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Yangon  

Yangon is the main gateway to Myanmar destinations. Full of evergreen trees and lakes, it is always trying to live up to its name " The Garden City of the East ". It was founded in the 18th century by King Alaungpaya. Today it is a vast sprawling region of more than 5 million people over 350 sq-km in area.

How to get there

Myanmar is well-connected to all parts of the world. Foreign tourists usually come by air, but sometimes they might visit in masse a cruise ship by prior arrangement. Daily flight from Bangkok and Singapore. The domestic airlines: Myanmar Airways, Yangon Airways and Air Mandalay have regular flight to Mandalay, Bagan, Inle and other tourist destinations.

Where to stay and where to dine

A wide choice of accommodation is available from 4/5 star deluxe hotels on down to inns and guest houses.

Why so special

Yangon enjoys generally good weather. Myanmar being a leading Theravada Buddhist country, Yangon abounds with famous pagodas and edifices like Sule’, Botahtaung, Kaba Aye, Chaukhutkyi, Mahawijaya, Mai-lamu Pagoda and Maha-Pasana Great Cave (venue of the Sixth Buddhist Synod). Foreigners can also experience the Buddhist religious life, even if for a short time, at several Vipassana meditation centres. Then there are standard big-city attractions like National Museum, Bogyoke Aung San Park, Zoological Garden, Hlawga Wildlife Park and at Htaukkyant the calm well-tended Allied War Memorial Cemetery with thousands of stone-graves.

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Mandalay

The last dynasty of Myanmar Kings, 668km north of Yangon. Built in 1857 by King Mindon. Now the second largest city, rich in cultural heritage.Mandalay has rail, road, river and air links to all parts of the country. Only 1.5hour flight from Yangon, it is served by a new international airport 50km outside the city. The leisurely train or coach ride takes about 14 hours and 12 hours respectively.Mandalay is the place where one could get closet to the real Myanmar. The Mahamuni (the great Buddha Image ), is the main religious sign in Mandalay. The Mandalay Hill where you may climb up the steps to the top (elevation 230 m) can be reached by road, escalators or a lift. Among numerous pagodas of renown is Kuthodaw Pagoda with its 729 marble stabs ( " the world biggest book " ) on which are inscribed the entire Buddhist canon. Mandalay is also a mecca for lovers of arts and crafts.

How to get there

Just over an hour’s daily flight from Yangon to Mandalay International Airport. About 14 hours by train, 12 hours by express or by car.

Where to stay and where to dine

Mandalay Swan Hotel, Silver Swan Hotel, Nadi Myanmar Hotel, Sedona Hotel, Mandalay Hill Resort. Meals: Chinese food , Thai food, Shan food and Myanmar food.

Why so Special

Mandalay Hill, 230 meters in elevation, commands a panoramic view of the city. Mandalay Palace with its brick walls, gates and moat; Shwenandaw Monastery, a magnificent building dating back to 1879, Mahamuni Pagoda built by King Bodawpaya in 1784 has the Great Buddha Image.Kuthodaw Pagoda (built in 1868) where there is the “World’s biggest Book” in 729 marble slabs with the Buddha’s Teachings inscribed on them.Mandalay Museum, Zegyo Market and Silk Weaving Cottage Industry are among other places worth visiting.

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Bagan

Bagan, known as the city of four million Pagodas, is one of the richest archaeological sites in Asia.About 430miles (690km) from Yangon; The main tourist attraction in Myanmar, on the eastern bank of the Ayeyarwaddy river; Capital of the first Myanmar Empire; Its area of 42 sq-km has over 3,000 well-preserved pagodas and temples of the 11th -13th Centuries.


How to get there

Daily flight between Yangon and Bagan; Flight to Bagan take an hour and ten minutes. Also regular Express local service from Yangon and Mandalay; Yangon-Bagan Express Coach takes 16 hours; From Mandalay and Heho it is only 20 minutes’ flight; Express trains from Yangon and Mandalay stop at Thazi, from where it is only a three hours’ drive to Bagan. Also double decker steamer service between Mandalay and Bagan and a luxury cruise ships - Road to Mandalay, Shwekeinnery, Malikha and Pandaw.

Where to stay

Bagan-Nyaung Oo boasts several International Standard hotels as well as Inns and Guest-Houses with modern facilities at reasonable prices.

What to see

Shwezigon Pagoda, the prototype for the later myanmar stupas; Ananda Temple with four huge Buddha Images in standing position and relief depicting the Buddha from his Birth to his Enlightenment; Thatbyinnyu, the highest white stucco building in Bagan. Dhammayangyi, Bagan’s most massive temple; which displays very fine brickwork. Originally, they biult nearly 5,000 temples. Now more than 3,000 temples still survive according to the census of the archaeology department. Bagan Museum with artifacts of historical and cultural interest is well worth seeing.

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Inlay Lake

Located in the southern Shan State and 750km north of Yangon.

How to get there

From Yangon or Mandalay, you take a regular flight to Heho. You can also travel by car uphill and along the winding road over the Shan Plateau savoring the sights all round. Or you can take the train via Thazi Junction to Heho and Shwenyaung, the nearest station to the Lake.

