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5 THINGS EVERY GIRL NEEDS TO DO IN MYANMAR

March 30, 2017
5 Reasons Every Girl Should Visit Myanmar

Myanmar (formerly Burma) bordering India, Bangladesh, China, Laos and Thailand, is the destination on every travellers mind right now. The name hints at the exotic, off the beaten path adventures. Everyone who visits comes back saying the same two words “go now!” Myanmar is catching up to the rest of the world at a record pace. If you can, go now, before it changes completely.

5 Reasons Every Girl Should Visit Myanmar

1.  See The Hot Air Balloons Of Bagan

No visit to Bagan is complete without getting up before dawn to see the sunrise. Seeing the silhouette of the 2,000+ temples as sky changes colour is one of the most magical experiences you could hope for. Just when you think it can’t get any better, a fleet of hot air balloons takes to the sky. You want to be the person in the balloon!

Ballooning with Oriental Ballooning was far and away the most expensive thing we did in our week in Myanmar. Was it worth it? ABSOLUTELY!

5 Reasons Every Girl Should Visit Myanmar

You arrive in the pitch black with occasional bursts of flame as balloons are prepared for take off. The anticipation builds as the balloons are inflated and before long you hear “all aboard” and its time for take off. Part of the magic of ballooning in Bagan is the number of balloons around you. The flight itself was incredible with phenomenal views over the plains of ancient temples, but for me, having the experience with twenty other balloons drifting across the horizon was the real highlight.

Before long we had passed the temples and were off in the countryside. As we passed villages the locals would race outside to wave in fascination as we passed. We were close enough to see their cattle, herds of goats and the fields of peanuts, chickpeas and rice paddies!

5 Reasons Every Girl Should Visit Myanmar

2. Spend A Day On The Waters Of Inle Lake

Leading up to our trip my Pinterest feed was full of photos of fisherman on long boats with their unique fishing baskets and one-legged rowing techniques. I hoped it wasn’t all for show. Thankfully, within a few minutes on the water we spotted the first of many fishermen collecting their daily catch.

The catch is then taken to the local market. Sounds straightforward enough. This market was a little different though. It rotates daily between five locations around the lake. Villagers from the hill tribes of Shan state venture down the mountain every five days to stock up on groceries for the week ahead. It is a time to socialise as well as shop and we thoroughly enjoyed sitting in a local teahouse to watch the locals go about their lives.

5 Reasons Every Girl Should Visit Myanmar

The villages surrounding Inle Lake are each famous for different handicrafts. We spent our day visiting silversmiths, boat builders and cigar makers over the course of our day. Our guide was from the town famous for weaving lotus fibre and sure enough as our boat pulled into the village his smiling four year old daughter ran out to give her dad a big hug.

5 Reasons Every Girl Should Visit Myanmar

3. Stare In Awe At Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon

In Yangon you cannot miss the Shwedagon Pagoda. Standing 110 metres tall, covered in gold plates and the top of the stupa is covered with over 4000 diamonds- the largest is 72 carats! You’ll catch glimpses of it as you drive around the city, but nothing beats getting up close.

It is open all day, but for the best experience time your visit for an hour or so before sunset. Then you will get beautiful light to explore the 114 acre complex and have enough time to pick you best spot to see the stupa in all it’s golden glory with the last light of the day. Lamps are lit once the sun has dipped below the horizon transforming the temple into a photographers dream.

5 Reasons Every Girl Should Visit Myanmar

4. Grab a Bargain At Bogyoke Aung San Market, Yangon

I’m not normally one for markets. I find them cheesy and selling the same old fridge magnets and postcards. However I LOVED the Bogyoke Aung San Market and wished I’d had more time to properly explore. The front of the market has a beautiful colonial façade and the inside cobblestone streets selling everything from lacquerware, artworks to rows and rows of Burmese jade and gemstones. Just take your time and enjoy getting lost in the maze of shops and stalls.

5 Reasons Every Girl Should Visit Myanmar

5. Listen To The Chanting Monks Of Mount Popa

Just an hour drive from Bagan is the mystical Mount Popa. Set high on an extinct volcano is the Popa Taungkalat Monastery famous for being home to 37 Burmese spirits called nats. After climbing the 777 steps to the monastery you are rewarded with a 360-degree view of the surrounding area! For a real treat spend some time at sunset in the nearby Mount Popa Resort. The resort boasts a beautiful terrace overlooking the monastery, where you can hear the monks chanting across the valley, creating a perfect evening!

5 Reasons Every Girl Should Visit Myanmar

Have you been to Myanmar? Please share your experience in the comments below! Read Next > The Truth Behind Myanmar’s 6 Travel Rumors

By We Are Are Travel Girls Contributor Jess Mizzi of ExpatGetaways.com
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10 Comments

  • Reply Natalia April 1, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    A great post. I keep urging everyone I meet to get to Myanmar now! The lake really was unforgettable. I found the market a bit overpriced though, but then I’m not massively into jewellery.

    • Reply We Are Travel Girls April 2, 2017 at 1:09 pm

      Thanks for reading and commenting Natalia! I really want to go to Myanmar – it looks beautiful! XO, Becky

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  • Reply Serah Neigenfind April 7, 2017 at 7:11 am

    Great article… we loved our time in Myanmar (http://www.ourwanderingtribe.com/myanmar/) and urge all of our friends/followers to head there ASAP. It is such a beautiful location and still mostly untouched by the west. Thanks again for sharing!

    P.S. This is such an awesome blog!!

    • Reply We Are Travel Girls April 8, 2017 at 1:11 am

      Thanks for reading and commenting Sarah! I am hoping I can go sometime this year or next, whilst I am on this side of the world! XO, Becky

  • Reply Eeva Valiharju April 17, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    I loved Myanmar too. I only visited Yangon and Bagan so I will return to see more about this wonderful destination. And yes, hot air ballooning with Oriental Balloons was incredible for me as well. Thanks for the post.

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