Yangon & Surrounding Regions

Yangon

Walk the streets of old Yangon to see leafy lanes and byways filled with enormous timber mansions decorated in the unique Myanmar style, where British captains of industry once lived. See century-old buildings with magnificent architecture, which act as reminders of Yangon's past. The number of colonial buildings still standing in downtown Yangon is nothing short of spectacular. Myanmar's isolation from the rest of the world during the years after independence resulted in a level of preservation that is unique in the region. It is heartening to see that at last, some of them are being restored to their former beauty. Yangon's colonial streets are a showcase of the best, or most ostentatious, of colonial architecture an exuberant display of wealth and designer dexterity. The influence of Victorian and Edwardian architectural details made a deep impression on the local and Indian craftsmen, who embraced the styles wholeheartedly. Buildings developed an amazing hybrid style that resulted in an array of curlicue trims and turrets along with copulas and pergolas that adorn so many of the early buildings. Carved wood trims were also popular, all adding together to form an extraordinary architectural style unique to Myanmar. Yangon is perhaps the last authentic example of an Asian tropical city still featuring its former colonial origins, huge parks, shady trees and lakes and, of course, religious monuments. Of the latter, the most legendary, graceful and majestic of all is the Shwedagon Pagoda, built around 2,500 years ago.

 

Bago

Bago is renowned for a 55-metre-long reclining Buddha image, the beautiful golden Shwemawdaw Pagoda and many more religious monuments, such as the old ordination hall built by King Dhammazedi. It has  lively market and just 10 minutes out of town one can see authentic scenes of rural life, such as yoked water buffaloes ploughing paddy fields. Bago can be reached easily by road; the 80-kilometre journey from Yangon takes about two hours. Situated on the road to Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda (Golden Rock) and Mawlamyine, Bago remains a quiet and easy-going town with a lot more bicycles and motorbikes than cars.Kanbawza Thadi, the famous palace of King Bayinnaung (1551-1581 A.D.) is being extensively excavated and some buildings are being rebuilt. King Bayinnaung was the founder of the Second

Twente

A small town that is well known for its pottery industry and cotton weaving, as well as its old Mon-style pagoda. The town is situated on – and gives its name to – the Twante Canal, which was constructed during the colonial period to improve access from Yangon to the Ayeyarwady delta. A ride on the canal offers contrasting images: the buzzing chaos in Yangon is replaced by the provincial calmness of the countryside only a few minutes outside the former capital. In Myanmar, the legends of four big pagoda bearing name “Shwe Sandaw”.The Bago’s Shwe Sandaw Pagodas is one of the part and they are the legend of history in Myanmar

Thanlyin

Thanlyin is situated at the confluence of the Yangon and Bago Rivers. To the south of Thanlyin is a ridge named Utaringa Kon, better known locally as Shin Mwe Nun Kon, on which Kyaik Khauk Pagoda stands. The colonial town of Syriam was built by the British for its port and petroleum refinery plant. Today a sleepy town, it is a 30-minute drive from downtown Yangon across a 2-kilometre bridge.The National Race village, north of the Yangon side of the Thanlyin bridge, which present different ethnicities of Myanmar and visit their traditional houseof the Kachin, Kayah, Kayin, Chin, Bamar, Mon, Rakhine and Shan are staffed by people in native costume who sell local products and crafts.

 

Naypyitaw

Nay Pyi Taw is the new national capital of Myanmar, located near Pyinmana township in Mandalay Region and far approximately 320 kilometres from north of Yangon. Nay Pyi Taw means "Royal City". Construction began in 2002 and Nay Pyi Taw was officially declared the country’s capital in 2005. It also becomes the country’s administrative center as the president’s office, government offices, military headquarters and parliament are situated there. The city is unlike the rest of Myanmar (Burma). This is not to say it is any less beautiful but it is considerably more urban. There is a new airport, huge shopping malls, and six lane highways. Moreover, the city is organized into zones based on function; the residential, ministry, military, and hotel zone for instance. Nay Pyi Taw  is also home to Nay Pyi Taw Zoological Gardens, the largest zoo in Myanmar. Here you can see more than 420 animals including elephants, tigers, leopards, kangaroos and white tigers. It even has its own penguin house. A safari park opened in 2011. Behind the city hall, there is a park with a playground and a water fountain; it hosts a musical light show every night. Perhaps the most notable tourist attraction in Nay Pyi Taw is the  Uppatasanti pagoda, also called the “peace pagoda.” It is the most prominent landmark in the city and is a replica of Yangon’s Shwedagon Pagoda. Similarly this pagoda also houses a historical artifact; a Buddha tooth relic from China. The pagoda complex also contains the Maha Hsutaungpyae Buddha Image, the garden of 108 Holy Bo Trees, and Marlini Mangala Lake with the chamber of Shin Uppagutta, as well as many other interesting and attractive areas.

 

Taungoo

Located 280 kilometres from Yangon, Taungoo is one of few places where you can expect good accommodation on the Yangon-Mandalay highway. Formerly known as Kaytumadi, Taungoo was founded by King Mingyinyo in 1510AD and later expanded by King Minye Kyawhtin. The four sides of the old city walls can still be seen for the most part. About 6.4 metres from the walls is the moat, which is about 9.6 metres wide. Taungoo is one of the main gateways to Bago Yoma. In its teak forests you can see how elephants work, pulling and stacking giant logs. The work site moves around regularly, and accommodation is simple: tents and sleeping bags. The environment is peaceful, fresh air, the birds of the song ,tranquil so you can enjoy relaxing your life and the nature is the best of our life.

Pyay

A small town on a bend in the Ayeyarwady River. Pyay is very close to what was the seat of the Pyu Kingdom from the 5th to the 9th centuries. Called Sri Ksetra, there are still many ruins from this ancient capital. The site features quite a different architectural style to other periods and is one of the most interesting historical and archaeological sites in Myanmar. Pyay lies 290 kilometres northwest of Yangon and is comfortably accessible by car, which takes between five and six hours. Most of the interesting place are Shwesandaw Pagoda, Sehtetgyi Pagoda(the gigantic sitting buddha image), Baw Baw Gyi Pagoda, Be Be Gyi Pagoda and Payama Pagoda. Other interesting places around pyay are Akauktaung, Shwe Myatman Paya, Shwe Nat Taung Pagoda and Shwe Bonthar Muni. Carved into cliffs overlooking the Ayeyarwady, about 19 miles downstream from Pyay, are dozens of Buddha images at Akauk Taung (Tax Mountain). The mountain is named for the crafty toll-takers from the mid-19th century, who spent the hours between taxing boats carving reclining and meditating Buddha’s into the steep cliff.