City & Town in Myanmar

Bago

Bago

Bago, formerly known as Pegu, is just 80km (50 miles) north of Yangon; about an hour drive from Yangon. At about AD 825, two Prince brothers from Thaton came and set up this city of Bago. The Mons were the first settlers and today, Bago is well known as one of the richest archaeological sites in Myanmar.
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Beikthano City (Pyay)

Beikthano City (Pyay)

Beikthano or the ancient city of the Pyu people of Myanmar is chronologically known to have flourished during AD 1-5 th centuries, followed by Thayekhittaya (Srikeshtra) now called Hmawzar which lasted during AD 5-7 th centuries.
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Cheroot Making Factory

Cheroot Making Factory

Cheroots factory workers are mostly females, giving them a job opportunity to earn without disrupting their housework. A cheroot factory is a merry place as fingers fly through the motions, and the mouths do not stop chatting either.
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Chin Village

Chin Village

The Chin Nationals reside in the north and northwest of Myanmar. The Chin State is hilly and not too easily accessible. The uniqueness of the Chin nationals is their language which varies from family to family and region to region. Most interesting of all are the traditional tattooed faces of some of Chin females which are added attractions of the region.
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Cho Nwe Village

Cho Nwe Village

This Chin village is situated about 2 hour boat ride from Mrauk U along the Lay Myo Creek. One can see the Chin women with traditional tattooed faces and observe their culture and lifestyle.
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City Hall

City Hall

The City Hall is one of the prominent Landmarks of Nay Pyi Taw, the Capital City of Myanmar, in which Nay Pyi Taw Development Committee establishes its headquarter which undertakes tasks for development of Nay Pyi Taw.
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Colonial Buildings in Kalaw

Colonial Buildings in Kalaw

Kalaw is one of the hill stations during the British’s colonial time. Many colonial buildings such as houses, hospital, golf course, tennis ground, Anglican Church can be seen around Kalaw.
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Customs House

Customs House

This is probably one of the well-preserved British colonial buildings in Yangon. The Customs House is located along the Strand Road where most colonial buildings stand today as colonial heritage sites.
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Dawei

Dawei

Dawei is a port of medium importance and tropical seaside town, 384 miles (618km) south of Yangon. In the 18th Century, a group of Dawei people known as the Inthas or Sons of the Lake, migrated to Inlay.
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Fish Market

Fish Market

The morning Fish Market, in the central market starts its busy day around 6 am and it is worth a visit especially, before departure time. It is the main Fish Market in Sittwe, the fishing boats returning with abundant sea fish.
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Five Days Market

Five Days Market

A Five Day Market is one of the attractive tourist experiences in Shan State where the different ethnic nationals sell their daily farm products like vegetables, fish, flowers, fruits and so on. This kind of shopping is unique to this place and naturally brings pleasure to many shoppers from the area and from far.
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Floating Gardens

Floating Gardens

The native people, In-Thars, grow vegetables on floating islands which are collection of floating weed and water hyacinth. These floating islands can be cut, dragged by boats and ever be sold like a piece of land. Floating gardens can be found mostly in Kaylar, Inchan and Zayatgyi villages.
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Gaw Wein Jetty

Gaw Wein Jetty

This is a historical Jetty of ancient Mandalay, used by the British to put an end to the Third Myanmar Empire. Gaw Wein means west gate or the west entrance of Mandalay. King Thibaw was exiled to India from this jetty by the British. This jetty is located at the corner of 35th Street and Strand Road in Mandalay.
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Gawragyi Island (Chaung Tha Beach)
The Island is situated 70 miles (123km) south of Chaung Tha beach. It is usually arranged as a day return trip, where visitors can see coral reefs, common birds, and the process of production of natural fertilizer from guano and the life style of local people.
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Golden Triangle Golf Club

Golden Triangle Golf Club

Golden Triangle Golf Club has 18 holes with total range of 6554 yards and is located on the mountain side just on the outskirt of Kyaing Tong – the City of the East.
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Gon Shan Village

Gon Shan Village

It is located about 20 minutes drive from Kyaing Tong. You can reach Gon Shan village and see remarkable long houses.
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High Court Building

High Court Building

Formerly known as the Parliament for Justice, this building was constructed in 1914, before World War I. In 1962, the Government turned it into a High Court Head Office.
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Hot-Air Balloon Festival

