Rent a car in Myanmar and tick off an extensive list of must-see destinations...
Under British rule for a time, the country has a rich history and a unique culture evidenced by numerous historical sites and places of interest.
When visiting Myanmar, you’ll likely fly into Yangon International Airport (RGN), which puts you in a great position to explore Mingaladon. Though there are public transport options from the airport, the best way to see the country and ensure that you don't miss any of the most important sites is to rent a car.
Yangon is located in the far south of Myanmar. If you plan to see central areas of the country, fly into either Mandalay International Airport (MDL), which is at the heart of Myanmar, or Pauk Airport (PAU), centrally located in the western half of Myanmar. All three airports have car-rental offices from which you can collect your pre-booked vehicle.
Car hire in Myanmar can be organised in a number of towns and cities but is easiest at the airports. Car hire can be booked in advance or on arrival, though be aware that British or international driving licences are not recognised in the country and you will have to apply for a Myanmar licence at the Department for Road Transport and Administration, in Rangoon.
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Once you’ve arrived, there are several absolute must-sees in the country that you’ll want to make time to visit...
Mandalay Palace is one of these, boasting traditional Burmese designs as well as being an important historical site. The last palace of the last Burmese monarchy, the structure is actually several small structures located within a large fort complex with no building over one storey in height. While here you will also want to visit Amarapura, which is a township that has become part of Mandalay due to the city's growth.
Eindawaya and the Sacred Tooth Relic Pagoda are also places to include on your sightseeing list, while Bagan offers more than 2,200 temples and pagodas to visit in varying states of repair. Bagan was the capital of the area from the ninth century to the 13th and, during these times, more than 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagoda and monasteries were built. With so many remaining it is easy to catch a glimpse into ancient Myanmar while exploring these relics.
In Myanmar car hire is simple to organise and, if you’re intending to travel extensively throughout the country, you will definitely want to consider a 4x4 for your rental as some of the best temples and sites are off the beaten track. The national parks of Popa, Kathapa and Hlwaga offer beautiful scenery and a wide range of wildlife but are best reached by car, as are the Naga Yone Buddha, the hill town of Kalaw, the city of Minbu and Maha Pasan Gruhu cave.