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Yangon

Yangon is the Commercial capital and the gateway to Myanmar by air and sea. Yangon was founded by King Alaung Paya (The first emperor of the Third Myanmar Empire) on the site of a small settlement called Dagon when he conquered lower Myanmar in 1755(1752-176 AD). The name of Yangon means “End of Strife” which was anglicized to Rangoon. The present day Yangon covers over 350 sq. km, and has a population of over 6 Million. Later, the Yangon City was modelled and implemented by Lieutenant Fraser of the British engineering corps, who had also drawn the city plan of Singapore.

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Nay Pyi Taw

The Administrative Capital of Myanmar was officially moved to 3 Km away from Pyinmana, which is beside the Yangon-Mandalay highway Road and approximately 320 Km North of Yangon. Easily accessible daily by plane, train and coach.

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Bago

The ancient capital of “Hanthawadi” said to have founded in 573 AD. Bago became the centre of the Mon Kingdom of “Ramanadesa” which consist of all lower Myanmar. In 16th Century Myanmar took over the capital when “King Tabinshwehti” annexed Bago to his “Taungoo” second dynasty Kingdom. It is still surrounded by the ruins of its old wall and moat.

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Pyay (Prome)

Pyay is located on the eastern banks of the Ayeyarwaddy river. Visitors can stop over in Pyay and travel on to Bagan and Mandalay. A few kilometres north-east of the town is Thayekhittaya (Sri Kestra), an archaeological site of the ancient Pyu capital (5th to 9th Century). “Ahkauktaung”which was the custom port in the ancient time, is known for its carving on the cliff along the river.

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Mandalay

The second largest city of Myanmar and The last royal monarchy capital of the Myanmar Kings, Ancient name by Ratanapura (the gem city), is located in Central Myanmar, 668 km north of Yangon. Also known as Ratanabon – Naypyidaw (meaning Gem City). It was built in 1857 by King Mindon. Today, it is the second largest city boasting its rich cultural heritage. It is also the commercial centre with rail, road, river and air links to all parts of the country. There are several ancient capitals around Mandalay such as Amarapura, Sagaing, Ava, Mingun where Kongboung dynasty kings established their capitals respectively. Mandalay International Airport is also the gateway to Myanmar.

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Sagaing

Land Marks

Mt. Sa Ra May Ri, Mingun Bell (The World’s largest Bell), Kyauk Pa Hto region, Twindaung lake (Natural spirulina)

Interesting Places

Kaunghmudaw Pagoda, Soon U Ponnya Shin Pagoda, Tilawkaguru Cave Temple, Thanbulla Pagoda, Laykyunmanaung Pagoda, Thidagu Buddha University, Cultural (Buddha) Museum, Sagaing Bridge (Inwa Bridge)

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Pyin Oo Lwin (May Myo)

Situated about 11 km south of Mandalay and on the eastern bank of the Ayeyarwaddy river. Founded by King Bodawpaya in 1783 as his new capital. Amarapura means City of Immortality. There are several places of interest in this ancient city which was also the site for the first British Embassy in Myanmar in 1795. 1.2km long U Bein Teak Wooden Bridge built over the seasonal Taung Thaman Lake in 1786 with over 1700 huge teak pillars. Mahagandayon Buddhist Monastery is the most interesting site in Amarapura.

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Hispaw

Hispaw is a charming small town situated on the west bank of Domtthawaddy River in the Shan plateau about 1500 feet above sea level. Formerly it was one of the Shan princedoms ruled by the Shan Saobaw. Sprawling rain trees provide a canopy of shade along the busy main streets framed by family owned shops, lively markets, and restaurants. The town’s population is approximately 30,000 with the majority belonging to the Shan tribe, the remaining minorities are the Myanmar, Palaung, Lisu, Kachin, Kayin, Hindu and Chinese .The people are religious, kind and generous.

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Bagan

Bagan is the main tourist attraction in Myanmar. One of the richest archaeological sites in Asia. Bagan is located on the eastern of the Ayeyarwady River. Also being the capital of the first Myanmar Empire, Bagan covers an area of 42 sq.km containing over 2000 well-preserved pagodas and temples of the 11th-13th century. Founded in 849 AD it became the capital of the first Unified Kingdom and the first multinational Union of Myanmar in 1044 AD, covered by 5,000 mysterious and magnificent stupas and hollow pagodas of a bygone era, make Bagan one of the wonders of the world. Here lies a great monument to one of Myanmar’s brilliant eras. A panoramic view of this land at sunset will leave you with a lingering sense of awe and wonder. Well-known, as the oasis of the central Myanmar dry zone.