Hot-Air Balloon Festival

Hot-Air Balloon Festival held every November in Taunggyi. It is commonly called the Taunggyi Tazaungdaing Festival. One can watch scores of giant paper animals being inflated and floated off into the sky. The competitions run during the day and at night when the sky is colorfully illuminated with hot-air balloons.
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Hpa An

Hpa An

Hpa An is the capital city of Kayin State. Accessible by road from Yangon crossing the Thanlwin Bridge over the Thanlwin River, Hpa An, inhabited mostly by Kayin nationals, is a small town but a busy commercial center. Most farmers in the region come to town on horsecarts or trishaws stacked with their baskets.
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Hpa Kant (Kachin)

Hpa Kant (Kachin)

Hpa Kant is a town in Kachin State, located in the northernmost part of the Myanmar. Situated 637ft (194m) above sea level and on the U Yu River 350 km north of Mandalay. Hpa Kant is the main commercial center for Jade and Gems since 1782. It is a famous place for its jade mines producing the world’s best quality jadeite.
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Hsipaw

Hsipaw

Hsipaw is an ancient Shan town, the local capital of a Shan principality of the same name which according to its legendary history goes back to year 58 B.C. It is said to have been founded by Sao Hkun Hkam Saw, the fourth son of the Sawbwa (Saohpa) of Mong Mao named Sao Hkun Lai. The Myanmar (Burma) people pronounce the name as Thibaw and the last king of Myanmar, King Thibaw (1875-85 AD) got his name from this town. Hispaw has a large local market in the center of the town, with cinemas, small guest houses and restaurants near the bus stands. The old wooden traditional Haw, Palace of the Sawbwa is at the northern end of the town and the main pagoda, the Maha Myatmuni Phaya is right at the southern end. The roads are parallel to the Namtu or Dokhtawaddy River with its clear, cool waters against a backdrop of hill and mountains.
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Jaketaw Village

Jaketaw Village

This small fishing village is situated near Ngapali Beach. A visit to this village can be easily made by bicycle. One can see the villagers usually sundry their fish, shrimp and coconut.
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Kalaw

Kalaw

Kalaw stands 1320 meter above sea level on the western edge of the Shan Plateau. It is 70km west of Taunggyi, about halfway along the Thazi-Taunggyi road. This was a popular hill station in the British days and it is still a peaceful and quiet place. It is also pleasantly cool and a good place for hiking amid gnarled pines, bamboo groves and rugged mountain scenes.
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Kandawgyi Park & Lake

Kandawgyi Park & Lake

Kandawgyi Lake is a major attraction in Yangoners. People frequent this place to escape the madness of the city. The nearby Shwedagon Pagoda can be seen from the grounds of Kandawgi Park. There are a few restaurants inside the park and a short getaway to the park with ice-cold Myanmar beers during the hot summer is something you shouldn't miss. The best time to visit is during sunset. The view of Shwedagon from there is breathtaking. And it's an ideal place for a morning run if you have time to spare.
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Kaw Thaung

Kaw Thaung

Kaw Thaung is in the southernmost town in Myanmar (800km from Yangon and 2,000km from the country’s most southern tip). Formerly known as Victoria Point, Kaw Thaung is one of the entry ports of Myanmar for visitors from Thailand to travel by a broad estuary in the Pakchan River. Across the river is the border town of Ranong in Thailand.
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Kuthodaw Paya
It's known for being home to the world?s largest book and the entire script of Tripitaka Theravada, the most sacrosanct script in Buddhism. Kuthodaw Paya was built during the late 1800?s by King Mingon and is a location situated at the bottom of the Mandalay Hill. The whole compound is covered with white pagodas, star-flower trees and their Jasmine-like fragrance. In the cool shade under these trees, the sight of children picking the flowers to make star flower chains for the Buddha or to wear in their hair is a truly peaceful and beautiful.
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Kyaikkhame

Kyaikkhame

15 miles (24km) from the town of Thanbyuzayat, Kyaikkhame town is famous for the pagoda of the same name which is located on a reef about 900 feet (274m) from the sea shore and thus usually called Ye Lel Paya, “pagoda amidst water”. You’ll probably not do any swimming at the rocky and rather muddy beach. Yele Paya, a metal-roofed Buddhist shrine complex perched over the sea and reached via a long two-level causeway; the lower level is submerged during high tide. Along with 11 Buddha hair relics, the shrine chamber beneath Yele Paya reportedly contains a buddha image that supposedly floated here on a raft from Sri Lanka in ancient times. During the early half of the day there are pick-up trucks to Kyaikkami from Thanbyuzayat for $1 person. Find out more here.
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Kyaikmaraw