Where to stay and where to dine

Golden Island Cottage, Inle Princess, Lake View Resort, Paramount Inle Resort, Paradise Inle Resort and Inle Resort with modern facilities at reasonable prices. At Nyaung-Shwe, which is the gateway to Inle lake, modern-style hotels like Hu Pin Hotel, Golden Express Hotel.

Why so special

The Inle Lake is the second largest lake in Myanmar, 22km long and 10km across, the population in and around the lake number some 150,000 many of whom live on floating islands of vegetation. Natural and unpolluted, Inle Lake` is the main tourist attraction in Myanmar for its scenic beauty and the unique way the native lake dweller row their boats (for which the lake is also known as "the lake of the leg-rowers").

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Ngapali Beach

Located on the Rakhine Coast near Thandwe.

How to get there

The beach stretches for 3km, 35 minutes flight from Yangon. From Yangon by land, it takes about 14 hours along the winding road over the Rakhine Yoma mountain range, after crossing the Ayeyarwaddy river at Pyay.

Where to stay and where to dine

Amata Resort, Amazing Ngapali, Aureum Resort & Spa, Bay View Resort, Ngapali Beach and Linn Tha Oo Hotel with modern facilities at reasonable prices.

Why to special

There is an 18-hole Golf Course, about 15 minutes drive from the Ngapali beach.The Ngapali Beach offers the sea, sun and surfing simultaneously. It is the most beautiful beach of Myanmar.

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Chaung Tha Beach

Chaung Tha beach – only 246km from Yangon – is the nearest beach resort located in the Ayeyarwaddy Division. Along the 5 hours drive to the beach, one can feast one’s eyes the vast stretches of lush green paddy field.

How to get there

Only 5 hours drive from Yangon.

Where to stay and where to dine

There are bungalow-type hotels facing the sea. Hotel Max, Belle Resort, Grand hotel and guest-houses in the nearby Chaung Tha village are at your service. Sea-foods are fresh and plenty at the restaurants there.

Why so special

En route to Chaung Tha, one can visit Pathein, the capital of the Ayeyarwaddy Division and try Pathein Halawar, its specialty. Pathein umbrella is the symbol of the Division.Reaching the beach, one can enjoy the salubrious breeze crossing long stretching sea the horizon. Surfing over the white-crested waves is unforgettable experience. Pokala Island and Thebyu Island – 5 minutes drive by motorboat and 20 minutes respectively – boast their beautiful, white sand beaches. It take exactly one hour to Ngwe Saung beach, the latest beach resort of Myanmar.

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Ngwe Saung Beach

Ngwe Saung, Myanmar’s latest beach resort has the longest shore- 9miles. It is located just 29 minutes from Pathein in the Ayeyarwaddy Division. Popular with the travelers who prefer much less crowded beach, clean and white sand, and crystal clear sea water free of seaweeds and the like, Ngwe Saung is likely to surpass the other local counterparts very soon in many aspects. The recent completion of Nga-Wun Bridge also facilitates the road transport service for this seaside resort.

How to get there

It takes about 5 hours motoring from Yangon to get there.

Where to stay and where to dine

Sunny Paradise Hotel, Myanmar Treasure Beach Resort, Palm Beach Resort, Emerald Sea Resort, Aureum Resort & Spa and Yuzana Resort, etc.

Why so special

The long Ngwe Saung Beach lies between the Bay of Bengal with its unforgettable views at sunset, and the Rakhine Mountain Range with the evergreen tropical rain forests on its slopes. While you stroll along the beach, waves lap on the shore on the seaside, and the row of screw-pines sway under the arched coconut trees on the shore side.

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Pindaya

It is located in the Shan State and 45km to the north of Kalaw.

How to get there

You can take a regular flight to Heho and drive to Pindaya.

Where to stay and where to dine

Conqueror Hotel, Golden Cave and Memento Restaurant.

Why so special

Pindaya is noted for its extensive limestone caves, set deep in the hillsides, where you’ll see about 6,000 Buddha images and stalagmites. And at the entrance of the hillside caves you’ll see Shwe Oo Min (Golden Cave) Pagoda of 15 meter height.

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Kyaikhtiyo Bagoda

Kyaikthiyo Pagoda is the single biggest tourist attraction, at least for Myanmar. It is a gilt boulder, topped with a small pagoda, precariously perched on the edge of a hill about 160 km from Yangon. Kyaikhtiyo Hill in Kyaikhto Township is 1,100 m above sea-level.

How to get there

By car, it is about 4-hour’s drive from Yangon to the Kinpun Base Camp, from which it is an 11km uphill climb to the pagoda. You may take the train to Kyaikhto, and proceed by car. It is a 45 minutes drive from the base camp to Yathedaung Hill, hence the visitor go on foot for seven furlongs.

