Skip to Content

Top 10 Things to Do in Burma / Myanmar

Top 10 Things to Do in Burma / Myanmar

Are you traveling to Burma? Here’s a list of our favorite attractions and the top 10 things to do in Myanmar as a tourist! It’s a destination that has warm temperatures year-round, although there are also some periods when there is more rain.

So it might be a good idea to check when is the best time to visit Myanmar when planning your trip. But no matter what time of the year you go, there will always be interesting places, temples, markets, and beautiful nature to explore in Myanmar. 

To make the most out of your trip, you can follow this 7-day Myanmar itinerary to structure your trip and make it easier to plan. 

Ride a Hot Air Balloon over Old Bagan

Bagan is an ancient ruined city in the Mandalay area, and offer a magical experience for its visitors. The feeling one gets when riding a hot air balloon over Bagan is out of this world. In Bagan, there are hundreds of temples and pagodas located in the beautiful and lush landscape of the country.

This will give  you the option to get amazing photos of Myanmar

Ayeyarwady River Cruise

Ayeyarwady, also known as Irawaddy, is Myanmar’s longest river and has its origins in the Himalayas. Go on a boat trip between Mandalay and Bagan and enjoy the beautiful landscape. Along the river lies several charming villages, jungles, and ravines.

Read more about things to do in Mandalay

Ngapali

Ngapali is Myanmar’s primary location for resorts and offers an excellent combination of beautiful white beaches and traditional Burmese fishing villages. Most people who go to Ngapali come here between November and March, the rest of the year it’s mostly quiet and still.

Shwedagon Pagoda

Schwedagon, also known as the giant dragon pagoda, is considered to be the most sacred place for Buddhist in Burma. Inside the pagoda, there is a strand of hair from Buddha and several other relics. This pagoda is very old, built around 2500 years ago.

A visit to the Shwedagon Pagoda is a must when it comes to things to do in Burma, and especially in Yangon, where the pagoda is located.

Golden Rock

Many Buddhists from Burma and other parts of Southeast Asia come here on pilgrimage. Golden Rock is a cool pagoda standing on top of a huge boulder, and it almost looks like it’s going to fall over the edge of the cliff. Locals believe that the stone doesn’t fall because it’s a miracle of Buddha.

Inle Lake

See Inle Lake’s famous fishers when they’re paddling around on their small unique fishing boats. Their way of steering the boat is also an experience in itself. The landscape around the lake is also incredibly beautiful, so make sure to bring your camera because it’s one of the best places to photograph in Myanmar!

Taung Kalat

Taung Kalat is a Buddhist monastery that’s built on top of an extinct volcano (Mount Popa) and is located around 50 km from Bagan. From the top you get a great panoramic view of the beautiful landscapes of Burma. If it’s good weather when you visit, then you’ll be able to glimpse the ruined city of Bagan.

Taung Kalat is undoubtedly one of the coolest places to visit, and also one of the top things to do in Myanmar.

Mrauk U

A medieval town that was formerly an Arakan’s capital and a major commercial center. In the area around Mrauk U, you’ll find several stone temples. Today, this site is an important archaeological city in Myanmar. Getting here is, unfortunately, a bit tricky since it requires a 4-7 hour boat trip along the Kaladan River.

If you like history and culture, then the trip is well worth the effort.

Shwenandaw Monastery

Shwenandaw Monastery is a historical Buddhist monastery, located in the city of Mandalay. This is an important building in Myanmar and was originally a part of the Mandalay Palace Complex. The monastery is decorated with many beautiful sculptures and is well worth a visit when you’re traveling in Burma.

Pindaya Caves

The caves of Pindaya is home to over 8,000 sculptures and images of Buddha. There are many legends about the events that must have occurred in and around the caves. One of the highlights and one of the top things to do in Burma!