Travel Places in Myanmar
Myanmar, also called Burma, country, located in the western portion of mainland Southeast Asia. In 2005 the government began to shift its administrative centre, first to the city of Pyinmana (some 200 miles [320 km] north of Yangon) and then to Nay Pyi Taw, a newly constructed city near Pyinmana. Nay Pyi Taw was proclaimed the capital of Myanmar in 2006.
Travel places in Myanmar
As Myanmar's commercial and artistic hub, it is Yangon that most reflects the changes that have occurred since the country reopened to the world. There is a rash of new restaurants, bars and shops. And there are building sites – and traffic jams – everywhere.
The Mandalay region is the major population centre of upper Burma and the cradle of Burmese arts, culture and civilization. Places such as Inwa and Sagaing offer a green, rural escape from urban congestion, plus access to some of the nation's most evocative religious sites and archaeological ruins.
This heartland of the Bamar people has been the location of three former Burmese capitals – Bagan, Pyay and Taungoo – plus the latest surreal one, Nay Pyi Taw. Of this quartet, it is Bagan with its wondrous vista of pagodas and stupas, many dating to the 12th century, that’s the star attraction.
Travelers to eastern Myanmar get the chance to experience both beautiful Inle Lake and some of the finest trekking in the country. Now, Kayah State and its charming capital Loikaw have joined Shan State's Kyaingtong and its surrounding hill-peoples' villages as one of the least-visited but most rewarding destinations in Myanmar.
Strangely neglected by many travelers, southern Myanmar offers some of the finest natural sights in the entire country.
In the space of a couple of days, you can descend into the Buddha-packed caves around sleepy Hpa-an and ascend the winding road to the sacred golden boulder perched on Mt Kyaiktiyo (Golden Rock). Then there's the little-known and even less visited Myeik Archipelago, perhaps Myanmar's most dramatic intersection of water, land and sky.
And if all that weren't enough, the historic city of Mawlamyine, once Myanmar's capital, has almost as fine a collection of colonial-era buildings as Yangon, while Dawei and Myeik, mixing traditional wooden architecture with brick mansions and buildings constructed during British rule, can boast of centuries of history as ports.
Mrauk U, Myanmar’s second-most-famous archaeological site, is very different from Bagan. Mrauk U's temples are dispersed throughout a still-inhabited and fecund landscape of small villages, rice paddies, rounded hillocks and grazing cows, whereas Bagan's temples stand in somewhat sterile isolation. Beyond its temples, Mrauk U remains a rough-and-ready riverside town surrounded by some beautiful countryside, where you'll find Chin villages and other significant archaeological and religious sites.
With its pristine, palm-tree-fringed white sand, the clear waters of the Bay of Bengal, and a host of sophisticated accommodation, Ngapali – supposedly named years ago by a homesick Italian reminiscing about Napoli – has a justified reputation as Myanmar's premier beach getaway.