Myanmar Destinations

There are four main stops on any Myanmar travel itinerary: Yangon travel, Mandalay travel, Bagan travel, Kyaikhtiyo travel, Inle Lake travel, and Monywa travel. In between, the country’s smaller towns, pristine beaches and remote mountain areas are wonderful additions for visitors who have more time to spare. Other popular Myanmar travel destinations include the trekking areas of Kalaw and Kengtung, the beaches of Ngapali and Ngwe Saung, or smaller towns such as Pindaya and Mrauk U.

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Mandalay Travel

Mandalay was the last capital of the third Myanmar Empire. It is located 668 km north from Yangon. Mandalay’s value lies in that it is a repository of late Myanmar history. Mandalay embodies all the elements of Myanmar’s ancient educational, social and cultural system. Mandalay is the home and guardian of the best traditions of Myanmar music and dance .The Mandalayans preserves the proper spoken language of Myanmar. Symbols of religion are richer in Mandalay than in any of the living Myanmar city. It is the principal centre for studies of Buddhist literature. The other tourist attractions are Mandalay Hill, Mya-nan-san-kyaw...

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Monywa Travel

Monywa Myanmar is a city in Sagaing Division, Myanmar, located 136 km north-west of Mandalay on the eastern bank of the Chindwin River. It is along the Mandalay-Budalin branch railway line but is best reached by bus as the road from Mandalay is in reasonably good shape. Monywa is a major trade center for agricultural produce from the surrounding Chindwin Valley, especially beans, orange pulses and jiggery (palm sugar). In addition, the local industry includes mills for the production of cotton, flour, noodles, and edible oils. Monywa’s rough cotton blankets are famous throughout Myanmar. Other regional crafts include bamboo and reed...

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Kyaikhtiyo Travel

Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda is located in Mon State. It is about 20kms from the town Kyaikhto. It is a 7.3 meters pagoda on top of a big “Golden Rock”. The massive golden boulder is right on top of the Kyaikhto mountain. Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda, known as “Golden Rock,” perches on the edge of a cliff at the top of Kyaikhto mountains range, part of the Eastern Yoma. This magnificent “Golden Rock” is the most meditative and popular tourist attraction in Mon State. A small Stupa rests on top of a big boulder covered in gold leaf, which balances on the cliff thanks...

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Yangon Travel

Before being made the Capital of Burma by the British Colonialists,Yangon in former times was a fishing village of little importance, a mere jumble of thatched huts. Today the town is also famous for being Asia´s Garden City. Downtown Yangon is a jewel of Colonial Architecture – but alas this jewel is increasingly losing its splendour partly due to the encroachment of contemporary building on traditional sites. Visitors to Yangon will see their dreams come true – the city has so much to offer – except a “nightlife”. An evening´s pleasure will be restricted to savouring the manifold delicacies of...

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Bagan Travel

Bagan preeminent ancient religious cities in Southeast Asia. The ruins of Bagan city cover an area of 42 sq. km embracing over 2000 ancient pagodas and temples. The enchanting city is located in the tropical zone of the country, on the eastern bank of the Irrawaddy River about 193 kilometers south east of Mandalay. Bagan shows Myanmar architectural heritages from the 11th to mid 14th centuries. For many visitors Bagan is the more extraordinary of the two cities and this because of the view. The ruins of the more than one hundred Angkor temples stand alone and isolated in...

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Lake Inle Travel

Inle Lake is 22km long and about 11km wide. The lake is at 1328 metres above sea level. Inle is one of the most popular tourist destination in the Shan State. The lake is full of floating vegetations and houses. The lake dwellers are one-legged rowers. They are well-known for it. They are called as “Inthar” meaning people of the lake. There are about 18 villages around the lake. They are Buddhist and about a hundred Buddhist monasteries can be found. A lot small pagodas can be found too. The floating water hyacinth are the major products of this region. Many...

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Bago Travel

Bago was formerly known as Pegu. It is a city and the capital of Bago Region in Myanmar. It is located 80 km (about 50 miles) from Yangon. It has a population of 220,000.  Being an ancient capital of Mon Kingdom in 15th century, you can enjoy the Bago sightseeing including ancient Buddha Images. Most sightseeing is Shwethalyaung Reclining Buddha (55 metres long), Shwemawdaw Pagoda, and 28 meter high huge Buddha Image of Kyaikpun Pagoda with its four huge Buddha Images facing the cardinal points and the one interest place is Kanbawzathardi Palace. Do you want to see the country’s highest...

