Yangon, the capital city, is the gateway to Myanmar. Evergreen and cool with lush tropical trees, shady parks and beautiful lakes. Yangon has earned the name of "the Garden City of the East." Founded by King Alaungphaya on the site of a small settlement called Dagon when he conquered Lower Myanmar in 1755. Yangon means "End of Strife" which was anglicised to Rangoon after the British annexed Myanmar in 1885. Towering almost 100 metres above the green city-scope of Yangon, the luminous Shwedagon Pagoda is the landmark visible from miles around. One of the wonders of the world, the Shwedagon is believed to have been built more than 2500 years ago. Other highlights are the colossal Reclining Buddha of Chauk Htatt Kyee Pagoda, Kaba Aye (World Peace Pagoda) and the Great Cave, Botahtaung Pagoda, Sule Pagoda with unique architectural features, the Buddha images of Mailamu Pagoda, National Museum, Bogyoke Aung San Park and Kandawgyi(Royal Lake), the famous shopping centre Bogyoke Market and FMI centre, the Zoological Garden and the Peopl's Square and People's Park . Yangon night life can be experienced around City Central Plazas where restaurants, music pubs and Karaoke lounges are located.


This glittering ancient capital with some 5000 pagodas was founded in 849, whose splendour climaxed during the reign of the first Burmese King Anawrahta in 1057, with over 2000 buildings in an area of 40 Sq Km, making Bagan one of the richest archaeological sites in Asia today. rarefied atmosphere of a thousand golden white and red brick domes, the Shwe Zigon Pagoda, the Sulamani and Ananda temples lay prominently preserving Buddha's relic's together with art and culture of ancient times, culminating in a panoramic view from the terrace of the Mingalazedi pagoda at sunset. It is also a good place for shopping unique pieces of art. Experience of horse drawn carriage ride in Bagan is unforgettable. It is memorable for its tranquility and its mystical significance lying close to Mt.Popa, an important place of Nat worship.

Golden Rock

The boulder and the cliff are two separate pieces and they barely touch each other. From KIN PUN camp, a steep and rough 11 km road leads to the upper stagging point, a journey made in open truck, and then hiking up steep paths which approx: 4km to the "Golden Rock". Sedan chairs, carried by four men are for rent for the wearier travellers. The atmosphere surrounding Kyaiktiyo during the height of the pilgrimage season, November to March, is charged with magic and devotion, especially when the glinting boulder is bathed in the purple, sometimes misty light of dawn. Pilgrims chant, light candles and meditate all through the night.


A sheet of blue glass water at 900m above sea level, with its own native inhabitants, the INTHA people who live on stilted homes built on the lake with their stunning floating gardens, floating markets, floating villages, busy fishing canoes, unique leg-rowers, silk-weaving home-industries, Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda and the famous Ngaphe Chaung Monastery also known as Jumping Cat Monastery, where a dozen cats living in the monastery have been trained by the monks to jump through a ring on call. Inle is one of the most charming places in Myanmar exhibiting a colorful array of magnificent scenery and interesting cultural life. In the surrounding hills is Kalaw, a pleasant holiday resort since colonial times, where the atmosphere is dominated by the scents form pine forests. The Pindaya caves located closeby are also famous for its collection of over 8000 statuettes made from cement, alabaster, lacquer, teak and bricks representing the Buddha in as many dimensions.


Founded in 1857, the last capital of the Burmese kingdom of an era gone by, today ranks as the second major city of Myanmar, is the cultural centre and seat of Buddhism, rich in monuments, pagodas and palaces with a flourishing handicraft industry. In this holy city, reputedly prophesized and built by the Buddha Gautama is the most famous pagoda, the Mahamuni followed by the Kuthodaw padoda which holds the 729 stone tabloids of the Tipitaka, and the Shwenandaw temple, wherein is preserved the unique Burmese art with magnificient Jataka scenes engraved on panels of teakwood. A variety of other attractions are puppet shows, traditional dances and visits to the local handicraft centre where bamboo paper and gold leaves are made. It is also a centre for silk and cotton weaving, marble stone carving, bronze and silver crafts and tapestry making.


Meaning 'flower' in Sanskrit, this solitary peak, coming out of an extinct volcano and home of the (nats), the Myanmar spirits worshipped still today, is defined as the "Olympus of Myanmar". Rich in legends, Mount Popa is an ethereal place, especially during April when the Nat festival attracts thousands of pilgrims. An easy trip from Bagan or just a stop from Yangon.

Ngapali Beach

Swaying palms and coconut trees shaded white long unspoiled bach stretching along the coastline of the Bengal Sea where there are no temples, but just the sound of the waves on the beaches to relax and enjoy the sun and the sea food with a splendid suntan guaranteed. Of the four beach resorts most accessible to Myanmar visitors, Ngapali Beach is the prettiest.

Pyin Oo Lwin

Myanmar's best- known colonial hill station on a plateau over 1,000m above sea level, in the Shan Hill. Even at the height of the hot season, Pyin U Lwin is pleasantly cool and at certain times of the year it can get quite chilly. Best of all, one can enjoy the fresh air of the Shan Hills. Sweater-knitting is the biggest occupation in town. Getting to Pyin U Lwin is part of its attraction. At the half-way mark you pass 'View Point', which was spectacular views. The standard transport around the town is miniature, enclosed wagon pulled by a pony. Another highlight is the magnificent botanical garden. Strawberries are one of the products - in season ( February-March ) they're cheap and delicious.

Keng Tung

Keng Tung (Kayinng Tong) is the second biggest city in eastern Shan State, and is the capital of the Golden Triangle region. The hills of Eastern Shan state are dotted with Eng, Lahu, Akha, Palaung, Loi, Lishaw, Shan and Wa tribes. This tour will introduce you to the beautiful Keng Tung town, visiting tribal villages by bike, car or on foot, and seeing breathtakingly beautiful sceneries, terraced rice fields in the lower areas to further up in the mountains. You will learn about the different tribal people, their culture, religion (Buddhist, Christian and Animist). During trek in the area you will also see how the different groups live their life. Discovering the British influence in the area with a few remaining churches and residences in Loi-mwe, and enjoy the most pleasant weather in Myanmar.
For 4 days 3 nights adventure trip to there from Yangon costs only 615 USD (minimum 2 pax)!
Yangon-Keng Tung Yangon flight tickets, foods, biking, trekking and accommodation at Harry's trekking house. Send an email to: info@peacehousetravel.com for the booking or have any query.
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Updated on 12 March 2014