Interesting places of Myanmar

Places of interest in Myanmar

Unfortunately I still managed to miss some places I want to see. Myanmar's morning markets are amazing. Myanmar is a country with a long and very rich history and a number of amazing sites. The Myanmar cuisine with its unique flavours is easy to recognise. The city is dotted with famous historical pagodas and can be reached by all means of transport.

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Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay and Inle Lake are the major tourist spots in Myanmar, but there are other exciting places like Ngapali & Ngwe Saung Beach that provide unspoilt shores in a tranquil and relaxed environment. Yangon seduces customers with the town' colorful legacy and old Myanmar's Buddha-sanctuary.

Mandalay, the old capitol and home of the former king's residence, is a town that is now widely recognised as the heartland of Myanmar's culture. Bagan and Inle Lake would be two of Myanmar's most mysterious targets. In Bagan live quite a few thousand pagodas from the eleventh world war.

They just didn't see a sundown until they saw the setting sundown and the mystic temple of Bagan serve as an inspirational set. Bagan's timeless character will fascinate the spirit, where old tradition is kept in daily use. Aside from these travel attractions, there is much more to Myanmar for the adventuresome traveller who is ready to step off the well-trodden paths and get to know the region's unparalleled lifestyles.

Bagan Bagan is one of the wealthiest archeological and historic places in Asia, a large area with more than 2,000 couples and shrines, all located on a wide plateau on the mythical Ayeyarwaddy River. Burmese was first spoken during the Bagan era (11th to thirteenth centuries). The origins of Buddhism as it is still practised today, Bagan was the home of spiritual and lay faith.

Bagan overseas guests find themselves on the precipitous stairs that wait for the magic instant; while the day light sets behind the already foggy Ayeyarwaddy, the camera clicks almost as well. There are a number of good properties with different standard. This is also the start and end point of Ayeyarwaddy River cruise that connects Bagan with Mandalay.

An unforgettable travelling adventure is a hot-air ballooning over the archaeological zone, which is offered during the wintry time. Bago Bago is known for the 55 meter long Buddha picture, the wonderful gold Shwemawdaw Pagoda and many other sacred relics such as the old practice building of Dhammazedi.

There is an interesting, bustling fair and just 10 min outside the city you can see genuine country living, complete with buffalo working in the rice paddies in front of a plow. It is still a very cosy city with many more bikes than automobiles. There are many specialities in the garden where you can find flower, tomato, beans and cucumber.

Some of the most venerated Buddha pictures of the Buddha are exhibited on the large gold caraveik, a copy of the old royal ship, and are taken to several towns around the lakeside for 18 whole nights until they return to their homehrine. Contrary to other Myanmar festival pagodas, most of which last only three nights, this one is 18 nights long and offers the popular Inle Boat Races, which attracts viewers from near and far.

It' a scenic town, set in pinewoods and has some of Myanmar's most scenic backgrounds. The Golden Rock of Kyaikhtiyo is one of the most venerated places of worship for Myanmar Buddhists. This gilded stone should keep its equilibrium, as a unique Buddha is anchored in the palgo.

This whole place has a magical aura and is known for its mediation. Situated high in the Shan Hills in the centre of the Golden Triangle, Kyaing Tong is one of the most secluded outskirts of the land and probably the most picturesque of the Shan state. Once the Shan's capitol, Kyaing Tong is the gate to rough travels and exciting places of interest.

Near China, LashioLashio is a commercial centre in a mountainside pool at 855 metres above sealevel and is mainly populated by Shan people. Situated at the south end of the formerly famed Burma Road. The Mya Kantha Hill in the north of the village provides a good view of the area.

Lashio's predominantly Chinamanic heritage is witnessed by the constant intercourse in Myanmar's biggest religious sanctuary, devoted to the queen of Quan Yin, the god of compassion. ManhalayMandalay is the second biggest town in Myanmar and is located in the warm and arid centre of the state. The Mandalay is the last remaining imperial capitol and the heart of Myanmar's culture.

The city is encircled by other old imperial capital cities, Ava ( "Sagaing"), Ava (Inwa) and Amarapura, which are very interesting places of excursions due to their historic and spiritual importance - both in antiquity and today. Mandalay offers a wide range of crafts such as kalagas carpets, puppets, cast bronzes, carvings in wood and stones.

It also hosts the most venerated Buddha sculpture in all of Myanmar, the Maha Myat Muni. Buddha himself is said to have touched on the picture that has just been completed, thereby giving him some of the Buddha's strength. The 230-metre high Mandalay Hill is another interesting vantage point from which you have a magnificent panoramic look at Mandalay, the neighbouring plateaus, Shan Mountain and the Ayeyarwaddy River.

This place is known for its wonderful sundowns. The Mandalay Palace was burned down in 1945 and has been largely rebuilt in recent years. With great roads, rivers and aerial links to all parts of Myanmar, Mandalay is the perfect starting point for exploring the remainder of Upper Burma.

The city of MonywaMonywa is located on the bank of the Chindwin Riviera, 140 km north west of Mandalay. This is the gateway to the Phowin Taung cavern temple, which is on the other side of the stream and can be accessed by boat. There are many Buddha sculptures, murals and wood carvings in the Caverns. A number of myths have been told about the caverns, especially about the Myanmar ghosts (Nats).

