For travelers looking to experience what Asia felt like before the onset of major tourism, Myanmar is the destination to visit. One of the newest faces in Southeast Asia’s travel scene, this once isolated country offers a mesmerizing combination of culture, cuisine and history that is matched nowhere else. From the colonial streets of Yangon and the temple-clad plains of Bagan to the magical waters of Inle Lake, Myanmar is one of Asia’s most enthralling visits.
For most travelers, the main point of access visiting Myanmar is the city of Yangon. A cultural and historical melting pot where South Asia meets Southeast Asia, this former colonial capital offers a wholly unique travel experience. Remnants of its colonial past can be found around every corner, Buddhist temples and pagodas glisten above ancient rooftops and traditional markets sell classic Burmese ware that reveals the country’s opulent past and traditional roots. Accommodation and cuisine options are changing (and improving) day by day with the arrival of more tourism, and infrastructure is rapidly developing from recent years. For a glimpse of where the country has been and where it is going, Yangon is an excellent visit.
Far from the reaches of Yangon, the rest of Myanmar stands worlds away from its former colonial capital, and time (and development) turns a bit slower. Farther north stands the historic city of Mandalay with its traditional architecture and traditional pagodas, making for an interesting (yet brief) visit. South to Heho where Inle Lake draws in crowds, visitors can soak up a more traditional Myanmar, where many of the Intha people still live a largely water-based existence. West of Inle is the ancient city of Bagan, which is known for its thousands of temples dotting the dusty plains, revealing Myanmar’s grand spiritual past. Last but not least, the Mergui Archipelago region (south of Yangon) is starting to allure adventurous travelers who are keen on getting off the beaten Myanmar path and into some of the country’s most beautiful beach (and diving) regions.
While there are some limitations to visiting the country, it is nonetheless an unforgettable country to visit. Thinking about a honeymoon in Myanmar? We believe it is one of the region’s most magical and unique places to spend a honeymoon and work hard to ensure all your dreams come to fruition.