Cheap Flights to Myanmar
Flights to Myanmar
Myanmar, officially the Republic Union of Myanmar, is also known as Burma. It is located in Southeast Asia bordered by Bangladesh, China, India, Laos and Thailand. While most of the country is still off-limits to tourists, there is still a lot of sights to see around the country. Yangon and Mandalay are the top destination cities along with ancient cities in Myanmar such as Bagan. Tourists can also visit several religious sites such as Bago, Hpa-An, Pindaya and Mon State; beaches in Mergui and Ngwe-Saung; and nature trails in Inle Lake and Kengtung.
When planning your holiday to Myanmar, here are just a few tourist spots and destinations to keep in mind:
Shwedagon Pagoda – Officially Shwedagon Zedi Daw, this 2,500 year old pagoda is also known as the Great Dagon Pagoda or the Golden Pagoda. It is gilded stupa – a hemispherical structure containing Buddhist relics used by Buddhists as a place of meditation – located on Singuttara Hill in Yangon. This pagoda is considered the most sacred Buddhist pagoda in the country. Shwedagon Pagoda is open daily usually from 4 in the morning until 10 in the evening. On special days, the pagoda is open 24 hours. It is best to check their official website for the updated schedule.
Sule Pagoda – Another Burmese stupa, this pagoda is located in the center of downtown Yangon. It is considered to be an important space in Burmese ideology, politics and geography. Believed to be older than the Shwedagon Pagoda, the Sule Pagoda is listed on the Yangon City Heritage List. Due to its location, this is a great starting off point for discovering the area and tour the old colonial buildings and side streets.
Bogyoke Aung San Museum – Located in Bahan, Yangon, this museum is dedicated to General Aung San who was the founder of modern Myanmar. The two-story colonial-era villa that houses the museum used to be the residence of the General and where his daughter Aung San Suu Kyi spent her childhood. Before opening to the public in 2012, the museum used to only open three hours every year on Martyr’s Day. After visiting this museum, a stop at the complementary Bogyoke Aung San Residence Museum would be a good idea. This museum showcases the general’s childhood and family memorabilia including clothing, books, family photos and even the late general’s car.
Most international tourists travel to Myanmar through its primary international airport, Yangon International Airport (RGN). The airport is located in Mingaladon, around 15 kilometers north of Yangon. It is, however, only the third largest airport in Myanmar, both the Mandalay International
Airport and the Nay Pyi Taw International Airport are bigger. Yangon International Airport serves all local Burmese airline carriers as well as around 20 international airlines.
Traveling around Myanmar can be challenging. Myanmar’s current infrastructure is not in top shape and certain regions are prohibited or restricted for foreign tourists, often requiring permits or internal visas to before you can enter. As mentioned, only popular tourist destinations such as Yangon or Rangoon, Mandalay and Bagan are open to travelers. So if you are planning a trip beyond the more popular destinations, it is best to commission travel agents to not only help with internal permits but also to provide guides to accompany you on your travels.
When traveling domestically, particularly long distances, the best and most comfortable option would be to travel by air. It is recommended to travel these domestic routes with privately owned airlines such as Air Bagan, Air Mandalay, Asian Wings, Golden Myanmar Airways and Yangon Airways. These airlines would get you to all main tourist destinations from Mandalay or Yangon.
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