MAJOR TOURIST SITES IN MYANMAR
The main gateway to Myanmar is Yangon. The capital city and busy port that is known as Garden City for its tree-lined streets, shady parks and gardens lush tropical trees and two beautiful lakes. Some of the remaining buildings still remind the time of colonial days. One of Yangon's the most famous attraction is the unique and glittering Golden Shwe Dagon Pagoda.
An ancient capital of the Mon Kingdom (15th Century). Bago is situated only 80 km from Yangon. Places of interest in Bago are Shwemawdaw Pagoda, built over 2000 years ago by two merchants Taphussa and Bhallika ; the famous Kalayani Sima (Ordination Hall) ; Shwethalyaung Reclining Buddha (55 Meters long), four high and huge Buddha images of Kyaikpun Pagoda and the Bago Market.
THANLYIN (SYRIAM) & KYAUKTAN
Only 45 minutes by ferry across the Bago River or about 30 minutes drive from yangon lies Thanlyin (Syriam). It was an important trading center in the 17th Century under the Portuguese adventurer De Brito. Ruins of the old Portuguese buildings can still be seen in Thanlyin. Kyaikkhauk Pagoda and Yele Pagoda (a pagoda on a small island) at Kyauktan are worth visiting.
Mandalay, the last capital of the Myanmar Kingdom, is in Central Myanmar, 688 km due north of Yangon. It is the second largest city after Yangon and is the place where one will come closest to the real Myanamr. Being rich in monasteries and pagodas and temples resources of Myanmar arts and architecture, Mandalay is known as the centre of Myanmar culture.
Situated about 11 Km south of Mandalay, Amarapura is an ancient capital of Konbaung Dynasty, Pahtodawgyi Pagoda, U Bein Bridge (1028 meter) the longest wooden bridge built by the Mayor U Bein with teak placks two centuries ago on the Taungthaman Lake and silkweaving industry are places of interest to visit.
Known as the city of four million pagodas, Bagan is one of the richest archaeological sites in Asia. This enchanting city is situated on the eastern bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River about 193 km south of Mandalay. The ruins of Bagan city cover an area of 42 sq. km containing over 2000 ancient edifices. The majority of these well-preserved temples and pagodas offer a rich architectural heritage range from 11th to 13th centuries era.