Why you should visit Myanmar in 2017

The land where pious monks are more revered than rock stars.

Why you should visit Myanmar in 2017

Myanmar has the power to excite and delight even the most seasoned of travellers. This is a land where pious monks are more revered than rock stars. No visit is complete without a visit to the sky-high golden pagoda – the Shwedagon Paya, where even the staunch are believed to bend. Water bound temples, shore bound markets and floating gardens are a characteristic of the Inle Lake where everybody takes away a different experience.

With the first civilian government in half a century, the land of chanting monks and monasteries has all that a soulful traveller needs. No wonder Myanmar has made it at #9 in the Top 10 Travel Destinations of 2017. Just a few reasons why you should visit Myanmar in 2017.

English: Location: Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, M...
English: Location: Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar Description: Shwedagon Zedi Daw at Night By: Dr. Sithu Win, from sithuwin.com Date: December 28, 2005 Equipment: Canon Powershot S50 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Myanmar is considered to have three seasons. The hot season is usually from March-April, and temperatures then cool off during the rainy season from May-October. The peak tourism season is the cool season from November-February. Temperatures can rise as high as 36°C in Yangon in the hot season. In the cool season, noontime temperatures are usually a more bearable 32°C, with night temperatures falling to around 19°C.

Intha fisherman on Inle Lake, Myanmar
Intha fisherman on Inle Lake, Myanmar (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Places of interest
Naypyidaw (formerly Pyinmana) — newly designated capital of the country.
Bago (formerly Pegu) — historic city near Yangon full of wonderful Buddhist sights.
Kawthaung — beach town in the far south which is as much like Thailand as Myanmar gets.
Mandalay — former capital of the Konbaung Dynasty built around the Mandalay Royal Palace and main commercial centre of Upper Myanmar.
Pyin U Lwin (Maymyo) — cool town which is a wonderful former British colonial hill station.
Yangon (formerly Rangoon) — the economic centre, known for its pagodas and colonial architecture.
Bagan — an archaeological zone with thousands of pagodas near the banks of the Ayeyarwady River.
Inle Lake — a large shallow lake good for beautiful boat trips, visiting floating villages inhabited by the Intha people, hiking, and also a source of excellent silk.
Kyaiktiyo — a gold-gilded rock sitting atop a cliff and a major pilgrimage site.
Mount Popa — an extinct volcano regarded as the Mount Olympus of Myanmar, a green oasis high above the hot plains and an easy day trip from Bagan.
Ngapali — beach resort in western Rakhine State, spilling into the Bay of Bengal.
Ngwe Saung — longest stretch of beach in Ayeyarwaddy Division, white sandy beach and crystal clear water are the features of Ngwe Saung Beach.
Pyay — a town on the Ayeyarwady River midway between Yangon and Bagan, known for its archaeological site Sri Kittara, the ancient Pyu capital from 2 to 9 AD.

What do you think of Myanmar as a feature in the Top 10 Travel Destinations of 2017? Planning a trip there soon? Let us know in the comments.