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Myanmar is a wonderful country to visit in Southeast Asia. It is not as popular of a destination as Thailand or Cambodia, but that does not mean that Myanmar is not a magical place to visit. The temples of Bagan are an amazing sight to see, but there is also the shiny, golden Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon and unique places around Mandalay and Inle Lake to visit.

Myanmar is a beautiful country filled with beautiful people. See for yourself…


This is the Shwedagon Pagoda, a giant, golden stupa and collection of temples in Yangon. While we were here, it was covered in scaffolding. Normally it is shining and brilliant, covered in golden paint. I would love to see how it really looks. I guess we have a reason to go back…

Shwedagon Pagoda


Clustered around the base of the stupa at the Shwedagon Pagoda are these smaller temples. Each one is a little different and you could spend hours gazing at each one of them.

Shwedagon Pagoda Temples


Here are people praying, sitting in front of the Shwedagon Pagoda. What a unique, beautiful place this is.

Touring the Shwedagon Pagoda


Also in Yangon, this is a giant reclining Buddha at the Chaukhtagyi Temple. On the feet are the 108 auspicious characteristics of the Buddha.

Reclining Buddha Yangon


The temples of Bagan spread out as far as the eye can see. It is estimated that there are 2200 temples remaining in Bagan today. There were once 10,000 temples here at the height of its kingdom 900 years ago.

Temples of Bagan Myanmar


Here is a closer look at the temples and the signs identifying them.

Collection of Temples in Bagan


Looking through the doorway of one of the many temples in Bagan.

Through the Doorway


One of the best ways to get around Bagan is by bicycle. Don’t feel like pedaling? There are motorized bicycles available for rent.

Motorized Bike in Bagan


A view of the temples as the sun was setting.

Bagan Myanmar Sunset


Bagan is one of the most spectacular places on the planet to watch the sunset. How can you beat this view?

Amazing Bagan Sunset


These two women were riding on the back of an ox driven cart, sitting on piles of melons and other fruit. The people here smoke giant cigars while holding a bowl underneath of it, something we saw throughout Bagan.

People of Bagan


Another view of Bagan at sunset. 

Sunset Bagan Myanmar


We took a hot air balloon ride with Balloons Over Bagan, an awesome experience. 

Hot Air Balloon Ride over Bagan


A lone balloon rising out of the early morning mist that covers Bagan.

Lone Balloon in Bagan


The silhouettes of the temples at sunrise in Bagan.

Sunrise Bagan


High over Bagan…magical.

Balloons Over Bagan


Yes, this really does exist. This collection of Buddhas, all in a hallway in Shwekyimyint Pagoda, can be found in Mandalay.

Mandalay Myanmar

So, who’s ready to visit Myanmar? It is a beautiful, magical place, and I have a feeling that we will go back someday.

More Information about Myanmar

MYANMAR: Learn about how we spent one week in Yangon, what to expect when cycling around the temples in Bagan, and journey over Bagan by hot air balloon in our photo tour.

SOUTHEAST ASIA ITINERARY: If your visit to Thailand is part of a bigger trip through Southeast Asia, don’t miss our 3-month Southeast Asia itinerary and travel planner.

TRAVEL AROUND THE WORLD: Learn more how to plan a trip around the world in our Around the World Travel Guide. You can also read our 13 Month Around the World Itinerary and a recap about our around the world trip.

TRAVEL INSPIRATION: For more travel ideas, here are 10 unique destinations to put on your travel wish list and 10 bucket list destinations from around the world.


Are you planning a trip to Myanmar? Read all of our articles about Myanmar in our Myanmar Travel Guide.


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