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Seeing and doing things in Myanmar
Burma has many eco-tourism options, with game reserves full of elephant, tiger, leopard and bear. Among the best places to visit are Alaungdaw Kathapa Nationalpark ( (northwest of Monywa), Hlawga Nationalpark (near Yangon), Popa Mountain Park (Central Myanmar), Lampi Island (Myeik Archipelago) and Shwesettaw Sanctuary Gamelife ( in Minbu).
Hsipaw, the oversleep city to the north-east of Mandalay, is Myanmar's most popular meeting place for backpackers, but things here are very reserved. From the Pwin Oo Lwin mountain terminal in Britain, the city has a bustling square, gold floats and walks to cascades, warm fountains and old remains in the nearby rolling countryside.
The small city of Hpa-an in the south-east of the state lies on the Thanlwin River and is the starting point for visiting Tibetan buddhistic abbeys and karstic peaks, which are overlooked by holy cloisters. From Kalaw or Nyaungshwe to the city of Pindaya, the drive leads through some of Myanmar's most lush farm landscapes, but the major draw is here underground.
The tranquil city is littered with thai styled couples, and locals guide tours to the surrounding mountains to explore the intriguing towns of Lisu, Lahu-Si and Akha. Ngapali in the far westernmost part of Myanmar is the most popular part of the land, but it is difficult to get here from Yangon, except by plane.
Near the capitol, Chaung Tha near Pathein is a popular destination for natives, while Ngwe Saung has a thriving selection of upscale seaside towns. It is difficult to exaggerate the importance of the Irrawaddy Riviera, which meanders the length of the state. Cruising on the riverbank provides a captivating insight into Myanmar's countryside, with traditional Chinese ferry services and long-distance touristic vessels that sail the Mandalay Bagan canal.
Rakhine - once a mighty, autonomous kingdom with a land that stretches as far as Bangladesh - is as fascinating as the Bagan sanctuaries and still the center of a flourishing people. Kyaiktiyo, the city of the Kyaiktiyo Pagoda, is known throughout Asia for its equilibrating rock that is the heart of the Kyaiktiyo Pagoda.
The small rock-crowned Stupa, which rises up to the top of a rock, rises in a precarious position to the brink of a ledge that the natives hold in place by the force of local pious. Mandalay's surrounding countryside is dotted with the remnants of former imperial capital cities.
The Sublime Sagaing is a tangle of mountain peaks, while the highlights in Inwa are a renowned nineteenth centuary cloister. Or take a boat cruise to Mingun to see the world's biggest preserved bells. The former imperial Mandalay was established in 1857 and is not as old as one might think, but the old part of the old part of the walled enclosure is full of buildings, stupas, shrines and cloisters.
At sundown, take a stroll up Mandalay Hill and help young Buddhist friars practise their English, or admire the Buddha picture in the Mahumuni Pagoda, crusted with golden leaves. Lake Inle was one of the first places in Myanmar to be opened for tourists, and it is still at the top of the sights.
Besides swimming towns, swimming paddocks and swimming market, the sea is known for its legs and old Stupa. Nyaungshwe on the shore is the most popular accommodation. From Yangon, one of the simplest journeys, Bago has its own collections of Buddha architecture and relics, among them the stunning gold Shwemawdaw Pagoda - the highest pagoda in the land from a technical point of view - and the Shwethalyaung Buddha, which is regarded as one of the most magnificent lying Buddhas in Asia.
Areas of Shan State accessible to non-nationals include some of the best walking in the land and, unusual for Myanmar, the opportunity to live in nearby houses or cloisters. Hike through breathtaking ravines to secluded tribal village areas near the north city of Hsipaw or take a three-day hike between Kalaw and Lake Inle.
Burma has an expansive schedule of Buddha celebrations, many of which take place at the same time as the full moons. The majority offer dancing and dancing, colorful parades and feasts. Highpoints are the Amanda Pagoda Pagodas in January/February, the Pindaya Cave in March, Maha Thingyan (New Year) in March and the Thihoshin Pagoda Festival, Pakkoku, in June/July.
Many of Myanmar's old art, which includes Burma's folk dancing and puppet theater, is preserved in Mandalay with breathtakingly colorful woodcarvings. Moustache Brothers, who were detained on several occasions for mocking the state at the peak of the regime's might, are the country's most celebrated entertainers.
Myanmar's international match, Chinlon, is fought with a braided stickballs. Be on the lookout for improvised games in open spaces. On an area of 67 square kilometres is the amazing archeological site of the antique town of Bagan with the remnants of about 2,000 shrines, palagodas and stupas, most of which date from the eleventh c. The ruins of the old town....
Yangon's Mahasi Sasana Yeik Tha Meditation Centre is a renowned place for travelers who want to know more about Theravada Buddhism. Like a gold candle holder, the powerful Shwedagon pagoda rises above the roofs of Yangon and is one of the miracles of the Buddha School. To join the crowd surrounding the holy stupa is one of Myanmar's most exalted experience.
The Yangon (formerly Rangoon) is a stunning array of churches, marketplaces, food stands and faded colorful architectural styles. Highpoints are the gold Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the most impressive Buddhaist memorials in the whole wide globe, the precious stone and craft stands of the Bogyoke Aung San Market and the amazing Sule Paya area.