Myanmar is one of the most magical and undiscovered destinations in the world and is a new favourite destination for most travellers. These are travel photographer Sjoerd Bracké best photos and stories from beautiful Myanmar.
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Bagan – Temple Paradise!
When you say Myanmar, you say Bagan! The beautiful temple complex, which mostly survived the earthquake in 2016, is still the most popular place to visit in Myanmar. There’s some damage but most of it is getting rebuild at this time.
It’s all about driving around on your e-bike, finding the best spots to enjoy both sunrise and sunset. What is the goal? Find a temple just a few people know about, and avoid the hundreds of people on the main temples.
Pyin Oo Lwin – a train ride you’ll never forget!
Go from Hsipaw to Mandalay by train to cross the 100 metres high and nearly 700 metres long Goteik viaduct. An incredible and exciting experience! Not recommended when you’ve fear of heights.
Make a stop in Pyin Oo Lwin to stay the night, and visit one of the highest waterfalls Myanmar has to offer, the Anisakan Falls.
Mandalay – avoid the tourists!
Mandalay is a tourist hotspot but there are still places which aren’t that busy. I highly recommend a trip to the Hsinbyume Pagoda, which is a completely white temple, frequently visited by monks! Very impressive to see the contrast between the white temple and the beautiful monks robes.
Hsipaw – meet the people!
Myanmar is not about nature or big highlights. It’s all about the culture and the kind people you’ll met. Hsipaw is a great place for a hike through the old villages and to stay the night in a local persons home.
Wake up early and visit the monastery to see the whole village offer flowers and food. Start a conversation with the extremely kind people and enjoy the most beautiful smiles I’ve ever seen.
Hpa-An, caves and monasteries!
An interesting place is Hpa-An. There are many caves full of Buddha’s and the most beautiful monastery is located on top of a incredible rock! Not many tourists visit this place, what makes it worth a visit even more.
Naypyidaw – ghost city!
If you’ve the time, Naypyidaw is a interesting place to visit. The city is also known as the ghost city of Myanmar. It’s the new capital of Myanmar, but there’s almost nobody living yet. This empty 20-lane highway is totally unnecessary, weird to drive on, but amazing to see!
Kalaw to Inle Lake – an interesting 65km hike!
The best way to go to Inle Lake is with a 3-day hike. Experience the a divers hike with amazing sceneries, tea plantations and meet farmers on the way. You finished the hike after reaching Inle Lake, where local fisherman are still using the old-school way of fishing.
Make sure to visit one of the oldest monasteries of Myanmar, where old monks spend their days reading books.
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