YANGON, the former capital and business city of Myanmar is the gateway to the wonderland. Alaungpaya, the founder of the last line of Burmese Kings, made Yangon his capital in 1753 and so it remained until 2005 when the capital was moved to Napyidaw. A green city of tropical trees, shady parks and beautiful lakes, leafy sidewalks, pavement tea-shops and magnificent colonial buildings, it offers an intriguing mix of Burmese culture with Chinese and Indian quarters. Present day Yangon covers 392 square kilometer and 30 km up from the sea. Yangon is famous for its Great Shwedagon Pagoda totally gilded with real gold is reputedly one of the wonders of the world.
Place of interest
Shwedagone Pagoda, Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda, Sule Pagoda, Botahtaung Pagoda, Kandawgyi Lake, Bogyoke (Scott’s) Market, China Town & India Town, Colonial Building of British days.
Thanlyin (Syriam), Twante, Dala, Bago, Kyaikhtiyo (Golden Rock), Hpa-An, Mawlamyine.
BAGAN, one of the riches Archaeological Zone in South East Asia is located 42km south of Mandalay and 690 km north of Yangon. It is on the eastern bank of Ayeyarwaddy and can travel by flight or land from all other cities. Bagan was founded by King Anawrahta in 849 AD. During the Bagan Dynasty, the Kings built as many as 4400 temples over a 230 years period on this river side plain. Neglect, looting, earthquake, erosion and bad dung have done their part to undermine its majesty, but Bagan still stands strong for its magical beauty and breathtakingly scenery.
Places of Interest
Nyaung Oo Market, Shwezigon Pagoda, Thatbyinnyu Pagoda, Htilominlo Pagoda, Ananda Temple, Manuha Temple, Nanpaya Temple, Myingaba Gubyaukgyi, Dhamayangyi Temple and Pyathatgyi Pagoda are to watch the sunset over the Ayeyarwaddy River and the sun dips behind the mountains. Balloon flights at sunrise.
Mount Popa, Sale
MANDALAY, the last capital of Myanmar Dynasty, sits on the bank of Ayeyarwaddy River is located 695 km north of Yangon. It is not only the cultural and business city of upper Myanmar but also the 2nd Capital city of Myanmar and can be reached by flight or land. Although Mandalay has a few highlights such as Kuthodaw Pagoda and Mandalay Hill, it is the ancient capitals, battered stupas and sights outside of the city such as Mingun, Sagaing, Ava, Amarapura are neighbors rich with cultural inheritance famous temple and Traditional Arts and crafts.
Places of Interest
Mahamuni Pagoda, Mahagandayon Monastery, Workshops of tapestries, gold leaf Beating and silk weaving U Bein Teak Bridge (1.2 km long), Golden Palace Monastery, Kuthodaw Pagoda, Mandalay Hill.
Aamarapura, Innwa (Ava), Sagaing, Mingun, Monywa, Pyin Oo Lwin, Lashio, Hsipaw.
INLE LAKE, the second largest in Myanmar is, 22 km long, roughly 11 km wide 875 m above sea level at Nyaung Shwe in Shan State. Inthas living in the lake are famous for propelling their flat bottomed boats by standing at one leg and wrapping the other leg around the oar. The lake shore and lake islands bear 17 villages mostly inhabited by those people. Various ethic groups are living on the high hills rim the lake on both sides of the lake can be observed on market days.
Places of interest
Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery, 5 day market, Inn Paw Khone Village to see Silk & Lotus Weaving Work Shop, Blacksmith Work Shop & Cheroot (Burmese Cigar) and Paper Work Shop.
Indein, Kalaw, Pindaya, Taunggyi, Kakku, Loikaw.