Picture of the week (No.18): Tourist attractions of Myanmar.
Each week (actually about 2 or 3 times a month), Willgoto selects here a nice picture. Myanmar's tourist attractions are the theme of the eighteenth picture of this series. The Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the world's most famous Buddhist pagodas, is also one of main tourist attractions in Myanmar.
Myanmar's tourist attraction: the famous Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon.
The country. After the parliamentary elections of 2012 and 2015, Myanmar, once called Burma, embarked on the path of a gradual transition to democracy under the impetus of the Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi. At the same time, the Burmese economy has become liberalized and largely opened up to foreign investment. It experiences a remarkable growth. The outlook is currently good, even if there are still many problems. The country has many assets, including oil and gas, agriculture (mainly rice), fishing, gemstones, wood (teak), textiles, handicrafts and tourism.
Since the liberalization of the country, foreign visitors have come in large numbers to enjoy the many tourist attractions of this beautiful country that was long boycotted by foreigners. Tourism infrastructure has also developed, but without adequate planning of the supply in relation to demand. Anticipating a strong growth in the arrival of foreign visitors, many hotels, mainly from foreign funds, have opened in recent times to such an extent that the financial press is currently reporting a significant vacancy rate, although the situation varies largely depending on the seasons. There is probably a temporary opportunity to negotiate a stay at more affordable rates than previously.
Tourism. The country has everything to attract visitors: a rich cultural heritage spread across the whole country, natural attractions (such as Lake Inle, Mount Popa and the Kandawgyi National Botanical Garden), fine sandy beaches (such as those in Ngapali and Ngwesaung), quality craftsmen (among others, in the production of gold leaves and marble sculpture) and a genuine population.
The country also has several of the most sacred Buddhist sites in the world such as the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, the Kyaiktiyo Pagoda ("The Golden Rock"), the Mahamuni Buddha Temple in Mandalay and the religious and monastic center of Sagaing.
The tourist attractions of Myanmar are therefore numerous and varied. Yangon, the Irrawaddy River Delta, Bago, Mandalay, Bagan, Lake Inle and the seaside resorts of the Bay of Bengal are some of the most popular destinations in Myanmar.
The capital city of the country, Naypyidaw, created in 2005 at the time of the military dictators, is located a 10-hour drive from Yangon. It is a huge ghost town: Naypyidaw is four times larger than the Greater London, but has nine times less inhabitants. Its 4, 6 and even 20-lane avenues are mostly deserted, as are most of its hotels, restaurants and shopping malls as well as its national museum. The city is nevertheless well maintained and has all the modern facilities, including free high-speed wifi. It is served by an airport.
Between November and the end of February, Myanmar experiences a dry and moderately warm season that many tourists choose when they are planning to visit the country. From March to May, temperatures rise quite a lot and from June to October, the monsoon occurs.
The Yangon International Airport, which is the main point of access to Myanmar, has developed significantly in the 2000s. Currently,it does not receive non-stop flights from Europe or the Americas. The most popular international air routes pass mostly through the Middle East (Doha for Qatar Airways and Dubai for Emirates) or through Asian hubs such as Delhi, Bangkok and Singapore. A new airport, Hanthawaddy International Airport, is under construction about 80 km away from Yangon: it could open its doors in 2022-23.
You may also want to see these beautiful pictures from Myanmar's tourist attractions:
The author of the photos. All above photos belong to Willgoto. You find here all our pictures from Myanmar. .
Picture of the week 1: Bee hummingbird, the smallest bird in the world. It is endemic to Cuba.
Picture of the week 2: Pagoda of the Golden Rock in Myanmar. It is one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in the world.
Picture of the week 3: Seychelles beach. Seychelles is a perfect destination for a dream holiday.
Picture of the week 4: Lemur of Madagascar (Coquerel's sifaka), an endangered species of primates, which, like all other species of lemurs, is endemic to Madagascar.
Picture of the week 5: World heritage in Cambodia. The temple of Banteay Srei, better known as 'Citadel of the women', in Cambodia is a jewel of Khmer art and a world heritage site.
Picture of the week 6: Bull shark and tiger shark. Both sharks are unfortunately known for fatal attacks on humans. However, experienced divers can approach them and swim with them.
Picture of the week 7: Firewalking in Mauritius. Walking barefoot over a bed of hot embers is an ancestral religious practice.
Picture of the week 8: The flower carpet of the Grand Place in Brussels. This carpet made up of about a million cut flowers is a tourist attraction that takes place every two years.
Picture of the week 9: Giant oceanic manta rays. Video and pictures. The giant oceanic manta ray is a particularly impressive ray that can be up to 7 meters wide and weigh up to two tons.
Picture of the week 10: Réunion Island in the Indian Ocean. Réunion is a dream destination particularly for all outdoor activities, such as hiking, canyoning, paragliding, and many more.
Picture of the week 11: Beaches of Cambodia. Sihanoukville and the small islands off that beach resort offer wonderful opportunities for beach holidays.
Picture of the week 12: Holidays in Cape Verde. Pictures from a beach in Boa Vista and a mountain village in Santo Antão. The Islands of the archipelago of Cape Verde are indeed very different from each other.
Picture of the week 13: Mountain gorilla in Uganda. The gorillas, the bonobos, and the chimpanzees are the closest living beings to human beings. There are only 600 mountain gorillas in the whole world.
Picture of the week 14: The Terracotta Army of the first Chinese Emperor. The terracotta army discovered in the 1970s near the city of Xi'an attracts visitors from all over the world.
Picture of the week 15: National parks of New Zealand. No less than 30% of the country's territory are protected as conservation parks, national parks or other protected areas.
Picture of the week 16: Ebony from Mauritius. Ebony is a rare and precious wood, the primitive forests of which have been exploited excessively in Mauritius by the successive settlers.
Picture of the week 17: Biking in Zeeland (Netherlands). With its wide sandy beaches and its many biking trails, Zeeland is a paradise for family vacation or just for bike rides.
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