Naga People

Most of Naga people live in India, such as Naga Land of northwest India, states of Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh. On Myanmar side, some 100,000 Naga-s live around western Sagaing Division, Khamti Township, Homalin Township, Lahe Township, Layshee Township, Tanai Township, Nan Yon Township. The most popular sub-groups of Naga are Tangkul, Nauk-aw, Laing Nang, Hyein Myay, Pain Kuu, Para, Makuri, Smmara, Pon Myo and Kyan Naga. Men are almost naked except a small piece of loincloth. Men's tattoos indicate his villages and tribes. Women are almost naked and they do not cover their breasts either but wear tattoos since when they are little girls in villages of animism. Women make tattoo on their face. The head hunter and chief of the village are Tattoo on their chest. At some of Naga villages under strong influences of Christianity or Burman culture, tattoos are disappearing. Although there is no more tattoo custom in these days, you still have a chance to see tattooed people at Ponyo village. The Kaibi New Year festival is very popular among the Naga peoples. They cerebrate for the whole Naga Land, in January 15 annually.

Chin State

Chin State is located in the north-west of Myanmar, to the north and east of Chin State is Sagaing Division, to the south are Magway Division and Rakhine State, to the west are Bangladesh and India. Capital of Chin State is Hakhar. There are 14 townships in the Chin State: Cikha, Hakha, Falam, Kanpalet, Matupi, Rezua, Mindat, Paletwa, Rihkhuadar, Thantlang, Teddim, Tuithang and Tonzang. Paddy is the major crop being grown in Chin State. Wheat, groundnut, chilli, cotton and sugar-cane are also grown. Apples, oranges, damsons and other garden fruits are produced in large quantities. Other crops and plants grown are maize, beans and pulses, potatoes, sunflower, cotton, sugarcane, tobacco, coffee, mulberry, various kinds of vegetables and banana. But few of them can be grown commercially yet due to difficult of access to the market. Many of the older women are tattooed in very distinct patterns depending on village or clan affiliation. Only in the more remote villages are the younger woman doing face tattoos. There is a legend that a long time before, when other kings come to conquer the Chin land, they capture the women and girls because of their beauty. To avoid this happening, they made a special paint made out of herb to disguise their beauty. From that time on, the Chin women start to wear tatoos on their faces. There still can be seen Chin ladies with tattooed face. There is a beautiful heart shape lake called "Reh" close to the Indian border. Mt. Victoria can also be climbed. Tourists can also visit the Nat-Ma-Taung or the Mt. Victoria nature park in the Chin State.

Thibaw

Thibaw also known as Hsipaw, is a well know town in Shan State, Myanmar. It is 200km or about 124 miles northeast of Mandalay, lying at 1370ft (418m) above sea level. Lately, it has become a major attraction for foreign visitors. Over a hundred foreign visitors come to Thibaw everyday because there are several interesting sites around the Dokhtawaddi River, very peaceful and quiet. Most visited pagodas are Bawkyo Mu Htaw Pagoda and Maha Myat Muni Pagoda. Thibaw Palace, Nant-tote waterfall situated in western part of Thibaw, and the confluence area close to Chaungsone bridge are also must visit places in Thibaw. The whole Thibaw city can be viewed from the mountains of Koesutaung, Ngarsutaung and Thonesutaung located in the historic religious area of Theintaung.

Loikaw

Loikaw is the capital city of Kayah State, located in south east of Myanmar. It is on the Biluu River, a tributary of the Thanlwin (Salween) River situated in hilly forested country. Loikaw is about 90 miles south of Taunggyi (7 hours drive) and 70 miles south of Kalaw(5 hours drive) and an hour flight from Yangon. The inhabitants are mostly Kayah also known as Karenni and the overall population in Kayah State is about 350,000.Paddy is the main crop of Kayah State. Taungwe Taung Zedi is the most venerated pagoda in Kayah State. Taungwe meaning "Separated hills" in Myanmar, Emerald Tree pagoda where the vista spreads over the old and new parts of town, an old Roman Catholic Church, San Pun and the Popa Monestry. Beside to Loikaw, there are some villages like Pan Pet, Htay Khoe and Kan 7 Sint where small ethnic groups like Kayan (Pa Daung), Kayaw and old Kayah live.

