Destinations in Myanmar
Yangon & Environs
Yangon (formerly known as Rangoon) is the largest city in Myanmar (formerly Burma). Yangon is the only one city in South East Asia where could see a lot of colorful colonial buildings in one area. A mix of British colonial architecture, modern high-rises and gilded Buddhist pagodas define its skyline. Moreover, Yangon is home to the nation’s most beloved landmark, the world famous glorious SHWEDAGON Pagoda. The city was founded by King Alaungpaya of the Kone Baung Dynasty when he took the village of Dagon in 1755. He named the settlement Yangon which means ‘end of strife”. Other places of interest are: Chauk Htat Gyi reclining Buddha, Sule Pagoda and, Bogyok (Scott) Market, National Museum and Kaba Aye (World Peace) is the significant for the Sixth World Buddhist Synod which was held in its large compound in 1954.
Bagan & Environs
Bagan, one of the richest archaeological sites of South East Asia and UNESCO World Heritage Site, was the capital of Bagan Kingdom (First Myanmar Empire) between 9th to 13th centuries. It is located in the Mandalay Region of Myanmar and it is one of the most visited places by tourists in the country. Bagan has approximately 2000 ancient monuments and pagodas strewn all over Bagan. The monuments are located on the land between the river bank and the Turintaung range. Although Bagan is most famous for its historic monuments, it has a lot more to offer. Tourists can visit nearby local villages and watch people weaving cotton. Bagan is famous for ancient craft, especially in lacquer. It is also famous for its mural painting, oil processing and palm sugar production.
MANDALAY & ENVIRONS
Mandalay is the second-largest city of Myanmar, located on the east bank of Irrawaddy River. It is an important economic Centre of the northern side of Myanmar and is regarded as a cultural Centre of the country. The royal capital of the last monarchy of Myanmar, Mandalay is also known for its fine gold and silver crafts, wood and marble carving, silk thread weaving and ancient tapestry. Besides handicrafts workshops, interest places are Zeycho Market, Shwenandaw Golden Palace Monastery, Kuthodaw Pagoda and Mandalay Hill. There are several ancient capitals around Mandalay such as Amarapura, Sagaing, Ava, Mingun where Kongboung dynasty kings established their capitals respectively.
INLE & ENVIRONS
Inle lake is located in the heart of the Shan hill of Myanmar. It is a beautiful highland lake, 900 meters above sea level. The lake is 22km long and 10km across and inhabited by many different ethnic nationals of the area. The Intha people are the lake dwellers who are unique for their leg rowing. Leg rowed traditional boats are the main ceremonial attractions of the Inle lake.
KENG TUNG & ENVIRONS
Keng Tung is a town in eastern Shan State, Myanmar. The weather in this area is particular cooler than compare to the tropical area of Myanmar. Keng Tung is in the heart of infamous Golden Triangle area. It has a series of beautiful natural sceneries like amazing waterfalls, huge lakes, beautiful mountains and colorful local ethnic groups.
Chin State & Rakhine
Chin State is an administrative state located in Western Myanmar. Southern Part of Chin State can be easy access from Bagan. The State is a mountainous region with few transportation links. Chin State is sparsely populated and remains one of the least developed areas of the country. The Chin are made up of many sub-groups which although historically related now speak divergent languages and have different cultural and historical identities. Living in the wild but embracing friendly smiles, Chins are one of the warmest people to come across.
SOUTHERN MYANMAR & MERGUI ARCHIPELAGO
KYAIKHTIYO (GOLDEN ROCK)
Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda also called the Golden Rock, was built in 574 B.C and located 229 km from Yangon. Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda is one of the Burma’s most sacred Buddhist Sites. A massive boulder on the edge of a cliff, 1095m above sea level, with a Pagoda on top of it enshrining a hair of Buddha is an important pilgrimage site for Burmese Buddhists. The rock that appears to be gold is actually a granite boulder that is covered with gold leaf applied to the rock by Buddhist devotees. It is the third most important Buddhist pilgrimage site in Myanmar after the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon and Mahamuni Pagoda in Mandalay.
KACHIN / MYITKYINA / PUTAO
Kachin State is a beautiful state located northern of Myanmar and is adorned by the King of mountains, the Himalayas. Myitkyina is the capital of the State. It is bordered by China to the north and east; Shan State to the south and Sagaing Region and India to the west. Kachin is also home to the largest inland lake of Southeast Asia – Indawgyi Lake and the birthplace of Irrawaddy River. The State is also famous for the abundance of jade and gold, its ice-capped mountains, rich of flora & fauna and fascinating natural phenomena.
Ngapali Beach is one of the Asia’s most beautiful Beaches. It has turquoise blue water, whiter soft sand, 7km long beach. Ngapali Beach (pronounced Napally) and it is located in Rakhine State, Myanmar. Myanmar’s owns some incredible undiscovered beaches. Perfect palm trees all along the coastline and one of the loveliest places in Myanmar. It makes for the perfect place to marvel at the beautiful sunsets.
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