Kyaikmaraw

Located 24km south east of Mawlamyaing. The famous of the town is Kyaikmaraw Pagoda. It is accessible via a tree lined sealed road. Many Muslim and Hindu communities live along the road to the Pagoda.
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Kyaing Tong

Kyaing Tong

Kyaing Tong is the capital city of the Golden Triangle area near the border of China, Thailand and Laos. The town is surrounded by beautiful forests and mountains, offering travelers with trekking experience and a chance to visit the remote villages. Built by Mongrai Chief in 1243 AD, Kyaing Tong is 456km far from Taunggyi and 163km from Tachileik.There are regular flights from Yangon to Kyaing Tong. Visitors coming from Thailand are allowed to cross into this border town with border passes. Tachileik is also a border crossing point through which visitors from Thailand come to Myanmar. Regular air services are available between Heho, Mandalay, Tachileik and Yangon.
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Kyauk Myaung

Kyauk Myaung

The small town is located 29km east of Shwe Bo on the western bank of River Ayeyarwaddy. This place is known primarily for its production of glazed pottery, including the large Martaban Jars which were used water containers throughout rural Myanmar.
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Lashio

Lashio

Capital of the northern Shan State, major settlement is Shan and Chinese being bordering with Yunan province of China. The famous Burma Road built by the British before the War, interests with Ledo Road leading into the Yunnan province.The highlight about this trip is to enjoy the most spectaculars scenic views of the Shan plateau traveling one way by winding road with elbow crossing hilly drive and the other way by train with twisting and turning hilly trek. Crossing over historic Gokehtaik viaduct will be an unforgettable experience. There is a hot spa near Lashio which is always crowded with local pilgrimages to enjoy the nature warmed both of they believe bathing here will purify body and mind.
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Lintha Village

Lintha Village

Situated just north of Ngapali Beach, it is a small fishing village. Supported by the area’s bounteous harvest of fish, coconut and rice.
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Loikaw

Loikaw

Loikaw, the capital of Kayah State, is just one hour flight from Yangon. The famous religious landmark of Loikaw is the Thiri Mingala Taunggwe Pagoda Hill, scenically built on a hillock overlooking the vast expanse of the environs.
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Loimwe

Loimwe

Loimwe, 38 km from Kyaing Tong, used to be the headquarters of the British District Commissioner during the colonial period. This 'hill station' features a number of old colonial buildings and a century-old Catholic church. The main attraction is the scenery on the ascent to Loimwe, as you pass through forests, terraced rice fields and past a lake.
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Mahamuni Paya (Paya Gyi)
“Maha” means large, “muni” sitting and “Paya” means pagoda. Mahamuni Paya is one of those incredible sites that you absolutely have to witness in your lifetime, and is very revered by pilgrims around all Myanmar and other parts of Southeast Asia. Everyday, this age old ritual occurs between 4.30 and 5.00 am, and is a spiritual and religious ceremony that partakes of washing of the Buddha’s face. The site is beyond magical and magnificient. Mahamuni pagoda is the most important of all the religious places in Mandalay. It is not a pagoda but an image of the Lord Buddha, believed to have been cast in the Buddha’s lifetime in the very presence of the Buddha according to the tradition. The thickness of gold clad on the Buddha face from people applying golden leaf on it is just truly unbelievable if you think of how poor the country is. Unlike most pagodas in Myanmar, men (only) can get close and touch the Buddha. There is also a museum in the complex and a small building that contains five bronze Khmer statues taken from Angkor Wat.
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Mandalay Hill
Mandalay Hill is the famous hillside just outside of Mandalay itself. The hill itself isn’t very tall, but being the only peak in miles definitely commands a magnificent view of the city and surrounding countryside. And it’s also an escape route to beat the unbearable heat of Manadalay’s summer. An early morning is the best time to visit so that you can avoid the heat and the influx of tourists. There are several ways to ascend the hill, depending on how fit you are. You can climb up from the South side or alternatively, you can get a taxi about halfway up on a road that leads from the West. In truth, it’s not too difficult a climb and there are plenty of places to stop and sit along the way. Take note that you will need to remove your shoes while climbing to the top of the hill from the check point where your transporting car stops. No entrance fee is required but a small amount of camera fee is expected. Mandalay Hill was bombed extensively by Allied aircraft during WWII, as the Japanese were encamped there, and it’s still possible to see the shrapnel holes in the temple at the summit.
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Mandalay Marionettes Theater
Former Burmese kings are known to be fans of puppets dance and artistry. And if you were in Mandalay, you must make time for a puppet show at Mandalay’s Marionnettes Therater. The show usually lasts about an hour, and it is a succession of small stories with different puppets and style of dances. Puppets are brilliantly made and puppeteers are very professional. You can also purchase puppets as a souvenir. The cost is about US$ 12 per person. Your kids will definitely love it.
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Mandalay Palace Complex / Fort Dufferin
This symbolic royal palace is one of the main reasons why many tourists travel to Mandalay despite its scantling heat. It’s a golden city within a city. The palace wall is hard to miss if you are in Mandalay, and surrounded by a huge moat. “The Glass Palace” by Amitav Ghosh, truthfully describes what had happened here at this last royal palace of the Burmese monarchy; British soldiers storming in with their guns, looting and burning this palace, forcing the last King Thibaw and Queen into exile in India after winning the 3rd Anglo-Burmese War. It’s hard to believe this magnificent palace lasted merely 30 years after being first built by King Mindon (Thibaw’s father). British then turned the palace compound into Fort Dufferin, named after the then- viceroy of India. Much of the palace compound was tragically destroyed during WWII by allied bombing. A near-exact replica of the palace was rebuilt in the 1990s. It costs US$ 10 to get into this castle to have a look.
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Mergui (Myeik)

