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Inle Lake

inleInle lake is located in the middle of the greatest depression in Nyaungshwe valley between the two parallel mountain ranges running north to south in the southern Shan State. This vast picturesque lake, 900 metres above sea-level is the second largest natural lake and one of the main tourist attractions in Myanmar. The lake has 22 km long and 10 km wide. Inle Lake is famous for its scenic beauty and the unique leg-rowing of the Inthas, the native lake dwellers. The main attraction of Inle lake is the famous Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda situated in the middle of the lake. Every year, both local and foreign pilgrims and visitors would flock to the Pagoda for its annual festival.

Taunggyi

taunggyiTaunggyi, the capital of Shan state is known for its scenic beauty and pleasant climate. It is cool the whole year round and the area is colourful with lovely flowers, pine trees and green orchards. Being situated over 1460 metres above sea-level, Taunggyi is ideal for holiday-makers during the summer. The road south will lead you to the unique Kakku sight of 2000 stupas in Pa-O village. The Fire Balloon Festival held annually at the full moon of Tazaungmon in November is not to be missed.

Kalaw

kalawKalaw, a beautiful hill station surrounded by pine trees and forests has stand high on the western edge of the Shan Plateau. This was a popular hill station in the British days and it is still a peaceful and quiet place. At an altitude of 1320 m it is also pleasantly cool and a good place for hiking, bamboo groves and rugged mountain scenery. You can make interesting excursions around Kalaw. There are several interesting hill tribe villages in the area including the Palaung and Pa-O tribes. The main attraction of Kalaw are the town itself, with its mock-tutor colonial bungalows, its ethnic mix of people, and it’s setting within trekking distance of many ethnic minority villages.

Pindaya

pindayaAbout 45 Kilometers from Kalaw is Pindaya. It is a peaceful town famous for its caves in which thousands of centuries-old Buddha images are seated. The road from Kalaw to Pindaya passes through Pa-O villages and countryside of magnificent scenic beauty. Pindaya is also known for the Shan paper and monk umbrella makers.

Sittwe

sittweSittwe, formerly called Akyab is the capital of Rakhine State. It is situated along the narrow coastal region to the west of Myanmar in Rakhine State. It has a long coasting bordering on the Bay of Bengal. Culture and traditional heritage and colourful Rakhine races are filled in Sittwe. Sights worth seeing in Sittwe included Atulamarazein Pyilon Chan Tha Pagoda, Kyayoke, Mahakuthala Monastery, Adeilhtim Sima, the Buddha Museum and the Rakhine State Cultural Museum. There are a view point to be enjoy along the coast. Regular flights from Yangon to Sittwe takes about 30 minutes. It is also the gate way to Mauk U, an ancient city of Rakhine Kings.

Mrauk U

mraukuAlso known as Dannyawady, is located up the Kaladan River, about 80 km north of Sittwe, the present day capital of Rakhine State . There are many ancient cultural works and the pride of Rakhine State. Unlike the temples of Bagan, the temples in Mrauk-U are constructed with stones rather than the traditional bricks in a truly unique style. It is another historical treasure after Bagan. The remaining archaeological monuments are of different sizes and various types which overwhelm the landscape of the city Mruak U. The legendary Shittaung Pagoda, ordination halls and tattooed Chin women are some of the highlights in Mrauk-U. Even the pagodas are strategically located on hilltops and look like fortresses and indeed they are once use as such in times of enemy intrusion. Mrauk U can reach from Sittway through a very pleasant river journey about 4 hours. If travel in the winter, one can see flocks of wild geese, ducks and other migrating waterfowls.

Natmatung

Natmataung, also known as Mt. Victoria is situated in the Chin Hills which forms a southward extension of the Himalayas into Southeast Asia. The elevation has 3400 meter and it is the highest peak in Chin state. Mindat is a small town at the base of Mt. Victoria and has simple accommodation. The true heart of traditional Chin culture is found in this area and Chin ethnic tribes with tattooed faces can be observed in nearby tribal villages around Mt. Victoria. Besides mountaineering this is the best place for hiking to nearby villages to see the local life and bird watching. It has an area of 432 acres well-preserved by the forestry department. It is 174 km from Bagan by jeep and roads are still very bad so this excursion is not recommended for rainy season ( May to Oct ). The region is opened to tourists recently. A special permission is needed in going around that area and has to pre arranged well in advance.

