In the north of Southeast Asia sits the diverse and stunning country of Myanmar. A wellness haven for all who visit, Myanmar boasts incredible beaches, mountains, and waterways to serve as the backdrop of your relaxing escape. The ancient capital city of Bagan is a fantastic spot to take in this world’s history and experience a truly stunning sunset. As for natural wonders sure to grant you serenity, Cocks Comb Island and Ngapali Beach allow travelers to escape into a world unto themselves where peace and quiet are their only companions. The same can be said of Lord Loughborough Island, a beautiful destination focused on boating, where you can watch as these feats of the sea are constructed under the sun. Explore U Bein Bridge by boat at sunset for an unforgettable experience at Taungthaman Lake. In the Shan State are Kalaw, an expansive landscape where you can embark on short walks or fully connect with nature—and yourself—over a two-day hike to the remarkable Inle Lake. Find out more about opportunities to embrace some wellness attractions in Myanmar below.
Cocks Comb Island
In the Myeik Archipelago is Cock’s Comb Island, a serene getaway considered one of the most striking sights in the area. Also known as Emerald Heart Island, a heart-shaped lagoon is in the center of the island with vibrant blues and greens running through it. Its beauty, along with that of the colorful sea life visible to snorkelers, will warm your soul.
With about 90 percent of Burmese people practicing Buddhism, meditation is an integral part of the culture. Where better to practice it than Bagan, the ancient capital which established Theravada Buddhism in the area? This UNESCO Heritage site acted as the capital of the Pagan Kingdom from the 9th to 13th centuries. The kingdom was the first to unite the regions that now make up the country of Myanmar. Visitors to the area can still explore the remains of over 3,000 temples and pagodas. Make sure to stay for sunset, an otherworldly experience at Bagan, which is sure to leave you feeling centered and fulfilled for many days to come.
Views of the Bay of Bengal
If you’re looking for a pristine beach in Myanmar to let go of stress without being interrupted by partiers, Ngapali beach is the place for you. Located on the Bay of Bengal, its white sand and palm trees provide the ideal backdrop for a serene escape. Take your time exploring the 15 miles of coastline as you recharge among Ngapali’s beauty.
U Bein Bridge
A visit to the U Bein Bridge will always be remarkable, but it is most breathtaking to go during sunset. Stretching across Taungthaman Lake, the small wooden bridge is actually made of pieces from the old royal palace of Inwa. Walk across its three-quarters of a mile span or take it in by boat on the lake.
Lord Loughborough Island
Just off the west coast of Myanmar’s southern tip is the jungle island of Lord Loughborough. With a small fishing village and only a few basic shops, life here is much more about boating and the sea than anything else. Visitors to the island can learn more about boat making, see homes built on pillars traditionally, and explore the electric blue water all around
In the Shan State of Myanmar is Kalaw, an old hill station that now serves as the first stop for some of the country’s best treks. While there are plenty of short and scenic options, those who are adventurous enough can embark on a two-day hike to Inle Lake. Here at the Kalaw viewpoint, a sit and a good lunch pair well with taking in the panoramic views.
Visitors exploring high above the mountains or peacefully floating at sea level alike will find a unique and beautiful wellness experience while in Myanmar.