Bahmaw

Bahmaw is an important town on the trade route between Myanmar and China from the ancient days till today. From Bahmaw, one can take cruise operated by Inland Water Transport, to Mandalay for 02 days/ 01 night trip.

Myitkyina

Myitkyina is the capital of Kachin State in the northern part of Myanmar. The town is situated in a flat valley that becomes extremely hot in the hot season and very rainy during the monsoon. 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 the most attraction place 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. Many visitors come to this festival to observe the wonderful Kachin culture experience. Most of the Kachin people are Christians. But there are also Buddhism pagodas such as Thetkya Marazein Andawshin Pagoda on the bank of the Ayeyarwaddy. There are also some Chinese Temples in the city. Myitkyina is a place where giant fruits abound such as apples, grape fruits, limes, pineapples and assortment of oranges including the giant avocados and apricots. Myitkyina can be reached by flight ( Myanmar Airways only ) from both Yangon and Mandalay and by train from Mandalay. Indawgyi lake, the largest inland lake in Myanmar can be reached by 7 hrs drive from Myitkyina.

Mawlamyaing (Moulmein)

Mawlamyaing is the fourth largest city in Myanmar, located 270km southeast of Yangon on the left bank of the Thanlwin River. Mawlamyaing is the capital city of the Mon State and a big trading centre of Myanmar. It is also the second largest seaport. The city's population is about 300,000 and consists of Mon, Kayin, Bamar, Indians and some Chinese. It is an old Mon city, its original Mon name was "Mont me lein" referring to the legendary Mon king who had his single eye destroyed, it was named as Mont me lein. Mawlamyaing is a busy commercial port mainly exporting rice and wood.  It is also produced a considerable amount of teak, rice, rubber, and fruits such as durians, mangosteen, pineapple, rambutan, mango and cashew. As it served as capital of British Burma from 1827 to 1852, many old colonial buildings still remain. Places of interest in this area include the Mahamuni & Uzina Pagodas, Kipling's Kyaikthanlan Pagoda and the Mon Cultural museum. Mawlamyaing enjoys good communication links with Yangon, being connected by road, rail, sea and air. Now that the bridge over the Thanlwin River, has completed, it is also accessible by car within a few hours from Yangon. Road and rail communications from Mawlamyaing along the Thanintharyi coastal strip are also being extended and improved. Soon railway service will be extended from Ye southwards to Myeik, while the motor road is being improved to establish smooth road communications with Kawthaung at the southern extremity.

Kyaikhtiyo

The Golden Rock pagoda which  is one of the most sacred Buddhist sites of Myanmar. It is located in the small town called Kyaikhto, in the Mon State. This destination is 160km away from Yangon. The pagoda is 1100km above sea-level. It is a 11 kilometer uphill climb for the hikers from Kinpun base camp. There is also a steep winding road for 4-wheel drive cars from the base to the nearest point of the pagodas. The pagoda is also known as "the golden rock". This small golden stupa stands on the top of a huge gold-gilded boulder. This Golden Rock is precariously perched on the edge of the hill and is place of important pilgrimage for Buddhists and the legend says that maintains its precarious balance due to a Buddha hair placed in the stupa. 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. Many visitors from far and near come to visit this place because they considered Kyaikhiyo as a Sacred place like other pagodas in Myanmar.

Ngapali

Ngapali Beach is the most beautiful beach among any other beaches in Myanmar. It's beautiful sandy beach stretches on the Bay of Bengal and it lies in Rakhine State of Western Myanmar. The history of the Ngapali is that once there was a home sick Italian who said the beach looked like the Naple beach in Italy and it is assumed to have descended from the word "Naple" because there is no meaning in Myanmar or Rakhine about Ngapali. Ngapali is a 3 km long white sandy and unspoilt beach overlooking the clear blue-water of Bay of Bengal, backed by swaying coconut palm and casuarinas trees. After sunset the sea in front of the beach is enlightened by the several lamps of the fishermen boats until morning. Before dawn on the shore other fishermen begin setting and drawing drift nets until late morning when they load their catches in baskets. Apart from the normal beach activities, excursions like visiting the small fishing villages and local markets set in a former British jail where traditional medicine herbs, clothes, textile, hardware and food are sold and exploring the countryside by bicycle and a boat trips to the magnificent offshore islands can be experienced in Ngapali.            Ngapali can be reached by flight which takes about 45 minutes from Yangon, by car about 14 hours drive along the Rakhine Yoma mountain range. Yangon Airways, Air Mandalay and Air Bagan fly from Yangon to Ngapali daily and there are also direct flights from Heho and Nyaung Oo to Ngapali. The best time to visit is during October to May.