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Pyin Oo Lwin Travel

Pyin Oo Lwin was formerly known as May Myo. It is a resort town in Mandalay Division in Myanmar, located some 67 kilometers east of Mandalay, and at an altitude of 1070 meters (3510 feet). It was initially a Shan village situated between Naungcho and Mandalay on the Lashio-Mandalay road. Pyin Oo Lwin is also known as ” Pan Myo Daw”, means “The City of Flowers”, for its different species and colorful flowers grown intensively. During the British colonial occupation, the British, in 1896, developed it as a hill station because of its cool alpine climate, especially during the hot...

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Pindaya Caves

Pindaya Myanmar, a three hour drive from Helo is a city located in the hills of the Shan State, the largest area within Myanmar. The cave is noted for its 9000 Buddha statues, but is also a bustling market town located on a small lake. Buddha images are in different sizes and materials in every imaginable corner of these mysterious caves. The legendary “Bote-ta-lote” lake of Pindaya region. The Legend Pindaya also hides a legend, that of seven princesses, daughters of a nat-king. They were bathing in a lake at the foot of the mountain and did not notice the night was...

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Ngapali Beach

Ngapali Beach Myanmar is the most beautiful beach among the beaches in Myanmar. Its beautiful sandy beach stretches on the Bay of Bengal and it lies in Rakhine State of Myanmar. Apart from the normal beach activities, excursions like visiting the small fishing villages and local markets; exploring the countryside by bicycle and a boat trips to the magnificent offshore islands can be experienced in Ngapali. There is also the 18-hole Golf Course just 15 minutes drive from the hotel to fulfill the taste of beach golfers. The sunset view of the sandy Ngapali beach. History of Ngapali Beach Once there was a...

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Mrauk U Travel

Mrauk U Myanmar was once, one of the most powerful kingdom in history. The Rakhine King “Min Saw Mon” founded Mrauk U in 1433. Mrauk U was a leading trade city during its time, and abundant networks of canals allowed small and large vessels to go by. It traded with Middle East, Asia, Holland, Protugal and Spain. The Mrauk U dynasty lasted for about 352 years. Mrauk U Myanmar was also known as “Myohaung” meaning the ancient city. In this ancient city, today, there are about 70 known and named ruined pagodas, whereas there are many more remaining unknown. Myohaung or...

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Myitkyina Travel

Myitkyina is the Capital city of Kachin State. The town is situated in a flat valley that becomes extremely hot in the hot season and very rainy during the monsoon. There is an abundance of fruit in this state. The “Myit-son” the confluence of the Mekha and Malika Rivers, 45 km north of town, forming the great Ayeyarwaddy, flowing through the whole country. It is a sight seeing attraction for local and foreign visitors. The Kachin Manaw festival is held annually in Myitkyina. It is usually around New Year or the first week of each year. Most of the Kachin people...

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Sagaing Travel

Sagaing is the capital of Sagaing Division in Myanmar. It is located on the Ayeyarwady River, 20 km to the southwest of Mandalay on the opposite bank of the river. Sagaing is a religious and monastic center, with numerous Buddhist monasteries. It briefly regained is position as a royal capital of Burma from 1760-1764. The British-built a 16 span Innwa Bridge connects Sagaing with Mandalay, crossing the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River. It was built in 1934.Sagaing is renowned for its silversmith works at Ywa Htaung quarters and also pottery at Nwe Nyein village. View of Sagaing Hill from the Ayeyarwaddy River You can...

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Kalaw Travel

Kalaw Myanmar is situated in Shan State, Myanmar. Kalaw is a popular hill station of Myanmar. It is a peaceful and quiet place. At an altitude of 1320 metres it’s also pleasantly cool and a good place for hiking and amid gnarled pines, bamboo groves and rugged mountain scenery. The welcome signboard to Kalaw. The plateau near Kalaw is inhabited by the Shan ethnic tribes such as a PaO and Palaung or the long-neck people. They weave their own colourful clothings and they make their living by plantations of “Thanatphet” trees. The leaves of theses trees are widely used to make...

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Mingun Travel

Mingun Myanmar is a town in Sagaing Division, Myanmar, located 11 km up the Ayeyarwaddy River from Mandalay. A 45-minute boat trip to Mingun is very pleasant with plenty of life on the river to see. It is the site of two famous monuments – the Mingun Pahtodawgyi (unfinished pagoda) and the Mya Theindan Pagoda. View of Mingun seen from the Ayeyarwaddy...

