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What do Do If You Have a Week in Myanmar

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Myanmar is a big country—the largest in Southeast Asia by some distance, in fact—but its best sights are easily negotiable in a week with some thoughtful planning. Consider flying into the northern city of Mandalay before covering the temple complex at Bagan and tranquil Inle Lake. The nation's former capital, Yangon, is an essential stop on any itinerary, and an ideal jumping off point for onward destinations.
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Pabedan, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
This year marks the 2,600 year anniversary of the Schwedegon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar, aka, Rangoon, Burma. The home of 8 hairs of the Buddha, it is the most revered pagoda in Burma. Completely covered in gold leaf and crowned with over 7,000...
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Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
One of Myanmar’s more revered reclining Buddhas. It is housed in a large metal-roofed shed, only a short distance, located north east of the Shwedagon Pagoda. Work on this image started in 1899, the donor named U Hpo Thar being fired by his...
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Old Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)
The Bagan Archeological Zone: New Bagan: Quieter than Nyaung U, but closer to the temples. Laid-back and home to Bagan’s best midrange accommodation and riverside restaurants Old Bagan: Between New Bagan and Nyaung U, Old Bagan contains several of...
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Kyaik Khauk Pagoda Rd, Syriam, Myanmar (Burma)
The phrase ‘treasure chest’ only begins to describe U Hla Win’s private gallery and residence - located in Thanlyin, one hour south of Yangon. His personal collection is the most impressive assortment of Myanmar artwork and artifacts in the...
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Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
I absolutely adore spending time in Myanmar and I jump at every chance I can to get myself there. Many of the quirky touches I love often involve some kind of heritage or history. Possibly out of need and necessity rather than to clutch to the...
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Old Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)
Reflecting many architectural styles. Ananda was one of the biggest and best restored of the stupas. Bagan is a World Heritage site, but only a few of the temples have been worked on.
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Amarapura, Myanmar (Burma)
Mandalay. We flew there to see Amarapura, the ancient royal city for one reason: the old teak walkway without nails, which symbolizes the simplicity and Buddhist flavor of life in Myanmar (Burma). In the late afternoon, we strolled across U Bein...
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27St, ဗိုလ်ချုပ်လမ်း, ရန်ကုန်, Myanmar (Burma)
Also known as Scott Market, has colonial building which easily can found germs, art craft, textiles as well as Myanmar's traditional souvenirs, open from Tuesday to Sunday, and shut off on Monday as most public tourists spot around Yangon. Never...
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85-87 Thein Phyu Rd, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
Near the Strand hotel, Monsoon Restaurant offers a wide menu that includes Myanmar, Thai, Chinese, Laotian, and Vietnamese cuisine. Maybe "less authentic" than most restaurants in Yangon, but I saw that as a good thing. Good people watching, nice...
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Indochina
My long boat glided across the mirrored water, I entered Inle Lake as though crossing the threshold of time into an ancient place. Fishing men balance their nets casting into the lush waters that house an ancient water borne culture. The floating...
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Inle Lake, Myanmar (Burma)
AFAR note: map would not let me point to location of photo, it is: Indein, Inle Lake, Myanmar. Mountain biking around the sublime setting of Inle Lake was something I've wanted to do for years and was far more incredible than I'd imagined. The...
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92 Strand Rd, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
Have a draught Dagon (the local Myanmar beer) at the bar of the venerable Strand Hotel in Yangon. Built in 1901 by the Sarkies brothers who were also responsible for the Raffles in Singapore and the E and O in Penang, the bar with its efficient...