Go Ahead Senior Tour Consultant Jamie found so much to love on her most recent Go Ahead tour, Myanmar: A Cultural Journey through Burma. While the warmth of the country could be felt in everything from the kind smiles of the locals to the breeze of the balmy air, there was one thing that truly took her breath away: the sunsets. Here, she shares her stunning photos from the awe-inspiring adventure, and tells you about the best spots to watch the sunset in Myanmar.
View from a river boat in Bagan
I had the pleasure of experiencing Myanmar on my third Go Ahead tour. This was my first time traveling to Asia and the country did not disappoint! I felt, in many ways, as if I’d gone back in time to a simpler way of life; I hadn’t been anywhere like it. It was in Myanmar that I met some of the warmest, kindest people you can imagine. Not only were the locals wonderful, but so were the landscapes—I saw so many amazing sunsets. Here are two places to go for views that are particularly spectacular.
Sunset vistas at the U Bein Bridge
I saw one of the most beautiful sunsets from the entire tour at the U Bein Bridge near Mandalay, which is thought to be the longest and oldest teak bridge in the world. The sunset was absolutely stunning and the place was so alive! There were people out in boats, people strolling along the bridge, and people selling trinkets and food. It is no wonder this iconic site attracts so many visitors and locals.
Looking out from the Shwesandaw Pagoda
I admired another memorable sunset from the Shwesandaw Pagoda in Bagan. My fellow group members and I climbed the many steps to the top for an incredible view of the valley before us, which was scattered with other temples and pagodas. The sunset created a perfect mountain silhouette, and each photograph was better than the last because the natural colors got more and more vivid. But, this was one of those moments where pictures didn’t do it justice—I had to remind myself to set the camera aside and just take it all in!
The panorama from Mandalay Hill
Where have you seen spectacular sunsets during your travels? Tell us in the comments below!