MYANMAR IS A LAND OF BREATHTAKING BEAUTY AND CHARM BUT YET ONLY RECENTLY EMERGING INTO THE MODERN WORLD. MYANMAR OWNS LOT OF PLACES AND CULTURES FOR YOU TO SEE.
There are many different attractions to see and experience in Yangon. Visitors will be pleasantly surprised to find many places of interest which will keep them busy for many days. These include places of a spiritual nature, green parks and gardens, and museums that provide an insight into the rich history and culture of Myanmar. We have listed some of the more popular attractions in the city, along with some attractions that may be lesser known and less visited, but may also be of interest.
Mandalay is not only a city of temples and monasteries; it can also be considered as city of royalty. The other attractions in Mandalay are reminders of the time when Burmese kingdoms were still in existence. This is the city where the Royal Palace can be found, as well as other structures built by the kings. However, the best attraction in Mandalay is not made by man. Mandalay Hill is the most famous attraction of the city, a necessary stop for any tourist who arrives in this part of Myanmar.
A cool hill station, over 1,000 meters above sea level, found during colonial times and a valuable side trip from Mandalay. Here company can enjoy beautiful scenery, a cool climate and nostalgic atmosphere of former days in its old buildings and botanical gardens (now known as Kandawgyi National Park, home to varied species of birds, insects, orchids and trees. The sightseer will find the markets in Pyin Oo Lwin very inviting. In the surrounding, there are many water falls among which Pwe Kauk and Anisakan falls are well known.
The town of Bagan (formerly spelled as “Pagan”), central Myanmar (Burma), located on the left bank of the Irrawaddy River and approximately 90 miles (145 km) southwest of Mandalay. The site of an old capital city of Myanmar, Pagan is a pilgrimage centre and contains very old Buddhist shrines that have been restored and repaint and are in current use. Ruins of other shrine and pagodas cover a wide area. The most attractive of the temples are Ananda Temple, Dhammayangyi Temple, Shwezigon Pagoda, and Thatbyinnyu Temple.
A side trip from Bagan set in the middle of lovely hill and forest landscape, Mt. Popa is a steep-sided volcanic peak devoted to the famous “Nat” spirits of Myanmar. A shrine to these fear and appreciated conventional character lies at the foot of “Taungkalat”, a volcanic plug. The nearby and the Mount Popa itself are enclosed with leafy and lush forest which is in abundance filled with various species of flora and fauna. It can be called an oasis in the central dry zone of Myanmar.
Taunggyi is the capital of Shan State and the fifth largest city in Myanmar which is at an elevation of 4,712 feet (1,436 m) above sea level, it is hill station and gateway to Kakku Historical Zone. On the way, enjoy the marvelous landscapes of hilly region with vegetables plantation, terrace-landing cultivation, etc.
Inle Lake is located in the heart of the Shan Plateau. 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 Inlay Lake.
Indein is one of the small villages of Inle Lake located on the western bank of the lake. A Buddha image has enshrined at a whitewashed stupa, which is on the summit of a hill. Below the stupa around the hill are cluster of hundreds of ancient stupas most are ruins overgrown with bushes. The pagoda hill is quiet and calm. One could feel the pleasant cool breeze with the sweet rings of the bells hanging at the umbrella of the stupa. Mesmerizing views from pagoda hill release the fatigue and refresh everybody who ascends to the peak.
The rather rigorous trip to this unique pilgrimage site is always satisfied with a fabulous sight of a huge rock weighing 600 tons, insecurely balanced at the edge of a crag of Paung Laung Mountain Chain, around 200 km Southeast of Yangon. On top of the boulder is a delicate pagoda, enshrined with a single strand of hair relic of Buddha, which is said to be the prime force maintains the balance of this huge boulder.
This is a dream beach with seven kilometers of white sand fringed with palm trees. The turquoise sea is crystal clear. Several daily flights from Yangon — a 45-minute flight — help make this by far the most popular beach in Myanmar. The route by road through the Rakhine Yoma Mountain range has been off limits recently because of trouble in the state. As it’s somewhat remote, this is a place to come for a few days and sink into beach mode. Accommodation options range from small beach huts to villas and there are plenty of restaurants serving fresh seafood.
South of Ngapali and closer to Yangon, the resorts on this stretch of coast arrived a little more than a decade ago. The sea is as clear as it is in Ngapali, but the area isn’t as developed, making it a seriously laid back spot and a great place to do nothing after exploring the country.There are flights from Yangon — a 35-minute trip — but it’s just as easy to do the six-hour road trip. If you want to savor the journey, you can take a 16-hour boat from Yangon to the gateway town of Pathein. When you’ve had enough of lying on the beach, there’s scuba diving and snorkeling and an island at the end of the beach that you can walk out to at low tide.