Yangon is the main gate way to Myanmar and the port city . Yangon has been the capital of Myanmar for the past 120 years since late in 19th century. Yangon is the biggest city in Myanmar bustling with 8 million people. The major tourist attraction in Yangon is the world famous Shwe Dagon Pagoda and there are some more famous pagodas in Yangon. There are nearly 200 heritage buildings of British colonial days.
The downtown Yangon is really interesting with City Hall, MahaBandoola Park with Independence Monument, Sule Pagoda and Immanuel Baptist Church.
The historic Strend Hotel, the General Post Office, the British Embassy and the Australian embassy, and some offices are beautifully located on the Stand Road.
The Nanthida Jetty, China town, Kandawgyi Royal Lake and Park, Karaweik Palace, National Museum, BogyokeAung San Market, the beautifully decorated churches in Yangon, the Yangoon University with the good reputation and long history also are attractive to the international tourists. Yangon has two beautiful lakes; Kandawgyi and Inya Lake and all the tropical trees in downtown areas are witnessing that Yangon is a garden city of the east.
There are not only Buddhist Temples and Pagodas in Yangon, also there are Christian churches, Muslim Mosques and Hindu temples.
Night life in the evenings of Yangon should be spent on Karaweik Royal Barge with cultural show and dinner, at HtweOo Myanmar Puppet Show, and sunset river cruise on Yangon River.
Yangon can offer a wide variety of international foods such as traditional Myanmar dishes, Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Koreans, Italian, Mexican and many others.
Mandalay is the last capital of Myanmar Kingdom and the center of Myanmar culture. Mandalay is a must for the visitors who want to see the real Myanmar.
The major attractions in Mandalay are, the Mandalay Palace and the moat, the Mandalay Hill, the famous traditional Myanmar arts and crafts cottage industries such as gold –leaf making, marble art, gold tapestries, gold smith, silver smith, silk weaving, and many more are still attractive for the tourists.
Boat ride up Ayeyarwaddy river to the quiet little town, Mingun know for the huge unfinished pagoda , the art galleries and the Mingun bell as the largest in the world until year 2000. Nowadays, the bell is still a pride of Myanmar although it is no longer the world’s largest bell.
Roughly 200 kilometres south of Mandalay, on the eastern bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River is Bagan. It was the capital of the first unified Myanmar kingdom from the 11th to 13th Century under 55 monarchs and is known as the city of four million pagodas. Bagan is presently most famous for its lacquerware industry.
On the way from Nyaung U airport to your hotel you can drop in at the ever busy Ngaung U market where local consumer goods and regional products are on sale. There you will see women with typical Myanmar make-up (the-na-kha), smoking cheroots wrapped in corn husk garment, selling regional farm produce.
Thandaunggyi,the nearest hill 200 miles away fromYangon. Actually, Thandaunggyi is not a new found tourist destination but the first and oldest hill resort built by the British since 1870. Thandaunggyi is uniquely beautiful with tea plantation with different geographical features. The pleasantly cool climate is something really different from other parts of lower Myanmar. Thandaunggyi was like abandoned and deserted since the British moved the resort to PyinOoLwin ( Maymyo) in 1896 and the high school to Kalaw. So, Thandaunggyi was almost forgotten by not only the international tourists but also domestic travelers for a long time because of many reasons.
But since the building of Naw Bu Baw Prayer Mountain in 1995, the beautiful quiet little town revived again. Since then, Thandaunggyi has been taking good care of domestic tourists, pilgrims and summer campers, family holiday makers and become experts in hospitality. The homestay accommodation, the traditional hill Karen meals, sightseeing and the sites, the trekking and the regional farm produce and products and shopping Karen costumes are highly enjoyed by the visitors from all over Myanmar.
But only recently, the community is open for the international tourists to visit and stay overnight. Thandaunggyi is the pioneer for getting Bed & Breakfast License from the state authority. Bed & Breakfast is ready in Thandaunggyi.
On top of all Thandaunggyi is the very first community in Myanmar trained for Community-based Eco-tourism for Conservation & Development since 2002.
Kalaw is the pine clad station and a quiet tourist town 1320 above sea level situated about 71 km west of Taunggyi, the capital of Southern Shan State. It is beautiful with colonial building and a station for starting point for tracking tour and morning market are the best way to enjoy the beauty of Kalaw. In the market tealeaf, traditional bag, clothing hand weaving cotton ware and fresh farm produce , green and fresh vegetables are famous. Kalaw is the accessible point to Pinda Cave Taunggyi ,NyaungShwe and Inle Lake.