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Ananda Temple (Old Bagan)
Some places more than live up to the hype and the famous Ananda temple is one of them. In terms of architecture, this glowing masterpiece proudly holds the title as the most beautiful and best preserved in Bagan. It’s spires are covered in gold which glows in the sun. It is probably the most revered of the Bagan temples. It has four standing Buddha statues around the outside of the inner passage facing to the four points of the compass. Each of these statues are said to represent different parts of Buddha’s teachings. The base and the terraces are decorated with glazed tiles. Around the inner courtyard are also reliefs that are interesting. Standing up close, the Buddah statues in Ananda appear to scowl. The further you step back, the broader the smile becomes till it becomes a full grin showing a very clever piece of sculpturing. After the construction of the temple, King Kyanzittha executed the architects just to make the style of the temple so unique.
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Bagan Archaeological Museum

Bagan Archaeological Museum

It houses majority of the missing sculptures from the Bagan temples. Be prepared to see dozens of Buddhas and a myriad of other sculptures. Do bring a guide along as most of the descriptions are in Burmese. You will have to pay a small amount of entrance fee though.
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Bandawagiri Lumbini Oo Yin Daw Gyi

Bandawagiri Lumbini Oo Yin Daw Gyi

Inside the Lumbini Garden at the foot of Mount Zwe-gabin, are the wonders of the 1080 Buddha Images.
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Bargaya Monastery
It is located inthe old city of Ava, or Inwa as it is now known. This ancient teak wood monastery is one of the highlights in Ava. Magnificent in its weather aged appearance and decorated with beautiful carvings, this is an ideal place to give your busy soul a peaceful rest
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Bogyoke Market

Bogyoke Market

The Bogyoke market is a wonderful place to spend a few hours, filled with vendors selling everything from jade, rubies, carved wood, T-shirts, and anything else you might want. The vendors tend to be quite friendly, and they are not typically pushy like in some countries. Most of them speak at least a little English.
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Bulethi (Old Bagan)
t is a pagoda to witness Bagan awesome view at 360 degree scenery where you may have all the famous temples at a glance. I really love this pagoda for my first experience at Bagan. Attraction Tip: It is advisable to go during daytime before night as the stairs are very steep and there is no handrail. At the top there are limited space and also no fencing to avoid free fall from the top. It is not advisable for kids, senior citizen and people with weak heart. Please be extra careful when climbing and visiting Bulethi.
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Chauk Htat Gyi Buddha

Chauk Htat Gyi Buddha

This giant reclining Buddha is located not far from the Shwedagon Pagoda and is one of the largest reclining Buddhas in the world. It is housed in a large open tin shed and its facial expression slightly changes depending on the angle from which you view it. The temple is quiet and restful. There were many worshipers meditating or lying around.
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Chaung Tha Beach
Chuang Tha beach (25 miles west of Pathein) is easily accessible from Myanmar and located just 5-6 hours drive away from, Myanmar’s former capital. It’s where the waves of the Bay of Bengal and the Indian ocean lap the shores, and the beach expanding fast with many beach side resort hotels along the beach front to accommodate more visitors flow. The beach is less expensive than Nge Saung and Ngapali beach, and normally crowded with local middle class Burmese families. Seafood is fresh. The beach is pretty clean. Beach vendors are not pushy. It’s a proper beach resort by Myanmar standards. So nothing could go wrong in Chaung Tha if you are on a budget and in need of a proper sun and sand.
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China Town

China Town

The Chinatown of Yangon lies west of the Sule Pagoda which is located in the centre of downtown Yangon. Every afternoon, hawkers with garlic fried chili crabs, steamed dim sum and straw baskets full of strawberries set up their shop around the Guanyin temple, bracing themselves for the onrush of evening strollers.The foods that can be found on the streets of Chinatown are the strongest statement of a unique Chinese identity in Myanmar’s largest and most ethnically mixed city.
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City Hall

City Hall

Centrally located in downtown Yangon. The City Hall building is considered to be a fine example of Myanmar architecture. The construction of this building started in 1926 and ended in 1936. The building is enlisted on the Yangon City Heritage List. Yangon
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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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Dhammayangyi Temple (Old Bagan)
Famous for the largest of them all?, Dhammayangyi Temple is one of the most popular tourist places in Bagan with imposing structure from the outside, and its even more majestic and imposing hallways inside. Long, narrow corridors with an extremely high ceiling will make you feel surreal as if you were in one of the Hollywood films. But this temple has a very dark and grim history. It is built by the sadistic King Narathu who killed his own father, brother, and his queen. Legends say building of this temple was so demanding. The tyrant king mandated the mortar less brickwork fit together so tightly so that even a pin couldn?t pass between any two bricks. If a pin could penetrate in between the bricks, then the slaves were killed assumed as they lack of efficient work. Locals believe that the temple is haunted with the sin of those killings.
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Dive @ Mergui Archipelago