Kyaing Tong

kyaingtongKyaing Tong is the capital city of the Golden Triangle Region. It is situated in the Eastern Shan State, 452 km in the east of Taunggyi and 176 km from Tachileik, the town at the border of the Thailand. It can be accessed by plane from Yangon as well as from Thailand by crossing the border line via Tachilek. Kyaing Tong is a land for those searching for ethnic and tribal value. Its market is always busy with colorful hill tribes. In the vicinity of Kyaing Tong, there are villages resided by minor ethnic groups such as Gon, Lwe, Li, Wa, Lah Hu, Thai Nay, Shan, Li Shaw and Akar. So one can feel the atmosphere of traditions, cultures and life styles of these tribes which are still unspoiled by the modern facilities.

Myitkyina

myitkyinaMyitkyina is the capital of Kachin State and is set in a broad valley surrounded by the northern hills of Myanmar. It is also the place where the famous Myanmar's principle river, the Ayeyarwaddy originates. Myitkyina is ethnically diverse and different tribes of national races live in harmony with their own cultures, customs, dialects, dances and lifestyles. Kachin, Bamar and Shan form a majority together with a few Chinese and Indians. We can also visit Indawgyi Lake, jade mines of Hpakant, and Myit-son - the very start of the legendary Ayeyarwaddy River and we can see a number of hill tribes in the Myitkyina market. Another fascination in Myitkyina is the Manaw ritual when the all ethnics minority dance uniformly circling the pillars erected in the field.

Puta O

putaoPuta-O is the starting point for Myanmar’s most adventurous trekking adventures .Which is situated in Kachin State and surrounded by snow-capped mountains. It is Myanmar’s northernmost town with cold weather the whole year round and there are many varieties of citrus fruits grown in the orchards. People of the Rawan, Lisu, Khamti-Shan, Jingphaw and Kachin are represented in the region. It is the nearest town to the base camp for Climbing Mt. Khakhaborazi (5889 meters), which is the highest mountain in Myanmar and in Southeast Asia. Overnight hiking trips to nearby villages and subtropical evergreen and rainforests offer visitors a very unique view of the northern frontier.

Ngapali

ngapaliNgapali is one of the most beautiful beaches in Myanmar and located on the west coast of Myanmar facing the Indian Ocean. The beach stretches for over 3 km long and is unrivaled with its clear water, white sand bank, swaying coconut forest and the air free form smoke of industries. There are only natural scenic beauty of the blue sea, white sand and the lovely sun. The sea has no dangerous marine animals, clean and clear with gentle waves. The people can also fish, swim, ride on a horse back, and purchase at the souvenir shops along the bank. Fishing boats can be hired for trips to some of the islands off the coast or just for fishing at nearby reefs. There is an 18- hole Golf Course, located 15 minutes drive from the beach. Ngapali can be reach by flight from Yangon. By overland, 14 hour drive along the narrow winding road over the Rakhine Yoma (mountain range) after crossing the Ayeyarwaddy River at Pyay.

Ngwe Saung Beach

ngwe-saungNgwe Saung beach is latest beach resort in Myanmar. It is newly opened beach about 48 km from Pathein. The beach stretches 15km along the coast with delightful palm swaying breeze from the Bay of Bengal. With its sandy shore free of mud and clay, transparent and clean seawater, pretty islands nearby and rows of palm trees is really attraction for beach lovers. Ngwe Saung can be reached by car from the capital Yangon in approximately seven hours drive. The journey takes travelers on a partly bumpy and pot-holed road across the Ayeyarwaddy Delta region. There are newly constructed bungalows with local flavour but equipped with modern facilities.

Chaung Thar Beach
chaung-tharChaung-Thar Beach is located 40 km to the west of Pathein in Ayeyarwaddy Division. It is about 7 hours drive from Yangon via Pathein. The beach curves inwards in the shape of a crescent stretching for nearly a mile. Visitors can sightseeing in the neighboring villages for study fishing industry and the livelihood of the local people. Chaung Thar beachs is mostly travel by local visitor among the three beachses, Ngapali and Ngwesaung. It is recommended for the person who would like to enjoy the lively Beach.
Kyaikhtiyo (Golden Rock)

kyaikhteeyoKyaikhtiyo Pagoda, which known to the world as Golden Rock is located about 160 km from Yangon and the famous domestic pilgrimage centre in Myanmar. It stands on a gilded boulder precariously perched on the edge of the hill over 1100 meters above sea-level. There are many legends about the pagoda and Nat (Spirit) shrines along the way from the base camp to the pagoda. It is a test of one’s endurance to reach the pagoda. There is also a popular belief that a person gains in wealth every time he climbs the hill. The season of pilgrimage is from October to May. Open truck can now reach up to the platform of the pagoda. It can also reached by trekking from the base camp. Porters and palanquins are available to carry luggage and pilgrims who are too old or weak.

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