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Why you should visit myanmar?

1.To witness the 2500 year-old Shwe Dagon Pagoda, the largest and oldest golden monument on earth

Many Kings and Queens throughout Myanmar's history has donated pure gold of their body weight, depositing tons and tons of gold in this great golden pyramid in Yangon. Just this year, 1 more ton of gold was added by hundreds of thousands of donors, when a major renovation took place.

2. To see the largest man-made stone cave, Narga Cave (Dragon Cave) at Word Peace Pagoda
The Narga man-made stone cave was built for the 5th International Buddhist Council in the 1950s. Located next to Kabar Aye Pagoda (World Peace Pagoda), and is about 200 meters long and 100 meters high.

3. To see the most significant throne in the world, covered with gold

Gold is plenty in our Golden Land, though not cheap in price. Compare this golden throne of the last Myanmar King, with those thrones of the Chinese, Japanese emperors, Maha Rajas, or that of Charlemagne, Louis 16, Napoleon, Cleopatra, or William the Conqueror. You'll find this is the most significant and most sophisticated. Besides each section of carvings on the throne will tell you so many tales.

4. To see the largest book that man could ever created

The whole Buddhist bible was engraved on 729 white marble stones, set up in a square, each being protected by a small white temples. The 730th pagoda is a conventional temple occupying the centre of the square. Each marble tablets are about 3 feet wide and 4 feet high. Known as Kuthodaw Pagoda, it lies at the foot of Mandalay Hill, Mandalay.

5. To ring the largest ringing bell in the universe

The world's largest ringing bell, Mingun Bell, is still hung in Sagaing and still make sound when rang. It is 26 feet high and weighs 90.55 metric tons. You can ring it. You can get underneath it and take photo. Ah! Isn't that exciting? Imagine that you can say "I've rung the world's greatest ringing bell!"

6. Pyin Oo Lwin

A picturesque military post high in the hills of Shan state, Pyin Oo Twin fast became a favorite with the British during British rule.The highlands allowed an escape from the heat, so this summer capital flourished when the temperatures rose.Well-preserved colonial buildings and horse carriage rides preserve the little township’s legacy.

7. A really tall railway track

Don’t look down – the Gokteik Viaduct soars 100 meters above a deep ravine, taking a literally breathtaking route over waterfalls and lush tangled forest.
Constructed in the year 1900, it’s a nostalgic way to traverse the highlands to the pretty colonial outpost of Pyin Oo Lwin, serving up unbeatable mountain views along the way.

8. A luxury river cruise

A plush private cabin, a wide sundeck, a drink in your hand and the tranquil landscapes of the Irrawaddy passing by – can you think of a more luxuriously laidback journey?
Aside from the obvious advantages of comfort and convenience that a river cruise brings, it also lets you see Myanmar from a different angle.Stop off in Bagan and Mandalay, float past sleepy riverside villages, enjoy fine dining onboard and toast to the stars from the deck.There’s a timelessness about river travel – especially on a colonial-style steamboat – and the mighty Irrawaddy River only enhances that old-world mood.

9. Lake life

Two words: Inle Lake. This 116-square-kilometer lake is not only visually captivating, it’s home to some truly unique sights.
For example, nowhere will you find fishermen who row with one leg wrapped around the oar while balancing on the bow of their narrow boat.Then there are the townships hovering on stilts over the shallow waters, and the families who families ply between them on wooden canoes.There’s hydroponic farming, traditional weaving, an unusual ‘jumping cat’ monastery (more on this later) and the crumbling stupas of Inthein – all worth more than a passing glance.

10. An 18-day festival

Phaung Daw U pagoda floats above Inle Lake like a shimmering mirage, and for 18 days a year it’s the center of one of Myanmar’s most unique festivals.During the Burmese month of Thadingyut the pagoda’s five sacred Buddha images are taken around the lake on a royal barge-style boat so pilgrims can pay their respects to them.It’s a colorful, upbeat affair where you can witness some expert foot paddling from local oarsmen.

11. Taunggyi fire balloons

Combine the end of rainy season with hot air balloons and you’ve got yourself the Tazaungdaing Festival in Taunggyi.The festival is held around the full moon in November, and is the equivalent of Thailand’s Loy Krathong festival.The main difference is that instead of releasing lanterns, people release gigantic homemade balloons fitted with fireworks that literally explode over the crowd.

12. To experience a visit to this 2400 year-old miracle Golden Rock, called Kyaiktiyo Pagoda

Windy cyclones had blown. Earthquakes had disturbed. But this balancing pagoda on top of this golden rock at the very edge of the cliff, survived for thousands of years. Legends tell that this Golden Rock used to be flying in the air centuries ago at the same spot.

13. A splashy New Year

Fancy a country-wide water fight? New Year in Myanmar includes the Thingyan Water Festival.
The entire New Year period is from April 13-19 and constitutes big water fights followed by a few days of peaceful reflection and merit making..

14. A beach getaway

Beach lovers will find plenty of reasons to visit Myanmar.You don’t need to go sailing in a remote archipelago to find a paradise beach – the Bay of Bengal offers up idyllic Andaman coastline with all the white sands and clear blue waters you could hope for.The most celebrated of all Myanmar beaches is Ngapali, where you’ll find luxurious resorts, amazing seafood, quality snorkeling and a welcoming, laidback coastal vibe.

15. Mouth-watering flavors

Myanmar is a melting pot of cultures, which is another way of saying it’s a crock pot of flavors. You’ve got tea, courtesy of the British; curry, thanks to Yangon’s Indian population; Chinese food; Shan noodles; traditional Burmese cuisine; fish dishes and even locally produced wine.The spectrum of Myanmar’s culinary delights ranges from street food to fine dining, within which are certain dishes you must not miss.If you only eat two local dishes in Myanmar, make them mohinga, a breakfast noodle dish with fish broth and crispy fried fritter things on top, and laphet thoke an iconic salad of fermented tea leaves. (Both taste much better better than they sound).
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