Over the last couple of years, Myanmar has made it easier for tourists to come and visit this little travelled region of South East Asia. In the past, the military government just wasn’t that keen on letting outsiders come in and seeing what they were up to.
For reasons that I won’t go into right now (let’s just use the code word: Aung San Suu Kyi), they have decided to open up their kimono, and are making it easier for the world to see their attractions.
Already, there is a well-worn path of worthy destinations. I’m not saying you should skip them, as they are beautiful experiences, but be prepared to share them with the other travellers in Myanmar.
1) Sunset at Ubein’s Bridge, near Mandalay.
Walk along the world’s longest teak footbridge at Sunset. Perhaps get a boat, or stay onshore. Either way, at sunset you’ll be rewarded with beautiful, photogenic scenery. Of course, you and dozens of others will be taking nearly exactly the same beautiful photos.
It’s not just Ubein’s Bridge around Mandalay, there are some fantastic monasteries, stupas, pagodas and images of Buddha. Just explore and see what you find.