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Sights in Burma
Folks often say if you want to experience what it was like to be in Yangon 50 years ago, come and see Yangon now! Featuring colorful rural architecture, wood built Kevrolet busses and green lush rainforest coastline, it has a unique appeal that sets it apart from any other Myanmar cityscape.
60 km southwards, Thanbyuzayat is the end of the line for the Burma-Siam mortuary, the building of which killed 100,000 men under World War II under the control of the japanese war. The Kyaikthanlan pagean on the city' s east mountain crest is considered the scene where Rudyard Kipling composed his renowned poetry "The Road to Mandalay".
The Taw Ya of Win Sein, 30 km southwards on the edge of Mudon, is the site of the biggest Buddha picture in the whole wide area. Mawlamyine' s people, only 150 km from the Thai-Myanmar frontier, are a fusion of ethnic groups, religions and tongues, although they are still strongly linked to their Myanmar identities.
Mawlamyine' s inhabitants are many of them bi-lingual in different tongues, from Mon, Urdu (the tongue of migrant Muslims who were introduced here as workers during the UK colonisation ) to Thai (spoken by many who worked in Thailand in or near the frontier city of Mae Sot and Ranong).
This is why Mawlmayine is a city that fascinates from a social and linguistic point of view. Myanmar is an unexplored tourism haven due to its inner conflict and has recently opened its gates to the world. Old, nice and expansive, this land provides a wide variety of sights and activities for you.
The Bagan (Pagan)Bagan is located in the warm and arid area, 100 meters above seagr. surface. It is known as the birth place of Theravada Buddhism. Over 2,000 monasteries and stupa, constructed between the eleventh and thirteenth centuries, still remain a part of the Ayeyarwady River's heritage today.
We recommend visiting Bagan during the cold seasons. When you want to go during the hottest time of the year (March to May), you should be prepared for an early breakfast tour and relax at lunch. In the interior of the Buddha-images you can observe a singular way to give off nature's sun.
You' ll see different positions and a great woodcarving techniques for the pictures. Often the flight is fully sold out, so it makes sense to book in advance. NOW-PALM Juice productionThe palm trees are the icon of Zentralmyanmar and can only be grown in the warm and arid area. The Toady palm is one of the most precious plant for humans from CMB.
The old convent is located in the city of Saly, about 1. 5 hour ride from Bagan. You can see art statues representing the life of Buddha in this wood cloister. Though Myanmar became Buddhist in the eleventh century, animistic worship still blends with Buddhism.
You can see the panorama from the top of the hill after having mastered the (for some demanding) uphill. However, the corrosive apes and the filth deter some onlookers. Inle( "Inlay") LakeThe Inle See lies 900 metres above sealevel and is encircled by a series of mountains, both dark and mist.
A number of Myanmar tourists called the Inle Sea the "Venice of the East" when they travelled by ferry through the channels and towns. Approximately 100,000 humans inhibit the Inle-See and its banks. It' 22 km long and 10 km wide. Different tribes (e.g. Intha, Pa-O and Shan), everyday living and the sea region fairs are an allure.
At the Inle-See you can also admire handicrafts of the Intha-Luge. All Intha practice ruddering their legs. Better ones are located either directly on the shore or on the shore. Newshwe VillageThe principal gate to Inle Sea is Nyaung Shwe, the former capitol of a Shan kingdom.
Nowadays there is not much to see except the Shan Palace (today Haw Museum), which looks more like a nice mansion in the view of foreigners. It' definitely a worthwhile place to go. It has five Buddha pictures and all of them are erratic. According to tradition, the Buddha pictures were made in the twelfth century.
The Phaung Daw Oo Feast, which usually takes place in October, is one of a kind and well known for its parade in which the pictures are taken from town to town. But, Intha humans are clever enough to turn these swimming garden into a hydroponic garden. Of course, the garden is made up of a mix of hypacinth, lift and some rotten root and rooted in the shallows of the marsh.
