Myanmar or Burma lies on the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea coast. Officially called the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, it is a nation that is home to at most 100 ethnic groups. Visiting Myanmar feels like you’ve stumbled into the country’s historical past. Everywhere you go, you will be baffled with the simple pleasure of living, as Western ideals still has to make its way in this country. Unlike other Asian cities that seem to be leaning towards technological advancement, Myanmar begs to disagree, and it is for this reason that this country is truly a wonder in its own right.
Where to go
As the designated capital of the country in 2005, Naypyidaw is truly a unique city that boasts of fully constructed buildings but with relatively few inhabitants, making the city a breath of fresh air unlike other congested Asian cities. You can visit the Naypyidaw Zoological Gardens that is home to about 420 animals for free. While in the capital, you can also visit the prominent Peace Pagoda landmark, a replica of Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon that stands 100 metres high. It houses the Buddha tooth relic from China.
Meanwhile in the former capital of Yangon, you can opt to ride the Circular Train, which is a fascinating way of getting a glimpse of daily life and grind in the city. You can also go to the Inya Lake, which is deemed as the largest lake in the city that has recently renovated its shoreline. Some parts of the lake are accessible by foot and are known for their gardens.
From Yangon International Airport, you can reach other nearby destinations such as the Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong, or Seoul-Incheon in South Korea, or Jakarta in Indonesia. Seoul in Korea would be a good place to visit with its fascinating blend of ancient traditions and state-of-the-art technology. Case in point: the Gyeongbok-gung’s Joseon Dynasty-era palace and the N Seoul Tower. The former is the first palace used by the Joseon Dynasty and was the seat of power for centuries until it was razed in 1592 by the Japanese invasion, while the latter is the deemed as the tallest tower in Asia that offers the best panoramic view in all of Seoul.
From Yangon International Airport, you can reach a number of long haul destinations in the world. Take for example Tokyo in Japan, or Doha in Qatar. Tokyo in Japan would be good choice with its huge and varied geography, spanning about 2,000km2 of rugged mountains to its west, subtropical islands to its south, and the glitzy glamorous city of Tokyo itself. While Tokyo is notable for its vast array of sights, most visitors would make Asakusa temple, the gardens of Imperial Palace, and the Meiji Shrine atop their list first. For a modern entertainment option, you can also visit the Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea, deemed as Asia’s most visited theme parks. You can also ride the rollercoaster in the Tokyo Dome City in Bunkyō, which literally translates to Capital of Culture.
How to get out
You can book a flight to get out of Yangon International Airport via Skyscanner, your online source for cheap and trusted flights. Yangon International Airport is being served by airlines such as Air Asia, Air Bagan, Air China, Air India, Air KBZ, Air Mandalay, All Nippon Airways, Asian Wings Airways, Asiana Airlines, Bangkok Airways, Biman Bangladesh Airlines, Business Air, China Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Fmi air, Golden Myanmar Airlines, Jetstar Asia Airways, Korean Air, Mann Yatanarpon Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Myanmar Airways International, Nok Air, Qatar Airways, SilkAir, Singapore Airlines, Tigerair, Thai AirAsia, Thai Airways, Vietnam Airlines, and Yangon Airways. In addition, Condor Flugdienst also serves the airport on a seasonal basis. The aforementioned airlines fly to a number of international destinations such as Kuala Lumpur, Chiang Mai, Beijing- Capital, Chengdu, Kunming, Gaya Kolkata, Chiang Mai, Tokyo-Narita, Seoul-Incheon, Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Dhaka, Taipei-Taoyuan, Nanning, Guangzhou, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Mandalay, Naypyidaw, Singapore, Jakarta-Soekarno Hatta, Osaka-Kansai, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Bangkok-Don Mueang, Mae Sot, Doha, Hanoi, and Ho Chi Minh City.
In addition, Yangon International Airport also flies to a number of domestic destinations such as Bagan, Dawei, Heho, Kawthaung, Kalaymyo, Kyaing Tong, Lashio, Myeik, Mandalay, Myitkyina, Naypyidaw, Pathein, Putao, Sittwe, Tachilek, Thandwe, Kyaukphyu, Khamti, Loikaw, Lashio, Mawlamyaing, and Nyaung U.
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