While most people flock to countries like Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam when they’re looking for a Southeast Asia adventure, there’s one destination that they’ll be sad they overlooked. Dotted with gilded pagodas, traditional tea houses and peaceful bays, Myanmar is a destination that will surprise even the most jaded travelers.
Formerly known as Burma, Myanmar’s traditional ways are a delight to explorers looking escapes with less commercialization and more insight into what Asia was like in the past. The country’s largest city, Yangon, is filled with lush greenery, beautiful lakes like Inya and Kandawgyi, the iconic Shwedagon and Sule Pagodas and a historic heritage that has been slowly making it a destination on the rise.
As a pilot, globetrotter Rico (@adventures_of_rico) has been fortunate to experience the beauty of Myanmar and through his passion for photography, he has also been able to capture images of this hidden gem that will leave you speechless. If you’re looking to travel outside the norm on your next getaway, take a look at a few of Rico’s epic photos, and grab a few tips from our exclusive guide, so that you can take your passion for travel to new heights.
Welcome to Myanmar
Bordering India, Bangladesh, China, Laos, and Thailand, Myanmar is a Southeast Asian country unlike anything you've experienced before. November to February is the best time to visit since the scorching heat will have given way to cool breezes. Like much of the region, Myanmar is extremely budget-friendly with 1 Myanmar Kyat equaling as little as 0.00066 USD.
Influenced by neighboring countries like Thailand and China, Myanmar's cuisine is a mashup of flavors that will set your tastebuds on fire. Don't leave the country without nibbling on local eats like tea leaf salad, Burmese curry and shan style noodles.
Photo Credit: @adventures_of_rico
Myanmar is a country filled with temples and pagodas that are reminders of the past, but if you're looking for a little escape from it all there are lots of accommodations that give a hint at the country's more modern future. Check into the brand new Rosewood Yangon for a chic oasis that flawlessly combines the old and the new.
Photo Credit: Rosewood Yangon Hotel
One of the bucket list adventure travelers come to Myanmar for is the iconic hot air balloon ride over the temples of Bagan. Book your 45-minute excursion with local company Balloons Over Bagan for $350 per person.