Myanmar Destination

Yangon & Vicinity

Yangon
Yangon is the known as “Garden City of East” and is the main gateway to Myanmar. In 1755, once King Alaungpaya conquered Lower Myanmar, he founded the city on the site of a small settlement called "Dagon" and became the name in" Yangon" means “End of Strife”. Yangon is full of lush tropical trees, shady parks, beautiful lakes, colourful markets and colonial heritage style buildings and the city centre always bustles with street vendors, trishaw and passenger buses, and a diversity of shops. The magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda; one of the wonders of the world, City Centre Sule Pagoda, Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda; the reclining Buddha Image, Colourful China Town, Botahtaung Pagoda, Kabaaye Pagoda, Naga Glass Factory and Bogyoke Market (Scott Market) are highlights to visit in Yangon. Amongst them, the holiest place of Shwedagon Pagoda is famous not only for being one of our land treasures but also as a place to meet devoted Buddhists at meditation and pray. A visit Yangon is not completed without visiting venerable Shwedagon Pagoda.
 
Bago
An ancient capital of Mon Kingdom in 15th century is located north of Yangon (80 km) where can be able to make just day return trip from Yangon and most of the Kyaikhtiyo two day trips include Bago sightseeing. Apparently, Mons were the first to the settle at this site. The ancient capital of “Hanthawadi” said to have founded in 573 AD by two Mon princes from the capital Thaton. In 13th century Bago became the centre of the Mon Kingdom of “Ramanadesa” which consisted of all lower Myanmar. Reclining Shwe Tha Lyaung  Buddha Image(55 metres long), Shwe Maw Daw Pagoda, Kyakhet Wyne Moastery, Klyani Sima (Ordination Hall), the four giant Buddha Images of Kyaikpun Pagoda and Kanbawzathadi, the palace of famous King Bayinnaung are highlights of Bago trip.
 
Thanlyin (Syrium)
It is located on the other side of Yangon River and approximately (30) minutes drive from Yangon. It was an important trading centre in early 17th Century under the Portuguese and the ancient seaport of Myanmar as well. Thanlyin (Syrium) and its vicinity offer many attractions such as Kyaikkhauk Pagoda; can be able to go hill up by escalator and Yele Paya; it set on a tiny island amidst the middle stream of the river and the ruin of Catholic Church built by an Italian missionary in the 18th century can still be seen today. There is also the National Races Village across the river.
 
Twante
A small town settlement on the Twante Canal is reachable not only by boat in about two hours through the Twante Canal but also by road in an hour.  By the boat trip, get a chance to see rural life along the canal while Twante as a center of pottery and hand-woven cotton cloth and where can specially observe the ceramic Art and interesting process of making clay pots as well.
 

Mandalay & Vicinity

Mandalay

The last royal capital of the Burmese Kingdom, ancient name by Ratanapura, was founded by King Mindone in 1857. Mandalay still evokes images of a romantic by-gone era and also is trade and commercial town between Myanmar and China. It is the rich traditional and cultural centre of Myanmar, and you may observe enchanting architecture, wood and stone carvings, bronze casting, silk weaving, tapestry, the incredible process of making gold leaves. The main highlights of sightseeing are Mandalay Palace, surrounded by a beautiful moat; Kuthodaw Pagoda, known as the world’s biggest book of 1774 slabs; Golden Palace Monastery, a superb traditional wooden building; Kyauktawgyi Pagoda and the colorful Zegyo Market; full of shopping variety. Panoramic views of Mandalay Hill and Maha Muni Buddha Image (Paya Gyi) show the significance of Buddhism.
 
Amarapura
An ancient capital of the Konbaung Dynasty located on the eastern bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River and situated about 11 km south of Mandalay. King Bodawpaya founded this city in 1783 and it was also the site for the first British Embassy in Myanmar in 1795. Mahagandayone Monastery; a famous for Buddhist monastery where is thousand of monks are live and study Buddhist literature, silk weaving workshops and wonderful 200 years old U Bein Teak Bridge which cross Taungthaman Lake; built in 1782 by the time Amarapura was Royal Capital, all are its highlights.
 
