Myanmar, also called Burma, country, located in the western portion of mainland Southeast Asia. In 1989 the country’s official English name, which it had held since 1885, was changed from the Union of Burma to the Union of Myanmar; in the Burmese language the country has been known as Myanma (or, more precisely, Mranma Prañ) since the 13th century. The English name of the city that served as the country’s capital from 1948 to 2006, Rangoon, also was dropped in 1989 in favour of the common Burmese name, Yangon.

In 2005 the government began to shift its administrative centre, first to the city of Pyinmana (some 200 miles [320 km] north of Yangon) and then to Nay Pyi Taw (Naypyidaw), a newly constructed city near Pyinmana. Nay Pyi Taw was proclaimed the capital of Myanmar in 2006.


YANGON Bagan Mandalay Inle Lake Kalaw MOUNT POPA


Yangon, known as the "Garden of the East" is Myanmar's largest city. Visitors coming here will be completely conquered by the clear blue lakes, tree-lined parks and green tropical plants.  
Yangon is also the land of pagodas and towers with many towers, attached to the pagoda, in the afternoon sun, idyllic and impressive. Iridescent golden towers are intertwined with residential areas, surrounded by hidden green trees. Shwedagon Pagoda, the soul of the country, is considered the most sacred Buddhist temple for Myanmar people. Besides the famous Botahtaung, Sule and Chaukhtatgyi temples, there are also a number of other unique structures such as Hindu temples, mosques, and Christians. The Myanmar National Museum still holds a lot of treasures dating back to the ancient kingdoms. 

💥 Best time to visit YANGON 
From September to November the temperature is around 30.9°C  to 34.5°C. This is the right time for all tourist activities or picnics

💥 Best things to do in YANGON 
As a follower of Buddhism, you should visit the legendary Shwedagon Pagoda at least once in your life, because this is where 4 important treasures are kept: the stick of Buddha Gou Luu Ton, the water filter of Buddha. Na Ham, a piece of the Buddha's robe, and the 8 hairs of Shakyamuni Buddha.
Embarking on a train journey to discover Yangon proves to be an enthralling and enchanting experience. It presents a golden chance to witness firsthand the vibrant tapestry of daily life and the captivating cultural nuances that define the city and its people.
Kandawgyi Garden is a nature lover's paradise, offering a peaceful escape and stunning seasonal scenery. Take a boat ride across the lake for a serene experience.
Discover the allure of Bogyoke Aung San Market's unique architecture while exploring a diverse selection of utensils and souvenirs, perfect for gifting or personal keepsakes. 
Do not miss Sule Pagoda, a spiritual and historical landmark, holds great significance and serves as an iconic symbol of the city.

💥 How to get to YANGON 
By air: Yangon International Airport is well-connected with domestic and international flights from major cities such as Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, and Hanoi, among others.
By road:
•   Bus: There are two main bus terminals, Aung Mingalar and Hlaing Thar Yar, providing long-distance buses to various cities in Myanmar. Most buses depart at night, offering sleeper options. Some buses offer pickups near your location, particularly for destinations like Ngwes Saung Beach and Chaung-Tha Beach.
•    Train: Yangon has both long-distance trains to other tourist destinations in Myanmar like Mandalay and Bagan, as well as a train line encircling the city and nearby villages, offering insights into local life. 
By boat: While most cruises start from Mandalay and Bagan, there are occasional steamship options departing from Yangon. These cruises tend to be slower and more expensive. Additionally, there are shorter steamship rides across the Yangon River, taking approximately 15 minutes.


Bagan, located on the left bank of the romantic Ayeyarwady River, is the ancient capital of Myanmar, home to the world's most unique temple architecture system. The architecture in Bagan is quite special, the cylindrical pagodas covered with solid and simple earth or bricks are the highlight. There are also delicately sculpted reliefs on the walls and items in the temple.
One of the most famous pagodas in Bagan is Shwezigon golden pagoda. This is the first golden temple built in Myanmar. In addition, you should also visit Ananda temple, the most beautiful temple, the tallest pagoda Thatbyinyu and finally the most massive pagoda Dhamma Yangyi.
To admire the entire unique temple complex, a hot air balloon is the most perfect choice that is loved by all visitors. You will see the fanciful beauty, the towers appear shimmering in the green landscape.

💥 Best time to visit BAGAN 
The weather is generally at its best from the middle of October till the end of March. During these months there is hardly a drop of rainfall and average daytime temperatures don’t get much higher than 30 °C. You can fully enjoy the panoramic view of Bagan holy place with a hot air balloon flight.

