Ideal Duration: 4-5 days
Currency: Burmese Kyat (MMK)
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Officially known as the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, this country is the largest of the mainland Southeast Asian states by area. Nestled at the base of the Himalayas and bordered by India, Thailand, Laos, Bangladesh, China, and the Bay of Bengal, Myanmar promises a beautiful journey of culture, history, and adventure.
One of the cheapest countries to travel to, Myanmar boasts of stunning mountain ranges, nature trails, pristine beaches, and thriving cities in equal measure. With a history dating back to more than two thousand years, Myanmar is home to gorgeous Pagodas like the golden Shwedagon Monastery and huge statues of the Buddha that sit atop valleys with breathtaking mountain backdrops. The ancient UNESCO World Heritage sites of Pyu and Bagan promise a trip into the glorious past of the country, while the serene and idyllic beaches at Ngwesaung and Thandwe are the perfect getaway from the bustle of the city.
Adrenaline junkies are in for a treat here, with hot air balloon rides, high treks, snorkelling, paragliding, and camping opportunities aplenty – these are easy on the pocket too, so budget travellers can try their hand at adventure too. The mirror-like Inle Lake offers a charming boat ride serenaded by the mountains and swaying palms. In contrast, the bustling night street markets ensure the perfect mix of culture, history, and fun!
This predominantly Buddhist country is famous for its arts and crafts, especially its sand paintings and drapes. With the perfect blend of Tibetan, Indian, Chinese and Thai cuisine, the multicultural Burmese food is a must-try for its delectable spices, decadent meat, and creamy sauces. The country holds a host of surprises for solo travellers, honeymooners, and families alike, so be prepared to be enchanted by the Golden Land of Myanmar!
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UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Two-thousand year old cities, Huge golden Pagodas, Pleasant weather
Certain areas are politically troubled, and may break out in riots