Sagaing
It lies 21 km southwest of Mandalay, on the west bank of Ayeyarwaddy River.  Sagaing is one of the ancient capitals of Myanmar and also famous as a religious centre of Myanmar where is home of 3,000 monks. The Sagaing Hills are dotted with about 600 white-painted pagodas, over 500 Monasteries and 100 meditation Kaung Hmu Daw Pagoda, Soon U Ponnya Shin Pagoda, U Min Thoneze Pagoda and nearby Ywahtaung Village (home of the silversmith’s craftsmen); can be able to observe the process of making silversmith are all worth a visit.
 
Ava
Inwa (Ava), the capital of Myanmar Kingdom for nearly 400 years the longest serve capital of Konebaung Dynasty located across Myitnge River, lies 20 km south-west of Mandalay. It was founded by King Thadominbya in 1364 (during the Second Myanmar Empire). Once across small Myitnge river, can see the attractive tour sites by pony-cart are Nanmyint Watchtower; known as “the learning tower of Ava”; a look at 88 foot high watchtower, Bargaya Teak Monastery; built in 1834 which is famous for its teak pillars amounting to 267 in total, Maha Aungmye Bonzan, Htilaingshin Paya, the workshop making the lacquerware alms bowls of monks and the remains of the royal palace and fort.
 
Mingun
On the western bank of the majestic Ayeyarwaddy River about 11 km upriver from Mandalay, is Mingun.
The 45 minutes boat trip through Ayeyarwaddy River to Mingun is a very pleasant way to observe the rural ways of life of people who live along the Ayeyarwaddy River. It is noted for the Mingun Paya; a huge unfinished Pagoda where can joy with panoramic view in beautiful Ayeyarwaddy River over the unfinished pagoda, Myatheindan pagoda, Settawya Pagoda, Sinbyume Pagoda and a gigantic 90-ton Mingun bell; famous for being the largest ringing bell in the world.
 
Monywa

It is situated on the eastern bank of the Chindwin River in Mandalay division and lies 136 km north-west of Mandalay. This city is also commercial centre for agricultural produce from the surrounding Chindwin Valley. En-route from Mandalay can be able to visit Sagaing Hill (if time permit) as well. Highlight of Monywa are magnificent and impressive Thaboddhay Pagoda complex with over 500,000 Buddha Images, Amazing Bodi-ta-taung Pagoda (1000 Bo trees), Kyaukka Shweguni Pagoda, the Kyaukka lacquerware village and Pho Win Taung Cave; which can be reached by crossing the Chindwin River by ferry boat and where can be able to see Buddha statues, interesting mural paintings and woodcarvings etc.
 
Hsipaw

Hsipaw was once the centre of a small Shan State of its own culture and it is situated in northern Shan State. Visit Haw Nan; Shan Palace which is the northern end of small and beautiful town, Nam Tok water fall which is en-route to famous Bawgyo Pagoda, Chaung-sone (confluent of river) @ water front of the Dohtawaddy river (known as "Silver River") which passes through the town to join the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River and can observe over (150) years old Shan Monastery and lacquered image of Buddha in Shan village, panoramic scenery of paddy, orange plantations, living style of Shan villagers and trekking to Shan village and Palaung hill tribe Village.  Candle Light market can be seen early morning around (4:00) am.; unique local market and local vendors are selling vegetables, seasonal fruits and other things with lighting candles.
As unforgettable experience is very beautiful sunset from private boat through Dohtawaddy River. 
Once return from Hsipaw to Mandalay, can take train to Nyaung Cho via Gokteik Viaduct, masterpiece of engineering is more than a century old, and your train will slow to a crawl meanwhile crossing to avoid putting undue strain on the structure, afterwards, by overland surface to Mandalay from Nyaung Cho.
 
Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo)

Over 1000 metres above sea-level Pyin Oo Lwin (formerly known as Maymyo) so called "the flower city" is located 69 km east from Mandalay and famous for its cool weather, electric architecture, colonial-style houses with compound, pine trees, eucalyptus and silver-oak abound in town, natural parks, amazing cave and waterfalls. Major tourist places includes the 175 hectare Kandawgyi National Park (Botanical Garden), Pyin Oo Lwin Market, Pwe Kauk (B.E. fall) and Anisakan Waterfalls, Pyi Lone Chan Tha Pagoda and Peik Chin Myaung Caves.
 

Inle Lake & Vicinity

Inle Lake
Second largest natural lake in Myanmar, high hills rim the lake on both sides, located in the middle of greatest depression in Nyaungshwe valley, situated is 22 km long, 11 km wide, 1328 metres above sea level, has a population in 150,000. On and along the shores of this lake settled small villages of Intha people as amazing floating gardens houses and monasteries built on stilts. It is famous for its scenic beauty for nature lovers and a chance to observe unique leg-rowing of Intha tribe and native lake dwellers.  It is one of natural wetlands in Myanmar as birth watching tour site as well. Highlights are Phaung-Daw-Oo Pagoda housing five sacred Buddha Images since 11 century, surprising Jamping cat monastery , rotated (5) days markets which is as per schedule to hold, the weaving village of Inpawkhon; famous for traditional silk-weaving. The greatest event of the celebration of Phaung-Daw-Oo Pagoda is held in September or October which is the most spectacular festival in Myanmar, a colorful water-born procession of royal barges bearing 4 holy figurines of Lord Buddha.
 
Indein
Indein pagoda known as "Shwe Indein Pagoda"; is situated one of the small villages of Inle Lake located on the western bank of the lake.  Indein ruins of complex whose pagodas and cluster of hundreds of ancient stupas were built in 8th century.  There are a number of shops along the hill to enjoy and feel the pleasant cool breeze with the sweet rings of the bells hanging at the umbrella of the stupa. Mesmerizing view from pagoda hill makes a release the fatigue.
 
Pindaya Cave
It is situated at 1164 metres above sea level and is 40 km from Kalaw. Its famous for its extensive limestone caves and picturesque Boutaloke Lake. The drive to Pindaya is especially nice as the road winds over the rolling hills of the Shan Plateau through mustard and wheat fields. Visit extensive cave and She U Min Paya and observe the Pa O's traditional making of paper umbrellas. Explore to Hnatpyawtaw; a Danu village is at the end of these trees and it is most attraction of tourists.
 
Kalaw
Formally a popular colonial British Hill station sits high on the western edge of the Shan Plateau, 61 km from Inle Lake and 70 km west of Taunggyi, located at altitude of 1320 metres and also pleasantly cool breeze and a good place for hiking through bamboo groves and rugged mountain scenery. One of the highlights of this area is the busy colorful market that is a meeting place for many local tribes and ethnic minorities.  Chance to explore a steep track leads down into a narrow valley where the Palaung cultivate cheroot, tea, damsons and mangoes on the hill and also offers extraordinary photography opportunities.
 
Myinmahti
Mountain Myinmahti is in Southern Shan State and there are natural cave; a 1020 feet long cave circling through the limestone. It offers "Ohn Hmaw Mu Shin Daw” Pagoda, a variety of different little stupas and religious images, illuminated weakly by an old generator outside the cave. The first stupa was built in the cave over 2,300 years ago by King Thiri Damar Thaw Kayarzar and has three tiers of umbrellas.
 
Taunggyi
It is the capital of Shan State, is over 1430 metres above sea-level, also known as another hill station of Myanmar as well, cool and pleasant all year round. En-route to Inle Lake (approximately drive an hour) may observe wine factory (Vineyard) and wine tasting.  Continue a chance to explore blacksmith and cigar making factory.  It is famous on Kakku pagodas; relic pagoda of the southern Shan state, one of Asia's largest and most spectacular ancient monuments; consist of over 2,000 stupas with origins dating back many centuries.
 