Dive @ Mergui Archipelago

If you want to see fish and invertebrates not found anywhere else on the face of the earth, and one of the last uninhabited archipelagos in the world, Mergui Archipelago (Myanmar) is the place to go.
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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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Gawdawpalin Temple (Old Bagan)
Famous for the temple of forgiveness?, Gawdawpalin was built in 1175 by King Narapatisithu. History says that the King has committed a terrible crime against his ancestors and as punishment went blind until he came to give his regards and his forebears made, paid obeisance in atonement for his misdemeanor. Gawdawpalin is counted as one of the largest shrines of Bagan. The temple is a double-storeyed temple in the late style. It is square in plan, with porticoes on all four sides, but with the eastern portico projecting further than the others. In the ground storey, a vaulted corridor runs around a central block against whose four sides are placed images of the Buddha.
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Gokteik Bridge
Gokteik Bridge constructed over 100 years ago. It is the highest bridge in Myanmar. The rail line was constructed as a way for the British Empire to expand their influence in the region. The bridge can be reached by taking a train from Mandalay or Pyin Oo Lwin north towards Naung Cho where the bridge is located about 3 miles (5km) further east.
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Gubyaukgyi Temple (Old Bagan)

Gubyaukgyi Temple (Old Bagan)

This 13th Centry temple is built in Indian style with its spires and has some of the best preserved frescoes all arund the walls and ceilings of the same period. It is wonderful to see the Indian style figurines on the walls . With a flashlight you can see the frescoes rather well. The stucco work on the exterior walls is in very good condition making this temple a must to see when in Bagan
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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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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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Htilominlo Pahto (Myin Kabar)

Htilominlo Pahto (Myin Kabar)

This large temple was built by King Nantaungmya in 1218. Situated close to the road between Nyaung U and Bagan. The name is a misreading of the Pali word for 'Blessings of the Three Worlds'. Nantaungmya erected the temple on this spot because it was here that he was chosen, from among five brothers, to be the crown prince. The legendary saying is that, the five princes were standing in a circle and the white umbrella in the middle. The white umbrella would bend to the prince to become king and he was chosen. Inside the 46-metre-high temple, which is similar in design to Sulamani Pahto, there are four Buddhas on the lower and upper floors. Traces of old murals are also still visible. Fragments of the original fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations have survived on the outside. The doorways feature nice carved reliefs.
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Kakku Pagodas

Kakku Pagodas

Kakku Pagodas are Asia's largest and most spectacular wonders. The Pagoda complex has over 2,400 stupas with origins dating back many centuries. Kakku is about 33 miles (53km) from Taunggyi, Shan State.
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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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Kalaw Trekking

Kalaw Trekking

There are many good "local" guides in Kalaw that can lead you and introduce you to all the diversity that trail has to offer. if you are with a local family guide, that wonderful countryside and its effervescent people welcome you as only Myanmar can. So, put Kalaw on your itinerary, and enjoy your trip, and if there is anything that I might be able to help you with as you prepare to go please do not hesitate to ask.
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Khakaborazi National Park
In the foothills of the Himalayas in northern Putao situate Mt. Khkakabo Razi, the highest snow-capped mountain in South East Asia. Towering at 19361 ft, 5889 meter is a very important watershed area for the eastern Ayeyarwady river (Nmaihka). Locally known as Ahtanbum meaning mysterious Sprit abode, thus no one dare venture it in centuries. The flagship trek of the area lies more than 440 kilometers away from nearest airstrip which takes nearly 6 weeks to complete. Like the main Himalayas, these mountains are heavily affected by the monsoon. Khkakabo Razi is certainly not a walkup. Huge cliffs, hanging glaciers with large crevasses, and corniches, makes it a mountain not to be toyed with. The approach to the mountain is a major obstacle: Streams have to cross over instable bridges, over huge gorges. For the most part, journeys are made on foot along footpaths that hug the mountainsides and wind through dense jungle undergrowth. This is a place of pristine beauty, exotic cultures and some of the most radical topography on earth.Kha Yon Cave is situated by the road en route from Mawlamyaing to Hpa An. The Buddha images and the wall painting are main attractions for the local pilgrims.
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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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Kyaik Htee Yo (Golden Rock) Pagoda
A well-known Buddhist pilgrimage site in Mon State, Myanmar. It is a small pagoda (7.3 metres (24 ft)) built on the top of a granite boulder covered with gold leaves pasted on by devotees. According to legend, the Golden Rock itself is precariously perched on a strand of the Buddha's hair. The balancing rock seems to defy gravity, as it perpetually appears to be on the verge of rolling down the hill.
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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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Manuha Temple (Myinkaba)
The temple has a very unique structure, and an even more intriguing history. The name “Manuha” was given after the captive Mon king from Thaton. The Buddha statues all seem too large for their enclosures, and their cramped, uncomfortable positions are said to represent the stress and lack of comfort the ‘captive king’ had to endure. It is said that only the reclining Buddha, in the act of entering nibbana, has a smile on its face, showing that for Manuha only death was a release from his suffering. This is one of the first places that Aung San Suu Kyi visited when she was released from the house-arrest.
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Martyrs Mausoleum

