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Top hiking in Myanmar 2020

With everything from history and culture to rolling hills and sprawling landscapes, Myanmar literally has something for everyone. It’s endless miles of unfrequented paths and off the beaten track trails spoil adventure seekers with views to die for and the intimate luxury of experiencing small villages and local life.

The perfect way to explore everything Myanmar has to offer is by foot. 

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November through to early March prove to be the best times for hiking, trekking. 

Myanmar boasts some of the best walking and cycling in South East Asia. Trails vary in intensity and range from culturally indulgent hikes, like that around the ancient city of Bagan.

 

Bagan and Mount Popa

Undeniably one of the best ways to truly appreciate and take in everything this ancient UNESCO world heritage site has to offer is by foot. It is worth noting that Bagan can be extremely hot during the middle of the day so early morning hiking is highly recommended, not least because of the amazing sunrises over the plains of this breath-taking ancient city.

The thousands of temples littered all over Bagan make it the perfect hiking spot. Tie up your walking boots and get exploring.

Whilst you’re in the area, be sure to visit the nearby Mount Popa. About one hour from Bagan, this impressive extinct volcano offers a wonderful opportunity for scenic hiking and rewards adventure seekers with stunning views from the monastery of Taung Kalat at the top. One of Myanmar’s most sacred Nat sites, Taung Kalat has a high importance to the Burmese population, meaning this hike can sometimes be busy.

Total elevation to the summit is about 700 metres, this challenging 5.5km hike will take you about an hour or so to reach the top depending on fitness levels.

 
 

Hsipaw

For a really authentic Myanmar hiking experience through lush green countryside and local hill tribes, Hsipaw is an absolute must. Although Hsipaw is also popular for trekkers seeking overnight adventures, Hsipaw also boasts an abundant of wonderful trails for day hikes.

One of the most popular is the Pan Kam route. Easily done in one day this stunning Hsipaw hike will take you through farmers’ fields, rice paddies, seasonal vegetable crops and small local Shan villages to really give you a taste of local life in the wonderful Shan State.

 

Pyin-O Lwin

Located just outside of the beautiful city of Pyin-O Lwin, the Pyin-O Lwin National Park offers the perfect opportunity for rural hiking and waterfall chasing.

One of Myanmar’s most beautiful spots for rural hiking, Pyin-O Lwin offers hikers a glimpse into a time gone by with the opportunity to hike to small local villages through sugar cane fields and working farms. The area is littered with waterfalls including the impressive Dat Taw Gyaint waterfall and the more accessible, easily walkable cascading waterfall of Pwe Kauk.