There are options of activities that you can experience authentically in our country, with cultural and natural resources and beautiful landmark, although the country itself is far behind the world and only limited activities of travel are available.
If you are looking for active travel and would rather enjoying some active activities than just travelling around, below are the available options and you are suggested to plan ahead to make less headache arranging them during your trip.
Balloon over Bagan
The incomparable breathtaking view over the ancient temples of Bagan, local villages and the mighty Ayeyerwaddy River from floating Balloon is the most exciting and intriguing attempt during you stay in this ancient city. This charming landscape dotted with antiquated temples and monuments can be seen from balloon flights operated from October through the end of March. Not knowing exactly where the flight is going to land is always exciting and part of the adventure!
Ballooning in other destinations such as Mandalay, Inle Lake and Ngapali region are also available.
Trekking spots around Myanmar
If you are thinking of a trekking holiday, there are some good opportunities for trekking around Myanmar. The most well-known trekking points are around Kalaw&Inle area, Kyaing Tong area, picturesque Chin Hills, Hsipaw – Kyauk me route and more adventurous trekking around Putao in Kachin state. Meeting the indigenous communities along the different routes will give you a great experience.
Biking in Myanmar
There are many fascinating sights for biking in Myanmar passing through local villages and remote soil roads and beautiful fields along the route while observing different local life styles. People enjoy cycling in and around Bagan, Mandalay, and Inle Lake. Bagan out of all other destination is the most enjoyable sight for biking in Myanmar with its ancient temples, ruins and scenic country side. Lately HpaAn region is also becoming famous for cycling with its naturally beautiful landmark. Adventurous biking route are also available in difficult mountain ranges.
Horse cart or Horse riding experience
For the visitors who wish to escape from sophisticated travelling nature, discovering the ancient temples of Bagan and exploring once the British hill statio, PyinOoLwin, on horse carts are of the most charming and interesting activities in Myanmar. Horse riding experiences can also be done in most visited destinations such as around Inle Lake, Bagan, Mandalay etc.
Being a country with many different ethnic groups, the country is rich of various delicious cuisines. Enjoy a culinary journey throughout Myanmar. The experience of shopping in bustling local markets for ingredients and learn how to cook up a mealwith the help of experienced local chef and local family would make you feel at home and would be unforgettable memory of your trip. We can arrange this kind of activities in all main destinations.
Myanmar has a long area of Coastal region from the western till the southern most part bordering Ranong. Therefore, the beautiful beach areas such as Ngapali Beach, NgweSaung Beach and the Mergui Archipelago regions have many beautiful spots for swimming, snorkeling, kayaking and diving etc of all sorts of water activities with the most truly white sand beaches and warm sea in the Southeast Asia.
Elephant Coach in Yangon
The Elephant Coaches are available to the traveler, who likes to step back in time, to grasp the Oriental magic of yesteryear. A unique way of traveling in Myanmar with the lavishly restored antique post-Colonial Chevrolet passenger bus is available for the visitors who wish to travel in style. Traveling in style by Elephant Coach enhances the magic feel of the post-Colonial era, a luxurious and unforgettable experience during the journey in Myanmar. The interior is furbished in natural and local materials, like Myanmar teak and ironwood, Shan cotton fabrics and decorated with detailed woodcarvings.
Meditation is one of the best things to do when you are in Yangon. There are two different kinds of meditation known as Samatha meditation and Vipassana meditation in Myanmar since it is a predominantly Buddhist country. Samatha meditation is more like healing therapy to doer get level of contentment. Vipassana meditation get doer to deep understanding about life and make more enjoy in entire life. There are many different centers which offer excellent facilities for men and women meditators. Some of the most famous meditation centers are listed below.
People might not have been aware that Myanmar is one of the good places to enjoy golfing. The expense for golfing is relatively cheap compared with the neighboring countries. Since most of the best courses are located around the capital and major cities, there is a great opportunity for golf lovers to combine their holiday with golfing. Tailor made tours combination with golf playing can be requested to most of the tour operators in Myanmar. The following courses with beautiful landscapes and cultural heritages will surly attract all the golfers.
Nature and birds lovers have two options to enjoy wetland and wildlife sanctuaries in Myanmar, Moe Yun Gyi Wetland and Indawgyi Wildlife Sanctuary.
Moe Yun Gyi Wetland: Moe Yun Gyi Wetland is favorably located in easily accessible Bago Division around 2 hr-drive from Yangon. It was founded in 1986 to conserve resident and migratory water birds and their habitats. It is believed to have 125 species of water birds including 70 species of migrants according to the census at MoeYunGyi and November to February is the best season to visit this sight.
Indawgyi Wildlife Sanctuary: This sanctuary is located in Mohnyin Township of Kachin State in the northern part of the country. This is the largest inland lake of South East Asia and the third largest lake in the world, which is covered in natural tropical moist forest. The best time to explore this wildlife sanctuary is from middle of October to April.
Elephant Camps Excursions
The elephant is an animal of remarkable historical and cultural relevance in Myanmar. It is also economically significant, as elephants contribute to the country's timber industry. There are three main sights of elephant camps where visitors can observe the Biodiversity of the natural forest by riding elephant. Well known camps for tourists are the Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp near Kalaw, Pho Kyar Forest Camp with around 6 hour-drive from Yangon and the one near NgweSaung Beach. However, there are more camps available around the country to keep the Elephants from extinction while the timber productions are now forbidden to keep the forests green and sustainable.
Canoe Trip on Inle Lake
Canoe trip is a good alternative for those who want to avoid the noise come from motorboats and take pictures of this picturesque lake. It is very delightful to pass through the villages and observe the surroundings in silence.
River Rafting in Putao
The nature and adventure lovers are having the great opportunity to experience river rafting expeditions on the head water of Ayeyarwaddy River at the north of Putao. The area is situated in the subtropical and rainforest at the foothill of the Himalayas. This exciting rafting adventure usually starts from the famous Mulashidi suspension bridge and raft along the clear and fast flowing waters of Mula River till the confluence of Mula and Malika Rivers.
You can find out more detail in each main destinations below.
- Things to do in and around Mandalay
- Things to do in and around Yangon
- Things to do in and around Inle Lake
- Things to do in and around Bagan