Mrauk-U

Mrauk U was once, one of the most powerful Rakhine kingdom in history and an important free trade port in the 16th century. Mrauk U was also known as "Myohaung" meaning the ancient city. Mrauk-U is now an archaeological site with several interesting temples and buildings. In this ancient city, today, there are about 70 known and named ruined pagodas, whereas there are many more remaining unknown.The most important temple is the massive Shittaung (the shrine of 80,000 images) built in 1535 by King Minbin and its interior walls are engraved with over 1,000 Buddhist figures. Additional interesting sightseeing points are the ruins of the royal palace and the remains of the city walls.

Sittwe (Akyab)

Sittwe (known as Akyab), with atleast a 2000 year history of habitation, sits at the mouth of the Kaladan River where it empties into the Bay of Bengal. It is also the port city of Rakhine State. It can be reached by air, approximately one hour flight, from Yangon. Sittwe boasts several interesting pagodas and a very exceptional monastery that has a wonderful collection of Buddha images, some dating back to the 15th century. Sittwe's main importance lies in the fact that it is the gateway to the archaeological site of Mrauk U with the historical temples of the 15th and 16th centuries. The Buddhist Museum is also an interesting place to visit in Sittwe.

Lashio

Lashio is the trading centre for northern Shan State at the beginning of the famous Burma Road leading into China. Lashio is basically divided into Lashio Gyi and Lashio Lay districts. From Mandalay you can reach Lashio by road or by train in a day. Lashio has one of the most colourful markets in Myanmar. Each morning Chinese, Wa, Shan, Myanmar, Lisu and Palaung nationalities gather for their daily shopping. It is a mountain town at 855 metres. The weather is wet, since clouds may form and deliver rain just about any time of the year. Quan Yin San Chinese Temple, Hot Springs and New Pyi Lon Chan Thar Paya are among some of the places to visit.

Kyaing Tong (Kengtung)

Kyaing Tong is about 456km from Taunggyi, the capital city of Shan State. It lies in the valley between the high misty mountains of the Shan Plateau and the Mekong and the Thanlwin Rivers. The city is 160 km equidistant from Laos, Thailand and China (Yunnan) borders. Kyaing is full of temples, colonial buildings, lakes and is the most scenic town in Shan State surrounded by ethnic tribes Wa, Shan, Akha and Lahu villages and it is also the home of the Gon Shan, the Akhas, the Lisu, the Wa and the white and black Lahu.

Pindaya

Pindaya, a three hour drive from Helo is a city located in the hills of the Shan State, the largest area within Myanmar. Pindaya lies in an altitude of 1,200 meters surrounded by hill tribe villages. The main attraction of this place is the natural limestone cave that branches out widely, displaying more than 9,000 Buddha images made of wood, marble, lacquer, brick, stone and bronze. Buddha images are in different sizes and materials in every imaginable corner of these mysterious caves. Those scenery is unique and worth seeing. Pindaya also features the picturesque Bote-ta-lote Lake, beautifully set amongst huge old trees. A major handicraft industry in Pindaya is umbrella manufacturing. The making of these pretty hand-made paper umbrellas can be seen at several workshops in town.

Kalaw

Kalaw is situated in Shan State and is located 70km south west of Taunggyi, at an altitude of 1320m, Kalaw stand high on the western edge of the Shan Plateau. It was a popular hill station in the British days, and it's still a peaceful and quiet place with an atmosphere reminiscent of the colonial area. At an altitude of 1320 meters, there is also pleasantly cool and a good place for hiking and amid gnarled pines, bamboo groves and rugged mountain scenery.

