News report | | 10/12/2021 | ±4 minutes reading time

Myanmar has many national parks, wildlife reserves and protected areas where tourists can admire Asian elephants, tigers and crocodiles, but also interesting plants and even a volcano. The views and mountains are also exceptionally beautiful. This article highlights the 5 most beautiful national parks in Myanmar and explains how to apply for a visa Myanmar.

Be prepared for your trip

To make the most of your trip to Myanmar, it is important that you are well-prepared. The best time to visit the national parks is during the dry season, when it rains less in Myanmar. However, during the rainy season, nature is particularly green. There are also certain festivals that take place annually during the dry season, which may interest you. In general, it is recommended to visit Myanmar in the period between October and February, which coincides exactly with the winter. Rest assured, it is still very warm then, with temperatures between 25 and 30 degrees.

Because you will be outside a lot while visiting the parks, it is recommended that you actively protect yourself against insect bites from mosquitoes by wearing protective clothing, using DEET and possibly taking malaria pills.

It is also essential that travellers apply for a Myanmar visa well in advance. This can easily be done online through this form and costs £74.95 per person. The tourist visa is valid for 90 days. During this period, travellers may enter Myanmar once. The stay may not exceed 28 days. Even if you travel to Myanmar on the 90th day after the visa is granted, you may stay in the country for 28 days. You may arrive at a date other than the one you entered on the application form as long as it is within the validity period. If you leave Myanmar during this period, you will have to apply for a new visa.

Once you have made all the necessary arrangements, nothing will stop you from discovering the national parks of Myanmar.

1: Mount Popa National Park

This national park is located on Lampi Island, and it is a world heritage site. The purpose of the park is to protect the coral reefs, the marine animals and the various species of birds that live there. Its highest point is 455 metres above sea level. You can travel to Lampi Island by plane or boat. It is advisable to book a tour to enjoy the island to the fullest. In the jungle, you will be able to hike, snorkel, canoe and enjoy the beautiful nature.

Mount PopaThe golden temple on Taung Kalat

2: Lampi Island Marine National Park

This national park is located on Lampi Island, and it is a world heritage site. The purpose of the park is to protect the coral reefs, the marine animals and the various species of birds that live there. Its highest point is 455 metres above sea level. You can travel to Lampi Island by plane or boat. It is advisable to book a tour to enjoy the island to the fullest. In the jungle, you will be able to hike, snorkel, canoe and enjoy the beautiful nature.

3: Nat Ma Taung National Park (Mount Victoria)

Mount Victoria is the third highest mountain in Myanmar. It is located in the Nat Ma Taung national park and is 3070 metres above sea level. You can climb Mount Victoria from the village of Kanpetlet. The ascent and descent take about 5 hours in total. In the national park, there are also longer treks you can take. You can also spot unique bird species and experience the local culture by visiting the many villages.

4: Alaungdaw Kathapa National Park

This is the largest and oldest national park in Myanmar, and it contains large populations of wild Asian elephants and other rare species such as leopards, Malayan bears, giant squirrels and various species of birds and monkeys. This park is also a World Heritage Site. You can ride elephants, trek, visit the Alaungdaw Kathapa temple and admire the flora and fauna.

5: Hlawga National Park

This last park is located about 35 kilometres from the largest city in Myanmar, Rangoon, so a visit can easily be combined with a stay in this beautiful city. This national park contains a wildlife reserve and a mini-zoo. Here you can see animals that cannot be found in Europe, such as tigers and crocodiles. You can also book a safari tour and ride on elephants. You can rest there, but also take walks or even camp.

For a true nature and animal lover, a visit to these national parks is definitely worthwhile, and often they are well-preserved gems that few tourists know about. Do not forget to apply for a visa Myanmar if you want to visit one or more of these national parks.