HomeAsiaSoutheast AsiaMyanmarMyanmar – 5 Best Places to Visit in Burma for First-timersWhere to go in Myanmar (Burma)? See the best heritage sites, cultural hotspots, Buddhist temples and things to do for first-time travelers. By Marcos Detourist. Updated on January 15, 2017.When people ask me about the best country that I’ve visited in Southeast Asia (for traveling).I always find it difficult to narrow it down to just one country, so I end up sharing my top picks. Most are surprised and get curious when I mention Myanmar.This country is known for its gilded Buddhist pagodas, ancient cities, natural landscapes, and remarkably intact traditional ways.Here’s a glimpse of beautiful places to see in Myanmar on your next adventure.1. Bagan Sunrise at Shwe Sandaw Pagoda in Bagan, Myanmar (Burma) Bagan Buddhist templesMount Popa Temple Why go — If there’s one place in Myanmar that you should take the time to visit, it’s definitely Bagan. The sheer scale of this ancient city is comparable to the leagues of Angkor Wat. The later may have more massive single structures but Bagan one-ups it with a landscape filled with thousands of pagodas and temples that are extremely scenic at sunrise and sunsets.Plan your tripBagan Hotels & Hostels.See more — Bagan Blogs & Guides.2. Mandalay Mandalay Royal Palace and Mandalay Hill in Myanmar (Burma) Mandalay Golden BuddhaUbein Bridge Why go — This major gateway in Northern Myanmar is worth at least a day tour to see the Mandalay Fort, the last royal palace of the last Burmese monarchy, and some of the country’s most sacred Buddhist sites including the Mahamuni Buddha Temple and Mandalay Hill. Extend your visit with a nice excursion to the four ancient cities of Mingun, Sagaing, Amarapura, and Innwa.Plan a tripMandalay Hotels & Hostels.See more — Mandalay Blogs & Guides.3. Yangon Sunset at Shwedagon Paya (Pagoda) in Central Yangon, Myanmar (Burma) High Court BuildingKaraweik Hall and Kandawgyi Lake Why go — Yangon is not only Myanmar’s primary international gateway and capital city, it is also a beautiful destination to explore. The main attraction here is the Shwedagon Pagoda, an architectural icon famous for its massive gold and diamond decorated spire. The city center is an interesting place to explore for its grand and well preserved British-era colonial buildings.Plan a tripYangon Hotels & Hostels.24% OFF Yangon Full Day Walking Tour.Yangon Tours & Discounts.See more — Yangon Blogs & Guides.4. Hsipaw View of the Goteik Gorge aboard the Mandalay to Hsipaw train in Greater Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma)Why go — After knowing about the vintage train ride from Mandalay to Hsipaw as one of the best railway journeys in the World, I knew I just had to experience it. Before reaching this small town in Northern Myanmar, the train crosses a steel bridge that spans a massive and very picturesque gorge. Hsipaw itself is an excellent place to get a feel of rural Burma and go on nature treks.Plan a tripHsipaw Hotels & Hostels.See more — Hsipaw Blogs & Guides.See also Singapore – 16 Best Sights & Things to Do for First-timers Thailand – 8 Best Places to Visit for First-timers North India – 14 Best Places to Visit for First-timers Nepal – 6 Best Places to Visit for First-timers5. Kyaiktiyo Sunset at Kyaiktiyo Golden Rock Pagoda in MyanmarWhy go — Before my first trip to Myanmar ended, I traveled a few hours south of Yangon by bus to visit Kyaiktiyo. This place is famous for the gravity-defying Golden Rock Pagoda perched on top of a mountain. It is considered as one of the most sacred Buddhist sites by Burmese people.Plan a tripKyaiktiyo Hotels & Hostels.See more — Kyaiktiyo Blogs & Guides.Note: Destinations featured above are not listed by rank.Don’t leave yet. There’s more!1 Month Solo Travel in Northern India: A Survivor’s…Siem Reap Itinerary 3 days: Angkor Temples without crowdsSix Days at the Ruined Temples of Ancient Ayutthaya,…Indonesia – 13 Best Places & Islands to Visit forDiscover more blogs and travel tips in:YangonMandalayBaganMyanmarKyaiktiyoHsipawSoutheast AsiaAsia See all placesFind more posts about:Best PlacesBest TravelBest Things To DoLeave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *CommentName * Email * Website Comments subhapanyo saysJune 6, 2016 at 12:10 pmIve been to Hsipaw, but to maintain 5 destination, I would like to replace it with Inle Lake for reason of scenery, or for reason of historical site maybe the unfinished rail The Myanmar Thailand Japanese Death Railway Line.Reply Marcos Detourist saysJune 6, 2016 at 5:16 pmThanks for the tip subhapanyo. Inle Lake seems like an interesting visit as well!Reply Lula saysSeptember 10, 2016 at 12:50 pmHi there Marcos! First of all thanks for sharing your experiences, I was doubting whether to go to Myanmar but now that I’ve read your article I’m definitely going! I would like to ask you if you know what the best way to go from Myanmar to India. I’ve been looking but I haven’t found it. Cheers!Reply Marcos Detourist saysSeptember 24, 2016 at 2:45 amGo Lula, Myanmar is amazing to visit. You can fly direct with Air India or via Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur.Reply Meagan Browno saysOctober 20, 2016 at 1:20 pmAmazing blog about best places in Myanmar! Long time I am searching info about best amazing places in Myanmar! My search end today. Thanks dear for this amazing blog!Reply Ellen Vallesteros saysNovember 8, 2016 at 8:46 amHi Marcos Detourist. Nice blog about Myanmar! How about estimated budget similar to what you share in a 3 day visit to Siemp Riep? I believe it would be a big help for first time traveller. Thanks. :-)ReplyAdventure Starts HereDiscover travel guides and blogs about the Philippines and beyond.