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Top things to do in Myanmar

Cross the highest bridge of Myanmar

Myanmar, which was formerly hidden Burma, once hidden from the world behind a repressive military regime, has rapidly become a holiday hotspot in Southeast Asia. If you want to explore the beauty of Myanmar, let’s check out top things to do in this charming country. the jayavarman

Grab a bike and cycle around Mandalay

Mandalay biking tour

Mandalay biking tour -source: internet

It is not exaggerating to describe Mandalay as a ‘cleaner, greener land’ of ‘tinkling temple-bells’ and sunshine. Centering around Mandalay Hill, this city is not difficult to navigate thanks to its grid structure, but to see a quieter, more peaceful side to the last royal capital of Burma, you should get to head out of town into the peaceful surrounding countryside. Get yourself on a tour or grab a map, hire a bike and go. You can get some operators to provide a local guide to introduce you to the residential hideouts, tiny villages, paddyfields and mountainous plains, such as bamboo weavers who live around the city and the bean curd production houses.

Ride the Yangon Circle Line

Ride the Yangon Circle Line

Ride the Yangon Circle Line

The $1 journey on Yangon’s ‘commuter’ line obviously provides the best value for money experience in Yangon town whether you are train geek or not. Travelers will definitely see exactly what life means to the residents of Yangon, make a stop at tiny villages, share their plastic bench with old ladies and livestock by speeding through the rural suburbs of Myanmar’s formal capital. Passing through 39 stations, the entire loop takes about three hours. It is always possible to grab a quick street food snack by hopping off at a station, like a pouch of creamy and sweet falooda, made with rose syrup, milk and tapioca if you get peckish. Don’t dawdle too long or the train will leave without you.

Cross the highest bridge of Myanmar

Cross the highest bridge of Myanmar

Cross the highest bridge of Myanmar – source: internet

Experience another rail journey to swap picturesque suburbs for frightening heights. The highest railway bridge in Myanmar, which is the world’s highest back in 1899 when it was constructed, is what you can experience with a $3 pretty (scary) ride. Standing at 102 meters tall, the Goteik Viaduct, which takes you to the northern former colonial hideout of Pyin Oo Lwin from the hilly trekking lands of Hsipaw, is one of the most popular railways journeys in the country. As the whole train carriage stirs and sways, brace yourself; be brave: look down to snap that fearless shot by leaning out of the window. Indochina travel Myanmar

Trek the tea hills

Tea hill

Tea hill -source: internet

Whether it is on to Kalaw (a great base for discovering the nearby Inle Lake) or Lashio to Hsipaw, not only to the lush green of the north, the multi-day treks through the plains, forests and tea hills also brings you to the fringes of unharmed Shan State. Normally, guided treks are combined with homestays together with an overnight staying at a monastery. Wherever you choose to start your trek, be sure to shop around for tour operators. As some tours will not depart without a minimum number onboard, it pays to buddy up with other travelers you might meet on the road, plus you get to split the costs if you are travelling solo.

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