Bagan & Vicinity

Bagan is considered one of the most amazing and richest archaeological sites in Asia, and though comparable to sites of worldwide importance such as Jerusalem and Rome, it remains virtually unknown.  It is founded as early as in 849 AD, on the bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River, is home to largest area of Buddhist temples, pagodas, stupas, shrines, ordination halls, monuments and ruins in the world with many dating from the 11th and 12th centuries.  It is estimated that approximately 2,200 remain today, in various states of disrepair as many as of 13,000 temples and stupas once stood on this 42 sq km plain in central Myanmar.
 
Mt. Popa
Distance 50 km southeast of Bagan is Mt. Popa, 1500 metres high with staircase about 700 steps to the top of the mountain, is an extinct volcano. It is the legendary home of the ' nats ' or spirits and important nat worship center as well as a major pilgrimage destinations Mt. Popa hosts two major "Nat Pwe", spirit festivals in May/Jun and Nov/ Dec. The Mt. Popa area has also been designating as a National Park, a perfect place for eco-tourism and it persuades the birth watching tourists as well.
 
Sale (Salay)
A much more of a religious centre than Bagan, most of visitors to the ancient capital Bagan often make a day trip to 20 miles (15 km) distance south of Bagan, is known as Sale (pronounced Sa-lay), an ancient town rich in Myanmar culture, on the great Ayeyarwaddy River as if Bagan.  As for highlights, U Pone Nya Museum, formerly the Yoke Sone Monastery which is a 130 years old monastery with lots of Myanmar handicrafts and sculptures, exhibits antique laquerwares, wooden reliefs and a large standing gilded Buddha image. The figures carved outside the front of the building are worth seeing. Another place worth visiting is Tha-ta-na Kyaung (Keythar monastery) where Tipitaka texts are housed in a large red lacquered cabinet.
 

Myanma beautiful Beaches/ West Coast Beaches & the Delta

Ngapali Ocean View

Ngapali is the premier beach destination in Myanmar, given its name, some say, by a homesick Italian, Ngapali.  It boasts 3 km of palm-fringed sands on the beautiful Bay of Bengal, this un-spoilt beach is 35 minutes flight from Yangon, is four miles (6.4 km) from the Rakhine State town of Thandwe (Sandoway), turquoise waters deliver a bounty from the sea and this town offers some of the country's best food. It serves as the best ground for sunbathing and recreation such as beach strolling, cycling and so on.  The best time to leisure on the beach is from mid-October to end of April and generally, at least three flights are landing from Yangon daily.
 
Ngwesaung Beach
Situated on the western seaboard facing the Bay of Bengal, Ngwesaung beach is bordered by tall, green palms swaying in the breeze. The beach is a gorgeous 15 km stretch of beautiful white-sand beach with full of comfortable resorts, lies 48 km west from Pathein (Bassein) which is the capital city of the delta region. It is charming of tourists for now not only closer to Yangon can be reached by driving about (5) hrs but also deeper and clearer with crystal water of the sea than Chaungtha Beach.
 
Chaungtha Beach
It is located 40 km to the west of Pathein (Bassein) and it is very convenient drive from Yangon via Pathein for approximate (5) hours.  As for other activity, boat riding to White-sand Island for one hour; it's a good place for swimming and snorkeling, despite there are only three trees for shade.
 

 Other Destinations

Kyaikhtiyo
As Golden Rock Pagoda is situated on the top of the Golden Rock, a granite boulder covered with gold leaves pasted on by devotees and the rock itself is precariously perched and seems to defy gravity as it perpetually appears to be on the verge of plunging down the mountainside, it makes most wonderful. It is famous as the jewel in the crown of the Mon State and one of the most sacred places in Myanmar and is supposedly held in place by a delicately placed hair of the Buddha as well.
Once drive approximate drive for (5) hours from Yangon, can reach Kinpun based camp nearby Kyaikhto town of Mon State.  Afterwards, hill up through the pilgrimage road to Golden Rock by opened truck.  It can be allowed a drive to Ya-thae-taung (Mt. Ya-thae-taung, 2nd camp) (10 km) to the 1200 metres high, then walk the final part of the climb for about (45) minutes working (just soft hiking) to Golden Rock.  Alternatively, one can walk the whole way up the lightly wooded hillside from the trail-head (Kinpun based camp) to Golden Rock for approximately five hours and makes amazing along with pretty scenery, panoramic landscape and another in the legend of the pagoda.
 
