Myanmar’s tourism sector is growing as more and more people
discover the beauties hidden in this south-east Asian country.
According to the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA),
Myanmar's international arrivals have shown spectacular growth over the past
two years, especially in June 2013 when arrivals rose 67 per cent from June
Comparatively, international visitor numbers into Asia and
the Pacific grew by 6 per cent year-on-year.
Although in terms of infrastructure, the travel industry is still in its infancy in Myanmar,
this is offset by the beauties that this country provides.
The Shwedagon Pagoda is undeniably the
most iconic building in the country. But there are more pagodas worth a visit. Sule Pagoda is also found in
downtown Yangon and is a major pilgrimage site.
The Kyaiktiyo Pagoda or the Golden Rock is a gravity-defying pagoda that sits atop of a rock on
a mountain top.
In Myanmar’s second largest city, Mandalay, one can find the Mahamuni Buddha Temple.
But if one wants to see many temples, Bagan is the obvious choice. Located in the Mandalay region this former city
still hosts over 2,200 Buddhist temples.
Besides temples, there are many natural wonders to be found as well. Inya Lake in central Yangon
is a popular recreational area in the largest city. Just 35 km from Yangon you can find the Hlawga National Park, a
popular day-trip destination where you can find many deer and monkeys.
Whatever your choice, Myanmar will surely not disappoint you.