 2012
If you are thinking even a little bit about visiting Burma: do not walk, RUN to the airport and get on the next available plane. Ever since the release of Aung San Suu Kyi in late 2010 the country has been steadily opening to the rest of the world and, as a result, tourism is booming. There are still considerably less foreign travellers here than any other Southeast Asian country but visitors are on the rise, and with good reason: Myanmar is a country unlike any other in the region, where you are just as likely to run into a massive, gold-covered stupa rising out of the ground as you are to meet the driver of a horse-drawn cart lumbering down a major city street. People are overwhelmingly open and friendly, and the scenery is gorgeous; I could have sat on a temple in Bagan all day. Loved every minute, start to finish.
- Myanmar/BurmaJul 21, 2014
Not impressed at all. I went to ask about going to an Island. It turns out Immigration put the wrong stamp in. They regulate your travels beyong 3 to 5 miles. They has some spys reporting all my where a bouts and what I was doing. Then they took my passport and stamped the wrong return date again in my passport making problems for me when I returned to Thailand. I will not visit again, what too restrictive. They have a long way to go to build up their tourism...
- Myanmar/BurmaJul 04, 2012
Myanmar is still offering a lot to discover. Her exotic culture & heritage, ecology system and ancient buildings are still untouched, unspoiled and mysterious. Myanmar people are kind-hearted with warm and friendly smiles. Myanmar is extensively famous as “The Golden Land” to travellers for her sparkling golden pagodas all over the place. “Mingalarbar”, is a cheerful word for greeting of Myanmar people who are deeply rooted in the Buddhism. More than a hundred several races still retaining their traditions and ethic. You will be found a different taste of Asia.
- Myanmar/BurmaJul 04, 2012
Mandalay, Inle Lake, and Bagan get heavy tourist traffic for a reason and are not worth missing if you're already in Burma, but Rangoon is where you can really feel the pulse of the country. Monks will eagerly take you to visit some of the less frequented temples, for a small donation, and I'd recommend walking around Kandawgyi Park, which offers great sunset views of the Shwedagon, and where you'll likely meet plenty of young Burmese couples looking for anonymity. Another worthy excursion is the three hour trip around the city's outskirts on the rickety, circular train. You'll probably be the only tourist. Be sure to snag a few enormous avocados from vendors (just eat it like an apple), while you either relax or try to get to know some of the city's poorer residents.
I also think it is well worth your while to visit Twante, the closest of the Delta towns ravaged by Cyclone Nargis (the extra hassle it takes to get a government permit to travel there is often exaggerated). The ferry ride is beautiful, if uncomfortable, and you'll get to see ramshackle towns still recovering from the storm, as well as a shoreline dotted with beautiful pagodas. You'll also give the locals the feeling that at least somebody cares about them.
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