Martyrs Mausoleum

It is a memorable place of Myanmar National Leaders. It represents the constant reminder of great Myanmar National Leader, General Aung San and his fellow cabinet members who were assassinated on July 19, 1947. (It opens only once a year on Martyrs’ Day)
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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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Miguin Temple
You can take to boat to here, or hire taxi to here , it's about one and a half hour from Mandalay to Mingun , don't forget to see the most biggest bell in the world, it's just 5 minutes walk from Mingun Pagoda and White temple where Myanmar people called it "Tajmahal" because it's about love cemetery as same as Tajmahal in India
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Mingun Bell

Mingun Bell

King Bodawpaya dedicated a big bronze bell near the Mingun Cedi (Pagoda) at Mingun on the west bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River, facing Mandalay. The bell is unique for its weight of 55555 viss, claiming the title of being the world’s biggest ringing bell.
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Mount Popa

Mount Popa

Mt. Popa is about 50km away from Bagan. It is about 45 minute drive from Nyaung Oo Airport, Bagan. Mt. Popa is an extinct volcano that is estimated to have erupted for the final time, over three hundred and twenty thousand years ago.Mt. Popa (Taungkalat) is popularly recognized as an abode of many “Nats” (spirits of ancient ancestors) who dwell in various parts of the mountain. In the older days, it was also referred as the “Mountain of Spirits”. You will see monkeys expecting treats along the way to top. Can visit Mt. Popa as a day-return trip from Bagan.
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Mt. Phon Kan Razi

Mt. Phon Kan Razi

Mount Phon Kan Razi is situated in Putao Township, Kachin State, in the uppermost part of Myanmar. Hiking, walking and recreation in the natural forest environment are the main attractions of this mountain. There are opportunities for observing the tradition, culture and the life style of indigenous hill tribes. Phon Kan Razi is usually snow-capped half the year.
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Mt. Zwe Kabin

Mt. Zwe Kabin

Limestone mountain, Mt. Zwe Kabin, is located 11km south of Hpa An, Kayin State, and at 723m is also a home of the spirits and saintly souls. Mt. Zwekabin is one of the most sacred mountains in the country and there is a pagoda that sits atop it. At the base of the mountain are 1,080 Buddha images that are hand-carved into the rock.
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Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue

Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue

Yes. You are reading it right. Judaism in the midst of downtown Yangon. It is just fascinating to find a synagogue in the midst of the Indian/Chinese part of Yangon. Dating from 1896, this is the only Jewish temple remaining in the city.
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Myanmar Andaman Resort

Myanmar Andaman Resort

Myanmar Andaman Resort is located on Fork (Macleod) Island in Myeik (Mergui) Archipelago, Southern part of Myanmar. Myanmar Andaman Resort is designed to meet the requirements of those who love to enjoy sun, sand, sea and nature on the beach/ island and as well as to take part in activities of Marine Eco Tourism.
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Myeik Archipelago (Mergui Archiplago)

Myeik Archipelago (Mergui Archiplago)

The Myeik Archipelago is an archipelago in far southern Myanmar. It consists of more than 800 islands, varying in size from very small to hundreds of square kilometres, all lying in the Andaman Sea off the western shore of the Malay Peninsula near its landward (northern) end where it joins the rest of Indochina.
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National Kandawgyi Garden

