In this post, I’ll take you through 5 things I think more people should do in Myanmar, and why. If you haven’t already, be sure to read my previous post – 5 Beautiful Things Everybody Gets To See in Myanmar.
Sometimes it seems that every tourist in Myanmar is trying to do things that no one is doing. There are some great things to see and do, but if you yearn for experiences that are a little more rare, try a few of these.
1) Sunrise from anywhere, in Mandalay
Everyone is pretty much obsessed with sunset in Myanmar. For good reason – it’s beautiful. But don’t forget about the equally beautiful sunrise.
On my first morning in my lovely guesthouse (Ma Ma’s Guesthouse) in Mandalay, I went up to the roof balcony at about 6am. By 6.30am, the sun was starting to peak over the hills, giving me my first daylight view of the city. I also managed to accidentally give a good scare to one of the guesthouse staff. She came up to sweep the floor, and wasn’t expecting a foreigner behind the door taking pictures. So I took a picture of her too.
They say Mandalay Hill is an excellent place for sunrise and sunset. I didn’t make it there that early. For me, it was a fine, deserted walk up in the middle of the day. Occasionally I was stopped and asked to pose for photos. To be back in Asia is to be a mini-celebrity again!
Sunrise in Mandalay
Walking up the hill
The top of Mandalay Hill
Over the last couple 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 foot bridge at Sunset. Perhaps get a boat, or stay on shore. Either way, at sunset you’ll be rewarded with a 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.
Sunset with Fisherman at Ubein’s Bridge
Umin Thounzeh, Sagaing Hill
Yedanasini Paya near Inwa Lake
A friendly monk in Amarapura
100s of Buddha images in Amarapura
Lying Buddha in Amarapura
The world’s longest teak footbridge
Mahamuni Paya’s seated Buddha
Taking a boat near the Bridge