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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 July 5, 2019

5 Reasons Why You Should Always Be Yourself

5 Reasons Why You Should Always Be Yourself

When it comes to being yourself, there can be a lot of pressure from the outside world as it tries to influence who you are. Living in a society that is constantly developing, it’s important for you to always be yourself from the inside out. When you deeply know yourself and the boundaries that you have set, you are more likely to experience a fulfilling and rewarding life. Without knowing yourself and establishing those boundaries, you can easily be pushed around and end up on a dirt path.

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it” – Matthew 7:13-14

You have the option of taking the path that is broad or taking the path that is narrow. You can either conform to what life wants you to be, or have the courage to remain true to yourself throughout the years. It’s definitely a challenge to have a strong sense of self when we are constantly getting distracted and being influenced by the media and society’s way of life. But if you want to reach your fullest potential in life, it all starts with being yourself.

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Why should you always be yourself?

Because you will:

  1. Live in alignment with your values and beliefs. Being yourself is all about knowing what you believe in and the values that you live by. When you are not yourself, you will take on the values and beliefs of others. This is when you start conforming to other people’s expectations and way of thinking. When you know your values and why you do what you do, you will live according to your own values and beliefs.
  2. Establish your own identity. When you are able to have a solid foundation of being you, you are establishing your own sense of identity. No matter what happens in your life, you will always know who you are. There will be times where you may feel lost or distracted, but if you have your own identity you’ll be able to get back on the right path. Without establishing your own identity, you may easily conform and lose yourself.
  3. Build courage. It takes a great amount of courage when you decide to take the path that goes against the crowd. The reason why the majority of people take the broad path is because it’s easy. It’s easy to just follow the crowd. It’s more of a challenge when you stay true to yourself and establish your own identity. This challenge of always being yourself takes courage and inner strength. No matter what comes your way, you’ll know how to handle it.
  4. Establish boundaries. When you are always yourself, you know what your limits are and the boundaries that you have set for yourself. When people cross your boundaries, you will know. But if you don’t establish boundaries, people may very well walk all over you and take advantage of you. If you are always yourself and you establish boundaries, you are more likely to be aware when people start taking advantage of you. Create and establish your boundaries.
  5. Find focus and direction. When you are always yourself, you are more likely to have focus and direction in your life. Imagine someone who is constantly conforming to other people’s expectations. Do you think this person has focus and direction? I don’t think so. When you stay true to who you are, you are more likely to know the goals you want to accomplish and how to go about accomplishing them. You are able to stay focused and know which direction to take in order for you to accomplish your goals.

No matter what you experience in life, the only person that will always remain constant is you.

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Featured photo credit: María Victoria Heredia Reyes via unsplash.com

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