National Kandawgyi Garden

The National Kandawgyi Garden was first founded during 1915-16 by a British botanist, Mr. Roger. The original area of the Botanical Garden was 170 acres of land and 70 acres of water spread totaling 240 acres. In several plots were planted 4840 trees planted, mostly of the pine varieties. Additionally, 575 different floral species and many exotic fruits, flowers and shady trees from overseas were acclimatized to grow in this Garden.
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Natma Taung (Mount Victoria)
To the locals, it is known as Khaw-nu-soum or Khonuamthung. Given its height and being surrounded at lower elevations by tropical and subtropical moist forests, Nat-ma Taung rises above as an alpine “sky island”. More than a century ago, during the British colonial era, it was called Mount Victoria, named in honour of Queen Victoria. It is located in Kan-pet-let Township, Mindat District, Chin State, on the western part of Myanmar and is part of the Chin Hills range. In 1994, the government designated 72,300 hectares of the Chin Hills including Nat-ma Taung as a national park, an important site for wildlife conservation. In February 2004, Nat-ma Taung National Park was identified as a “priority candidate” for recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its outstanding plant and animal life which is highly diverse and provides insight to the biogeographical history of Asia. It is also home to multiple threatened birds, mammals and reptiles. It is an ASEAN Heritage Park and was listed as an Alliance for Zero Extinction Site because of the White-browed Nuthatch, which is endemic to Nat-ma Taung National Park.
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Ngapali Beach
It’s a place where you simply “switch off” and recharge your energy. This palm-lined, pristine beach is a place where you must visit in Myanmar. History says Ngapali’s been named by a homesick Italian reminiscing about Nepel beach. This is not your just- one-of-the-best beaches, but simply the best beach in Myanmar. And it has recently been named as one of new desirable beaches in the world by the Financial Times. Myanmar’s previous political situations made the beach less known to the world, but things are progressing quickly. Ngapali’s 3km long un-spoilt beauty can rival any South East Asia’s famous beaches including Phuket and Bali. But unlike them, Ngapali is free of noisy beachside bars, crowded people and hawkers.
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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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Padaung Village

Padaung Village

Padaung means long neck in the Shan language. The Padaungs ethnically belong to the larger Kayin race and their fixed abodes are to be found scattered in the area between the Kayah State, east of Taungoo and Southern Shan State. Some inhabit in the plains of the basin of the Paunglaung River which are also part of the Kayah State, east of Pyinmana.
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Palaung Village

Palaung Village

It takes two hours (short way) or four hours through the hills to the village of the Palaung tribe from Kalaw . At first a steep track leads down into a narrow valley where the Palaung cultivate cheroot. tea. damsons and mangoes on the hill. Some of the people in this village live in the traditional long houses: a stilt establishment long enough to house five or six families to a house. Some others live in single family dwellings.
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Pearl Island

Pearl Island

A magical excursion through calm blue seas to Pearl Island is unforgettable experience for visitor. It is a haven of coconut trees, white sand beaches and the feeling of remote tranquility that only a desert island can produce.
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Peik Chin Myaung Cave (Maha Nandamu Cave)

Peik Chin Myaung Cave (Maha Nandamu Cave)

This cave is located near Wetwun village, 12 miles (19km) north east of Pyin Oo Lwin and it is 3 miles south of the village, easily accessible by car. The cave is at the entrance to the Peik Chin Myaung ravine, with many beautiful springs. When the rocks in the cave began to form, the place was under seawater.
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Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda

Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda

The Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda is situated in Inlay Lake in Shan State. One of the most dazzling and magical places in Asia. Is is a famous principal shrines in Myanmar and it houses five small Buddha images.
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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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Rakhine Traditional Wrestling Contest

Rakhine Traditional Wrestling Contest

Wrestling contest is the essence of Rakhine traditional festivals. It is a kind of sport event that one has to play with his strength and sporting prowess. On the other hand, it is a kind of wrestling in which a contestant has to wrestle his opponent to the floor using his might.
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Rih Lake (Falam)

Rih Lake (Falam)

Rih Lake or Heart-shaped Lake is located in Falam Township, Chin State, just about 3 kilometers from the Indian border. The lake is about one mile in length and half a mile in width. Legend goes that anyone who takes bath with its water will be healed from any disease. It is one of the most magnificent and beautiful lakes in Myanmar.
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Saddar (Saddan) Cave

Saddar (Saddan) Cave

Saddar Cave is place of religious icons in an interesting underground environment. The pilgrimage nature of the cave is evident in the many small shrines and Buddhist iconography that greet you at the entrance.
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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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Sea Gypsy Villages (Salon Villages)

Sea Gypsy Villages (Salon Villages)

The Salon people also known as Moken who live in the sea around the Myeik Archipelago. These Salon people, called Sea Gypsies, spend their whole life on small boats, by diving for pearls and looking for such sea products. They come to land only for shelter from cyclones and high seas during the monsoon season.
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Shwe Indein Pagoda

