MYANMAR VS VIỆT NAM

Myanmar & Vietphái mạnh both seem to offer a very comparable travel experience, & while there are definite similarities in the magnificence of each country, there are also some clear differences. Take a moment lớn explore each one a little deeper with us before making your choice between Myanmar vs Vietnam.

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Myanmar is a l& of sunsets (most famously in Bagan) but it is also in our opinion even better at sunrise. Ayên ổn khổng lồ wake up early at least once in every destination you visit, and you’ll be surprised at the amazing sights you’ll see so early in the morning. Whether it’s the sun rise over the temples in Bagan, a line of Monks wandering the streets in tìm kiếm for donations or seeing the comings và goings of locals, school children & markets early in the morning. It’s a wonderful opportunity lớn beat the crowds and see local life in its purest size.

We are luxury travelers and while there are some great luxury hotels in Myanmar, we chose to lớn stay in 3-star (or lower) accommodations on our trip & we recommover you vì the same as well! Consider two things, many of the luxury hotels are run by former associates of the military dictator or are owned by the government. The money you spkết thúc staying in these hotels does not go bachồng into the community, so we preferred to stay in locally ran bed & breakfasts or guesthouses instead. Secondly, Myanmar is a country of adventure and exploration. It is certainly not a country where you should spkết thúc hours in your khách sạn, so we recommkết thúc staying in a cheaper guesthouse và spending your time exploring & spending your money on activities và sights rather than big expensive sầu hotels. If you’re looking to lớn spend most of your time in a luxury khách sạn, do not go lớn Myanmar. – Samantha & Leonarvì, The Wandering Wanderlusters

MyanmarVietnam
Capital cityNaypyidawHanoi
Most popular destinationYangonHo Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon)
Natural attractionNgapali BeachHalong Bay
Nightlife destinationYangonHo Chi Minc City

Highlights

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Photo by Chinc Le Duc on Unsplash

Myanmar

Myanmar has had a tumultuous past steeped in military rule that lasted for five decades. Their new democratically led future has opened doors for travellers who are seeking the unspoiled utopia of turquoise seas, mountains, lakes, pristine beaches và tropical jungles. The people of Myanmar are gentle, welcoming and friendly, making travellers feel very much at home page in their country.

Nature aside, the country is known for bustling marketplaces, colourful streets, beautiful Buddhist temples, including the Shwedagon Pagodomain authority in Yangon, which has historical pieces dating bachồng lớn the 6th century. The massive sầu reclining Buddha, Chaukhtatgyi Buddha, is another awe-inspiring must-see that draws hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. Rich in culture, spirituality and traditional lifestyle, Myanmar is an escape that encompasses a little bit of everything.

I had looked forward khổng lồ travelling in Myanmar for years. And my biggest regret is that I would have loved more time. I would say two weeks minimum to lớn get around to lớn the major travel haunts, but this would also give sầu you time to lớn get off the beaten path a bit, into smaller communities, and maybe a multi day hike. While there are many tours visiting Myanmar, whether you on with a group or flying solo, Myanmar is for travelers who love sầu adventure, a few surprises, & enjoy the unexpected. Be open for anything that comes your way in Myanmar, và take time to lớn enjoy the welcoming folks và beautiful villages. – Emily, See Her Travel

Myanmar is a country with a very rich & quite conservative culture. Make sure lớn respect the traditions và rules most especially when entering the pagodas. Prepare your feet to lớn be exposed (literally) since footwear isn’t allowed inside the sacred pagodas. The highlight of our Myanmar trip was when we visited Bagan và Inle Lake. Bagan surely can’t be missed since it shows the old and long existence of the country. I was truly amazed of the pagodas as well as the hospitality of the people.

Inle Lake has more of a relaxed vibe. It is more chilly and quiet too! Surrounded by lake, Myanmar people exercises a different kind of survival skills. But wherever you are in the country, food is cheap. Don’t miss out on the samosas & the classic tea! Truly, khổng lồ die for. Yum!


We came across many backpackers & solo travellers while we were there, but I had a beau with me so I can say, it is a great destination for couples, too! Though you can fly lớn every đô thị in Myanmar, it is more cost efficient if you ride the night buses lớn reach your destination. In that way, you can also save sầu on your hotel expenses. – Tody, The Bella Travellista
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Vietnam

Vietphái nam caters to lớn the quiet soul searcher as much as it does lớn the lively, gap year travel enthusiast. With magnificent beaches, clean rivers và breath-taking forests forming the backdrop for busy cities and lively markets… there is an energy in Vietphái mạnh that can’t be matched anywhere else.

Age-old tradition still marks a vast majority of the lvà, where rice paddies và mountainside villages keep local farmers and families contentedly busy. Buildings, houses và streets all have a uniquely Vietnamese appeal, while a mixture of Buddhism và Taoism paints the villages with colours that are worn with pride.

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Vietnam’s nightlife has evolved over the years and there is now a definitive sầu scene in Hanoi & Ho Chi Minc City. For those wanting nothing more than a good các buổi tiệc nhỏ, bars, great entertainment & an affordable night out, Ho Chi Minch City is a great bet.

Food And Drinks

Myanmar

The food và drinks particular lớn Myanmar are generally hot và spicy with flavours found in Chinese & Indian food. Dishes include lots of curries, rice, noodles, coconut milk, fresh vegetables and chicken, mutton or fish. Ginger & chili are very commonly used ingredients found in many dishes. Locally brewed beers are found in bars & restaurants, as are a variety of teas served with unique spices.

