Not only do Myanmar Tours attract tourists to the gilded and revered pagodas, but it is also in favor thanks to the special villages in Myanmar. Local villages preserve the quintessential Burmese culture and lifestyle that encourage guests to experience and feel. So if you are in this enigmatic country, make sure you visit the unique villages, learn the culture, and discover the interesting things.
#1: The Long-neck Village in Myanmar
Located on Karen Hills, in the east of Myanmar, this site is home to the Kayan ethnic group that follows the long-neck custom. The Kayan women have the long necks wearing lots of necklaces. The more necklaces they have, the higher their social status is and the more beautiful they are. In the local belief, the wealth and beauty of the women are reflected by the number of the necklaces. The female kids of 5 – 7 years old should start wearing the necklaces, and the numbers of the laces will increase according to their ages and the physical body growth. This is the interesting trait of culture that surprises the travelers. When getting there, people are eager to listen to the local women’s stories and traditions.
Another tribe that has the long-neck practice is the Padaung, one of the oldest tribes in Burma. This long-neck lady tribe inhabits in the area of Inle Lake. They believe that the long neck with bronze necklaces protects them from tiger attack and human trafficking. So, they preserve the custom from 5 years old, and the female adult can have up to 35 necklaces.
#2: Mingun Village with the religious treasures
Situated in the north of Mandalay City, Mingun Village is a must to see during the journey to this antique city. The village remains peaceful and traditional with the typical highlights of the old Burma. You are likely to see the Burmese men wearing Longyi, the age-old houses, and small boats floating on the poetic Ayeyarwady River, etc. It seems that the village has no space for the cityscape as well as the busy vehicle. Serene and charming, this village in Mandalay Myanmar owns the holy treasures of the tower with Mingu Bell and the Chinthe statue (the half-dragon and half-lion statue). While the visitors admire these mysterious attractions, the locals take them as the real treasures of religion.
#3: Innwa Village with the peaceful atmosphere and historical attractions
Nestled peacefully on the Ayeyarwady River, the Innwa Village is a well-known place of interest that is famous for the antique religious constructions. The highlights include Bagaya Kyaung Monastery built from 267 teak trees, the tilt Nanmyint Tower of 27m high. These are the two significant historical sites that marvel that guests and hold the indispensable roles in the Burmese beliefs. Not only that, but this attractive village is also an ideal shelter to run away from the city madness. Simply walk on the small countryside road, contemplate the idyllic river, or talk to the friendly locals; you can calm the mind and rejuvenate in this intact village of Myanmar.
Guests all agree that the trip to Ayeyarwady River cannot be complete without visiting the Innwa Village, especially the unique Bagaya Kyaung Monastery and Nanmyint Tower. They are the great highlights to learn history, take iconic pictures, and admire the Burmese charm. Don’t skip an activity of riding the horse cart to get around the Innwa Village. And, if you have a chance to view the village scene from the top, it looks similar to the legendary lost world including the enigmatic religious towers amidst the green forest scenery and the majestic river.
#4: Kyat Chuang Village with the houses on the trees
Kyat Chuang Village is also called the “Village on the Trees”, which is around 100km from Yangon City to the north. The villagers preserve the traditions of making houses on the trees in order to avoid the boisterous elephants which lose the living environment because of the increasing farming activities. To reach the house, they use the bamboo staircases. Made from the straws and placed high on the trees, the houses of Kyat Chuang Village look unique and interesting enough to surprise all guests at first sight.
Some of them might want to climb the staircases to reach the plain house and get the new experiences. According to the Kyat Chuang villagers, their life is not easy at all, because they are often frightened by the dangerous elephants’ attack. Whenever the ground echoes the movements of the elephants, they have to be nimble-footed to climb to their houses on the trees.
#5: Indein Village with the hidden old temples and shrines
Indein delivers the antique and mysterious “Look and Feel” with one thousand temples, shrines, and towers that are hidden in the deep forests. The special thing about this village also lies in the way to access it. Guests have to take a boat trip through the small canals to reach the hideaway in which the locals live a simple life in the little and rustic thatch-roofed houses. The system of temples and towers in Indein Village is diverse and interesting. While some sites have been repaired with the new glossy appearance, the others are decayed and look mysterious.
It the mystery of the old religious spots in Indein that appeals to the travelers. When you’re there, try to get up early when the atmosphere is still in the mist. At that time, the village appears as beautiful as the fairy picture. The red brick and forested temples became the fantastic background for the unique photography that is hard to find elsewhere.
So you see, Myanmar owns top 5 unique villages of the Long Neck, Religious Treasures, Historical Attractions, and Houses on the Trees. They are all off-the-beaten-track and ideal for the adventures of distinction, away from the city bustle. Only the pictures of any in the list of Myanmar villages above can enchant you from the first look. And then, it is the actual visit that convinces you of the special characteristics, landscape, culture, and people in the authentic Burmese hamlets.
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