Pyay (Prome)
North 285 km for approximate drive (6) hours from Yangon, can reach Pyay, formerly known as Prome, is located on the eastern bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River.  In 5th century AD (Pyu civilization), Pyu tribe built the very first Buddhist pagodas in the area of Sri Kestra close to nowadays town of Pyay where can observe Hmaw-zar Museum, the archaeological zone of Sri Kestra, some prototypes of later Bagan-vaulted pagodas.  As for other highlighs of Pyay, are Shwesandaw Pagoda (Payagyi), Hsehtetgyi Pagoda, Baw Baw Gyi Pagoda, Be Be Gyi Pagoda, Payama Stupas, Shwebonetharmuni Pagoda, Wyutkyawedawpyay Pagoda. Two hours boat trip along mighty Ayeyarwaddy River, can reach “Ahkauktaung” is reputed for Pyay, enjoying the beautiful scenery along the trip.  It is in Htonebo, a former custom gate for merchant's sailing boats, noted for its Buddha statues curved out of a rock wall since two centuries. Return to Pyay, en-route stop over Pandaung to observe pottery cottages and drop in at Mingyi Taung to observe the remains of Sri Ketra era.
 
Mawlamyine (Moulmine)
Its distance overland is 245 kilometers (approximate (8) hours drive) from Yangon, formerly known as Moulmine, situated 165 kilometers east of the nation's capital across the Gulf of Mottama at the mouth of the Thanlwin River and Mawlamyine is the capital of Mon State. It was once a thriving teak port and the administrative capital of British Lower Burma can be reached by road and rail from Yangon, this town's signature landmark is Kyaikthanlan Pagoda built since 875 AD. Mawlamyine is generally considered to be off the main tourist trail for most travelers to Myanmar but the town has a charm of its own with its rich historical background, colonial style architectures, WWII era wooden buses and its close proximity to the infamous Siam-Burma “Death Railways” making it as fascinating place to visit.
A chance to explore to typical Mon style Mahamuni Pagoda, above mentioned Kyaikthanlan Pagoda, Queen Sein Done Monestry; was originally her residence, U Zena Pagoda, U Kanni Pagoda; the excellent view of the city of Mawlamyine can be seen, visit Kawtgoon Cave since the art of 7th century; is a natural lime stone cave and measures 200fts height and 300 fts length, famous for its enshrine numerous Buddha Images.
Setse` Beach and Kyaikkhami Yay-Leh Pagoda; perched on the rocks by the sea and joined to the land by a covered causeway, is the main attraction. From Mawlamyine, the distance with 34 km is Thanbyuzayat, an Allied War Memorial Cemetry for the famous Death Railway across the River Kwai. Excursion to Ktoe kotnet; it was a township; timber enterprises, flourished and well-developed in this region under the rule of British administration. Famous timber and steamship entrepreneur U Nar Aout donated and built the masterpiece monasteries, monuments and pagodas which are well preserved pagodas. Visit Mu-Pon village to observe the process of making pots and Shampoo Island; a picturesque little isle off Moulmein's north-western end. As conclusion, this ancient region is full of traditional Mon houses and the objects historical interest.
 
Hpa-An
Hpa-An is the capital of Kayin State, is located at 270 km east of Yangon, the population is about 50,000 people and most of them are Kayin race. Recently, removed from the restricted list of travel destinations and reachable by road from Yangon across a new Bridge (Thanlwin) over the Thanlwin River.  Fifty percent of the region is covered by forests where can see the world famous teak grow. Limestone hills with numerous caves are the natural attractions for tourist- Mt. Zwekabin; the most meaningful natural hill, Kyaikalatt which is small rock hill formed like a wine glass and Lombumni Garden with 1000 Sal trees along with a 1000 seated Buddha images underneath each Sal tree at the base of Mt. Zawekabin are the signature landmark of Pha-An and other highlights are Bayin Nyi Naung Cave and Saddan immense limestone cave and Shweyinmyaw Pagoda; at the bank of Thanlwin River.
Once return to Yangon, en-route visit Zinkyaik Waterfall and Shwesaryan Pagoda in Thahton town.
 
