There are four main stops on any Myanmar travel itinerary: Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan, and Inle Lake. In between, the country’s smaller towns, pristine beaches and remote mountain areas are wonderful additions for visitors who have more time to spare. Other popular Myanmar travel destinations include the trekking areas of Kalaw and Kengtung, the beaches of Ngapali and Ngwe Saung, or smaller towns such as Pindaya and Mrauk U.
Myanmar Shalom welcomes you to the commercial capital city of Yangon. The city still maintains its colonial charm with wide tree lined avenues, lakes, and gracious turn of the century architecture. With a population of over 5 million, Yangon is lively and filled with excitement. The magnificent Shwedagon dominates the city skyline, while at street level Yangon is a paradise for hunting out a variety of exotic arts and crafts. At night time Chinatown comes alive with its pungent.
Let Myanmar Shalom show you the culturally rich city of Mandalay. The principal cultural and economic city of upper Myanmar, and former royal capital, Mandalay still evokes images of a romantic bygone era. The royal palace and its impressive surrounding gate sits at the foot of the imposing Mandalay Hill. Positioned on the banks of the mighty Ayeryarwaddy River, Mandalay lies within easy striking distance of former colonial hill stations (Maymyo), ancient cities (Ava, Amarapura, Mingun) and other cultural attractions.
Myanmar Shalom is proud to introduce the mystifying and ancient city of Bagan. The city is one of the main tourist destinations in Myanmar and one of the most remarkable archaeological sights in Asia. The magic of Bagan has inspired visitors to Myanmar for nearly 1000 years. One of the main highlights of Bagan is the sunset. Myanmar Shalom will take you to the top of a tall pagoda where you can go back in time as the sun sets behind the mountains that sit along the river.
Let Myanmar Shalom take you to the cool green highlands of Shan State, and yet seemingly worlds apart from the rest of Myanmar, lies Inle Lake in an area of outstanding natural beauty. The lake itself sits at a pleasant 2900 feet above sea level and is famous for its leg rowers, floating markets and prolific birdlife. Colorful hill tribes inhabit the surrounding fertile valleys and forested mountaintops, and their hand-woven silks are a specialty of the region.
Kyaiktiyo (Golden Rock)
Widely publicized as Golden Rock among the tourist crowd, the Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda is one of the most magical destinations in Myanmar. For the Buddhists, it is a must visit place after Shwedagon of Yangon. This mystical pagoda stands on a gold gilded boulder, precariously perched on the edge of the hill over 1,100 meters above sea level. Once at the pagoda, one can enjoy a spectacular view, which is particularly beautiful at sunrise or sunset. The whole site has a magical feeling.
While you are in Bagan we suggest you take a day trip to Mt. Popa which is a volcano that rises nearly 5,000 feet above sea level – one hour drive from Bagan on the road to Mandalay, rises 1520 meters into the sky. To reach the top of the volcanic plug with its many shrines and a monastery, one has to climb up 700 steep steps accompanied by a crowd of monkeys. This effort will be rewarded many times by the extraordinary panoramic view of the surrounding landscape.
Maymyo (Pyin U Lwin)
While you are in Mandalay and if you have extra days we suggest you visit Maymyo – day return or overnight. The principal hill station and summer retreat during the British colonial period. It’s an hour and half drive from Mandalay and more than 1000 meters above sea level, and thus has pleasant, cool weather all year round. Popular sights are the colonial style houses with large compounds, National Botanical Gardens and market. Other attractions are the Peik Chin Myaung Caves, waterfalls and Goteik Viaduct.
Kalaw & Pindaya
If you are interested in trekking – Kalaw and its surroundings are is the must see place. From Kalaw there are good trekking and hiking possibilities to the neighboring villages of the local hill tribes, which continue a traditional way of life. About 45 km from Kalaw is Pindaya, well known for its extensive limestone caves. This small town is famous for its caves in which thousands of centuries-old Buddha Images are seated. The images are of various sizes, some carved in the face of rock and some deposited in niches in the walls.
Besides the vibrant culture, pagodas, temples and jungle mountains in Myanmar, there are also some of the most pristine beaches in all of Southeast Asia. Myanmar Shalom would like to take you to these relaxing gems along the Bay of Bengal. Miles of empty white sand beaches, brilliant turquoise seas, all backed by towering coconut palms, Ngapali is Myanmar’s premier beach destination. Intimate resorts offer visitors the chance to swim, sail, kayak, and feast on lobster and prawn by candle light as the sun sinks into the Indian Ocean. Ngapali is the perfect place to unwind and savor those few precious weeks in Myanmar. Get ready to treat yourself to the experience of a lifetime. (Other famous beaches in Myanmar are Ngwe Saung and Chaung Tar -about 5 hours drive from Yangon)
Off the Beaten Track Destinations
Myanmar Shalom offers “The Lost City of Mrauk U” tour. The ancient city of the Rakhine Kingdom (15th Century), is known for its old temples with paintings showing Indian cultural influence. Mrauk-U offers a number of important archaeological sites and several temples of unique design. Mrauk-U can be reached by boat traveling up river from Sittwe (Akyab), the capital of Rakhine State. The boat trip takes about 5 hours from Akyab.
Myanmar Shalom offers “Keng Tung and Vicinity” tour. This out of the way region is rich in culture, breathtaking scenery and friendly people. Myanmar Shalom offers you the adventure of a lifetime when we take you trekking to several hill tribe villages to see the different customs each tribe practices. Different beliefs of Animism, Buddhism and Christianity co-exist together in this remote town.
Mergui (Myeik) Archipelagos
Mergui Archipelago, located in southernmost part of Myanmar (Burma), comprises over 800 beautiful islands. Due to its virtual isolation, the islands and surrounding seas are alive with an amazing diversity of flora & fauna and very beautiful underwater scenes and marine life. The only human inhabitants in the area are sea gypsies, namely Salon in Myanmar.