The Best Destinations to Go Backpacking in Myanmar
Myanmar (Burma) is a comparatively difficult and frustrating backpacking destination when compared to its neighbors in Southeast Asia. However, with ancient temples, untouched tribal areas, some of the world’s friendliest people, and picturesque mountains, Myanmar is backpacking gold. On the backpacking trip, you can taste Burmese tea leaf salad, drink the Burmese tea and can try to wear longyi. It is one of the most diverse countries in Southeast Asia, both culturally and geographically; you find tropical islands and soaring mountains in one place. Choosing where to visit in Myanmar can be a bit challenging and if you don’t know, here are some greatest destinations to go backpacking in Myanmar.
Almost all of the backpackers start their trip from Yangon. There’s a huge amount of things to do in Yangon. You should definitely check out the Shwedagon Pagoda. Exploring the city is easy and it’s a fun place to walk around. Most of the taxis don’t have a meter and you need to negotiate before getting in. A taxi from Yangon airport to downtown costs between 8,000 MMK and 12,000 MMK. From Aung Mingalar Bus Terminal, you can go to a lot of other cities.
From Kyaik-hto, you can climb the mountain to see the famous Golden Rock on the same day that you arrive. You can also stay in Kinpun town in the Sane Let Tin Resort.
There’s a lot to do around Hpa-an and visiting Mt. Zwegabin and climbing to the top (4 hours round trip) is so amazing. On top of the mountain is a monastery with amazing view. Nearby is a local lake where you can swim before heading to the incredible Saddar cave.
Bagan is home to over 4,400 ancient temples scattered across the valley, dating back over 800 years. At sunrise and sunset, the temple studded plains of Bagan is the most incredible place in all of South East Asia. The real Bagan can only be reached with off-roading. You can explore Bagan with a bicycle or an e-bike. There are plenty of stunning isolated temples where you will be the only person exploring.
The city is a popular jumping off spot for backpackers due to its good transport connections. There are also many temples, interesting historical sites, and once-gorgeous U Bein Bridge, the longest teak wooden bridge on the world.
Pyin Oo Lwin
There is a gorgeous town called Pyin Oo Lwin with a lot of natural beauties near Mandalay.
Hsipaw itself is a quiet town and a good place to chill for an afternoon; it is also an interesting town. You should take a guide to arrange accommodation in monasteries and home-stays as very few people speak English.
There are a lot of untouched natural beaches along the western coasts. Among them, Ngapali is the most gorgeous and famous. Unfortunately, accommodation here is very expensive but if money is not an issue it’s a great place to unwind. However, there’re several cheaper beaches to visit.