Taungoo
Taungoo is located at 220 km from Yangon and on Yangon - Mandalay main road, it is one of the main gateways to Bago Yoma and its teak forests, its remote location in the fertile Sittaung River valley, flanked on one side by the Bago Mountains and the other by the Kayin Hills. It was once the centre of one of the most powerful post-Bagan kingdoms, and virtually nothing visibly historic remains to indicate its former 15th to 16th century glory and it was reputed the old Kaytumadi city of King Mingyinyo as well. Chance to visit city tour includes Shwesandaw Pagoda, Kandawgyi Lake, Mya-saw-nyi-nayng pagodas (two twin pagodas which one is top of the mountain and the other is on the base); which are 4 miles of Taungoo. As other activity, explore to Pho Kyar Elephant Camp for a few kilometers from Taungoo where can observe how elephants work in the forest, how elephants take a birth and enjoying elephant riding within forests and one night stay in Pho Kyar Elephant Camp is recommended.
 
Kyaingtong (Kengtong)
Formerly known as Kengtong, famous for its scenic beauty and many colorful ethnic tribes, it is situated in the easternmost part of Shan State about halfway between the Chinese and Thai borders (Golden Triangle area).  Observe home to many ethnic minority groups who live in the surrounding hills consist of Enn, Gon, Lwe, Li, Wa, Lah Hu, Thai Nay, Shan, Li Shaw, Li Su, Palaung and Akha and reachable by plain about an hour from Heho [one flight daily landing for a week apart from Thursday] and by land 452 km from Inle Lake. Otherwise, bordering from the distance of 176 km (3 hours) north of the border town of Tachileik is opposite Mae Sai (Thailand) along with Permission for border pass from MTT counter and it is 56 miles away from Mong Lar, a Chinese border town. For permission of border pass, need to apply MTT in advance at least (3) weeks before arrival. 
Impressive highlights are enchanting local market, point for many hill tribe people with their colorful costume and explore some of the ethnical villages with a highlight experience with some of the tribes such as the Akha with their unique living style, Lahu tribe with their unique weaving works and black smith work. As for unique experience, visit famous water buffalo market (if meet with market day according to schedule permit) in the morning and day return trekking to the animists Enn tribe, lives on the higher slopes and possesses distinctively different costumes and beliefs from the other tribes particularly interest with their black teeth. Furthermore, visit of red-clothed silver Palaung tribe village with their unique life style. It definitely on Kyaing Tong (Keng Tong) must be regarded as an adventure tour and great interest for visitors with experience a completely different side of Myanmar as well.
 
Tachileik
Known as the gateway to the Golden Triangle which is Myanmar – Thai border in the eastern Shan State, once across the Friendship Bridge, Tachileik can be reached by across the Sai River links between Thailand's northernmost town and the border boomtown of Tachileik. The city is close to the Mekong River and the border with Laos as well. It is accessible by plain at least one flight daily for a week.
 
Chin Hills and Mt. Victoria (Nat Ma Taung)
The Chin State is situated at northwestern Myanmar (Burma), is mountainous region, Chin is the border of Bangladesh and India, on the opposite side covering with widest part of a mountain arc that stretches northward from the Arakan Mountains to the Patkai Ranges, a land of misty skies, towering pines, and the beautiful Alpen rose or Tree rhododendrons, much of the state offers vistas of unspoiled charm. The Chin live in the northwest border areas and some settle at south in the Rakhine State. Houses decorated with animal skull and sacrificial posts which is the symbol of wealth and success. Traditional Chin-dances worshipping local nats and old Chin women wear various pattern of tattoo on their faces and attractive amber necklaces. Unique Dai races can see in Chin and some Dai-men play nose flutes for the dancers.
 
