An experience that’s highly recommended for bird lovers is a visit to the serene Moeyungyi Wetlands, a couple of hours’ drive north of Yangon. Centered on a reservoir created by the British in 1904, the area serves as an important stopover for migratory birds in the dry season.
Among the 125 species recorded are the Blue Whistling Thrush, Asian Golden Weaver and giant Sarus Crane. To be in situ for sunrise and sunset, when the birds are at their most active and noisy, we suggest a stay in the simple lodge specially created for wildlife enthusiasts on the lake. The reserve is open year round but is at its best from November through March.