Bagan – The Hidden Treasure in Myanmar
Bagan, located on the banks of the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) River, nominated UNESCO World heritage site, is home to the largest and densest concentration of Buddhist temples, pagodas, stupas and ruins in the world with many dating from the 11th and 12th centuries. The shape and construction of each building is highly significant in Buddhism with each component part taking on spiritual meaning. Bagan with their Pagodas and Temples dating back more than 1500 years of history is the most fascinating place for visitors. It is also a great place for beautiful local Art, such as Lacquer ware, Bamboo works and beautiful local made Cloth.
Yangon – The Most Lively City for Myanmar Tourism
Yangon is the largest city in Burma and the center of economic activity. The city that is also known as Rangoon was the capital of the country until 2005, when a completely new city called Naypyidaw was built and made the new capital.Yangon is located in the Irrawaddy delta in the North Andaman Sea. It is the city where most foreign tourists arrive to Burma. Yangon is a city of about 5 million people that has grown very rapidly since the 1950’s.The city was founded at least a thousand years ago by the Mon people. According to local legend the city’s most famous landmark, the Shwedagon Pagoda was founded during the time of the Buddha and the city since then has been built around it. Yangon is not yet a modern city, it is a place where Buddhist monks walk the streets barefoot, men wear the traditional longyi clothing and superstition still plays an important role in everyday life. The city has a certain colonial charm with its buildings from the colonial era, when Yangon was under control of the British from 1852 until 1948.
Inle Lake – The Breathtaking Lake
In western Shan State, you will find picturesque Inle Lake, famous for its floating villages, gardens and the unique way of life of the local Intha people, with their living communities based entirely on the water. The lake, which measures 22 km long by 10 km wide, and sits in a valley between two mountain ranges, feels like a different world to the rest of Myanmar: in villages and towns across the lake, wooden houses are built on stilts and fishermen steer their one-man boats with a characteristic rowing style, wrapping one leg around their oar.
Nay Pyi Taw – Capital city of Myanmar
It is captivated by the charming administrative capital of Myanmar. Nay Pyi Taw is the most modern city of the country adorned by tall buildings and impressive administrative complexes. It is located strategically between Bago Yoma and Shan Yoma mountain ranges. Construction started in 2002 and was completed by 2012. On 6 November 2006, more than 12,000 troops marched in the new capital in its first public event: a massive military parade to mark Armed Forces Day—which is the anniversary of then Burma’s 1945 revolution against the Japanese occupation of Burma. The city was officially named Naypyidaw during these ceremonies and the official, albeit mostly administrative, capital of the country was relocated from Yangon to Naypyidaw.
Mandalay – The City of Cultural & Heritage
Mandalay is the second largest city (after Yangon), and a former capital of Myanmar. The city is the economic and religious hub of upper Myanmar. The city is centered on the royal palace, and has wide avenues filled with bicycles and motorcycles. Mandalay was built mainly in 1857–59 by King Mindon to replace Amarapura as his capital. It was the last capital of the Myanmar kingdom and fell to British troops in November 1885. Its famous Zegyo bazaar is the largest of many markets that attract artisans and farmers from throughout the country.