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Myanmar

Myanmar, also known as Burma, is a Southeast Asian nation encompassing more than 100 ethnic groups, bordering India, Bangladesh, China, Laos, and Thailand. It is renowned for its ancient temples, vibrant landscapes ranging from the Himalayan mountains in the north to pristine beaches in the south, and the Irrawaddy River that traverses the country facilitating its rich agricultural and cultural history.

Despite its natural beauty and rich cultural heritage, Myanmar has experienced long periods of political unrest and military rule, impacting its development and human rights situation.

Places to visit

Day plans

Spend a day exploring around

day 1

Exploring Yangon

morning:Start your day with a visit to the majestic Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the most sacred Buddhist pagodas. Experience the local life at the Bogyoke Aung San Market and enjoy some traditional Burmese breakfast at 999 Shan Noodle House.

afternoon:Visit the Chaukhtatgyi Buddha Temple and explore the bustling streets of China Town. Indulge in some delicious traditional Burmese cuisine at Rangoon Tea House.

evening:Savor the sunset view from the Strand Hotel while sipping on a refreshing cocktail. For a night-out, head to The Blind Tiger for live music and great drinks.

day 2

Mesmerizing Bagan

morning:Catch the breathtaking sunrise over the ancient temples of Bagan. Explore some of the well-preserved temples and enjoy a delightful breakfast at Sunrise Restaurant with a view.

afternoon:Discover the local culture and craftsmanship at a lacquerware workshop. Enjoy a scenic boat ride on the Irrawaddy River with a sumptuous lunch on board.

evening:Experience a traditional puppet show at Nanda Restaurant while relishing delicious Burmese dishes. End the evening with stargazing at the Buledi Pagoda complex.

day 3

Serenity in Inle Lake

morning:Embark on a serene boat tour to explore the floating gardens and traditional villages on Inle Lake. Enjoy a peaceful breakfast by the lake at ViewPoint Ecolodge.

afternoon:Visit the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda and witness the fascinating leg rowing fishermen. Savor a delightful Burmese lunch at a lakeside restaurant.

evening:Explore the vibrant Inle Night Market and savor local delicacies. Join a traditional Intha cooking class to learn authentic Burmese recipes.

day 4

Charming Mandalay

morning:Begin your day with a visit to the enchanting Mandalay Palace and surrounding gardens. Enjoy a traditional Burmese breakfast at Aye Myit Tar Restaurant.

afternoon:Explore the ancient ruins of Inwa (Ava) and experience a delightful horse cart ride. Indulge in some tasty Burmese snacks at a roadside stall.

evening:Walk along the U Bein Bridge and witness the breathtaking sunset over the Taungthaman Lake. Spend your evening at the Golden Duck for authentic Burmese cuisine and live entertainment.

Myanmar Famous Food

Must-Try local dishes

Mohinga

A traditional breakfast dish of fish and vermicelli in a flavorful soup, commonly found at street stalls and local eateries.

Must-Try!

Laphet Thohk

A salad of pickled tea leaves, usually served with peanuts, sesame seeds, and fried garlic, a must-try local delicacy available in teahouses and traditional restaurants.

Shan Noodles

A popular noodle dish from the Shan State, often served with garlic, peanuts, and crunchy vegetables at small local eateries and markets.

Food Markets & Street Food

A food market and street food guide

Bogyoke Aung San Market

A bustling market in Yangon offering a wide array of street food including skewered meats, samosas, and fresh fruit juices.

Chinatown Night Market, Yangon

A vibrant night market showcasing a diverse range of street food such as grilled seafood, dumplings, and traditional Burmese snacks.

Mandalay Zay Cho Market

A bustling market featuring stalls selling local snacks like deep-fried tofu, stuffed flatbread, and an assortment of traditional sweets.

Dietary Restrictions

Navigating dietary restrictions locally

Vegetarian and Vegan Options

While traditional Burmese cuisine features a variety of vegetarian and vegan dishes due to the influence of Buddhism, it's recommended to communicate dietary preferences clearly as fish sauce and shrimp paste are commonly used in local cooking.

Vegetarian, Vegan

Gluten-Free Options

Gluten-free options can be found in the form of rice-based dishes, however, cross-contamination might be a concern, so it's advisable to seek out dedicated gluten-free eateries or communicate your dietary needs clearly at local restaurants.

Gluten-Free

Restaurants & Cafés

Best places to eat and drink in Myanmar

Feel Myanmar Restaurant, Yangon

A popular spot offering an extensive array of Burmese dishes, ideal for sampling a variety of local flavors in a comfortable setting.

Rangoon Tea House, Yangon

A contemporary teahouse serving traditional and fusion cuisine, including a range of vegetarian and vegan options in a modern setting.

Min Thiha Tea House, Mandalay

A rustic teahouse known for its authentic Burmese tea and light bites, offering various vegetarian-friendly dishes and snacks.

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