Naypyidaw Travel GuideNurpyidaw travel guide
Ever wondered what the world's most peculiar metropolis is? A lot of folks would say Pyongyang off North Korea. However, my response would be Nay Pyi Taw or Naypyidaw, the new capitol of the Republic Union of Myanmar. Nay Pyi Taw is the ideal place for an unafraid traveller like myself, who is always eager for something new and interesting, to find something special during my last journey to Myanmar.
My sojourn in the town was an memorable one. That' s why I would like to give you a brief guide to the Burmese capitol, Nay Pyi Taw, one of the most peculiar metropolises in the underworld. In 2005 Nay Pyi Taw was formally appointed as Myanmari' capitol. When we are drawing two axes that connect Mandalay and Yangon (North and South) and Bagan with Inle Lake (West and East), Nay Pyi Taw is right at the crossroads.
The Burmese said the town was being constructed as a plan for the years to come. Myanmar's premonition is that as it expands over the next few centuries, this already vast metropolis will be able to meet the needs of fast moving population. There are several internal connections a day between Nay Pyi Taw and Yangon (the largest town in the state and its main tourist centre).
Nay Pyi Taw is situated between the two most populated towns of Myanmar, Yangon and Mandalay. It is easy to take a coach to the capitol for only $4 or $5. There are several trains a day connecting the north-south axes of Mandalay, Nay Pyi Taw and Yangon.
So I decided to travel to Nay Pyi Taw because I could see the local people' lives and the scenery on the way. There''s not many possibilities like in Yangon or Mandalay. Uppatasanti's 100 metre high gold Uppatasanti Nay Pyi Taw is by far (and so far) the most popular tourist destination, looking a bit like Yangon's Shwedagon.
Thanks to its imposing heights and especially at nights, when illuminated, the panorama can be seen from almost everywhere in the town. Buddha's world and important Buddhist historical happenings in Myanmar are presented in the cloakroom. The Blackfoot and Humboldt pens and an imposing planetary can also be seen in an air-conditioned swimming poolsite.
Myanmar's most spectacular park, the Fountain Garden, offers a lookout deck, performing shows of fountains at nocturnal. The choice is small and most properties concentrate on corporate travellers. I' ve chosen The lake garden Nay Pyi Taw MGallery, a beautifully furnished boutiquehotel with a beautiful seawalk.
Here is my short guide for those who want to travel to Myanmar and explore the unorthodox capitol of the state. As a traveller alone, my last piece of advice is that I would suggest only one or two days in the town, as there aren't too many places to relax besides the major tourist spots in the hotel and watch the weird places like the empty avenues.
If you want to travel by rail or coach between Myanmar's Big 4 locations (Yangon, Mandalay, Inle Lake and Bagan), a journey to Nay Pyi Taw is an interesting one.