Mergui (Myeik)

Myeik (Mergui) is situated on the southern Tanintharyi Region of Myanmar. It is a busy port town and centre for the fishing, pearl, rice, preserved and dried fish, birds’ nets and rubber industries. There are many valuable tin mines, oil palm plantation, and rubber plantation and evergreen forest.
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Mergui (or Myeik) Archipelago
It was only opened up to foreign tourism in 1997 after negotiations between Burma and dive operators from Phuket in Thailand. The archipelago's isolation is such that much of it has not even yet been thoroughly explored.
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Minbu Town

Minbu Town

Minbu is situated, west-central Myanmar (Burma), on the Irrawaddy River opposite Magway town. The river there is about 3 miles (5 km) wide but contains many islands and sandbanks, and in the dry season steamers can come no nearer than 4 miles (6.5 km) south of the town. Although much of the surrounding land is semidesert scrub forming part of Myanmar’s dry zone, large areas around Minbu are irrigated by the Mon, Maw, and Salin rivers. The area is the site of one of the three historic irrigation systems in Myanmar and has modern irrigation works.
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Mogok

Mogok

Mogok is a city in the Mandalay Region of Myanmar, located 200km north of Mandalay and 148km north-east of Shwe Bo. It is also known as the Land of Gems. Mogok Ruby is a renowned gem in the world.
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Monywa

Monywa

Monywa is a town in central Myanmar and situated on the eastern bank of the Chindwin River, Sagaing Region. It lies 136km north-west of Mandalay along the Mandalay-Budalin branch railway line.
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Morning Market (Tachileik)

Morning Market (Tachileik)

The Morning Market is located half km from border checkpoint of Myanmar and Thailand. It is one of the tourist attractions in Tachileik, usually opened from 6 am to 1 pm. The Hill Tribes attired in their traditional costumes are also the attractions in the market.
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Mrauk U

Mrauk U

Mrauk U is the famous capital city of Rakhine and its civilization flourished from 1430 to 1785. Mrauk U, an archaeologically important town lies roughly 11 km east of the Kaladan River on the banks of its minor tributaries. The town is located on a small outcrop of the Rakhine Yoma on the eastern side of the Kaladan's alluvial plain. Thus, the surrounding countryside is hilly yet also contains a great deal of marshes, mangroves and lakes.
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Mt. Sarameti Peak ( Nwe Mauk Taung)
In Nagaland Saramati hill range is the biggest in the mountain range of Nagaland and is situated on the extreme south east of the state. At 3841 mt , Saramati Peak is highest in Nagaland and it remains snow covered during winter. The mountain range is covered with rich , natural and diverse forests , visible at various altitudes , ranging from sub-tropical ever green and semi ever green to temperate broad leaved and Alpine vegetation. It also has good bio-diversity with natural flora and fauna and various kinds of orchids..
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Muse