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Nay Pyi Taw

Nay Pyi Taw is the administrative capital of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. Centrally lovated, it is 391 km from Yangon and 302 km from Mandalay, being easily accessible from all parts of the country. The environs of Nay Pyi Taw comprise (8) townships viz. Zeyar Thiri, Pohbba Thiri, Uttara Thiri, Zebu Thiri, Dekhina Thiri, Pyinmana, Lewe and Tatkone Townships. Nay Pyi Taw Airport is about 30 minutes from Nay Pyi Taw. All domestic carries operate daily flights from Nay Pyi Taw to the commercial capital, Yangon, and the cultural capital Mandalay. There are flights via Nay...

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Shwebo Travel

Shwebo is a city in the Sagaing Region of Myanmar, located 64 miles (103km) north-west of Mandalay on the eastern bank of the Chindwin River. Shwebo was the native town of King Alaungpaya, the founder of the Kone Baung Dynasty. Shwebo was royal capital of Myanmar from 1760-1764. King Alaungpaya fought against the rule of the Mon Monarchy in 1752, and his dynasty lasted over two centuries. He used the city as a base from which to conquer Innwa and Lower Myanmar, establishing the Third Myanmar Empire. His successor, King Hsinbyushin, moved the capital to Amarapura in the 1780s,...

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Chaung Thar Beach

Chaung Thar Beach Myanmar is one of the popular beaches in Myanmar. Located just 6 hours drive from Yangon. An alternative route is an overnight steamer trip from Yangon, along Twante canal up to Pathein and then a one and a half hour drive by coach to Chaung Thar Beach. This beach is also very popular and famous beach in Myanmar. The highway to Chaung Thar is through the mountain ranges, going up and down. But as soon as you arrive to the plain, then you will be very pleased with the sea view. Chaung Thar is a little muddy...

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Ngwe Saung Beach

Ngwe Saung Beach is also on the western coast of Myanmar on the Bay of Bengal, nearly directly west of Yangon and a bit south of Ngapali. It has become popular with tourists in just the last four or five years and the quality of the beach, sand and water is comparable to Ngapali Beach. There are many hotels (most of them are deluxe or superior category) however a few more are being built. Until recently, the beach could be reached only by car (about 5-6 hours drive) from Yangon, or by a tourist ferry that would make an...

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Amarapura Travel

Amarapura meaning “City of Immortality” is a city in the Mandalay Division of Myanmar, situated 11 km to the south of Mandalay. The locals sometimes refer to it as Taungmyo (Southern City) to distinguish it from Mandalay (Northern City). King Bodawpaya (1781-1819) of the Konbaung Dynasty founded Amarapura to be his new capital in 1783, soon after he ascended the throne. In 1795, he received the first British embassy to visit Burma. Bodawpaya’s son, King Bagyidaw (1819-1837), moved the Court back to Inwa in 1823. From 1841-1857, King Mindon Min (1853-1878) decided to make Amarapura the capital again, before relocating to...

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Mount Popa

Mount Popa (Mt. Popa) Myanmar is about 50km away from Bagan. It is about 45 minute drive from Nyaung Oo Airport, Bagan. Mt. Popa is an extinct volcano that is estimated to have erupted for the final time, over three hundred and twenty thousand years ago. It was situated 55km southeast of Bagan. Mt. Popa (Taungkalat) is popularly recognized as an abode of many “Nats” (spirits of ancient ancestors) who dwell in various parts of the mountain. In the older days, it was also referred as the “Mountain of Spirits”. You will see monkeys expecting treats along the way to...

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Taunggyi Travel

Taunggyi is the capital of Shan State, Myanmar (Burma), The name Taunggyi means “huge mountain” in the Burmese language. Taunggyi holds a hug fire balloon festival at full-moon Tazaungmon (the eighth month of the Myanmar Lunar Calendar). Every five days the old market ground hosts a busy tribal market that attracts lots of traders from the hills. It is also a busy trading post and the town markets are piled high with Chinese and Thai goods, freighted in daily via the border crossings at Tachileik and Mongla. The 2478 stupas at Kakku are one of the most remarkable...

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Pakokku Travel

Pakokku is a township of Pakokku District in Magway Division of Myanmar (Burma). It locates on the western bank of the Ayeyarwady River where tobacco plantations are thriving as Myanmar agriculture produce in which the foreigners have great interest. Moreover, cotton, as an industrial crop, is also growing vigorously there as Pakokku is a place of rich soil where the government has designated it as a special zone for cotton cultivation. With the large and bustling market, a cigar factory and hand weaving workshop. You can make a tour by local bus which is a fun way of seeing...

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