Inle Lake

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 hand made products such as bags, baskets are made from water hyacinth. Other vegetations are tomatoes, beans, cauliflower, cabbage, eggplant, garlic, onion, betel, melon, papaya and banana. Some villagers also grow rice. The Inthars also make their living by fishing. The silk dresses and clothes of Inle are popular among local and foreign visitors. Inle also produces silverware.Not to be missed are the colourful Shan State community markets held on a traditional rotating basis according to the Buddhist Sabathdays. In the surroundings there is Kalaw, a former colonial hill station, on the western edge of the Shan plateau and the Pindaya Caves where there are 8,094 Buddha images.

Mogok

Mogok is a city in the Mandalay Division of Myanmar, located 200 km north of Mandalay and 148 km north-east of Shwebo. It is also known as the "Land of Gems". Mogok has been famous since ancient times for its gemstones, especially ruby and sapphire, but semi-precious stones such as lapis lazuli, garnet, moonstone, peridot and chrysoberyl are also found. Rubies and sapphires are Mogok's life blood. It is told that in the 6th century, the Italian merchant Ludovico de Varthema, purchased 200 rubies (paid with some coral) after seeing the gems shining at moonlight. This tale attracted hordes of unscrupulous traders looking for sapphires, rubies and other precious stones. Set in an upland valley at over 1.000 mt, the town is located around a beautiful lake. With prior arrangement, required special permit can be applied for tourists to visit Mogok.

Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymio)    

Pyin Oo Lwin was formerly 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). 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 season. The name May Myo means May Town in Burmese, and comes from the town’s first administrator, Colonel May. It is also home to the Myanmar Defense Services Academy (DSA). Pyin Oo Lwin is also well known for its colonial style houses with large compound and pine trees, unique horse carriages in town. Pyin Oo Lwin is also a good place for shopping. Knitted sweaters, wine, Strawberry jams various fresh fruits and vegetables are popular products of Pyin Oo Lwin. Organic ground coffee from local plantations is good enough for export, as well. Pyin Oo Lwin is famous for its cool weather, eclectic architecture colonial buildings, natural parks, waterfalls and caves. In the surrounding, there are many waterfalls among which Pwe Kauk and Anisakan falls are well known. Major tourist interest includes Peik Chin Myaung cave, which houses many Buddha images and National Kandawgyi Botanical Garden founded in 1915.

Monywa

Monywa is a city in Sagaing Division, 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 products, bullock carts and agricultural implements. It is the access to the magnificent and impressive Thahboddhay Pagoda complex with its 845 stupas, 7.350 statues and almost 600.000 sacred images. Another attraction are the cave temples of Po Win Taung which can be reached by crossing Ayeyarwaddy River in ferry boats and 45min drive, the caves are famous for their Buddha statues, mural paintings and woodcarvings and Bodhi Tahtaung Pagoda in Monywa has one thousand Bodhi Trees and each tree has a large Buddha Image underneath.

Sagaing

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. Sagaing hill has numerous pagodas, monasteries and meditation centers known as a peacefule place for Buddhist studies. It is a place one can enjoy the magnificent views over Sagaing.

Mingun

Mingun is a town in Sagaing Division, Myanmar, locted 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 has the site of two famous monuments - the Mingun Pahtodawgyi (unfinished pagoda) and the Mya Theindan Pagoda. The Mingun Pahtodawgyi is one of the famous monuments in the world. It is also known as the world's largest unfinished pagoda and is the largest pile of bricks in the world.  The temple serves more as an attraction than a religious site. Just the hundred yards from the great stupa, there is a  Mingun Bell, a gigantic 90-tan bell and the 3rd biggest bell in world that are made of copper, was started built in 1808 and was finished in 1810 by King Bodawpaya. Myatheindan Pagoda  was built by King Sagaing and it is also known as Shinbyu Phaya.

