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10 Reasons You Need to Visit Myanmar

1. To experience the magic of floating high above more than 2200 ancient temples of Bagan in a hot air balloon!

10 reasons Bagan Balloons

2. To watch the world go by as you cruise down the Irrawaddy river in a slow boat from Mandalay to Bagan.  See if you can spot the rare Irrawaddy dolphins who are said to help local fishermen by driving fish towards their nets, the dolphins are rewarded with some of the fishers' catch! Historically, Irrawaddy River fishers claimed particular dolphins were associated with individual fishing villages.

10 reasons dolphins

3. To witness the famous ‘leg rowing’ technique of the Intha fisherman on the picturesque Inle Lake.  Float past stilt houses, water buffalo and pagodas as you observe the Intha way of life. 

10 reasons Inle Lake

4. Be dazzled by the sparkling golden pagodas and white washed stupas of Yangon towering above the bustling city.  The Shwedagon Pagoda's main gold-plated dome is topped by a stupa containing over 7,000 diamonds, rubies, topaz, sapphires and a massive emerald positioned to reflect the last rays of the setting sun.  The Shwedagon Pagoda is said to be the oldest in the world at 2600 years old.

10 reasons pagodas

5. To taste the cuisine! The Thai, Chinese and Indian influences make the cuisine in Myanmar some of the best in Asia. If you’re a tea lover, you absolutely must visit a teahouse and try the tea leaf salad!

10 reasons tealeaf salad

6. Find treasures in the historic Bogyoke Aung San Market, where Burmese crafts, antiques and jewellery is traded. In the middle of the market jewellers sell famous Burmese jade, Burmese rubies and other precious stones. 

10 reasons market

7. Visit a local beer station and get well and truly merry on cool, refreshing Myanmar beer at only 50cents a glass!  Beer stations are more than just side-of-the-road stalls, they're more like your local watering hole where everyone knows your name. Stay and chat to the locals, watch the football or grab a cheap bite to eat (many have english menus).

10 reasons beer station

8. Trek through jungle-clad limestone peaks deep in the Shan highlands and stay overnight in a remote Shan village. Experience village life as you get involved in preparing some traditional Shan dishes for lunch (with a helping hand from your hosts), visit a local farm and lend a hand, join in on an English lesson at the school, or learn the ‘circus-like’ art of transporting goods in baskets on your head!

10 reasons trek

9. Take a ride back in time and explore the old British colonial hill town of Pyin Oo Lwin by unique, intricately decorated horse carriages.

10 reasons Horse Carriage

10. It’s changing fast. Myanmar has become THE place to go and is a must do on the Southeast Asia backpacker route and rightly so, but if you want to see Myanmar in it’s truest form, the time to go is now!