MYANMAR TRAVEL GUIDE - EXPERIENCES NOT TO BE MISSED
With a combination of old and new, Myanmar’s old capital possesses a peaceful atmosphere with colonial boulevards and tranquil lakes. This charming city is thriving by night with bustling streets filled with stalls selling everything from handicrafts to fruits and cigars. Most of travellers spend most of their time downtown for the main reason: Shwedagon Paya (pagoda). However, there are a number of attractions that you should not miss including shady shores of Kandawgyi Lake, busy (but almost tourist-free) Hledan Market and the enormous marble Buddha at Kyauk Taw Gyi. BAGAN
The city of Bagan was once the glorious capital of the first Empire of Myanmar. It is home to over 3,000 ancient temples and pagodas and is also the centre for the manufacturing of lacquerware. Individual temples, stupas and monasteries impress in different ways – for their evocative frescoes, their imposing bulk or their graceful simplicity – but it’s the broader sweep that tends to stay etched in visitors’ memories: the spectacle of hot air balloons rising from behind stupas at dawn, the cool, calm relief of temple interiors in the heat of the day, or grand sunset vistas viewed from terraces.
Visitors should not miss the Ananda Temple that is famous for its architectural beauty. To view sunsets on the Irrawaddy River, we recommend the upper terraces of Bupaya Pagoda or the Gawdawpalin Temple. INLE LAKE
Stretching just over 5km wide and 100km long, this water paradise is inhabited by over 200 villages constructed on stilts and is the second largest natural lake in Myanmar. Visitors can witness the daily lives of the locals, including the ‘leg rowers’ who row their fishing boats with one leg. The only mode of transportation in Inle Lake is boats and motorboats.
You can spend your time to visit the Ming Tauk, a bustling market with an authentic local atmosphere with variety of indigenous products from Inle Lake, The Nga Phe Chaung Monastery, supported by 654 teak pillars, Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda that is Housing five sacred Buddha Images and enjoy a sunset canoe ride and take in the beautiful sights of Inle Lake. MANDALAY
Mandalay is the second largest city in Myanmar, and the last royal capital of the Kingdom of Ava. It is also a major commercial center and the cultural capital of Myanmar. The city actually got its name from the name of Mandalay Hill. There are a number of pagodas on the hill and the view from the top of the hill is also breathtaking. Nearby, there are several ancient capitals such as Amarapura, Sagaing, Ava, Mingun where the Kongboung Dynasty kings established their capitals.
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