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Burma (Myanmar)

Destinations

Destinations


Regions

 Irrawaddy
The lowlands of the Irrawaddy Delta with the largest city and former capital Yangon.
 Central Myanmar
Mandalay, historical and archaeological sites and cool hill towns.
 Western Myanmar
Remote mountainous regions and some lovely beaches on the Bay of Bengal.
 Northern Myanmar
A huge, fractious region including the southern reaches of the Himalayas and many ethnic tribes.
 Eastern Myanmar
The infamous Golden Triangle and a bewildering number of ethnic groups.
 Southeastern Myanmar
The southern coastal stretch bordering Thailand with a vast number of offshore islands.

Cities

  • Naypyidaw (formerly Pyinmana) — newly designated capital of the country
  • Yangon (formerly Rangoon) — the economic centre, known for its pagodas and colonial architecture
  • Mandalay — former capital of the Konbaung Dynasty built around the Mandalay Royal Palace and main commercial centre of Upper Myanmar
  • Bago (formerly Pegu) — historic city near Yangon full of wonderful Buddhist sights
  • Kawthaung — beach town in the far south which is as much like Thailand as Myanmar gets
  • Mawlamyine (Moulmein) — capital of Mon State and the third largest city
  • Pyin U Lwin (Maymyo) — cool town which is a wonderful former British colonial hill station
  • Taunggyi — capital of Shan State in the heart of the Golden Triangle
  • Twante — a delta town that is famous for pottery

Other destinations

  • Bagan — an archaeological zone with thousands of ancient pagodas near the banks of the Irrawaddy River
  • Inle Lake — a large shallow lake good for beautiful boat trips, visiting floating villages inhabited by the Intha people, hiking, and also a source of excellent silk
  • Kengtung — between Mong La (on the border with China) and Tachileik (on the border with Thailand) in the Golden Triangle, known for the Ann (black teeth people) and Akha tribes and trekking
  • Kyaiktiyo — a gold-gilded rock sitting atop a cliff and a major pilgrimage site
  • Mount Popa — an extinct volcano regarded as the Mount Olympus of Myanmar, a green oasis high above the hot plains and an easy day trip from Bagan
  • Mrauk U — former capital of the Rakhine Kingdom
  • Ngapali — beach resort in western Rakhine State, spilling into the Bay of Bengal
  • Ngwe Saung — longest stretch of beach in Ayeyarwaddy (English: Irrawaddy) Division, white sandy beach and crystal clear water are the features of Ngwe Saung Beach
  • Pyay — a town on the Irrawaddy River midway between Yangon and Bagan, known for its archaeological site Sri Kittara, the ancient Pyu capital from 2 to 9 CE
  • Pathein — a river town in the Irrawaddy delta, known for manufacture of umbrellas, gateway to Chuang Tha and Ngwe Saung Beaches

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