Mt. Victoria, also known as Nat Ma Taung or Khonumthung Taung, is worth as eco tour site and its high is 3400 meter, the perfect place for nature lovers and a paradise for the birders. Of a volcanic origin, generally isolated and possesses many species of birds and plants. Some rare flowers found on its summit and nowhere else in the world.  Attractive for about (4/5) days trekking, scarcity species of butterfly and bird watching activities possess in Mt. Victoria area.
 
Myitkyina
Located 1,480 kilometers (920 miles) from Yangon and 785 kilometers (488 miles) from Mandalay, Myitkyina is also the terminus of the railway north from Yangon, another road leads to Putao 150 miles (240 km) to the north and to the Tibetan border. Myitkyina is the capital city and the largest town of Kachin State in Myanmar (Burma) and it has been an important trading town between China and Burma since ancient times. Visitors may travel the panoramic view of the scenario Myit Sone with the distance 45 km north of town, the confluence of Maykha and Malikha River with crystal clear water can see small stones on the bottom of river, forms beginning of the great Ayeyarwaddy River which is one of the 12 biggest rivers in the world and the most useful river in Myanmar has its source from this confluence and flows 1,325 miles to the mouth of the river. A strategic point in the struggle for Burma during World War II, it fell to Allied forces in August 1944. It has an airport and a diesel electric plant. Myitkyina is also the site of the Kachin traditional religious feast of Manao (held each January).  Different tribes of national races live in harmony with their own cultures, customs, dialects, dances and lifestyles. Myitkyina can be reached by air from Yangon and Mandalay by Air Bagan Airways daily, Air Kanbawza on Tuesday and Saturday and Asian Wings on Thursday & Sunday. It can also be reached by train from Mandalay and it will take 26 hours.
 
Putao
Putao is the northernmost town of Kachin State, surrounded by natural scenic beauty; situated at 457 meters above sea, it is the principal town in Putao Township, suspension bridges are the typical river crossing in this region. Though it can be reached by road during summer (for nationals only), is reachable year round by air with Air Bagan Airways only on Tuesday & Sunday if there are sufficient tourist groups to justify a plane, so only air is recommended for tourists.  The area around Putao is famous for the variety of endemic birds and rare orchid, which grow naturally, Flora and Fauna can be seen in the forest around Putao. Many orchid lovers therefore are especially attracted by the so called "Black Orchid" that can be found in the mountains east and west of Putao. Mount Hkakabo Razi at 5880 meters; is highest mountain in Myanmar and Southeast Asia and other snow-capped mountains are inclusive in Mount Gam Lan Razi and Phun Gan Razi would be an adventure. Putao attracts also enthusiasts, hiking to Khakaborazi base camp, located close to Tahaundam which is the northernmost village inhabited year round by ethnic Tibetans of northern Kachin State. Between Tahaundam and Nogmung village are several smaller villages with local ethnic groups such as Lisu, Rawang, Lisu, Khamti-Shan, Jingphaw and Kachin etc.  Furthermore, the unique Taron race is a small ethnic group in the Himalayan foothills of northern Myanmar whose population is declining to the point where they are in danger of disappearing entirely. They have been referred to as the "Asian pygmies". The Tarons have received their name from their original Taron River and leaving their original homeland around since 200 years ago, the Trons moved into Myanmar territory through the Thalalarkha mountain pass.  Tarons are very small, averaging less than 4 feet and 3 inches (139.5 cm).
 
Sittwe
Formerly known as Akyab, Sittwe is the chief settlement of the Arakan region-today called Rakhine State, is located on mouth of the Kaladan River from where confluence of the Kaladan, Mayu and Lay Myo rivers emptying into the Bay of Bengal. Sittwe is the port city with a rich hinterland and producing crops, fish and Rakhine Longyis of Rakhine State. It is a long narrow coastal region to the west of Myanmar, separated from the mainland by the Rakhine Yoma (mountain ranges). Despite Sittwe itself has few places of interest, anyway a popular tourist destination in the Rakhine State which is Mrauk Oo can be reached only by boat via Sittwe, so Sittwe is essential point for western part of Myanmar. Before leaving from Sittwe to Yangon, may visit local market, can buy the local fishery products and traditional custom.
 
