Wearing traditional Burmese dress, visiting Golden Rock Temple, walking on the longest teak bridge in the world or enjoying the local food are all the enjoyable experiences you have to try during your trip in Myanmar. In this post, we will introduce to you some of interesting things to do that only Myanmar offers.
Traditional Burmese dress
The traditional dresses of Myanmar people are longyi (for men) and tamain (for women). On the first day in this country, you can go the local markets or shops selling traditional costume to the traditional dress made by the local people. They are often decorated with impressive patterns and bright colors. The way of wearing Longyi or Tamain is quite simple; it is fundamentally a piece of cloth sown into a cylindrical tube, slipped over the head by men and stepped into by the women and tucked in at the waist. Both Burmese women and men wear flip-flops.
Pilgrimage to the “Land of Buddha”
Coming to Myanmar, visitors do not miss the opportunity to conquer the top of Kyaiktiyo Pagoda (Golden Rock Temple), where you can enjoy the beautiful view from the top of the mountain. Legend has it that the temple was built on a hair relic which was given to a hermit by Buddha Himself. Visiting the temple, you need to wear dress appropriately and follow the temple’s rules.
Thanaka – unique cosmetic of Burmese people
Thanaka is a traditional makeup Myanmar people, used as sunblock cream to protect against the sun. This cream is made of thanakha’s bark, a kind of plant grown a lot in Myanmar. The children often apply thanaka on their face both during in the day and at night in many lovely shapes like flower, rabbit,… without harming the skin.
Conquer Mandalay’s top
Standing at the Mandalay Hill’s top, visitors will be enjoyed an amazing view of Mandalay from above. After visiting the temple on the hill, you also learn more about culture and people of Myanmar by talking to the monks in here in English. The monks are extremely friendly and willing to take visitors to visit to practice their English skills.
Drink local tea
Drinking tea is a long-standing habit of Myanmar people. You will easily meet the locals enjoying afternoon tea at the roadside shops. They also offer many kinds of tea for you to taste, from sweet milk tea, bitter tea to mixed tea. Locals usually drink tea with parata cakes or dumplings.
Visit temples in Myanmar
Visiting the temples is a good way to showing your respect for Buddhist and exploring the culture of this country. If you want to learn more about the worship rituals in here, you have to prepare some snacks and drinks, as it usually takes a long time. Some of the famous temples in Myanmar that you should visit in Myanmar are Shwedagon Pagoda, the largest temple in Yangon, Maha Muni in Mandalay, Golden Rock Temple,…
Walk on the longest teak bridge in the world
U Bein Bridge, the longest teak bridge in the world, connects the small towns of Mandalay. At the dawn or sunset, visitors can take a walk on the bridge to see the green lake and breathtaking view or take a boat tour on the lake is also an exciting experience that worth a try in here.
Discover more than 2,000 temples and pagodas in Bagan
Known as the “Land of the temples”, Burma is an ideal destination for those who are interested in spirituality and religion. With over 2,000 temples and pagodas scattered all over Bagan, visitors traveling to Myanmar can rent a bike to visit these temples. Remember to prepare water and snacks because there are not many shops and restaurants in this area.
Enjoy Burmese cuisine
The food of Myanmar is extremely rich and varied. Lephet or Tea Leaf Salad – one of the most famous dishes of Burmese, is made of fermented tea leaf, onion, peanuts, garlic and often served with raw cabbage. Shan noodle with tasty sauce is also a dish that you must try. Let’s go and enjoy!
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