How to spend a weekend in Myanmar?

For those looking for exotic travel and adventure there is no better place to go to than Myanmar. Located alongside Thailand in Southeast Asia, Myanmar has been described by the great poet Rudyard Kipling as “quite unlike any place you know”. He couldn’t have been more right. With it’s ancient temples and cities, warm beaches, and vast nature trails with other-worldly fauna, Myanmar is very unique in the world and is a must see for any wanderer of the Earth. There are many sights to see and places to go during your stay, and there’s never a shortage of culture and history.

Since 2012, when the United States lifted economic sanctions, tourism in Myanmar (formerly Burma) has steadily grown, yet this jewel of Southeast Asia remains an isolated mystery for many experienced traveler. So how do you spend time in Myanmar? How do you spend a weekend in Myanmar? That’s an easy question to answer. Simply put, you spend it however you want to spend it, but there are quite a few things you just have to see and do while you’re there.

Inle Lake

Perhaps the most well-known body of water in Myanmar as well as it’s second largest lake, Inle Lake is the perfect opportunity to take in local culture. You can watch fishermen on the lake paddling their boat with their legs, as well as see houses on stilts surrounded by floating vegetable gardens. Nearby lies Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery, famous for cats trained to jump two feet in the air, and afterwards, you can visit one of the many dining spots set lakeside to enjoy traditional cuisine.

Yangon

The former capital, Yangon is a bustling city with a thriving nightlife. There are several restaurants and bars to visit, and quite a few clubs for anyone that’s looking for a bit of fun. There’s also history and culture to be found here, as well. Shwedagon Pagoda is the most sacred Buddhist site in Myanmar. Believed to contain relics of the four previous Buddhas, the pagoda’s gilded exterior would be a crime to miss.

Ngapali

Looking for a more sunny place to spend your weekend? Look no further than Ngapali and it’s pristine beaches. Great palm trees sprout from this beaches white sands, the water is so clear you can see right to the ocean floor, and there’s no shortage of great dining options. Ngapali Beach is one of the most popular getaways in Myanmar. Enjoy a day of swimming, fishing, and relaxing beneath the fresh air of the sea.