Inwa (Ava)

Inwa (Ava) was the capital of a Burmese kingdom for nearly 400 years. Inwa was formerly known as Ava and it is located 21km from Mandalay. Inwa was also known as Yadana Pura. It was first founded as a capital by King Thado Minbya in 1364 A.D and was destroyed by the earthquake of 1838. The foreign country was at present well-known Myanmar as the Kingdom of Ava. After crossing the Myitnge river in ferry boats, the major tour highlights riding on horse-drawn carts are the Nanmyint tower, the 27m-high masonry leaning watch tower; and the grand Bagaya monastery which is built entirely with teak wood and decorated with splendid Myanmar architectural works. 

Amarapura

Amarapura meaning "City of Immortality" is a city in the Mandalay Division of Myanmar. The ancient capital Amarapura is situated 11km south of Mandalay founded by Bodawpaya in 1783. The city is known today for silk and cotton weaving, and bronze casting. U Pain bridge which is 1209meters, 3967ft long and totally made of teak in Taung Ta Man Inn,  is one of the most attractive spot for tourists. It is the longest bridge in the world and is about two centuries old. It took nearly two years to finish. Mahar Gandaryone Monastery where is over a thousand of monks live and study, situated in Amarapura near the famous U Pain Bridge. Mahar Ganadayon religious institute is one of the largest teaching monasteries in Myanmar. Amarapura is a popular tourist day-trip from Mandalay.

Mandalay

Mandalay is the last capital of the Burmese kingdom and is situated in the central dry region of the country. It is the second largest city of Myanmar located 445 miles (716km) north of Yangon on the east bank of Ayarwady River. For the local attraction, Mandalay is the economic hub of upper Burma but for the tourist attraction, it is the center of Burmese culture, the Buddhist learning and as the last capital was regarded by the Burmese primary symbol of sovereignty and identity. Half of Burma's monks reside in Mandalay and the surrounding areas. Mandalay is surrounded by its ancient royal capitals- Sagaing, Ava (Inwa) and Amarapura which are also very interesting destinations according to their long lasting historical and religious importance mile stones. In Mandalay, visitors can watch traditional handicrafts being made, such as silk and cotton weaving, bronze forges, marble and wood carving. The 230meter high Mandalay Hill, the Maha Muni Buddha Image is the ideal images of Buddhism. Mandalay is the richest historical landmark next to Bagan.

Pyay (Prome)

Pyay is located on the Eastern bank of the Ayerwaddy River and the city is known for the nearby ancient Pyu capital of Thayekhittaya (Sri Ksetra). The tourists highlights of Pyay are Pyay Shwesandaw Pagoda, Baw Baw Gyi Paya and Mawzar Museum.

Pakokku

Pakokku is a prosperous trading town in central Myanmar, near Bagan and is located on the western bank of Ayeyarwaddy river. Pakokku is accessible from Mandalay or Monywa by car and Bagan by ferry boat. Pakokku can offer the travellers with a unique glimpse into the typical burmese village life. The nearby 19th century town of Pakhangyi is one of the oldest wooden monasteries in Upper Myanmar, with 254 teak pillars. There are about 382 ancient monumental buildings in the old city of Pakhangyi. The city walls of Pakhangyi are the most massive, among the remaining un-ruined city walls in Myanmar. Pakokku is well-known for the production of Tobacco; cheroots (Myanmar cigar). It is famous also for its jiggery (palm sugar), thanaka (Linoria acidissima) logs, longyi (sarongs), blankets made from cotton and wool called “Anyar Saung”.  

Mount Popa

Popa is about 50 kilometers from Bagan. Mount Popa is also known as the Mt Olympus of Myanmar, an extinct volcano and the adobe of the Myanmar's legendary 37 "Nats" (spirits). The mountain is 4900 feet high above the sea-level. From the Ayeyarwaddy River, it is about 65 kilometers away.You can visit there by day-tripping from Bagan or as a stop-off between Bagan and Mandalay or Inle Lake. It can be called an oasis in the central dry zone of Myanmar.