Mrauk U
An ancient royal capital and the last unified Arakanese Kingdom, it was founded by Rakhine King Min Saw Mon in 1431, also known as the Myo Haung meaning is "Old City", situated on the western coast, it is bordered by Chin State in the north, Magway Region, Bago Region and Ayeyarwaddy Region in the east, the Bay of Bengal to the west, and the Chittagong Division of Bangladesh to the northwest. In 16 century, this city was important trading port with links to Portugal, Netherlands, Arabia, Persia and India. On the present day, this city offers the visitors much chance to observe the cultural of Rakhine race and archaeological site. Mrauk U is the ancient capital of Rakhine State. 
Once taking flight to Sittwe (Akyab) first, can proceed to Mrauk U by boat for about (6) hours. Otherwise, it is also accessible by road from Sittwe via Ponnakyun and Kyauktaw. But just boat trip was recommended for tourists to be convenient. Along the Kaladan River on boat trip, you may observe ways of life of local fisher men and fishing villages.  As for the highlights of Mrauk U, The Mahamuni Shrine; one of the famous Pagodas in Myanmar, is situated 30 km from Mrauk U OR as alternative, transfer to jetty by car for half hour, afterwards for about (3) hrs. sailing up by boat along very fantastic scenery up stream Lay Myo River to Kone Chaung Village where can visit around the village to see very wonderful Chin Ladies with tattoed faces with variety of tattooed pattern and their very simple ways of lifes and continue visit to Sin Ke` Chin tribe villages which all are located at the bank of Lay Myo River.
More of visit in Mrauk U; Shittthaung Pagodas, Andaw Thein temple, Yadanarpon temple, Dukkanthein @ Htoke Kan Thein, Koe Thaung Pagodas, Pitakataik @ the Library. More of visit Sykya Manaung pagoda, Palace Site; the ancient ruins of Mrauk U period, archeological Museum showing information about the ancient Rakhine eras, Koethaung temple, Ratana Manaung pagoda, Bandoola Monastery, Latsaykan lake and Zina Manaung pagoda etc.  When return from Mrauk U and arrive back in Sittwe, can enjoy and relax at the view point beach for sunset.
 
MYEIK (MERGUI)

 Myeik (Mergui) Archipelago; 189 km air south of Dawei and it is located in southernmost point of Myanmar; comprises of 800 gorgeous islands which are densely forested tropical islands and engulfed in a luxuriant emerald sea 1000 square miles, these Pristine Inlands are totally untouched by modern development. You can go there from Kawthaung. It would be one of the attractions to visit. It is one of the last real smuggling centers in Asia, has an abundance of marine life as well. Out Treasure Travel offers a unique Safari experience for nature lovers, looking for an active outdoor holiday in South East Asia. When we make the presentation on Myeik (Mergui), we must present on Sea Gypsies (Salon Race)  due to match as the tourists interested in their ways f life and custom of this race are so characteristic and unique as well. In Mergui, you can make diving, snorkeling, kayaking, bird watching and you can see wild animals in forest of islands and I would like to give the information as follows;
Diving:   The Mergui Archipelago is still relatively unexplored and largely uninhabited.  A  diving impression of natural beauty above and below the water. The islands of Mergui are beautiful and unspoiled.
 
Snorkeling  & BirdWtching:   There ideal way to explore the islands many bays, coves, inlets and tidal rivers is by sea kayak. Our guides will paddle with you along ancient jungle river systems, and mangrove forests. Our Treasure Travel has been pointing out all the rare indigenous plants, butterflies, birds, reptiles and mammals as you go. The totally untouched eco-systems of the islands interiors are any wildlife enthusiasts dream!.
Our Seven Diamond Travels would like to advise you to please visit Mergui Archipelago (Myeik) from November to March which is the pleasant season.

Address

3rd  floor, Cooperative Business Centre,
Corner of Sayarsan Road & New University Avenue Road , Bahan Township, Yangon, Myanmar.

Phone Fax

(+95-1) 401480~3, 401485-7 ,545008 Ext: 3100 - 3109  Fax:3109

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