It will be interesting to see why the Intha are rowing their boat with their feet. It' s more efficient and better suited to use their conventional fishery methods by placing a conically formed fishery tray in the water. The Indein Lagoon is located in the west part of Ile Lake and most archeologists believe that the Indein Lagoon was founded between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
There are many bird species at BIRD WATCHINGOn Inle Sea. If you are interested in handmade materials, a trip is worthwhile. LAOCAL Lakeshing METHODSInle is flat and aweedy. So, folks came up with their own way of getting them. The various types of catches include a conically formed catches and a net in the lower reaches of Inle.
The KALAW Colonic Tower with Hiking / TREKKINGKalaw was a refuge in the UK at an altitude of almost 1500 metres due to the coldness. It' still a chilly and cosy place with lots of pines. It has become known as a day and night trek area to the many tribal and village areas around Kalaw with the Palaung, Pa-O, Danu and Taung Yoe people.
CAVES, PINDDAYA caves, pinddaya caves, hikingto yasagyi monastery the pleasures of the pleasures of the Pindaya are about 150 metres in depth and 8,000 Buddha pictures are anchored in it. The most Buddha pictures date from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Different mudra ( "hand positions") of Buddha pictures can be learned in the caves. The Shan Paper and folk parasol workshop are also located in the region of Shan Paper.
When you drive from Aung Ban to Pindaya, the scenery is very colourful with different kinds of vegetable, especially between November and January. There' s a nice pond in Pindaya. In the meantime this has become a very touristic place. TOWNAung Ban is located on the Taunggyi - Yangon motorway.
It is a small city, many peasants cultivate around Heho and is also a centre of livestock trade. Taunggyi is a very colorful fair because the Pa-O Indians come to the city from the hill. ORPHANAGY For those who want to associate their holiday with charity: The orphanage is located on Lake Inle and in Taunggyi.
A number of folks already sponsor an orphanage near Inle, so we refer to those further away. KAKKKKU PAGODA COMPLEXKakku, in the area of Pa-O humans, lies 42 km southwards of Taunggyi. For the more adventurous hiker it is possible to walk from Lake Inle to Kakku. The SANGHAR & THA KHAUNG PAGODASSanghar is a 3 hour drive by ferry from the town of Nyaung Shwe.
It is a spectacular cruise to the south end of Lac Inle, through a brook before joining Sanghar in a second cruise. One of the attractions are the not yet renovated seventeenth century remains of pagodas on the shore of the lakes. There are 200 stupa in the town of Thakhaung.
To Sanghar you can visit a potter town and a lotus-cloth town in the south part of shores of Inle. As a base we suggest the hotel in the south part of the lak. Trip only lasts 2 h.
SHAN STATEMarket Fair in Shan State is the most attractive event for those who like the everyday life of indigenous population. There is no regular weekly fair, but every five trading hours. It is a five-day system suitable for both locals and vendors.
There is a turnaround from one town to another and the fair returns every five nights. Shan State stores also serve as parish centres where local residents make contact with their peers from other communities and share messages. You can see the colorful fairs, tribesmen in their tradtion. When in Shan State, don't miss out on the fairgrounds.
However, there are some really nice trails, e.g. from Nyaung Shwe (near Inle Lake) to Heho / Kalaw. On the flats around Lake Inle, the railway rises sharply into the Kalaw area. A few years ago VineyardNear Inle Lake created a vineyards that also welcomed people. Situated between Inle Lake and Taunggyi in Aye Thar Yar.
Burma BeachesDue to underdevelopment, Myanmar still provides pristine, broad sandy and pristine sands. It is a great place for long strolls on the sea, to read a book or swim in the sea. Be sure to change clothes appropriately on the shores; the locals often wore trousers and T-shirts when they swam, not even a regular bathing suit.