Here’s a short danh sách of the most delicious Burmese dishes:

Mohinga: a bowl of rice noodles covered in a fish based soup & sprinkled with deep fried frittersBiryani: rice with cashew nuts, yogurt, raisins và peas, chicken, cloves, cinnamon, saffron và cất cánh leafPe Byouk: flat bread, and boiled peas

I was already in love sầu with tea leaf salad before I even came lớn Myanmar, since that dish can also frequently be found in Northern Thailand as it seems to have spilled over the border. However, eating that salad in the busy streets of Yangon is a totally different game – và so very recommended! And of course you gotta try Mohinga, a national favorite which is rice noodles in a delicious fish soup.

Of course, you cannot miss seeing the sunrise sitting high up on the edge of one of the Temples of Bagan. It is even more spectacular when you come between October và March as it is hot air balloon season then. Then, you can spot the balloons rising over the temples into lớn the sun at dawn, simply wow! Another highlight you will surely not want to pass is visiting the glamorous Shwedagon Pagodomain authority in Yangon, the most sacred Buddhist pagodomain authority in the whole country. It is absolutely stunning, especially at sunphối when the chanting begins. – Carolin, Breathing Travel


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Vietnam

Vietnamese food includes rice & noodles as a staple part of a dish, much like Myanmar cuisine. Fish is widely used in Vietnamese cooking as it is readily available, as are fresh herbs and vegetables. Vietnamese beer of choice, bia hơi, is known khổng lồ be the cheapest in the world, while their iced coffee drink, Cà phê sữa đá, is a sweet và delicious cool down for a hot day in Vietnam giới.

Here’s a menu of the most famous Vietnamese dishes:

Pho, salty broth, fresh rice noodles, a sprinkling of herbs and chicken or beefCha ca, sizzling chunks of fish seasoned with garlic, ginger, turmeric and dill on a hot pan tablesideBanh xeo, crispy crepe bulging with pork, shrimp, and bean sprouts, plus the garnish of fresh herbs

Getting around

Myanmar

Here are some tips for getting around Myanmar in the most time-effective sầu way:

Popular tourist destinations such as Yangon (Rangoon), Mandalay, Inle Lake & Bagan are open khổng lồ foreigners. However, much of Myanmar is closed lớn foreign travellers.Myanmar roads have sầu improved, but it still takes long time to lớn travel. This makes flying the most comfortable option for travelling long distances. According to lớn some sources, many airlines engage in the unfortunate practice of dual pricing, with foreigners paying significantly more than Myanmar nationals.Myanmar has an extensive sầu but old rail network. Trains are slow, noisy and the toilets are in abysmal sanitary condition; many are simply holes in the floor that empty out directly onto the ground beneath the train.There is also a large river ferry network. The ferry companies are usually run by the government. The trip from Mandalay lớn Bagan requires almost a day, the one from Bagan lớn Yangon is longer.Buses of all types run the roads of Myanmar. Since the ban on importing vehicles was lifted in 2012, the chất lượng of coach transport is improving drastically.Myanmar kids

Vietnam

Here are some tips for getting around while in Vietnam:

Traveling by plane is cheap và fast in Vietnam giới. The trip from Hanoi to lớn Ho Chi Minc City will take about 2 hours.The railway is the least developed transportation infrastructure in Vietphái mạnh. Most of the network was built during the period of French colonization and since then it has not improved. There have been programs for developing it in the last decade but the network has still many deficiencies.Long-distance bus services connect most cities in Vietphái nam. Usually they depart early in the morning khổng lồ accommodate traffic và late afternoon rains. chú ý that average road tốc độ is typically quite slow.Foreign driving licences are not accepted in Vietphái nam. The concept of renting a car to drive sầu yourself is almost non-existent, & when Vietnamese speak of renting a car they mean hiring a car with a driver.You may wish to visit Vietnam giới by bicycle. Several adventure travel companies provide tours with equipment. Most of the population gets around on two wheels, so it’s a great way to get closer lớn the people, as well as off the beaten path.While slowly being supplanted by motorbikes, cyclo pedicabs still roam the streets of Vietnam’s cities and towns. They are especially common in scenic smaller cities, where it’s pleasant lớn cruise slowly along taking in the sights.You’ll be missing a big part of Vietnamese life if you vì not spend some time on a boat. Be careful though because many boats, although seaworthy, are not fit to lớn international standards.

Budget

Vietphái nam wins when it comes down lớn your holiday budget. But the average daily budget in both countries is under 50 US dollars. In both countries, you will have khổng lồ pay the Entry Visa and with tourism in its relative sầu infancy, fewer businesses charge hiked up tourist prices in Myanmar. Unfortunately it’s not lượt thích this in Vietnam.

Phrases & Words

Myanmar

Mingalar BaAuspicious to you allThwa: biGood night / Good ByeZei: mya:deVery expensiveLei zeiAirportBe lau’le:How much?

Vietnam

Xin chao!Hello!Tam BietGoodbyeToi la…My name is…Xin loiExcuse meTotGood

So, which one is better?

Both countries are amazing. According khổng lồ many travelers, Myanmar is still authentic & the people more friendly, particularly in the touristic areas. The good news is that Vietnam & Myanmar (or Burma) are in Southeast Asia, so you could easily visit both of them during the same trip.