It is the capital of Myanmar with over five million inhabitants, and surrounded by water on three sides. Formerly known as Rangoon, is a garden city of tropical lakes, with no skyscrapers, crowds or hectic pace of life.
Many British-era houses and government buildings, which were built between the mid-19th century and the outbreak of World War II in 1940, are visible in this city. The magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda towers the city.
The five-storeyed National museum displays the literature, culture, history, ethnic groups, arts and crafts, etc. The most significant is Lion Throne of the last king of Myanmar.
The Botahtaung Pagoda situated nearby Yangon River, the Sule Pagoda, which is the heart of city centre, the bubbling China Town, the colorful Bogyoke Market are highlights to visit.
There are other additional places such as, the Kaba Aye Pagoda & Mahapasana Caves, remarkably built for the commemoration of 2500th Year of Buddhism, the Gems Museum, the biggest marble Buddha Image of Kyauktawgyi Pagoda & white elephants, the crocodile farm, etc.
PUN HLAING GOLF CLUB
There are quiet a number of golf courses in Yangon. Among them Pun Hlaing Golf Club is the best one available in Myanmar. The course environment is peaceful and tranquil, yet even the most devout nature lover will not let his surroundings put him off his game.
It is open from 6 am to 6 pm and 18 holes are available. The golf-set, the buggies, the umbrellas, the trolleys, the shoes and all the equipments for golfing are available at rent or on sale.
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This once splendid and glorious capital of the First Myanmar Empire is now a 42sq.km area dotted with thousands of ancient pagodas, shrines, ordination halls and monuments. It is located at the eastern bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River, with over two thousands and two hundreds religious monuments still standing and some two thousands in ruins, can be specified as one of the richest archaeological sites in Southeast Asia. It is the most amazing site in Myanmar as in every direction we look, we will see ruins of all sizes -huge and glorious like the Ananda soar towards the sky, and small, graceful pagodas & temples stand alone in the fields. Some come with all manner of historical tales, while others are identified only by a number. Time, man and nature, particularly earthquakes, have taken their toll but the most important monuments have been restored to their original grandeur.
As the monuments have the distinct features according to their period, we normally arrange the sightseeing according to the evolution of the architecture such as-the Bupaya (3rd century, simple dome shape), the Shwezigon Pagoda (11th century-landmark of Bagan), Kyansitta Umin Caves Temple (11th century-meditation centre with 13th century mural paintings), the Ananda Temple (11th century-masterpiece of Bagan), the Gubyaukgyi Temple (11th century-mural paintings), the Nanpaya Temple (11th centuryunique temple with bricks and sandstone), the Dhamayangyi Temple (12th century-the most massive building), the Sulamani Temple (12th century-fine two-storey temple), the Htilominlo Temple (12th century-the finest pilaster), etc., are examples. Bagan offers various beauties of the sunrises and sunsets from different monuments. The sunset cruise is also recommended to contemplate the glimpses of Bagan. Exploring this magical land by bicycles or horse carts will be one of the memorable experiences of the trip. However we recommend more to do such experiences in the morning by sunrise time or in the late afternoon-by sunset time in order to run away from the heat. We can also provide 11th century style horse carts, being decorated traditionally with lacquerpaintings to your valued clients exclusively.
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An extinct volcano is the highest landmark in the central zone, rises 1518 meters. It is 50 km, from Bagan (two hours drive). Established as one of three national parks, the Popa Mountain Park is now verdant and green with a rich flora especially pf medical plants. It is a center for nat (spirit) worship in the shrine of the Mahagiri Nats. We can observe the cults of spiritualism in Myanmar with various figures. Because of its previous volcanic eruption (the last time was over two thousands and five hundreds years ago), the soil is fertile and there are lots of trees, vegetables and fruits. Thus it can be defined as “Oasis of the Dessert”.
Once we get to the base of the Mt.Popa cliff, we have to walk up over seven hundreds steps. Even though we are tired, once we get on the top, the charming landscapes will await us to relax the mind and body. On the way from Bagan to Mt.Popa, we can learn and understand the daily life of rural areas, such as how they make the palm-sugar, how they cultivate the tropical crops, such as peanuts, beans, sesames, maize, etc.
