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Myanmar tourism industry to sway more women travellers

September 26, 2017 Destination ASEAN No Comments Email Email

It may not be the number-one place to go for high-end shopping, but Myanmar is certainly on its way to becoming a shoppers’ paradise, especially for those seeking gemstones and high-quality textiles. Also thanks to its burgeoning spa and wellness industry, the country is on the fast track to winning the hearts and minds of women travellers.

Among the top choice markets in Yangon is Bogyoke Aung San Market, where there are more than 2,000 shops featuring the largest selection of Myanmar handicrafts and souvenirs. For shoppers heading to Bagan, a must-visit place for gorgeous textiles, bags, toys, handicrafts and clothing would be the women’s cooperative operating under the brand “MBoutik” in Bagan. Both places have been ranked high on Lonely Planet’s Guide to Myanmar. Meanwhile, those keen on shopping for gemstones will find the Myanmar Gems Museum & Gems Market in Yangon worth visiting for its pieces of bling and precious stones.

Retreat, relax your body, mind and soul at one of the finest spa and wellness centres in Myanmar. TripAdvisor listed ten best places to go for authentic Burmese massages in a clean, relaxing and comfortable environment, among which are Sapel Traditional Burmese Foot Spa in Yangon, Lavender in Nyaungshwe, and Pine Land Paradise Spa in Kalaw.

Myanmar Tourism Marketing Chairperson May Myat Mon Win says, “Myanmar is a safe destination for women travellers. Not only that, we also have a wide variety of attractions to cater to the ladies, whether it’s in spa and wellness category, shopping or dining, we’re very optimistic that Myanmar will be the next hottest travel destination in Southeast Asia for women.”

As suggested on CNN Travel, there are at least 10 foods to try in Myanmar, from tea leaf salad to Shan-style rice, all under the umbrella of “a cuisine that’s been largely hidden from sight for the past 50 years”. A visit to a traditional Burmese restaurant, according to CNN Travel, “is more than just a meal, it’s a culinary experience”. Other highly recommended items include mohinga (rice noodles cooked in fish broth) and nangyi thoke (rice noodles mixed with chicken gravy).

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