SANDOWAY / THANDWE / SANDOWAY (NGAPALI BEACH)Thandwe Strand is a 30 minute car ride from Thandwe City. It can be easily attained by air. Principal beaches are 2 mile. There is a fishermen hamlet in the south part of the sea. The Ngapali is the most visited one in Myanmar. The NGWE SAUNG BEACHNgwe Saung Strand is located west of Pathein (Bassein).
It' a 5-hour ride from Yangon to the 9-mile long crystalline waterside. It is a recently designed sandy spot that can be compared to the Ngapali one. Beautiful bathing places are inviting. Ngapali's upscale beaches are slightly less expensive than Ngapali resort hotels. The otherwise very calm environment is disturbed by some jet skis and motorcycles on the shore.
In the past, a trip to Ngwe Saung could be accompanied by a cruise on the "Delta Queen", a ship from Yangon to Pathein. Chungtha BeachAlso Chaungtha (Chaung Tha) lies west of Pathein (Bassein), further northern of Ngwe Saung. It' also a 5-hour ride from Yangon to Chaung Tha Strand, which is more suitable for the new Yangon mid-range and backpacker.
Many locals are waiting for you, especially on the weekend, who come in large groups and don't always stay as calm as some of them would like. BEACHRather KANTHAYA (KANTHARYAR) for the adventurous, this is only a public resort that cannot even be reserved in time. The Kanthaya is a very flat, 4.5 km long sandy area 100 km due west of Ngapali Strand.
From Ngapali to Yangon you can travel along the western coastline and stop in Kanthaya. However, it is a very long and inconvenient ride. It' an excellent place for those who want to stay away from the tourist and who can do without comforts. Situated southwards of Yangon over the Yangon River, the Letkhokkon Strand is certainly not attractive for a swim because of the silt.
However, it is quaint and little used. Setsee Bach 80 km southwards of maawlamyaing, about 10 hour driving distance from yangon. The Setse Strand itself is broad, but the waters are not clear, the beaches are not well maintained. Mrauk Oo (Mrauk U - MYAUK Oo)Sittwe was a former important seaport near the border to Bangladesh on the west coast.
Sittwe' seafood auctions are interesting, but stinking and best attended in the early mornings. The city and its airports are also a crossroads for travellers travelling to the former Rakhine family ( "Arakan"), 80 km from Sittwe. Kitsapanadi is a 5 to 6 hour cruise on the Kaladanan.
Various architectonic designs and architectonic approaches in Mrauk Oo will delight you. The Mrauk Oo Fair, Rakhine Cultural and Mrauk Oo Museums are definitely a must. They say that 80,000 Buddha relic are kept on the second district of the page. In the interior of the shrine there are reliefs representing the Buddha's world.
It' an old city, which bloomed between 300-900 AD. After visiting Mrauk Oo you can see Chin and Mro ethnical towns with their ways of living, their clothes and their mornings. The Kyaiktiyo (Kyaik-htiyo) Pagoda (Golden Rock)Kyaikto city, about 4 hour ride on partially rough streets of Yangon itself is a small and overslept city.
Don't be worried if you are unwell, because in Myanmar it is customary for elderly or affluent individuals to make money. For those who want to sweat desperately, hike up the Golden Rocks from the basecamp and walk at least 4h. According to tradition, bouldering is balanced by a Buddha-Haar.
The Kyaiktiyo is a "must" for any Myanmar Buddhist, probably after the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon. Cattella MARKETTribal folk from the area visit the Kyaing Tong everyday fair and sale their regional wares and craft. Mong-la (NEED priority permission) & tachileik bodder kilns mong la (mengla) is a city bordering China and can be accessed by road from kyaing tong.
Myanmar's armed forces have signed a cease-fire agreement with the ethnical authorities who are controlling the area claiming to be on its way to a drug-free area. Visitors who visit the area of Chiang Mai / Chiang Rai can usually arrive in Tachileik (SHOPPING PRICES!). The Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo)Pyin Oo Lwin is about 70 kilometres (2 hour drive) from Mandalay to the Shan Plateau at an elevation of over 1000 metres aboveseas.
