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Discover The World: 8 Reasons You Should Visit Myanmar

So you’re thinking of visiting Myanmar? Here are 15 reasons why saying yes to any and every offer to go to Myanmar is the right thing to do. These reasons are suggested and written by both locals and tourists

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#1 Enjoy a sunset at U-Bein Bridge near Mandalay

Stretching out across of Taungthaman Lake you'll find the stunning U-Bein Bridge, at 1.2 km long, it is the longest teakwood bridge in the world. The lake is about a 15-minute scooter ride outside of Mandalay and while it is a wonderful and relaxing place to visit at any time, I highly recommend visiting at sunset when you can join the locals on a boat ride or just grab a beer in the lakeside bar and watch the passers go by as the sky lights up.

Contributors: Matthew Hulland from The Travel BLogs

#2 Enjoy the Taunggyi Balloon Festival

For two nights a year the small town of Taunggyi hosts the most famous version of the annual Balloon Festival, a nationwide celebration that falls one week before the full moon of Tazaungmone, the eighth month in the Burmese calendar.

Contributors: Mara McGowan from Inside Asia Tours

#3 Help Bathe Elephants

The beautiful animals are prevalent in Myanmar, and there are lots of chances to interact with them, like at The Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp. There, you can enjoy the magnificent creatures safe in the knowledge that this is an animal-friendly environment operated with the principles of sustainable tourism in mind. 

Surrounded by the stunning, forested scenery of Kalaw, guests will meet, feed, wash and interact with the resident elephants - who are cared for by the mahouts (elephant caretakers) and the resident vet. These elephants have been rescued from the logging industry - having been retired by the government - and are now living out their senior years in the peaceful sanctuary of Green Hill Valley.

Contributors: Mara McGowan from Inside Asia Tours

#5 Bagan

Savour the sunrise from the upper terrace of a temple. Bagan is home to one of Southeast Asia’s finest collection of ancient pagodas and temples of a bygone era with intricate carvings, murals and, astonishing architecture.

Contributors: Caroline Mongrain from World Expeditions

#6 Mount Popa

Climb the almost 900 stairs to the top of Popa Taung Kalat. Along the way, you will pass dozens of nat shrines and many local pilgrims who come to honor these spirits. From the top, you have superb views of the surrounding plains.

Contributors: Caroline Mongrain from World Expeditions

#7 Inle Lake

Visit the weaving centre and traditional village of the Intha people. While the Shan and the Pa O people live around the lake, the Intha people traditionally live ON the lake, literally in houses built on stilts on the lake.

Contributors: Caroline Mongrain from World Expeditions

#8 Shan Plateau

Hike through the gently undulating terrain, dotted with villages of the Palaung, Shan and, Danu people as well as many other hill tribe groups. This is a great way to meet and learn more about the cultures and traditions of rural Burmese life.

Contributors: Caroline Mongrain from World Expeditions

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