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7 Reasons why Myanmar/Burma is your next country to visit

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1. All the pagodas that will definitely blow your mind

Pagodas in Myanmar are very fascinating but sometimes can be the weirdest designs. A pagoda can be on the hill, in the middle of a lake, or on a golden rock. Some of them allow you to climb to the top for the panoramic view, especially in Bagan, the walled city.
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Golden Rock, Kyaiktiyo

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Water Pagoda (pagoda surrounded by water on an island) in Thanlyin

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Panoramic view from the top of a pagoda in Bagan

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Sandamuni Pagoda, Mandalay

2. The food may look aweful but they taste like heaven

They usually have noodles of different types, sticky, flat, or with soup. Or another traditional meal would be plain rice with a main dish (pork, beef or chicken), plus several side dishes.

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The famous and delicious Shan noodle

 

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Beef curry with vegetable side dishes
3. Go out to meet the local people

Burmese people smile a lot and know how to relax. Learning basic local language and trying it on them will get a big smile back.

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4. Nature

Myanmar, aside from all the religious spots, has tons of natural places for you to explore. From Inle Lake in the north east, to the caves of Pyin Oo Lwin, till the hiking trail up to Golden Rock in the south near Rangoon. Even during the raining season, the view is still breathtaking.

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Inle lake

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Maing Thauk village

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Exactly what you will see on the way from Nyaungshwe to Maing Thauk village by bike


5. Bizarre traditions

Most of the males wear longyi, a traditional wearing as their pants. Women usually put on the natural sunblock on their face, which is a kind of powders made from truck juice mixed with water (some men also use it). And once you get to the streets, lots of women put a huge bucket of merchants on their head, on the top of a wrapped towel.

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Thanaka is a natural sunscreen females would put on their faces

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Long neck women in Nyaungshwe

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Mandalay


6.
 The way they live their lives is unique and chilled

Burmese people have a special way of living. It’s very relaxed that at one point you almost forget about how the big city life is like. You just discover life from a new perspective every single day from their novelty in this country.

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How fishing looks like in most lakes of Burma

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University students in Yangon

 

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Red mountain, Nyaungshwe

7. The amazing sunset

Sunsets in Myanmar are one of the highlights. It may be cloudy, but it will never go wrong. Pick a good spot, set up your tripod, and just sit and chill until the sunset comes.

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U Bein Bridge, Mandalay

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Bagan

 


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