The city is home to several Nepalis whose forefathers came there during the English period. It is known as a garden city because it cultivates different types of flower. It is a point of passage on the former "Burma Road", which goes via Lashio to Muse to the Chinese border.
For those who would rather relax in the peace and quiet of the gardens, the best season for a weekend or weekday excursion is the later afternoons. There are 2 PWE KAUK AND ANISAKAN WATERFALLEs there. After a descent of about 1.5 hrs (almost 300 m in altitude) you can reach it through a dense gorge on a small and sometimes quite sharp trail.
It' a brief stroll to a small and a bigger waterfalls, less picturesque than Anisakan, but a very favourite place for picnics with the locals. Here is the Peik Chin Myaung caves about 45 min from Pyin Oo Lwin towards Lashio is a dripstone caves and contains many small Buddha pictures.
There are many old Tudor and Victorian styled houses in the city. It is actually quite large, outside the city centre it is light. It' definitely a worthwhile trip to enjoy the city. Unlike other places in Myanmar, the huts of the horse-drawn carriages in Pyin Oo Lwin are shut, as you would have expected in an old Westerns film.
The LASHIO Tower is a city that, like everyone else, has a large mall. Museum Borden Tower to China (NEED Priory Permission) Muse is a city bordering China, of course there is a great deal of traffick. Shweli River is the boundary between Myanmar and China in the Muse area. moonywa tading kiln on the east bank of the chindwin river, 136 km from mandalay, is another commercial city with the west part of myanmar and india.
Some of the city is being reconstructed, as there was a major fire 50 years ago. Besides trade, humans make a living from felling, Kyauka lacquer goods and the cultivation of various cultures such as rices, green coffee and groundnuts. At the edge of Monywa is the renowned Lei Di Convent, whose former main friar was worshipped by the Myanmar Buddhists.
Just outside the city there is a well-known paint factory in the small city of Kyaukkha. On the other side of the river is a large mine of brass. From Mandalay it will take about 3 hrs by road. PAGODAI's THANBODDHAY is 11 km from Monywa in the direction of Mandalay. The Buddha was constructed only 60 years ago and contains innumerable Buddha pictures and many smaller Stupa.
There are Buddha pictures and Nats characters (ghosts) in the center. Beneath each bo-tree you can see Buddha pictures mostly in meditative postures. It' a broad creek through the city of Monywa. The river rises in the extreme northwest of Myanmar and runs 1,000 km through the Sagaing Division plain in the northeast.
The Buddha pictures are vertical and horizontal, a large shell of stones and elephant carvings. The PAKOKKU TOWNTraveler who travel from Monywa to Bagan arrive in the city of Pakokku on the west bank of Ayeyarwady to take a ferry to Bagan. It is another trade centre for tobaccos, rugs and loonyi (The Myanmar "Sarong").
Another 90km from Poe Win Hill is Alaung Daw Katsapa Wilderness Reserve near KATSAPA KILDLIFE Santuary (NEED PRIOR PERMISSION). You' ll have to take a bumpy street and take an bullseye. In this area there are many animals like savage Elefanten, tiger and fox. It is possible to see the Katsapa Cave in Alaungda.
Mt. Victoria, 3030 metres high, is a biologically diverse place for people who love the outdoors. You can also see Chin women with tattoos in Mindut and Kanpeletown. The city of Pathein (Bassein) is a drowsy city in the area of the river Danube, where it seems that times have stood still. This city is enchanting and life is much more sluggish than in busy major cities.
A lot of folks still go to their destination on foot or by bike. The city Pathein is a little more than 3 hrs away from Yangon. We are on our way to Ngwe Saung Beach or Chaung Tha Beach. It is 1.5 hour north of Yangon. Areas of the city are periodically inundated during the wet seasons, especially during the full moons when the streets and trails are used as canoeing.