Muse

Muse, a small town on the banks of the Shweli River, is the main border gateway between Myanmar and Yunnan Province (China). Located 247 miles (398km) far from Mandalay and 190 km from Lashio, it is a bustling trading center. Namkham and Kyukoke are nearby border towns. There are many car lines from Mandalay to Muse.
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Myanmar Gems Museum

Myanmar Gems Museum

It houses interesting and huge collection of gems and stones and of course, rubies. Myanmar is one of the richest countries in the world for precious and semi-precious stones: rubies, sapphires, coloured diamonds are exposed there in all sizes and tones. Not forgetting the huge varieties of jades represented in blocks or polished. Thus, don’t miss this chance to grab some good stuff for yourself, friends and relatives since there are four floors of gem retailers below.
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Myitkyina

Myitkyina

Myitkyina is the capital and centrally located in the Kachin State. It is the northern most railway terminal, 919 miles (1479km) from Yangon and 487 miles (784km) from Mandalay. Visitors can tour the Myit Sone, the confluence of Maykha and Malikha rivers, which then become the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River.
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Ngathayork Village

Ngathayork Village

This village is 16 miles (26km) southeast of Nyaung Oo. The home cottage industries such as wooden sandal, earthern-ware pottery, soya bean paste production can be seen.
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Nyaung Shwe

Nyaung Shwe

It is a town a few kilometers north of Inle Lake in the Shan State of Myanmar. It is located south of Sakangyi and southwest of Taunggyi. Bawrithat Pagoda lies in the southern part of the town. Nyaung Shwe is the tourist hub for visiting Inle Lake and Inlay Lake Wetland Sanctuary. It consists of one main thoroughfare with numerous side streets and a few parallel roads. The main street has numerous shops, several restaurants, a few stupas, travel agencies and a market (located behind the storefronts). Near the end of this road, a bridge crosses the river channel near an impressive mirror-tiled stupa. The town serves as a marina for the numerous long boats carrying tourists into the lake. The lake itself is located a few kilometers south through a river channel. Nyaung Shwe can be reached by bus, car, or by plane via the airport in Heho, located about a one-hour drive away.
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Nyaunggan City

Nyaunggan City

Nyaunggan is located in Budalin Township, Monywa District, Sagaing Region. A cemetery, near Nyaunggan Village, was excavated in 1998 and 1999. The excavation involved five pits. Most of the skeletons with bones in site were extended and supine primary burials, although there was one secondary burial, consisting of a skull in a large pot.
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Oh-Bo Pottery Sheds

Oh-Bo Pottery Sheds

The pots are made in huge thatch-roofed sheds. Oh-Bo district is located at the south of Twante canal, about 15 minutes walk from the dock. Pottery is the major cottage industry which supplies much of the delta region with well designed, utilitarian containers of varying shapes and sizes. It is located west, across the Hlaing River, from the city of Yangon. The principal town and administrative seat is Twante. The township is home to the Shwe Sandaw Pagoda, which holds an annual pagoda festival on the Burmese New Year.
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Pa-O Village

Pa-O Village

Most of the Pa-O tribes live around southern Shan State and there are many Pa-O villages in Shan State. They live on agriculture and especially they grow cigar leaves, garlic, wheat and peas.
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Pakokku

Pakokku

Pakokku is a prosperous trading town in central Myanmar, near Bagan. It is well-known for the production of Tobacco. Other than Tobacco plantation, it also produces palm sugar jaggery, thanakha logs, longyis and blankets called “Anyar Saung”. Pakokku is accessible from Mandalay by car and by ferry boat.
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Pakokku Town

Pakokku Town

Pakokku is a prosperous trading town in central Myanmar, near Bagan. Located on the western bank of Ayeyarwaddy river and it is well-known for the production of Tobacco. Other than Tobacco plantation, it also produces palm sugar jaggery, thanakha logs, longyis and blankets called “Anyar Saung”. Pakokku is accessible from Mandalay by car and Bagan by ferry boat.
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Pathein

Pathein

Pathein, a coastal town, is located in Ayeyarwaddy Region which is delta area in the lower part of Myanmar. It also lies on the Ngawun river bank and 75 miles (121km) away from the sea. Making the colourful, hand-painted parasols are very interesting workshops there.
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Pindaya

