For a respite from the modern world—or your selfie addiction—Myanmar is a prime holiday spot. Mobile networks are rare and Wi-Fi even rarer, but spiritual enlightenment—or a great temple photo—is easy to find. Myanmar hotels are right near ancient shrines and friendly locals who put the "my" in Myanmar.
Book your Myanmar accommodation near the parts of the country you want to see most, and get ready, because there's a lot to see. The ancient city of Bagan is home to more than 2,000 temples within 67 square kilometres. Budget-friendly Nyaung U is near the temple zone. The empty streets of Old Bagan are clustered with temples; New Pagan is where locals live and work. Climb a pagoda to get the best views for your memories and your camera shots.
For more temple awesomeness, head south to the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon. This shrine is nearly 100 metres tall, covered in gold and is said to contain relics of four buddhas. Give yourself a couple of hours, starting in the early evening, so you can glimpse the shimmering gold at sunset.
If "temple fatigue" sets in, visit Inle Lake in Shan State, south of Mandalay. Inle is a network of communities, with tens of thousands of locals living in small villages. Take a boat tour to see people engaged in fishing and silk weaving. Grab a bite to eat on the lake before returning to your accommodation in Myanmar to plan a rickety train ride to another spot in the country. Why not expand your Southeast Asia holiday by booking Bangkok accommodation in neighbouring Thailand?
You may fly into one of several international airports, including Mandalay International Airport (MDL) or Yangon International Airport (RGN). Once you arrive, it’s best to get around via trains, buses or ferries, but follow the "unplug" philosophy and stow away your watch.
Still feeling the travel bug? Thailand is accessible by direct flight, so plan to extend your Myanmar trip with Bangkok holidays. Start your holiday plans with Wotif today!