In a country where 90% of citizens practice Buddhism, it’s unsurprising that the temples of Bagan–the largest complex of Buddhist temples, pagodas, stupas and ancient religious ruins in the world–are a “must see” in Myanmar. While ancient temples, regal palaces and glittering pagodas throughout the country are impressive, Myanmar’s rugged mountains, rolling green hills, white sand beaches, sweeping coastline and gracious people remind travelers that the country’s majesty isn’t confined to manmade structures.
Myanmar’s spiritual and ancient past is additionally manifested in a variety of cultural encounters. Ancient folk art comes alive in traditional puppet shows in Mandalay. Skilled fishermen balance atop stilts in Inle Lake. Village markets are filled with traditional oxcarts, earthen cookware and traditional handmade lacquer ware. The untouched, authentic energy of Myanmar/Burma leaves a lasting impact on welcomed travelers.
Because development in Myanmar has been historically slow, the accommodation is not the focus of a visit. Travelers will find the accommodation simple, varying from basic to charming. For those looking for more lavish accommodation, a cruise on the historic Ayeyarwaddy River offers luxurious accommodation and comfortable exploration of Myanmar’s endless wonders.