Myanmar Quick Travel Guide
With a travel rating of 36%, Myanmar - formerly Burma - is something of an undiscovered country compared to many of its better known neighbors. But in recent years, the military Junta, who has been in power since the early 1960s, has begun to push the door open ever so slightly to allow PlanetHoppers! the chance to explore this wondrous and exotic land. One of the country's top attractions is the ancient city of Bagan, where you'll find over 2,000 pagodas and temples that will transport you back to a day when the teachings of Buddha pervaded the land. Your explorations should also include culturally rich Inle Lake, where you can visit the floating villages that haven't changed very much for nearly a millennia. But there is perhaps nowhere else in the entire country that will provide you the proof to Myanmar's true travel potential than the former capital Yangon, which is the true heart and soul of the country. Here you'll find the Shwedagon Pagoda – the Great Dagon Pagoda - the most sacred Buddhist shrine in all of Myanmar, and a structure that literally dominates the city skyline at nearly a hundred meters tall (~ 325 ft). There is the breathtaking golden Karaweik Barge, on the shores of Kandawgyi Lake, a must see during the day and the night, when it's lit up. The Ngahtatgyi Buddha inside a five level pagoda. Elephant, jungle or boat safaris though Hlawga National Park. The profusion of indoor and outdoor shops in downtown Yangon. In short, while Myanmar hasn't registered on the radar of many PlanetHoppers!, that's about to rapidly change.
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Keep a close count as you try to visit as many of the over 2,000 pagodas and temples as you possibly can at Myanmar's ancient city of Bagan, which dates back more than 1,500 years. At its height, there were more than 5000 pagoda....
|Coordinates:||22 00 N, 98 00 E|
|Government:||Unitary Presidential Republic|
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