Pindaya

Pindaya is a quiet town perched on the bank of the placid Pone Ta lote Lake. The Pindaya cave, containing thousands of Buddha images, is one of the interesting destinations in Inlay region.
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Puta-O

Puta-O

This town is situated in the north of Myitkyina, the capital city of Kachin state, can be reached only by air route. The city surrounded with snow peaked mountains and the weather is cold around the year. Flora and Fauna can be seen in the forest around Putao.
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Pyay

Pyay

Pyay was formerly known as Prome where ruins of Sri Ksetra, the capital of the Pyu dynasty of Vikrama can be found. The city was circular with walls enclosing an around of 46 km2 (18 sq mi), making it the largest walled city in Southeast Asia during its peak. The city contained both housing and also farms, as evident from the remains of water ways and tanks which have been discovered. T Pyay is an important commercial center for trade between the Ayeyarwaddy Delta, Central and Upper Myanmar and the Rakhine (Arakan) State. Pyay is only 161km north of Yangon and it can be easily accessible by car along a well-maintained highway.
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Pyin Oo Lwin

Pyin Oo Lwin

Pyin Oo Lwin is located over 1000 metres above sealevel. It is a popular hill station about 69km away from Mandalay (3 hours drive). It became the summer capital for the British colonial administration, it held its role until the end of the British rule in 1948.
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Sagaing

Sagaing

Sagaing is the capital city of Sagaing Region in Myanmar. It is located 20km to the southwest of Mandalay across the River Ayeyarwaddy. Sagaing is well known for Buddhist monuments such as monastic centres, numerous pagodas etc.
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Saint Mary's Cathedral

Saint Mary's Cathedral

Saint Mary's Cathedral really stands out among so many Buddhist temples and pagodas in Myanmar. This Roman Catholic church with amazing architectural features is definitely worth a look. Masses of stained glass all replaced after the last cyclone.
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Setse Beach
It is located in 80 km south from Mawlamyaing (Moulmein) of Mon State, and therefore it’s around 8-9 hours’ drive away from Capital Yangon. Setse has been a resort since the 19th century, and still remains popular among locals. Not a picture postcard beach by any stretch of the imagination but his low-key Gulf of Mottama (Martaban) beach is a very wide, brown-sand strip and is lined with waving casuarina trees. Seafood can be enjoyed with a very moderate cost compared to the other popular beaches, and it is the perfect destination if you stay in Mawlamyine and want to explore the part to the south.
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Shwe Bo

Shwe Bo

Shwe Bo is located 64 miles (103km) north of Mandalay on the motor and railroad to Myitkyina. Shwe Bo was the native town of King Alaungpaya, the founder of the Kone Baung Dynasty. He fought against the rule of the Mon Monarchy in 1752, and his dynasty lasted over two centuries.
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Shwenandaw Kyaung (Teak Temple)
It is one of the most unique eye-catching of all the monasteries/temples in South East Asia. This intricately teak-crafted world heritage site was first built to serve as the royal apartments for King Mindon, but later converted into a Buddhist Monastery. Why? The then-ruler, King Thibaw transformed this building into a monastery, believing it to be haunted by his father, King Mindon’s spirit. Due to its removal and rebuilding on a new site in late 18th century as a monastery, it was the only building to have remained intact during the raid of Mandalay in WWII. 100 years-old teak-carvings, depicting past life stories of the Buddha were chiseled in the panels which adorn the inside and outside of the main building. No entrance fee is required.
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Sittwe

Sittwe

Sittwe, the capital city of Rakhine State, is situated on an estuarial island at the confluence of the Kaladan River, Mayu River, and Lemyo River. This port city of the Rakhine State sits at the mouth of the Kaladan River where it empties into the Bay of Bangal.
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Sule Pagoda

Sule Pagoda

One of the best way to experience Yangon and how the former Captial is, and how it is changing can be seen all around Sule Pagoda. It is located in the heart of downtown. If you try to “google-image” Yangon, chances are that the picture of Sule Pagoda will occupy 50% of all images. At night it looks very beautiful as it is lit up. The fact that it is in the middle of a roundabout makes it good for photographs.
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Tachileik

Tachileik

Located on the Myanmar - Thai border in the eastern Shan State, is a gateway to the heart of the Golden Triangle. The Friendship Bridge across the small Mae Sai stream links Tachileik with the northern Thai border town of Mae Sai. You can fly direct from Yangon to Tachileik in an hour. There is a ferry-landing site at Wanpon port on the Mekong River at the Myanmar - Laos border, 29 km from Tachileik. The road from Tachileik to Kyaing Tong is good and it takes only 3 hours by car to get there.
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Taungoo

