Have you ever been to Myanmar?
Well, you should go. It’s one of our favourite travel destinations.
Is it the charm of old art deco colonial era buildings that stands steadfast against the test of time in the fast growing cities and major towns? The majestic Buddha shrines and temples? The beautiful laidback beaches of Ngapali or Ngwesaung?
For us, it is all that, and the beautiful, friendly people you meet during the journey.
We returned to Myanmar recently on a little adventure that took us from Singapore to Yangon and then to Inle Lake. This trip rekindled the familiar smells, sights and sounds of busy Yangon streets with its tea houses and its longyi clad patrons, its betel nut spit stained streets, and bumper to bumper crawls that seemed to have increased with the surge of new found wealth and a growing middle class.
We weren’t alone in our adventure as social media influencers hailing from Japan, Indonesia, Singapore, India, Australia, and home country Myanmar, were brought in together on an ‘explorace’ event.
Divided into country teams, we played detectives and raced frantically around Yangon, and Inle Lake collecting clues to tasks, and participated in other challenges to win exclusive prizes. We were even put through a workout session with the Shwe Daung circus troupe on juggling, tight rope walking and trapeze performances.
Here is a video montage of our excursion back to this country of thanaka painted faces and golden pagodas.
Our favourite stay had been at the Novotel Inle which is probably one of the most luxurious in Naungshwe. The reason for this is you get to stay right on fringe of the lake if you choose the chalet option. Besides a majestic sunset view ending your day at its jetty, a horizon pool and bar adds further comfort options to your stay.
Have you ever been to Myanmar? What were your favourite places in Myanmar? Did something interesting happen to you on your travels here? Tell us about it.
If you haven’t already visited Myanmar, you really should.
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Disclaimer: This trip and the destinations of interest was made possible by Accor Hotels, Asia Holidays, and Tiger Air. The opinions and views of the destinations are entirely our own.