1. Bagan plains. The thousands of temples in the Bagan plains are probably the most iconic image of Myanmar. About 10,000 temples were built here between the 11th and 13th centuries, and 2,200 remain scattered across the plains. My first visit was to watch the sunset, which you can read more about here. I also returned the next day for a scooter tour of some of the temples.
2. Inle Lake. This is another must-see place in Myanmar. Inle Lake is the country’s second largest lake. It’s surrounded by beautiful mountains and teeming with life due to the many communities living and working on the lake. If you take a boat trip to explore, I’d recommend stopping at Shwe Indein Pagoda, a real hidden gem. You can read more about it here.
3. The Mingun Pahtodawgyi. There are many unique and wonderful sights in Myanmar, and this is yet another one. The Mingun Pahtodawgyi is also known as the unfinished temple, or the ‘biggest pile of bricks in the world’. It’s a temple left incomplete on purpose, and later damaged by an earthquake which caused huge cracks to appear in the walls. It’s a very dramatic building and you should definitely check it out if you’re heading to Mandalay.
4. The Tripitaka tablets. This is another cool place to visit while you’re in Mandalay. The Tripitaka tablets at Kuthodaw Pagoda are otherwise known as the ‘largest book in the world’. The book is made up of about 730 leaves, or stone tablets, which are inscribed on both sides with the Tripitaka, the Buddhist scriptures. Find out more here.
5. Hiking in Kentung. Many people who fly into Myanmar won’t visit Kentung. It’s a small town close to the borders with Laos and Thailand, and I stopped there for a couple of nights to break up the journey from Chiang Mai. There is some beautiful countryside here, although there is beautiful countryside throughout the whole country, so there are plenty of other hiking opportunities if you don’t make it to Kentung.
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