Shwe Indein Pagoda

Indein is one of the small villages of Inlay Lake located on the western bank of the lake. A Buddha Image has been enshrined at a whitewashed stupa, which is on the summit of a hill. Below the stupa around the hill are cluster of hundreds of ancient stupas.
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Shwe Oo Min Paya
hwe Oo Min Pagoda is nestled not at the mouth of a cave, but within it. While one would think that with space being somewhat limited within a cave, there would be some reservation as to how many statues should be put inside. However, enthusiasm prevailed, and the cavern walls and passages of Shwe Oo Min are covered by row after row of golden Buddha statues. What is particularly fascinating is that the limestone cave complex that houses Shwe Oo Min is entirely natural, with very little engineering being done to widen or modify the passages beyond what is required for safety and lighting. The best time to visit the cave pagoda is during the early part of March, when pilgrims and casual visitors alike flock to it for its annual festival. The base of the hill that the complex sits within becomes covered in small tents and stalls selling everything from food to cheroots (the Southeast Asian equivalent of a cigar). Expect the stalls to be flanked by performances by the various peoples of the Shan State, adding a carnival's flair to the five-day celebration
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Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery

Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery

The Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery, just outside Nyaung Shwe, is a fascinating wooden monastery built in the early 19th Century. It is a very interesting red painted teak wood building with oval windows, and richly decorated with mosaics and golden ornaments.
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Shwedagon Pagoda

Shwedagon Pagoda

The city's biggest tourist attraction & one of the wonders of Asia. This immense Buddhist shrine was built approx. 2500 years ago. Shwedagon Pagoda is covered with hundreds of gold plates and the top of the stupa is encrusted with 4531 diamonds; the largest of which is a 72 carat diamond. Shwedagon Pagoda is a repository of the best in Myanmar heritage – architecture, sculpture and arts. To understand this monumental work of art and architecture, visitors will experience an insider's view of this magnificent symbol of Buddhism to the lives of the Myanmar people.
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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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Shwesandaw Pagoda (Old Bagan)
This is the place that everyone talks about going to watch the sunrise and the sunset in Bagan, and it’s hard to argue why. The panoramic view from this pagoda is purely majestic, breathtaking and one of the best in Asia. But the steep climb to the top that’s not for the faint of heart! King Anawrahta, founder of first Burmese Kingdom, built Shwesandaw Pagoda after his conquest of then Mon Capital, Thaton.
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Shwesettaw Pagoda (Minbu)

Shwesettaw Pagoda (Minbu)

A pair of Buddha's Footprints are located in Settawya, a forest retreat at 34 miles (55km) distant west of Minbu on the opposite bank of Magway. The Footprints are well preserved and shrines were constructed neatly. The site is on the Mann Creek.
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Stone Carvers Road
Mandalay is full of craft businesses and many of them are still operating very traditionally. This unique place is along the Sagaing-Mandalay road where skilled stone craftsmen chip and polish slabs of marble into the most delicate Buddha statues of different sizes. And templates or sketches of any kind are used very rarely there. The whole area is full of white dust from the marble slab so bring your face mask along with you.
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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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Taukkyan War Cemetery

Taukkyan War Cemetery

Taukkyan War Cemetery is in Taukkyan town in the township of Mingaladon, Yangon greater area, on the main highway No 1 Pyay Road. From the centre of the city of Yangon, it is 21 miles north and 11 miles from the international airport, 45 minutes drive from the centre of Rangoon and 24 minutes from the International airport. Exact location of the cemetery is North (17º02'08.24") and East (96º07'55.28").
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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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Thatbyinnyu Temple (Nyaung U & Wetkyi-In)
Towering above the other monuments of Bagan, this temple is famous for being the tallest in Bagan and its neat brickwork, which is so carefully done that a knife blade can’t pass between the bricks. Unfortunately, an earthquake years ago made the structure unstable, so climbing up the temple is now prohibited. The temple is visible from nearly every vantage point around Bagan. Try this out. No matter which angle you aim through your camera, it will always give you a perfect host.
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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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Win Sein Taw Ya, Mudon
It is the site of the largest reclining Buddha image in the world and located in the middle of Mawlamyine (20km) and Thanbyuzayat (40km). After almost 15 years of construction, the reclining Buddha is still not complete. In 2012, construction started on a second reclining Buddha opposite the original, with the aim of being built to stand the test of time. The poor concrete construction of the first has left the original with an uncertain future .
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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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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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