Myanmar Visa On Arrival: According to media reports, in a recent development, Myanmar has announced to grant visa on arrival to Indian and Chinese tourists. Reports suggest that the ruling junta (especially a group of military officers who rule a country by force) wants to attract foreign visitors back to the country with their cash.
Citing the junta’s immigration ministry, Global New Light of Myanmar reported that the date for the one-year trial scheme would be announced soon. The new report also suggests that visa holders “will be allowed to visit all sites except areas restricted for security concerns.” At present, citizens of both the countries have been asked to apply for tourist visa online or at the Myanmar Embassy. Currently, the military is struggling to crush opposition to its infamous 2021 coup.
In view of the current tensions, countries such as the United States and Australia have advised against all travel to Myanmar. But countries like India and China, which share a border with Myanmar, have maintained ties with the estranged generals since the coup. The tourism ministry in Myanmar is also planning to attract tourists from Russia, another major partner. For those who do not know, let us tell you that Myanmar was opened for tourists only in 2011. It soon became popular among travelers.
But again in 2020, the country closed its borders due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Shortly thereafter, during the pandemic, there was a military coup that pushed tourists further away. Myanmar, also known as Burma, is a culturally rich Southeast Asian country with a wide range of attractions for travelers. Here are some of the top attractions in Myanmar:
traveling in myanmar
The best thing about traveling in Myanmar is that you will not have to book a full car here, still you can go here in an AC car. Here you can book a single seat for yourself. Generally, a journey of seven to eight hours will not cost more than ₹750. You can travel on many routes in Myanmar. In this you can take ordinary and luxury buses from Yangon to Mandalay, Mandalay to Bagan and from Bagan to Inle Lake. Luxury buses are very good and not too expensive. This bus has a range of 600 km. The cost of the journey is only ₹1200. Tuk-tuk and open vans will be available to travel inside the city. Its fare will cost ₹ 10 to ₹ 20 for one person.
places to visit in myanmar
Gardens: Bagan is an iconic destination famous for its thousands of ancient temples and pagodas. Watching the sunrise or sunset over the temple grounds is a magical experience.
Shwedagon Pagoda: Located in Yangon, Shwedagon Pagoda is the most sacred and impressive Buddhist site in Myanmar. It is a huge, gold-plated stupa that sparkles in the sunlight.
Inle Lake: This freshwater lake in Shan State is famous for its picturesque floating gardens, steep villages and the unique Intha people who row boats with one leg. It is a quiet and scenic place.
No visit to Yangon is complete without a visit to one of the world’s most famous pagodas. Yangon – Like the Eiffel Tower of Yangon, it is the main commercial city of Myanmar. This huge golden icon can be seen from most rooftops in the city. In fact, many clubs and bars look for prime rental locations and shell out extra money for this view. It is a symbol of pride for the people of Myanmar.
Yangon Historical Walking Tour
The best way to get a sense of Yangon is to walk. Despite being a little smelly, chaotic and immature, the city’s sights and colonial buildings are beautiful. The Yangon Heritage Walking Tour provides tourists with information about the history of Myanmar, and they are ready to answer any questions about the architecture or culture. The Yangon Heritage Trust is culturally sensitive to Yangon’s past, present and future. The tour costs US$30 per person and takes place on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Morning tour starts at 9am and afternoon one at 4pm (3pm in December and January).
Winding House in Inle Lake
The foot-monsters of Inle Lake will bring joy to any traveler. Boarded in a long, narrow boat driven by an engine and a boat driver, tour-participants on this ecologically rich lake will visit pagodas in the Indus Valley, silk weavers, and Indians. Visitors find this place to be the perfect sanctuary after long days of traveling and trekking around Myanmar. Stay in a hotel on stilts or in the nearby town of Nyaungshwe for access to delicious local and international restaurants.
Diving in Maike Archipelago
This stretch of land around Maaike is covered with undiscovered coral, fish and marine life. Several diving companies offer liveaboard facilities where tourists can island hop, snorkel and scuba dive to their heart’s content. Cruises and tour packages are available, as it is not easy to get around.
Train rides in Myanmar are notoriously uncomfortable. However, adventurous travelers often forego the comforts and seek out new experiences instead. This railway bridge is located between Pine Oo Lwin and Lashio. The Goktek Viaduct is the highest bridge in Myanmar and was the largest railway trestle in the world. The landscapes through the mountains and local villages are unbeatable for the price of a few dollars.
walk barefoot in caves
Just off the usual Yangon-Bagan-Inle Lake route, there are several spectacular ones, such as Hpa N Saddan Cave, located in Mon State. This huge cave is scattered with Buddha statues, pagodas and paintings. There are also bats, which are mostly harmless, but sudden movements will cause some to squirm and fly away. All caves and temples in Myanmar require you to take your own shoes, so your toes will feel the muddy ground of the cave which sometimes floods during the rainy season. The only way to return to where you started is either through the cave itself or on a small rented boat that takes you back to the entrance of the caves. Opening hours for the cave are 6am – 6pm (seven days a week).