Taungoo

Taungoo (also spelled Toungoo) is a city in the Bago Region of Myanmar, 220 km from Yangon, towards the northeastern end of the division, with mountain ranges to the east and west. The main industry is in forestry products, with teak and other hardwoods extracted from the mountains. The city is known for its areca palms, to the extent that a Burmese proverb for unexpected good fortune is equated to a "betel lover winning a trip to Taungoo". The city is famous in Burmese history for the Taungoo Dynasty which ruled the country for over 200 years between the 16th and 18th centuries.
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Thanbyuzayat War Cemetry &  Death Railway Museum
Pay your respects to fallen soldiers at WWII cemetary in Thanbyuzayat (60 kilometers south of Mawlamyine) which contains 4000 graves of Allied forces who died while building infamous Death Railway. The Burma Railway, also known as the Death Railway, the Thailand-Burma Railway and similar names, was a 415 kilometres (258 mi) railway between Bangkok, Thailand, and Rangoon, Burma (now Yangon, Myanmar), built by the Empire of Japan during World War II, to support its forces in the Burma campaign. Thanbyuzayat War Cemetary and Museum is the place where ANZAC day services are held in Myanmar. Although it is not as popular as Turkey’s Gallipoli, a fair number of Australians do make the pilgrimage here during this time. The magnificent grounds of the Thanbyuzayat War Cemetry is located 1km from Thanbyuzayat’s main town center on the road to Kyaikkami and Setse. It is established on land that was donated by the Burmese people to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission to honour those who died in the construction of the Burma-Siam “Death Railway” in World War II.
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Thandwe

Thandwe

It is a town and major seaport in Rakhine State, the westernmost part of Myanmar. Thandwe is very ancient, and is said to have been at one time the capital of Rakhine State, then called Arakan. The district has an area of 3,784 square miles (9,800 km2). The country is mountainous, the Arakan Mountains sending out spurs which reach the coast. Some of the peaks in the north attain 4,000 and more ft. The streams are only mountain torrents to within a few miles of the coast; the mouth of the Khwa forms a good anchorage for vessels of from 9 to 10 ft (3.0 m). draught. The rocks in the Arakan Range and its spurs are metamorphic, and comprise clay, slates, ironstone and indurated sandstone; towards the south, ironstone, trap and rocks of basaltic character are common; veins of steatite and white fibrous quartz are also found. The rainfall in 1905 was 23-49 in. Except a few acres of tobacco, all the cultivation is rice.
Historical Sites City & Town People Tribes
The Jade Market (Mahar Aung Myay)
Burma under British colonial time was famous for three things; pagodas, teak and jade. Make no mistake Myanmar jade is the best in the world. This huge Jade Market in central Mandalay showcases perfectly why it is so. Dozens of vendors are selling their jade in various stages and grades of presentation. Not frequently visited by tourists, it generally serves as a local source of the product. As always, there were “mobile” vendors, with little gem boxes of ruby and emerald speciments, in the rough, cab and facet cut. There is no issue at all with failure to purchase their goodies. Entrance fee is less tha US$ 1.
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Yangon Circular Train

Yangon Circular Train

It’s a great way to see a slice of local Myanmar life. The trains are not the cleanest or most comfortable but they are unforgettable and memorable. It’s a short but fascinating train voyage, as the rickety old diesel drawn carriages jolt and sway there way along the old and barely functional narrow gauge rails. Slowly but surely you will circumference the city, but for those that enjoy the finer things in life. You’re going to be out of luck on this particular journey.
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Zeigyi Market
It is often referred to us the main shopping area in Mawlamyine. If you’d like to get a snap shot of a microcosm of Mawlamyine, then make your way down to the market early in the morning. People from the all walks of life, from the affluent, to those who struggle for day to day survival, to professional beggars can be found side-by-side, shoulder to shoulder in and around the markets in Mawlamyine.
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Zeigyo Central Market
It is the trade hub of Upper Myanmar, where you can get everything that is Burmese and other exports. The variety is mind-blogging, ranging from sections of clothes, spcies to modern electronics. And they are cheap too. If you need a sweater for cooler northern Myanmar or a summer wear for southern part, this is the one for shopping. Bring your camera. This place is full of photo taking opportunities.
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