Things to do in Burma

| June 22, 2020

Things to do in Burma

Deciding on what things to do in Burma? We have put together this handy guide to help.

Rangoon (Yangon)

The former capital, Rangoon remains the largest and most commercially significant city. Dominating the city is the glorious Shwedagon Pagoda, its golden exterior constantly sparkling in the sun. Visit the reclining Buddha of Chauktatgyi Paya, the bustling Bogyoke Aug San (Scott) Market with cobblestone streets and colonial architecture, and the National Museum.

Take a ride on the Rangoon Circular Railway, traveling through suburban areas and satellite towns and hopping off at the Insein railway station to wander around the local market.

Inle Lake

One of Burma's top five tourist destinations, Inle Lake is famous for its floating gardens and villages, the leg-rowers of the Intha tribe, and a diverse mix of ethnic minority cultures. The population consists predominantly of Intha, with a mix of other Shan, Taungyo, Pa-O (Taungthu), Danu, Kayah, Danaw and Bamar ethnicities. Take a walk around the lake to local villages and markets for a glance into tribal life.

Mandalay and surrounds

Burma’s second biggest city, Mandalay was the last royal capital, and remnants of this history can be seen dotted throughout the city; notably at Mandalay Palace and its fort, as well as Kuthodaw Paya and Shwenandaw Kyaung temples. The city gained its name from Mandalay Hill, a spot perfect for watching the sunset.

Nearby attractions include the ancient capitals of Inwa (Ava) and Amarapur, Maymyo (Pyin Oo Lwin), a former British hill station and the oldest and longest teakwood bridge in the world – U Bein bridge. Hop on a boat in the Taungthaman Lake to see the sun setting over the bridge. Mandalay’s proximity to the Irrawaddy makes this the perfect place to start a river cruise journey.


Pagan (Bagan) was the capital of many ancient kingdoms in Burma. The area is now a rural historical site and is one of Burma's top attractions covering 67 sq km, with hundreds of temples and pagodas filling the horizon in every direction.

Visit the most notable, including the golden Shwezigon pagoda, the mysterious Dhammayangyi and the impressive Ananda – the ‘Westminster Abbey of Burma’. See the temples from a different perspective by drifting above in a hot air balloon.

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