Salay

Salay is a colorful old religious center in Central Myanmar and it islocated  36km south of Bagan. Nowaday,  Salay is known as an important centre of Buddhism with many working monasteries. Highlights include Payathonzu, Hkinkyiza Kyaung, the famous monastery Salay Youksone Kyaung. The Salay Youksone Kyaung is a cultural heritage site in Salay  which is situated on the eastern bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River. It is famous with its spectacular woodcarvings and it is also the native town of the famous writer Salay U Pone Nya during the time of the Myanmar Kingdom century. Salay Yoke Sone Kyaung was built in AD 1882. There has a very beautiful artistic work woodcarvings around it and also ancient Buddha image, utensils of Yadanabon 19th century period, and the museum of Myanmar famous writer U Pone Nya in Salay Yoke Sone Kyaung. you can enjoy the beauty of this compact city of colonial buildings, monasteries and pagodas. Sites of the British colonial past can still be found.  

Bagan(Pagan)

Bagan is one of the most important and remarkable archaeological site of all Asia, over 2,000 temples and pagodas spread in an area of 40 square km. A tranquil and mystical atmosphere surrounds the hundreds of golden, white and reddish buildings offering the visitors a unique and memorable experience.        Bagan (Pagan) with their Pagodas and Temples dating back more than 1500 years of history is the most fascinating place for visitors. Sightseeing Tour by Car, Horse Cart or on your own on a Bicycle. Also you can have the boat trip on the Ayeyarwaddy River to observe the idyllic sunset over Bagan .Bagan (Pagan) is also a great place for beautiful local Art such as Lacquer ware, Bamboo works and beautiful local made cloth.

Twante

Twante is well known for its pottery, cotton weaving and an old Mon paya complex. Twante is situated at the Twante Canal which was dug during the colonial era for a short boat ride from Yangon. A ride on the canal offer contrasting images, from the buzzing chaos in Yangon to the provincial calmness of the countryside only a few minutes outside the capital.

Thanlyin (Syriam)

Thanlyin is 45 minutes by ferry across the Bago River or about 30 minutes ride from Yangon by car across the Thanlyin Bridge. Thanlyin was an important trading centre in the 17th century under the Portuguese. Places of interest include Old Portuguese buildings, Kyaik Khauk Pagoda and Yele Pagoda on a small island at Kyauktan, 12km south of Thanlyin.

Bago

Bago (Pegu) is the port city located in southern Myanmar on the Pegu River, 47 miles (76 km) (only two hour drive) from northeast of Yangon. Pegu was the capital of the Mon Kingdom and is surrounded by the ruins of its old wall and moat, which formed a square, with 1.5-mile (2.4 kilometre) sides. There are many historical Buddha's tour sites in Bago. Shwethalyaung Reclining Buddha Image(181 feet [55 m] long) is well known in Bago, located in the west side of the city, built in 994. That pagoda was lost when Pegu was destroyed in 1757 but was rediscovered under a cover of jungle growth in 1881. From the nearby Kalyani Sima (“Hall of Ordination”), founded by the Mon king Dhammazedi (1472–92), spread one of the greatest reform movements in Myanmar Buddhist history. That story is related in 10 stone inscriptions erected by the king close to the Sima. Many more religious monuments like an old Ordination Hall can also be found in Bago. The Mahazedi, Shwegugale, and Kyaikpien are other notable pagodas inn town and the beautiful golden Shwemawdaw Pagoda (Golden Shrine”), 288 feet (88 m) high, is the most venerable pagoda. You can visit a day-return trip from Yangon or on your way to the Golden Rock (Kyaikhtio) Pagoda and to Mawlamyaing (Moulmein). Bago remains a quiet and easy-going town with a lot more bicycles than cars.

Yangon (Rangoon)

Yangon is the capital of Myanmar and the most important commercial centre. In Yangon, you can walk in the shade of the charming colonial buildings, in the joyful confusion of market stalls, in the glittering pagodas and temples to plunge, slowly get into the Burmese charming atmosphere. Every day from dawn to sunset, hundreds of people come to pray and walk around the golden glittering stupa, Shwedagon Pagoda, the landmark of Yangon, described in the 20’s by S. Maugham as “a sudden hope in the darkness of soul”. There’s also a holy places like Sule Pagoda, Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda, Botahtaung Pagoda and World’s Peace Pagoda. Bogyoke Aung San Market formerly known as the Scott's Market, is a major bazzar known for its colonial architecture and inner cobblestone streets. The market is a major tourist destination dominated by antique Burmese handicraft, jeweler shops, art galleries and clothing stores.