Whenever you walk on streets during Thingyan, you can hardly avoid being thrown water onto. Even if you feel it seem to be safe to pass by a quiet street corner, you are still likely to get soaked to the bone due to countless kids waiting to ambush you. However, in Burma, there are still some public sites where you can be sheltered and having a relaxing Myanmar luxury holiday. Places which are generally exempt from water play includes pagodas and other religious grounds.
Botahtaung Pagoda & Harbor
Botahtaung Pagoda & Harbor which are quite near each other are two among safe public places for you to get some relaxation and peace after hours of hard water fights. This is because people are not allowed to play with water near religious sites to show a courtesy to those who are doing religious deeds. Moreover, Botahtaung Pagoda & Harbor are quite far from centers of water fights and merry-makers usually find nothing fun do with such places. In the end, they are definitely good spots to avoid getting wet and chill during your Myanmar excursions.
It is advisable to reach these site from 8 to 10 o’clock in the morning or around 4 PM till late night. Imagine you can sit under a tree, talking with your friends and even have a puff of smoke, such one of the memorable things to do in Myanmar. It gradually gets colder and colder through the night but it is an ideal moment for you to sing some of your favorite songs. From here, lightings of the vintage luxury hotel can be clearly seen. Some stalls at the harbor might be available for tourists to visit.
Yes, you heard right! Strand Road – a major street – is safe and sound for your Myanmar luxury holiday. It is because there will be no stages erected with water hoses around here. Chinatown, Kabar Aye Pagoda Road, and Pyay Road themselves are the centers of the mandats, which leaves Strand Road to be one of the few roads with no organized activities. Consequently, it has nothing to attract enthusiastic merry-makers but an ideal place fo you to get some exercise or have a leisure walk. From here, you can go up to Anawratha Road for a free shower on the way back after exercising. Then, you will probably be ready for another Myanmar day tour full of water splashes.
During your cruises in Myanmar, Shwedagon Pagoda is definitely another suggestion to visit you desire to see the tranquil side of Thingyan, especially on 17th April. It offers you a chance to see the party animals, water throwers, and Thingyan cars. Instead of staying home all day, locals who are tired of Thingyan commonly go to a monastery or pagoda like Shwedagon. It will come as no surprise that this site is full of parades of people who come to meditate and accept the 9 precepts, the Buddhist equivalent of Sabbath. Shwedagon Pagoda is really tranquil with devotees chanting, meditating, and prayers. There are no water fights at all even it is in the heart of Thingyan. To enter this play, foreigners have to pay an amount of around 8,000Ks (around $7). It is a good idea to come here with someone who can speak Myanmar so that you can have a deep insight into the complex ceremonies and its historic importance. This is really one of the best places to visit in Myanmar during Thingyan.
Maha Bandoola Park
Right next to Maha Bandoola Park is a big mandat but you can stay completely dry on a side of the park. That area in Myanmar is built for people who want to relax during their luxury holiday like you. While others are mad at throwing water onto each other and have fun, you can enjoy peace and even watch that madness from this place. It is not large and there is a little shade to be share, so you had better find another place if it is too hot. Moreover, you never know what unexpected things might happen to you while entering or leaving the park. So, just avoid the Maha Bandoola Road but go from the Sule` Pagoda Road onto Merchant Road.
Thingyan holiday is on its way! You can be eager to join your Myanmar luxury holiday but remember: Traffic will be brutal, stores will be closed and you will get soaked any time you go outside, which can make you exhausted. It is not exaggerating that your preparation will not be enough for the forthcoming party at the size of the country, but knowing best spots to join the festivities, to escape and enjoy peace is indispensable.