But if you still want to go to Bagan, a trip to Bago is probably not a must. Zhzvemadav Pagodazhwemavdaw Pagoda is situated on a small hillside with views of the whole city. Shvethalyaung Recycling Buddha Shweethalyaung has a giant Buddha statue in an open shed. There are 108 characteristics of Lord Buddha on the soles of Buddha's legs.
Under the lying Buddha pictures this picture is considered as a living lying Buddha picture. There are indigenous and migratory species and therefore the best period to explore this wetland is during the cold months (November - end of January) Moeyungyi is about 30 minute ride from Bago, near the Mandalay Strait.
Few visitors to Moeyungyi. The Pyay (Prome)Pyay lies on the Yangon to Bagan road on the east bank of the Ayeyarwady (Irradwaddy) Flu. Zhwesandaw Pagoda with views of the city is a good place to have a look at the Ayeyarwady rivier. It' a 2-hour trip on a hired motorboat, there are hundred of Buddha pictures taken by bargemen on the riverbank who spend the night there during their sojourn.
Boating on the Ayeyarwady itself is a comfortable journey where you can observe the everyday lives of the locals on the canal. Moulmein (Mawlamyaing, Mawlamyine) is a formerly important harbour village inhabited mainly by Mon, Indians and Myanmar (Burmese). It' a relatively large urban area that stretches far out on the bank of the Than Lwin (Salween) River just before reaching the sea.
Myanmar's longest ever Yangon connection between Myanmar and Mottama since the beginning of 2005. It' s at least 8 hours away from Yangon on not always level streets. There is a mound in the centre of the city from which you can see the city, the stream and the countryside.
From above, there seems to be more of a wood than a big city. Municipal busses are old-fashioned lorries. The GAUNG SE KYUN MID-RIVER MONASTERYI is a small islet in the centre of the Than Lwin (Salween) and can be accessed by a small longtail sail. It' a comfortable and peaceful place where you can spiritually experience yourself.
It is possible to go up the mountain on foot or by car. THE MON CULTURAL MUSEUMThe exhibition is definitely a must, although it is hoped that the display case glazing will provide a better overview of the objects on display. The Buddha pictures, musical tools, medals, lacquerware and more from different ages are exhibited. The BALU KYUN ISLANDI is a small islet in the estuary that can be reached by canoe.
Therebyzeyat "2ND WORLD WAR DATE Rajilway Terminal "Thanbyuzeyat (Thanbyuzayat) is a 1-hour ride just outside of Mahlamyaing and marks the end of the notorious " dead railroad ". Rail connected Thailand with Myanmar. Buddha images cannot be seen by a woman entering the Buddha painting house, they must see the picture from a deck.
Setsee BEACHA 2 hour ride by car southwards of Mawlamyaing. Situated on the bank of the Than Lwin (Salween) riverbank, the city covers a large area. There' s a small lake with Mount Zwegabin in the far away, a very nice sight! RIVERAround Hpa The Than Lwin is a small island and sandbanks in the Than Lwin rivers.
Agriculture is carried out on the riverbank. Looking across the valley and the stream makes up for the exhausting hike. Nyi Cave is nearer to Thaton than to Hpa-An, making it the perfect stopover on the way to Yangon. GON GO GON CAVEI' gon go gon cavei' a little outside the city of Hpa-An on the other side of the Than Lwin Riviera towards Thaton / Yangon.
It is a cavern with many Buddha pictures inside and thousand of small Buddha stucco works on the caves. Wars like the Naga are dressed to the brim. It can only be accessed after a trip of several days organised by the Myanmar Tourist Board. MoogokNEED priority permissions - currently not permitted since mid-2005.
It is located about 8 hrs northeast of Mandalay. Mogok was not open for visitors in early 2005, but may be open again in the near term. There is a gem trading area in the city.