Yangon (formerly known as Rangoon) is the largest city in Myanmar (formerly Burma). A mix of British colonial architecture, modern high-rises and gilded Buddhist pagodas define its skyline. Yangon Today Yangon is a pleasant city with wide, tree-lined avenues. It is the largest city in Myanmar, and is the country's spiritual, cultural, and business centre, and is where many of the country’s pagodas and temples can be found. Its famed Shwedagon Paya, a huge, shimmering pagoda complex, draws thousands of pilgrims annually. The city's other notable religious sites include the Botataung and Sule pagodas, both housing Buddhist relics. The city is a mix of diverse peoples, cultures, and religions, and is a blend of British, Burmese, Chinese and South Asian influences. Yangon is a unique example of a 19th-century British colonial capital where men and women still wear the traditional lon-gyi, and street vendors, and the sights and sounds evoke an Asian city of the past. It is a city with a population of over five million people, but it is developing slowly. Even though it is a busy and bustling city, it still retains some of the charm of a bygone era.
Mandalay is a city and former royal capital in northern Myanmar (formerly Burma) on the Irrawaddy River. In its center is the restored Mandalay Palace from the Konbaung Dynasty, surrounded by a moat. Myanmar's second largest city, Mandalay is considered by many as the heartland of Myanmar as it was in this area where the Burmese Kings resided for centuries. Mandalay provides a unique mixture of old and new. Mandalay is a spiritual center and boasts numerous old wooden monasteries and unique pagodas which date back to life as it was under the reign of Myanmar's last King.Mandalay Hill provides views of the city from its summit, which is reached by covered stairway. At its foot, the Kuthodaw Pagoda houses hundreds of Buddhist-scripture-inscribed marble slabs.
Hpa-an is the city of Kayin State, Myanmar. The population of Hpa-an as of the 2014 census was 421,575. Most of the people in Hpa-an are of the Karen ethnic group. Hpa-An. Zwegabin Hill is an attractive place for visitors, as well as Kyaukkalatt and Kawtgon Cave . You can visit the amazing Kyone-Htaw waterfall which is 2 hours driving from Hpa-an, and the wonderful Saddan Cave which is the biggest and longest cave in Kayin State.
Bagan is an ancient city in central Myanmar (formerly Burma), southwest of Mandalay. The Bagan archaeological zone is one of the largest and most important historical sites in South East Asia. Standing on the eastern banks of the Ayeyarwady River, it’s known for the Bagan Archaeological Area, where more than 2,000 Buddhist monuments tower over green plains. Holy sites around Old Bagan is an excellent site to see a number of ancient monuments built in various architectural styles. The site also shows the development in architecture and design over the course of several centuries.
Mount Popa is an extinct volcano 1518 metres above sea level, and located in central Myanmar in the region of Mandalay about 50 km southeast of Bagan in the Pegu Range. Mount Popa, which means flower mountain rises about 1,500 meters above sea level. The mountain is located in Mount Popa National Park. Although the region is very dry, the mountain and surrounding area are green and look like an oasis in the desert.
Founded by the British in Pyin Oo Lwin in 1986 formerly and colloquially referred to as Maymyo, is a scenic hill town in Mandalay Division. In 1897, a permanent military post was established in the town and later, because of its climate, it became a hill station and the summer capital of British Burma. The establishment in Burma (civil, commercial and military) would move to Maymyo during the hot season to escape from the high heat and humidity of Rangoon. During British rule and through the 1970s, Maymyo had a large Anglo-Burmese population, but this steadily declined. During the Japanese occupation, as many Anglos were concentrated in and around Maymyo, the Japanese incarcerated many of them for fear of their loyalty to the British very close to Maymyo. oday though, Maymyo still has one of the larger hold over populations of Anglo-Burmese in the country.
Hsipaw, is the principal town of Hsipaw Township in Shan State, Myanmar on the banks of the Duthawadi River. It is 200 km north-east of Mandalay. Hsipaw, also known as Thibaw but pronounced sipaw, is a peaceful town that is situated 200 km north of Mandalay, in a beautiful valley that’ll make you want to spend a whole lot of time there, hiking in nature. The town is also a quiet and nice place to stay.
Inle Lake is in the Shan Hills of Myanmar. At its southwestern edge, Phaung Daw Oo Paya is a tiered pagoda with gilded Buddha statues. In the hills, near the market town of Indein, the stupas of Shwe Inn Dein Pagoda resemble a field of gold spires. The ruined stupas at nearby Nyaung Ohak have been reclaimed by forest. Maing Thauk village is split between land and water, with a wooden bridge connecting the two halves. Inle Lake, natural and unpolluted, is famous for its scenic beauty and the unique leg rowing of the Inthas, the native lake dwellers. High hills rim the lake on both sides. The lakeshore and lake islands bear 17 villages on stilts, mostly inhabited by the Intha people.
Kyaiktiyo Pagoda is a well-known Buddhist pilgrimage site in Mon State, Burma. It is a small pagoda built on the top of a granite boulder covered with gold leaves pasted on by its male devotees. According to legend, the Golden Rock itself is precariously perched on a strand of the Buddha's hair. The meaning of Kyaik Hti Yo : According to Mon tradition, the name is a corruption of Kyaiki-thi-yo being derived as follows. In Mon language the word "Kyaik" means " pagoda" and " yo" " to carry on the hermits head", in Pali the word" ithi" means a hermit and therefore the name means " the pagoda carried on the hermit's head.
The highest peak in Chin State – 10,016ft high – and the third highest in all Myanmar, stunning and little-visited Mt Victoria is the principal attraction of southern Chin State. Located within Nat Ma Taung National Park, the mountain is covered in large rhododendron trees that bloom in a delightful riot of red, yellow and white flowers between November and February. It's an easy two- to three-hour climb to the twin summits from the trailhead, accessed from the town of Kanpetlet.
Located on the Bay of Bengal coast in Rakhine State, Ngapali Beach is 7 kilometres (4 mi) from the town of Thandwe (Sandoway), in Myanmar. Ngapali beach main feature is an idyllic stretch of white sand and palm tree-lined coast, with a number of resorts spread out next to traditional fishing villages.
Ngwesaung is a beach resort located 48 km west of Pathein, Ayeyarwady Region, Myanmar. Ngwe Saung is a popular beach among tourists visiting Myanmar.The beach is 5 hours drive, with no traffic, away from the principal city of Yangon, and an airport is in the works. One of the main tourist attractions at Ngwe Saung is the Rakhine Mountain Range. Most visitors trek up the range and into the forests to experience the natural beauty of the spot.