What to see? | Myanmar (Burma)

 

Rangoon

It's a great city, but with a completely different atmosphere. The city is situated in the delta Yangon. It is one of the most charming cities in Asia with wide boulevards, gardens and full of shops with exotic products. Rangoon has retained some of its colonial architecture, although the buildings are quite deteriorated. Among its major attractions are several pagodas, the Shwedagon Pagoda, covered with 80 tons of pan gold and 5.000 diamonds encrusted; Botataung Pagoda, known for its maze of mirrors, the Sule Pagoda, with more than 2.000 years old, the Chaukhtatgyi pagoda, with the colossal statue of the Reclining Buddha. You can stroll through the neighborhoods of Chinatown, Indiatown, the quiet Kandawgyi and Inya Lake or go shopping Bogyoke market.

 

Pathein

Situated in the Irrawaddy delta is famous for its handicrafts (ceramics and hand-painted umbrellas) and the pagoda Shwemokhtaw.

 

Bago

Mon Dynasty was the capital of Lower Myanmar until the eighteenth century. From its rich past have been some remains as Shwemawdaw pagoda, which dominates the city, the pagoda Hintha Gone, and the statue Shwethalyaung, an image of a reclining Buddha 55 meters long and is of the most revered in the country. In Hamsawaddy see the reconstruction of the ancient palace of the Mon kings.

 

Kyaikthiyo (Golden Rock)

It is one of the most sacred places in Myanmar and where he attends a large number of pilgrims who want to see the small stupa, which is on a huge rock covered with gold that legend says is held by a hair of Buddha.

 

Thaton

Here was an ancient Mon kingdom, which is very little, only some walls remains and some pagodas. In the city we will see some colonial houses and thatched houses.

 

Mawlamyine

Although postcolonial decline is palpable, it is now known for the beauty of the landscape, the use of elephants as labor and its beautiful pagodas.

 

Mandalay

Mandalay is the former capital of the country before the British conquest. Today is a great cultural interest city. The most notable are: the monastery Shwenandaw, an ancient and magnificent palace, Mandalay Hill in addition to the temples to enjoy a beautiful sunset, the ancient statue of Rakhine Buddha in the pagoda and the pagoda Mahamuni Kuthodaw, consisting of 729 temples and Buddhist inscriptions up with The World's Largest Book. Mandalay is known for its bustling markets with products and handicrafts. From Mandalay we get to Pwin Oo Lwin, a former British settlement noted for its waterfalls, the Botanical Garden and Peik Chin Myaung caves.

 

Imperial Cities: Amarapura, Ava, Sagaing and Mingun

In Amarapura is U'Bein Bridge, the teak world's longest bridge and Mahagandayan Monastery, the largest monastery in the country.
Ava is the monastery of Bagoya. Usually is being visited by horse-drawn carriage.
A visit to In Sagaing were remains a hill with more than 600 pagodas and monasteries. This place is considered the quintessential religious center of Myanmar.
Mingún, accessible only after a beautiful walk along the Irrawaddy River, more concentrated as unfinished pagoda and bell Mingún Mingún, with its 90 tons is the largest in the world.

 

Bagan

Gather all of Europe's medieval cathedrals onto Manhattan Island and throw in a whole lot more for good measure and you'll start to get a sense of the ambition of the temple-filled plain of Bagan. Rivaling the temples of Angkor for the crown of Southeast Asia's most memorable sight, the 4400 temples here date from around the same period more than 800 years ago. Angkor's individual temples may be more spectacular, but Bagan's brilliance is in the wonderful collective views of stupa upon stupa dotting the plain. High season can get very busy, while low season allows some silence and solitude, although the vendors will usually track you down eventually.

 

Pyay

Near Pyay there are remains of what was the ancient Pyu capital in Thayekhittaya: pagodas, walls and a small museum. The main attractions are the pagoda in Pyay Shwesandaw and huge sitting Buddha. The nearby hill contains numerous Gautama Buddha images in niches.

 

Mrauk U (Myohaung)

Hidden in the jungle and mountainous territory, is noteworthy for its art and architecture Arakanese and the remains of Buddhist temples. Among the most important ruins are those of the pagoda of the 80,000 images and a computer room.

 

Ngapali beach

Beautiful beach with turquoise waters in the Bay of Bengal and with traditional fishing villages.

 

Inle Lake

A wonderful watery world of floating gardens, stilted villages and crumbling stupas, Inle Lake is an absolute must. Mountains tumble down towards the lakeshore, blurring the distinction between heaven and earth. For many travellers, Inle is heaven on earth, a place to while away the days canoeing, cycling and walking through the lush countryside. The Intha people are famous for their leg rowing, although these days many just turn it on for the tourists. There is even a monastery where meditating monks have taught the cats to jump, that's enlightenment for you. Inle deserves to be savored, not rushed, and many travellers end up staying for longer than they expected. In September and October, the Phaung Daw U festival runs for nearly three weeks and is followed by the Thadingyut festival, one of Myanmar's best-known events. Always cooler, Inle gets downright chilly at night in January and February.

 

Kengtung

It is one of the most remote areas of Myanmar, where is the center of culture khun. It is next to a lake and old Buddhist temples. Here you can visit the curious water buffalo market.