💥 Best things to do in BAGAN 
Ananda Temple is the most famous temple in Bagan, its stupa is covered with gold. There are also 4 large Buddha statues nearly 10m high. Coming here, you will be immersed in the quiet and pure space at the Buddha's door.
Shwezigon Pagoda is the place you should visit. In the center of the pagoda is a gilded leaf-shaped stupa, which then radiates out next to a number of smaller temples and shrines.
Seeing the panoramic view of Bagan with unique architectural works on the hot air balloon is truly a memorable experience
Do not miss the two temples of Sulamani and Htilominlo with the most visited places in Myanmar.
Visit the Bagan Archaeological Museum which has preserved ancient stone slabs and artifacts around the city that have been unearthed here for many centuries.

💥 How to get to BAGAN 
The overland distance between Yangon and Bagan is 641 km. 
By air: Flight is the fastest way to travel between Yangon and Bagan in about 1 hour 20 mins, then you need a taxi ride about 20 minutes to Old Bagan and New Bagan. 
By road: 
•   Bus/car:  Road conditions are quite good, it can take you about 7 to 10 hours to reach Bagan by bus or private car. 
•   Train: Much slower and takes up to 17h 30 minutes to reach Bagan. Trains arrive at Bagan railway station, which is located just south of the bus terminal. 


Mandalay, a significant religious and cultural center in Myanmar, captivates with its remarkable construction and architecture. It beautifully blends modern developments with ancient history. Explore the enchanting wooden palace, monasteries, and temples, showcasing the country's oldest architectural designs. Witness the serene sight of monks gracefully strolling in traditional holy robes along the streets. Don't miss the breathtaking sunrise or sunset views from Mandalay Hill, offering an incredible panoramic vista of the city. Ascend to the hilltop and be amazed by the view.

💥 Best time to visit MANDALAY 
From November to February the weather is very pleasant, there is not much rain and the temperature is always cool. You can also go in the hot season, from March to April. It is quite hot at this time, there is little rain. 

💥 Best things to do in MANDALAY 
Do not miss Shwe In Bin Kyaung Monastery built from teak wood with intricate carvings making it one of the most beautiful buildings.
Visit Mandalay Palace with 40 different houses built from wood along with wooden watchtowers. This is a great place to see the beautiful views across Mandalay.
Overlooking Mandalay is Yankin Hill, topped by a beautiful temple. The main reason to climb the hill is for the chance to enjoy the puddles sweeping through the rice fields.
If you want to pray, visit Mahamuni Paya Temple where there is a 13-foot tall sitting Buddha. It is also a famous pilgrimage site in Mandalay.
Explore Ta Moke Shwe Gu Gyi, one of the most important archaeological sites with a massive temple complex.
Experience authentic shopping in the Pearl Market.
Don't forget to visit Shwe Kyi Myin Paya. The place is known for its central image of the sitting Buddha and is covered with glittering gold and gems.

💥 How to get to MANDALAY
Overland distance between Yangon and Mandalay is  630 km.
By air: The fastest way to get from Yangon to Mandalay is to take a flight lasting 1 hour 25 minutes
By road: 
•   Bus/car: Travel time usually takes 8-10 hours from Yangon to Mandalay. 
•   Train: If you have a lot of time, taking the train is a great option. The journey takes about 16 hours from Yangon to Mandalay. 

Inle Lake

Inle Lake, the second-largest lake in Myanmar, is located in the heart of the country, surrounded by majestic mountains that create a breathtaking natural setting. The lake is home to a diverse array of animals and plants, thriving in its pristine environment. Embark on a boat trip and be guided from one floating market to another, passing by silver shops, weaving villages with long-necked artisans, and even unique cat houses. As you traverse the lake, the landscape will constantly evolve, revealing mountains, open meadows, fragrant grasslands, picturesque riverside scenes, and abundant aquatic life. Adorned with pagodas, towers, numerous covered wooden bridges, and charming small waterfalls that boats must navigate, Inle Lake offers a captivating journey.

This lake is not only a natural wonder but also a cultural region steeped in history. It is home to Myanmar's ethnic tribes, who proudly uphold their well-preserved traditions and cultures. Experience the rich tapestry of this cultural heritage as you explore the depths of Inle Lake.

💥 Best time to visit INLE LAKE
The best time to visit Inle Lake is from November to February, offering cooler temperatures and pleasant weather. Alternatively, summer months from March to May are hot with less rainfall.

💥 Best things to do in INLE LAKE
Take a boat trip around the lake and this is a very captivating experience.
Head to Phaung Daw Oo Temple, home to five important Buddha statues decorated with a thick layer of gold leaf.  
Make your way to the Museum of Culture to find some artifacts related to the Buddha image.
A beautiful village around Inle Lake is Inthein village covered in centuries-old stupas. You can go for a walk, then enjoy the view of the lake and surrounding jungle.
Do not miss Phaung Pagoda, one of the most important religious works. The temple has five Buddha statues covered with gold leaf from pilgrims pasted on them.
Buy jewelry, textiles and other souvenirs in the Five Day Market. This is a great place to come as it is known for its local crafts.

