Myanmar

Please don’t pinch yourself when you first lay eyes on Bagan, because you are not in a vivid dream…it is real.

Bagan, located in the heart of Myanmar on the Ayeyerwady river has an unmatched beauty and is the most popular tourist attraction in Myanmar. It is packed with hundreds of thousand years old Buddhist temples or pagodas, a panorama that has an immediate tranquilizing effect of which your eyes have never seen before.

You will immediately realize that a vacation in Myanmar is one of your best decisions when you see a 55 x 16 meters Shwethalyaung Buddha reclining among the trees in Bago.

A lot of people have to become Buddhist after they saw Kyaiktiyo Pagoda or the “golden rock”. This pagoda defies the rules of physics, as it’s hardly affected by gravity.

During your vacation in Myanmar you should get used to having goose bumps, especially when you visit Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon. As the most sacred Buddhist pagoda, this religious monument is about 2500 years old and it enshrines Buddha hairs and relics. From the outside, it is covered by plates of gold and tipped with thousands of diamonds and rubies. At the very top sits a 76-carat diamond.

Mahamuni Buddha Temple is a major pilgrimage site and has a magnificent 6 and half ton bronzed Buddha with about a 15 cm thick gold coat from repeated applications by thousands of pilgrims over the years. It is located in Mandalay.

This is only a drop in the ocean of Myanmar’s magical beauty.

Talk to your travel doctor about Burma’s travel related risks.

Basic preventive measures found in our While You’re There, Before You Go, and Prevention and Self-Treatment sections should be employed.

Depending on many factors including the length of your stay, Japanese Encephalitis vaccine may be considered.

Please note:

The information in this page is for educational purposes only. It is not the substitute to a formal travel consult with your travel doctor. The risks expressed are not exact and range from low to high depending on many factors like the length of stay and style of travel. Not all destination-specific general risks are listed on this page.

 

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