Burma places to seeSights of Burma
There are 5 little-known sights in Burma.
From the thousand-year-old stupa of Bagan to the vast glazed expanses of Inle Lake and the "flashing miracle" of Shwedagon Pagoda, Burma is full of curios. Sometimes it is not the big monuments, but the unforeseen jewels that are the culmination of a journey. The little known Hpa An in southern Burma is full of rides for the adventure-loving visitor.
Admire the Kyauk Ka Lat Pagoda, which balances on a lime stone column in the middle of a pond; discover buddhistic caverns with thousand of sculptures; discover Mount Two Cabin for a fantastic view over the landscape and walk through the Lumbini Gardens - where lines of identically Buddhas watch over your rapprochement.
Come and see Hpa An on our trip to South Burma. As the British landed in Myanmar, Loikaw was the home of a mighty British lord - or "Sky Prince" - whose castle controlled the city and reigned over the area. Although Burma's Sky Princes have long gone, it is still possible to go to the castle (now a monastery) to take a look at the wealthy past of the land - and climb the weird Taung Kwe Pagoda, which was erected on a rugged cliff in the center of the city.
Visiting Loikaw on our Hidden Trails of Burma route. Located between Mandalay and Bagan, on the bank of the Chindwin River, Monywa is renowned for its only conspicuous place: the second highest Buddha in the whole wide underworld. Laykyun Setkyar towers above the city and landscape and is 130 meters high and contains some rather graphical mural paintings of tales from buddhistic myth.
Monywa is not only a stop for his huge Buddha: it is also the home of Mohnyin Thambuddhei Paya (one thinks of Indonesia's Borobudur, but sparkling), a convent with half a million Buddha sculptures and Shwe Ba Taung - the rock shrine, which bears the nickname "Burma's Petra". Monywa on our Unspoilt Burma Route.
Burma's capitol may not seem much to suggest at first glance, but if you have an aperitif for the offshore beat, this is a strange goal you don't want to miss. Naypyidaw is a huge and controversial town, constructed for the benefit of tens of millions of people, but its 20-lane Beverley Hills styled motorways and villas are still empty.
Come and see it on your way from Yangon to Mandalay (or the other way around) to see the pure hybris of it - it's unlike anything you've ever seen before. Dawei, a dozy coastal city, is a great place to enjoy the slowness of living in Burma's subtropical North.
You' ll find early influence from Portugese, Flemish and Thais merchants mixing with some of the best conserved UK settlements in all Burma's province towns, and valuable contemporary development damaging the lowlands. Dawei on our trip to South Burma.