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7 Attractive Places in Myanmar for First Time Travelers

7 Attractive Places in Myanmar for First Time Travelers

Travelling is good for your soul and personality. Travelling allows you to become acquainted with new cultures and traditions. Travelling opens up your mind to accepting and experiencing new things. There are so many places that you can go to during holidays. One of the places that you can visit is Myanmar. It is commonly known as Burma, and it is becoming a popular tourist sight. It offers an excellent combination of scenic beauty and a dose of history. The country is opening up to international tourism giving a chance to people to see the traditional Myanmar.

Here are some of the places that you should visit while you are in Burma.

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1. Bagan:

If you want to enjoy the Buddhist culture, then it is an excellent place to visit. There are more than two hundred temples. You can enjoy the place all on your own, or you can rent a bicycle. You can also get a guided tour by renting a horse carriage. You can benefit from the beauty of sunset because you can climb on the top of the temple. The temples are an impressive site, and you will enjoy your time exploring the temples.

2. Shwemawdaw Paya:

Its name means the Great Golden God. It gets its name because of the massive golden temple that is visible from miles. The golden temple has a top which is diamond studded. It is 114 meters high which make it the tallest pagoda in Myanmar. It is a historic place ad an important site for Buddhism. There are several relics which belonged to Buddha. It is a much-decorated place. There are a lot of small pagodas which are covered with gold. It is decorated with a lot of statues and pavilions as well.

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3. Lake Inle:

It is a very famous tourist attraction. There is a beautiful lake to explore. There are Longboat tours that you can take, but if you want to enjoy the place, then it is better to go to the town of Nyaung Shwe. There are huge trees and many temples which are crumbling. There are a lot of stupas as well. You can enjoy the beauty of the lake a lot by going through the town instead of taking the boat tour. A trekking tour will prove to be highly enjoyable.

4. Ayeyarwady River:

It is the longest river in Myanmar, and it is also known as Irrawaddy. The river starts in the high Himalayas and makes its journey through Myanmar finally ended up in the Andaman Sea. It is becoming an attractive site for a river cruise. You can take a cruise between Mandalay and Bagan. There are a lot of temples, Budha statues, and pagodas in this city to visit. During the cruises, you can see a lot of river villages and some beakless dolphins. You also get to go through jungles and enjoy gorges.

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5. Ngapali:

It is another place you should add to the exotic tours. It is a beautiful place with white sand beaches, blue waters and a lot of luxury hotels. It is an excellent place if you want to get away from city life and just relax. You can also enjoy fresh fish in the fishing village. The best time to visit these beaches is from November to March.

6. Taung Kalat:

It is a breathtaking site which you must visit while in Myanmar. It is built on the top of an extinct plug of the volcano. To get to the monastery, you have to climb seven hundred and seventy steps. You should expect to encounter a lot of monkeys while climbing the steps. There is a breathtaking panoramic view from the top of the summit. You can also see the whole Bagan city from there.

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7. Golden Rock:

It is locally known as Kyaiktiyo Zedi. It is an excellent sight to behold. There is a huge boulder which is present on the edge of a cliff, and it looks like it is going to fall.  The boulder and cliff both are covered in gold leaf. The locals believe that the rock stays in its place because it is a miracle of Buddha.

These are some of the sights that you should not miss while you are in Myanmar.

Featured photo credit: Yangon Travel Agency in Myanmar via amazingorientaltravels.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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Featured photo credit: Joshua Earle via unsplash.com

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