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Top 05 Places to Visit in Myanmar – Where History, Culture and Tradition Meet

Myanmar or Burma, as the country was formerly known, is a must visit destination if you are a lover of culture, tradition and pretty environs. Listed in this article are must visit attractions for savouring Buddhist culture and the pristine surroundings of Burma.

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Inle Lake For Serene Surroundings

One of Myanmar's most iconic attractions, Inle Lake is a perfect destination to plan a day trip to. If you are on tour with a Myanmar travel agency, chances are this attraction will be on the top of the list since its allure is diverse. At Inle Lake you not only get to admire the pristine environs, but you also get to see the famous stilt houses built by the Intha; who are a tribe of people descending from the Mon people. Your day trip in a rather loud outboard motor boat will scour the northern shores of the lake. The trip includes stops at charming workshops located within the stilt villages, browsing local markets and visiting ancient pagodas. Choose the right agent for an authentic experience of Myanmar and you will discover much more. Tours with Aitken Spence Travels Myanmar are often packed with sights of local fishermen using their unique technique of 'leg rowing' and views of floating fruit and vegetable gardens!

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Taung Kalat The Volcano Monastery

Taung Kalat is a Buddhist monastery built on a volcano plug! The views from the summit are stunning and quite the reward once you have climbed the 777 steps to the top. As you climb, watch out for the cheeky macaque monkeys living in the forests bordering the path, while from the summit you can enjoy views of Bagan City and Mount Popa.

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Be Awed At Shwedagon Pagoda

Buddhism's most sacred site located in Myanmar this pagoda also called the 'Greater Dragon Pagoda' is home to relics of the Buddha. Located atop Singuttara Hill in the capital Yangon, the pagoda is over 2,500 years old and holds a strand of the Buddha's hair together with other cherished relics. The pagoda is visible from just about all the locations of the city centre and is now 366 feet high due to additions.

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Hit the Beach – Ngapali

This is Myanmar's most noted beach resort town home to top resorts and plenty of touristy activities. The place is a haven of sun-bleached white sand beaches which are bordered by the Bay of Bengal. The place is a fine amalgamation of modern luxury with ancient splendour for Ngapali is both a laid-back fisher village and modern tourist resort; with the inclusion of charming 'ox-cart' taxis to ride around in!

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Shwenandaw Monastery In Mandalay

Here's your chance to explore Mandalay and experience ancient culture. The monastery also called the 'Golden Palace' was once part of the royal Mandalay palace; the place was, in fact, the king's apartment. This part of the palace was, however, moved outside, once the king died since his son believed the place to be haunted by the king's ghost. Oh yes! A must visit place.

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