Where to stay and where to dine

It is customary for the pilgrims to stay overnight at the pagoda. There are Mountain Top Hotel, Kyaikhto Hotel and Golden Rock Hotel at Kyaikhtiyo Hill.Why so specialThere is a popular belief that a person gains in wealth every time he/she climbs the Kyaikhtiyo Hill. Women are not allowed to cross the small bridge leading to the surface of the rock outer supporting the sacred boulder. It is toboo to make harsh or off-colour remarks while going over the rolling hills.
 

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Tachileik

Located on the Myanmar - Thai border in the eastern Shan State, is being upgraded as a gateway to the heart of the Golden Triangle. The Friendship Bridge across the small Mae Sai stream links Tachileik with the northern Thai border town of Mae Sai. The area is currently being developed for tourism and cross-border trade with Laos, Thailand and China.

How to get there

One can fly direct from Yangon to Tachileik in an hour. There is a ferry-landing site at Wanpon port on the Mekong River at the Myanmar - Laos border, 29km from Tachileik. The port also handles goods shipments to and from Thailand and China. Where to stay and where to dine A Loda Hotel, Ayeyar Wun Hotel, etc…...

Why so special

A short flight to Tachileik will be the beginning of a tour of the infamous Golden Triangle. Tachileik sits on the banks of the Mekong River across from Mai Sai in Thailand. It is a cross border town. A one-and-half hour away from Tachileik we arrive at Mai Pong, where we can enjoy a boat tour of Mekong River.

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Kengtong (Kyaing – Tong)

It is the principal city of the Golden Triangle, located in the Shan State.

How to get there

One hour fly from Yangon. It takes longer by road, the roads being rough.Border passing is allowed with border passes permission. Where to stay and where to dine Kyaing Tong Hotel, Private Hotel, Princess Hotel, etc….

Why so special

Around Kyaing Tong you can study at first hand the traditional lifestyles of some of Myanmar’s indigenous races, such as Lahu, Lisu, Ang ….. You can go trekking around their villages. Local guide service is available. Overnight stay at villages of national groups is not allowed. Visitors are requested not to give any gift in cash or kind except antimalarial medicine and the like. A trip to Kyaing Tong requires prior arrangements with the tour agencies for travel permission.

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Kawthaung

A Thai-Myanmar border town formerly called Victoria Point in the southernmost part of Myanmar. Over 800km from Yangon.

How to get there

One can take the flight from Yangon to Kawthaung via Dewai and Myeik about 3hours. And then, can take the return flight at same day Kawthaung to Yangon via Myeik and Dewai. Boat service can get you to Ranaung, Thailand in 15 minutes.

Where to stay and where to dine

Accommodations at Andaman Club (Thahtaykyun hotel) and Kawhtaung Motel. Transport by motorcycle and car available. There are many seafood restaurants in Kawthaung.

Why so special

On the cape of Victoria Point stands the statue of Bayintnaung, one of the best-known and ablest kings of Myanmar. Scenic beauties both on land and the sea with shimmering islands.Andaman Club provides, recreational facilities such as an 18-hole golf course, huge swimming pool, satellite TV and IDD Service.Bird watching on Birds’ Nest Island among other things of ecotourism interest. Underwater diving sites, Dolphin Training Centre, Salon people, famous for their diving skills and Myanmar Andaman Pearl Breeding Centre (where the world’s largest pearl was found in April, 2001).

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Popa Mountain Park

Located in Kyaukpadaung Township Mandalay Division, Popa Mountain Park is 410 miles (656 km) from Yangon via Nyaung Oo to Popa 35 miles (56km).

How to get there

One can go to Popa Mountain by car or train. Another way, one can take the flight to Nyaung Oo and proceed to Popa Mountain by car.

Where to stay and where to dine

There were Popa Mountain Resort and Min Min Soe guest house if you stay in Popa Mountain Park.Ecosystem and RecreationFounded in 1983, Popa Mountain Park covers 29.63 sq miles. You can study dry zone ecosystem, natural hill forest and scenic beauty; geo-morphological features, extinct volcano and volcanic plug; observe native traditional culture and worships; study wild fauna such as leopard, barking deer, civits, dusky leaf monkey and 175 species of residential bird, 30 species of butterfly; observe plantation of medicinal plants; visit to the Environmental Education Centre.

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Mrauk Oo

Situated in the northern part of Rakhine State, and north of Sittwe, capital of the State.

How to get there

Take the flight from Yangon to Sittwe, from where you can go to Mrauk Oo by regular passenger boat, taking about 5 hours, or special speed boat with 20 seats takes only 2� hours. It is also accessible from Sittwe by road via Ponnakyun and Kyauktaw.

Where to stay and where to dine

Mrauk Oo Hotel, Wai Tha Li Hotel and only where Chinese and European foods are available.

Why so special

Mrauk Oo is a 15th Century ancient city of Rakhine Kingdom, noted for its old temples with paintings of Indian cultural influence. Situated 30km from Mrauk Oo is the Mahamuni Shrine, one of the famous pagodas in Rakhine State. Worth sightseeing in Mrauk Oo are Shitthaung Pagoda, Dukkanthein pagoda and Andawthein Pagoda.

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