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Kalaw

Kalaw is 1400 meters above sea level and 60 km from Inle Lake with a pleasantly cool weather and is a good place for hiking amid gnarled pines, bamboo groves and rugged mountains scenery. Kalaw sits high on the western edge of the Shan Plateau and was a popular hill station in the British times.

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Pindaya

Pindaya is situated at 1164 m above sea and is 40-km from Kalaw. When a brave young prince knew that seven beautiful sisters were trapped in the big cave by a giant spider, he killed the extraordinary insect and rescued the girls. He married the youngest one. That is the brief account of the long story of the Pindaya Cave, now famous as visitor’s paradise because of it’s strange geological formations the locals are using as evidences to prove that the story is true.

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Inle Lake

Inle Lake is a huge lake (13.5 miles long and 7 miles wide) located in Shan Region, The second largest lake in Myanmar, over 900 meters above sea level, has a population of some 150,000, many of whom live on floating islands of vegetation, and it is outrageously beautiful. Inle Lake, natural and unpolluted, is famous for its scenic beauty and the unique leg-rowing of the Inthas, the native lake dwellers.

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Taunggyi

Taunggyi is situated in southern Shan Region and is the capital town of Shan Region. It is 4712 feet above the sea level and has a moderately cool climate. It is situated on a high plateau surrounded by high mountains.

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Malamyine

Mawlamyine is the capital city of Mon Region with a population of 300,000, lies on the mouth of Thanlwin River. Mawlamyaing is the third largest city in Myanmar after Yangon and Mandalay. The town’s signature landmark is Kyaikthanlan Pagoda built in 875 AD.

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Kyaik Hti Yo Pagoda (Golden Rock Pagoda)

Kyaik Hti Yo Pagoda is also well known as the Miracle Golden Rock, 1100 meter above sea level. It is located in the Mon State, Eastern Myanmar. It stands on a gilded boulder precariously perched on the edge of a sloppy cliff. Myanmar’s most popular pilgrimage centre. Legend has it that the Buddha’s sacred hair enshrined in this golden rock. Today, this miracle golden rock is still rocking back and forth when pushed, and it has survived many earthquakes and storms for over 2400 years.

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Myeik (Mergui)

Mergui Archipelago, an immense area that covers approx 36,000 sq km (14,000 sq miles), located in southernmost part of Myanmar, comprises over 800 beautiful islands.

Due to its virtual isolation, the islands and surrounding seas are alive with an amazing diversity of flora & fauna and very beautiful underwater scenes and marine life. The only human inhabitants in the area are sea gypsies, called Salones by Myanmar. They live on boats during dry fishing and boat building techniques used for generations. The Salone are a tribe inhabiting the Archipelago. They are expert divers and make a living searching for oysters and mother-of-pearl.

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Kawthaung & Andaman Club Golf / Casino (Thehtay Island)

Kawthaung is the southernmost trip of Myanmar and 800 km from Yangon itself. Kawthaung retains the atmosphere of a fishing village. Visitors can enjoy cruise tours along the Myeik archipelago which takes about one week. There are regular flights from Yangon to Kawthaung and Five Star Shipping Line operates a cruise vessel to Kawthaung. It takes about 25 minute’s boat ride from Kawthaung to Ranong, a border town in Thailand.

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Chaung Tha Beach

Chaung Tha Beach is located 40 km to the west of Pathein (Bassein) in Ayearwaddy Region. It is a very convenient drive from Yangon via Pathein taking approx 5 hours. There are bungalow type hotels and luxury hotels along the beach with modern facilities.

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Ngwe Saung Beach

It is a newly opened beach about 48 km from Pathein. This unspoilt beach stretches 15 km of white sand and blue sea. There are newly constructed bungalows with local flavour but equipped with modern facilities. Fringed with palm trees, all hotels face the beach.

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Ngapali Beach

The beach is a treasure house of beautiful corals and shells. Myanmar’s best known resort, Ngapali secrets as the best ground for sunbathing and recreation such as beach strolling, cycles and so on. There are a lot of luxury hotels in Ngapali.

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