Exploring the Lesser - Known Cities of Burma

Tourists may know Myanmar through Yangon – the home of the gilded Shwedagon pagoda, Bagan – the temples plain of the ancient kingdom or Inle Lake – the tranquil body of water famous for the one leg – rowing technique. However, this country still has many things that are yet to be explored. Here is the list of such those interesting destinations in Burma.

1. Nay Pyi Taw

Nay Pyi Taw is now the national capital of Burma where features the outstanding buildings of the Parliament and Government. The city is also the home of the shimmering Uppatasanti Pagoda which has the same design with the famous Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon. When in Nay Pyi Taw, tourists not only have a chance to admire the amazing constructions but also indulge in the beauty of the nature in the Botanical garden, Zoological garden and Safari Park. The Gem Museum is also a great place to visit with the rare collections of sapphire, jade and ruby.

2. Pyin Oo Lwin

Pyin Oo Lwin or Maymyo used to be the camp of the British army in 1896, lying in the height of 3510 feet above the sea level. The town attracts tourists by the charming buildings bearing the colonial design which can be discovered by the horse cart. Moreover, visitors can also come to the National Kandawgyi Botanical Gardens to see the beautiful Pwe Kauk waterfalls. The Chinese temple built by Yunnan immigrants and the gigantic Buddha image made of a single marble piece in Maha Ant Htoo Kan Thar Pagoda are also the favorite spots of many travelers. This is such a great place for your Myanmar photography tour.

3. Taunggyi

Situated in the southern Shan State, Taunggyi is a must visit place in the Myanmar Private Holidays. This is where the colorful Tazaungdaing Fire Balloon Festival is held every year in the November playing an important role in Burma culture. When in Taunggyi, tourists can pay a visit to the impressive pagoda complex in Kakku or the gorgeous limestone cave system of Hten San. 

4. Myitkyina

Visiting the capital of Kachin state – Myitkyina, tourists will have an opportunity to see the source of the mighty Irrawaddy River and the largest body of water of Burma – Indawgyi lake. As many other places in the golden land, Myitkyina also features some outstanding Buddhist constructions in the area such as the Sutaung Pyi Pagoda complex or the enormous standing and reclining Buddha images. In addition, in January, the lively Kachin Manaw festival is celebrated with the participation of thousands people in and around Myitkyina performing the mass dance.

5. Mrauk-U

Just like Bagan, Mrauk – U features a great number of ancient monuments which bear high historical and cultural values. The city can be explored by bicycle, trishaw and horse carriage which slowly take you through the scenic landscape of beautiful terraces and rustic villages. To get to this ancient city, visitors can join on board of Burma River Cruises or take a bus drive from Yangon.

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