It is said that over 400,000 Buddha pictures were made in the Caverns. According to reports, there are also 582,357 Buddha sculptures on the ceilings, on partitions and arches, and in recesses in and around the area. However, the major tourist attractions of the area are the smaller 730-metre-high conical cliff Popa Taungkalat, also known as the "Olympus of the Nats" because it is home to the mythical 37 "Nats" (or ghosts) of Myanmar.

Two of Myanmar's major annual "Nat Pwes" (or festivals) (one in May-June and one in November-December) when visitors come from all over Myanmar to soothe and adore the ghosts. Despite the domination of Buddhism, the nat still plays an important role in the life of many Myanmaris.

MyitkyinaCapital and biggest city of Kachin State is an important trading centre between China and Myanmar. This is an excellent base for trips to indigenous communities, Yade Mine and the Myitsone River junction (40 km from Myitkyina), where two Himalaya creeks ( "Mehka" and "Malikha") from the powerful Ayeyarwaddy River converge.

Well-known for its beautiful scenery, Kachin State stretches from pristine jungles to Himalayan Mount Hkakabo Razi (the highest point in Myanmar at 5,889 metres) with its snow-capped summit all year round (first ascent only in 1996). New to Myanmar's tourist card, Ngwe Saung Beach provides unspoilt sandy beach and tranquillity along the Indian Ocean coastline.

You can reach Ngwe Saung by plane from the capitol Yangon in about fiveh. This trip leads through the vast debris of the Ayeyarwaddy Delta. You can stop in Pathein, a bustling commercial centre on the shore of the Pathein. Alternatively to traffic it is possible to take a trip by ferry from Yangon to Pathein River.

Ayeyarwaddy Delta, wide and fruitful, is linked to numerous smaller and bigger rivers; it is an excellent area for ricework. Northeastern and eastern destinationsThere are several small cities in Myanmar which are still not easy to access for general travel. But for the adventure-seeking traveller, travel attractions such as Hakha (the Chinese capital), constructed on mountainside decks and encircled by beautiful pinewoods, or Tongzan, the Chin tribal culture centre, and Mount Kennedy near Teedeim, 2,704 metres high, could soon become inaccessible.

Travellers can travel to the Lashio mountain area, an important commercial centre, by rail or by car from Mandalay. Further to the North from Lashio is the frontier city Muse, through which travellers can travel to China inland. The Pathein (Bassein)Situated in the Ayeyarwaddy River area. The city of Pathein is the most important commercial harbour in the area.

It is the core of rice growing in Myanmar. It is a quiet little city with a picturesque promenade, many China and Burma churches and Pathein parasol shops. Pathein's colourful handmade shades are known throughout Myanmar. This is where the monk and nun parasols, often seen in high Myanmar, are made.

Pathein, about 190 kilometres from Yangon, can be easily accessed in three hour by car or by night boat through the Ayeyarwaddy Riverside. It' major attractions are the lime rock caves, which branch out over 8,000 Buddha pictures in timber, marmor, varnish, bricks, stone as well as brioch.

In such an environment, the collections of these paintings are truly exceptional and deserving of a visit. You can see the production of these beautiful handmade parasols in several garages in the city. The Pyay (Prome)A small city on the curve of the Ayeyarwaddy stream. Nearby are the remains of this old city.

One of Myanmar's most interesting historic and archeological monuments, the fifth c. Thayekhittaya site has a very different building styles from other epochs. This former hillside city, about two hour's driving from Mandalay, provides cold temperatures, eco-architectures and the stagecoach.

It was built in the early twentieth c. and its highway is part of the famed Burma Road, an important northern road leading to the commercial city of Lashio and further to the China frontier. The Peik Chin Myaing Cave, which contains many Buddha pictures, and some of Myanmar's most venerated pagoda designs are of great interest to tourists.

Established in 1915, the gardens are home to a wide range of Myanmar and foreign species of tree and flower, as well as a large number of bird species. Pyin Oo Lwin is really singular, colorfully decorated mini-coaches, which are designed by living people. There are several interesting monasteries and a very extraordinary convent with a beautiful collections of Buddha paintings, some of which date from the fifteenth cent. when Mrauk Oo peaked.

Sittwe' s most important importance is the fact that it is the point of departure for the Kaladan River cruise to the old former capitol and important archeological site of Mrauk Oo. In 1535 King Minbin, a very mighty king of the Rakhines, erected the most renowned Shittaung sanctuary and continues to be the mr. Oo temple's major show.

Twante A small city known for its potteries is the production and weave of cottons. It is located on the Twante Canal, excavated during Myanmar's reign in Britain to allow a brief cruise from Yangon. YangonTake a walk through the Old Yangon roads to see green alleys and side roads with huge wooden houses furnished in the unparalleled Myanmar look where once upon a toothbrush industrial leaders were.

Myanmar's seclusion from the outside worlds in the years after the country's liberation led to the unparalleled conservation of many of its old structures. Another favourite were wooden carvings, all of which combine to create an exceptional building in Myanmar's uniqueness. Further high points of the Yangon route are Chaukhtatkyi - the lying Buddha, the multicolored fairs of Chinatown, a meditation center, Sule Pagode, Botataung Pagode, Kaba Aye Pagode, Maha Pasana Guha cave, Kalewa monastery, Buddhist art museum, national museum, Naga glassworks and the Bogyoke Aung San (Scott) market.

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