Myanmar (Burma)

Yangon (Rangoon) Highlights
  • Shwedagon Pagoda with its enormous glittering golden dome
  • The Strand Hotel, High Court, City Hall, Pansodan Street and General Post Office for British colonial architecture
  • Bogyoke Market, the Scott’s Market of old Rangoon, for the best in Burmese handicrafts
  • Sule pagoda, Indian town and China town for mysterious temples and bustling street-sceneries
  • A day trip to Bago for the Shwemawdaw Pagoda and the Shwethalyaung’s huge reclining Buddha
  • A two day excursion to Kyaiktiyo for the extraordinary "Golden Rock" balancing on the edge of the mountain
Bagan Highlights
  • Tour Bagan’s temples by bicycle or horse and carriage
  • Ananda Temple, the architectural masterpiece of Bagan with its four standing teak Buddha’s
  • Shwezigon Pagoda for its magnificent golden stupa
  • A panoramic sunset view of Bagan and the Ayeyarwady River from the top of an ancient temple
  • A trip to magical Mount Popa, an extinct volcano and pilgrimage site
  • A boat trip over the Ayeyarwady River
Mandalay & the North Highlights
  • Visit Mahamuni Pagoda with its religious shopping arcade, Kuthodaw Pagoda and the Shwenandaw monastery
  • Climb Mandalay Hill for a birds-eye view of the city
  • Visit the family workshops around the city for bargain handicrafts and souvenirs
  • A day trip to the deserted former capitals of Amarapura, Ava and Sagaing
  • A boat trip across the Ayeyarwady River to Mingun
  • Moniwa for the extraordinary Po Win Daung Caves
  • Pyin Oo Lwin for colonial architecture, antique horse-drawn carriages and botanical gardens
Inle Lake & Shan State Highlights
  • Inle Lake for its serene natural beauty, floating gardens, famous leg-rowers and bizarre Jumping Cat Monastery
  • In Dein and Kakku for ancient pagodas
  • Kalaw for faded colonial atmosphere, pine forests and trekking to ethnic minority villages
  • Pindaya Cave and its 8,000 Buddhas
  • Kengtung in the Golden Triangle for colourful hill tribes and waterfalls
 

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