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5 Things Every Girl Needs To Do In Myanmar - Mystical Travel 

If you’re looking for off-the-beaten-path travel, Myanmar is an ideal spot. Bordering Laos, Thailand, China and Bangladesh, this beautiful Asian nation is incomparable. And, it is safe for solo trips. From hot air balloon rides, and waterway exploration to captivating sights, there are so many things worth discovering in Myanmar.

1

 Visit Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon

When in Yangon, you shouldn’t miss the Shwedagon Pagoda. This 110-meter tall, gilded (at the top) stupa is adorned with over 4000 diamonds. The temple is located not too far away from many a 5-star hotel in Yangon Myanmar.   From hotels like the Pan Pacific Yangon, you can get to the pagoda within 10 minutes. Shwedagon Pagoda is open all day long for visitors, but the best time for this experience is in the evening, close to sunset hours. Take your time to stroll around the 114-acre complex, and find the best spot to gaze at the diamond-studded golden glory from the right angle at sunset. When the sun dips on the horizon, they light the lamps, bathing the entire scene in a shimmering glow. This is the best time to drink in the ethereal beauty and capture those images in photographs.

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 Bogyoke Aung San Market in Yangon

The Bogyoke Aung San Market is full of exquisite wares from lacquerware, and art to, gems and Burmese jade. Enter the market through a colonial façade, and walk along the cobblestoned lanes looking for a bargain. The sheer array of Burmese antiques, arts and crafts, jewellery and clothing goods will delight the shopaholic in you. Try to find some souvenirs and gifts to take home.

3

 Enjoy A Day Along The Waters Of Inle Lake

Explore the villages surrounding Inle Lake. First of all, go to the enchanting lake to watch fishermen in long boats with their one-legged rowing, catch silver fish in baskets. They then take the catch to the local market. The market rotates between five different locations, all spread near the lake. Every five days, the hill tribe people from villages go to these markets to stock up on essentials. It is their time to socialize, and you can watch the slow-paced interactions from a teahouse. These teahouses are perfect for people-watching while you refresh yourself. The villages around the lake are full of people making handicrafts for a living. Visit silversmiths, cigar makers and boat builders. Watch them create their crafts, and spend time in their closely-knit communities.

4

 Take a hot air balloon ride in Bagan

Hot air ballooning is expensive, but totally worth your while. Book a balloon ride in the wee hours of the morning. Capture the silhouette of over 2000 temples as the sky changes hues during magical moments. The fleet of hot air balloons soaring up into the sky is no less of a sight. You start when the night is still lingering in its pitch-black tone.  And, as the flames light up the balloon, dawn steals on you with its golden light. You ascend the skies together with dozens of other balloons, to gaze at the alluring landscape below.

5

Visit Mount Popa

Located about an hour’s drive away from Bagan, Mount Popa is a mystical location. Burmese people believe that the mountain’s Taungkalat Monastery is home to spirits called ‘nats’ (37 people who met violent deaths). Climb up the 77 steps to the monastery, and feast your eyes on the vistas. At sunset, the entire valley puts on a mystical air as monks chant an arresting melody that travels across the dips, terraces and rises of the landscape.

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