💥 How to get to INLE LAKE
The distance between Mandalay and Inle Lake is 181 km. The road distance is 335 km.
By air: Getting here requires a short flight nearly 2 hours from Mandalay Hehoe, plus a 45-minute drive from the airport to Nyaung Shwe, Inle Lake's main town on the northern end of the lake. 
By road:
•   Car: The cheapest way to get from Mandalay to Inle Lake is to drive which takes 4.5 hours.
•   Train: The best way to get from Mandalay to Inle Lake without a car is to take a train and taxi which takes nearly 6 hours.


Kalaw town, situated on the renowned Inle Lake, attracts numerous tourists seeking tranquility and serenity in Myanmar's countryside. With its scenic routes, it has become a haven for trekking enthusiasts. A visit to Kalaw offers an opportunity to appreciate picturesque roads, stunning landscapes, and the refreshing air, making it an ideal destination for self-discovery and relaxation.

For those yearning for a rural experience, Kalaw provides an excellent choice, boasting undulating hills, majestic mountains, and charming local villages scattered across the countryside. In addition to savoring the natural beauty, visitors can explore captivating caves, awe-inspiring temples, and vibrant local markets, adding more excitement to their time in Kalaw.

💥 Best time to visit KALAW
January to May and September to December is the best answer. During these months, you can expect warm temperatures and minimal rainfall, perfect for outdoor activities and exploration. 

💥 Best things to do in KALAW
Explore the town's architectural diversity, including English-style houses and the famous Church of Christ, which had the same priest for nearly 69 years.
Visit the Kalaw mosque, a central place of worship for the Muslim community in the town.
Venture to Myin Ma Hti village, where you can explore a large cave and rent a bicycle to discover the surrounding village from Kalaw.
Discover Hsu Taung Pye Paya near Kalaw market, known for its various stupas and intriguing history.
Marvel at the striking Aung Chan Tha Zedi temple, adorned with thousands of pieces of gold and silver glass, featuring a glittering stupa.
Explore the renowned Shwe Oo Min Paya, a natural limestone cave filled with golden Buddha statues, making it a significant religious site in Kalaw.
Embark on a short uphill hike to Thein Taung Pagoda, offering panoramic views of the market and the town center, particularly popular for its stunning sunsets.

💥 How to get to KALAW
The overland distance between Yangon and Kalaw is 563 km
By air: Flights are the fastest way to travel between Yangon and Kalaw. The flight will take you there in 1 hour. Flights arrive at Heho airport, 27 km south east of Kalaw. The journey from Heho to Kalaw takes around one hour by taxi. 
By road: The distance between Kalaw and Inle Lake is 38 km. The road distance is 77.5 km. It takes approximately 1h 16m to drive a car/taxi from Inle Lake to  Kalaw. It would take about 7 hours if you start from Yangon. 


Mount Popa is an extinct volcano housing the sacred Popa Taungkalat monastery, perched dramatically on a rocky outcrop. Surrounded by sheer cliffs, it offers stunning views of the plains and the volcano itself. The mountain is part of Mount Popa National Park, an oasis with lush vegetation and beautiful flowers. Along the ascent, you'll find shops selling local crafts, and at the top, golden Chinthes guard the entrance to the temple area. From the summit, enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding area, including Bagan and the Irrawaddy River on clear days.

💥 Best time to visit MOUNT POPA
The best time to visit Mount Popa is from November to April. During these months, the region experiences dry weather with minimal rainfall.

💥 Best things to do in MOUNT POPA
Begin your journey by visiting a small temple at the base of a cliff dedicated to the Nats. This sacred place is where many pilgrims come to pray for success in business, a happy marriage, and good health.
Embark on an adventure accompanied by mischievous monkeys as you ascend the 777 steps to reach the monastery atop Popa Taung Kalat. Inside the monastery, you'll find statues of the 37 most significant Nats. Take a moment to relax and admire the breathtaking view of the surrounding crater.
On your way back, make sure to stop at a nearby village renowned for producing palm sugar products. Indulge in the local cuisine and savor the unique flavors of the region, including the delightful palm sugar dishes.

💥 How to get to MOUNT POPA
By air: Distance between Yangon and Mount Popa is 580 km. But Mount Popa is usually visited together with Bagan; flights arrive at Bagan airport, 50km north west of Mount Popa. You can hire a car or private pick-up from Bagan to Popa for the hour and a half journey.
By road: It is 47 km from Bagan to Mount Popa. It is approximately 59.1 km to drive a car or taxi. 



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