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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

1. Cat Camel Stretch

Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

Here’s a video to guide you through:


2. Go for a Walk or a Run

This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

3. Jumping Jacks

Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

4. Abductor Side Lifts

Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]


Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

5. Balancing Table Pose

This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.


    6. Leg Squats

    Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

    Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

    The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

    7. Push Ups

    You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.


    An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

    Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

    This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

    8. Bicycle Crunches

    There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

    Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

    9. Lunges

    Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

    Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

    This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.


    10. Bicep Curls

    You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

    Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

    Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

    Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

    Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

    These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

    You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

    Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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