5 Reasons to Visit Myanmar
1. Beautiful Sunrise and Sunset
You must catch a sunrise and sunset at the temples of Bagan. Be careful climbing pagoda steps in the dark but carry a flashlight and dress in layers. Your guides can directly to the best views.
2. Shwe Dagon Pagoda
It is the largest and oldest golden monument on earth. Many Kings and Queens throughout Myanmar’s history has donated pure gold of their body weight, depositing tons and tons of gold in this great 2500 year-old golden pyramid in Yangon. Recently, a ton of gold was added by hundreds of thousands of donors, when a major renovation took place.
3. The Largest Book Ever Created
The whole Buddhist bible was engraved on 729 white marble stones, set up in a square, each being protected by a small white temples. The 730th pagoda, Kuthodaw Pagoda, is a conventional temple occupying the centre of the square. Each marble tablets are about 3 feet wide and 4 feet high.
4. Inle Lake Experience
If you’ve seen photos of Burma, chances are you’ll have seen an image of an Intha leg rower with his leg wrapped around a paddle and steering a boat laden with fishing nets on Inle lake. When you come across a leg rower on your tour of the lake, watch as they use both hands to untangle nets or prepare bait, while steering and powering themselves along using their leg. No straps, no motor, just balance and practice. They move so quickly and so efficiently you can’t help but wonder why leg rowing didn’t catch on elsewhere.
More compelling still: 2014 is the easiest time in recent history to visit Myanmar. Take advantage of new land border crossings from Thailand and relaxed visa restrictions before the mainstream rush begins.