MANDALAY & ITS ENVIRONS
It is the second capital of Myanmar, which is now as the culture centre since it was the last capital of Myanmar Kingdom. Historically it is the most typical of the country’s large cities, a place where it comes close to the heart of Myanmar. With the population of about one million, Mandalay is a trading centre due to it’s centrally location.
The most famous is Mahamuni Buddha Image, which is gilded with about one ton of gold and some other precious stones, such as rubies, jades, sapphires, diamonds, pearls, emeralds, etc. The Golden Palace Monastery (Shwenandaw) is of great interest not only as a fine example of a traditional Myanmar wooden monastery, but as a fragile reminder of the old Mandalay Fort. The building is covered inside and out with carved panels. The Kuthodaw Pagoda, which contains 729 marble slabs sculptured the teaching of the Buddha as a commemoration 2400th anniversary of Buddhism and also know as the world’s largest book, the Atumashi Kyaung Monastery, which was one of the most magnificent temples in all of South-East Asia, the Shwe In Bin Monastery, of wood-carved ornamentation along the balustrades and roof cornices is of exquisite quality, Kyauktawgyi Buddha Image, which was cast with one piece of marble stone, etc., are worth to visit. The Mandalay Palace, which was completely destroyed during the World War II but had been reconstructed in recent years, has the original city walls with fort and the Mandalay Hill, which is 235 meter above sea level and charming place to contemplate the sunset are also places should not be missed.
The most basic transportation is the bicycles even we can name Mandalay as the city of the bicycles but not recommended to take because of the danger. As there are vehicles, motorcycles and bicycles, we should know very well how to go properly because the traffic system is not so systematic.
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Situated 11 km from Mandalay of the upstream of the Ayeyarwaddy River (one hour by boat). It is affectionate to overview the life of the Ayeyarwaddy River and its tranquility during the excursion. The Mingun pagoda, which is unfinished and also know as the world’s biggest pile of bricks, the Mingun bell, which is the biggest ringing bell of 90 tons & the Myatheindan Pagoda are interested places to observe.
One of the ancient capitals situated 11 km south of Mandalay. It is now a small town famous for its silk weaving looms produced various designs and beautiful patterns. Mahagandaryon Monastery, where we can observe the life of the monks how they live and how they study. An authentic U Bein Bridge, which is made of teak wood, has been a place to contemplate the picturesque sunset.
After the fall of Bagan, Sagaing became the capital but very short. Today it is mostly known as the religious centre that supports dozens of Buddhist monasteries and nunneries as well as a major monastic hospital around sacred Sagaing Hill including Son Oo Ponnyashin Pagoda & Umin Thonezae Caves Temple. Silversmiths nearby Ywahtaung village are renowned for their engraving skills and rattan products are also worth to see. Kaungmudaw Pagoda with enormous dome in the shape of a perfect hemisphere and was modeled after the Great Stupa in Sri Lanka.
A few km south of Amarapura, the Ava Bridge spans the Ayeyarwaddy River across to Sagaing. Ava was the capital for about 400 years and no other capital has lasted as long. But very few remains of its golden period can be seen today. The massive old city walls are still easily be traced. A number of small villages sprung up inside the city walls and peasants till the soil where once the palace used to stand. The 27-metre-high masonry watch tower, of which upper portion was shattered by the 1838 earthquake, Maenu Okkyaung Monastery, was built in imitation of the traditional wooden style, its masonry construction has ensured its survival & Bargayar Monastery, a wooden monastery which consists of 267 teak pillars are places to visit by horse carts. The quiet and peacefulness, the different landscapes and the ruins of the ancient temples are the gifts of nature of Ava.
Inle Lake is 22 km long, 11 km wide, 1328 meters above sea level and outrageously picturesque-it has dead calm waters dotted with patches of floating vegetation and busy fishing canoes. High hills rim the lake on both sides; the lakeshore and lake islands bear 17 villages on stilts, mostly inhabited by Intha people. The entire lake area supports a population of over 70000. The floating gardens, floating farms, floating villages, the leg-rowers fishermen, In Thein pagodas in ruins, which are about over 700 years old, the most famous Phaungdaw Oo pagoda and the jumping cats monastery should not be missed during the stay in Inle Lake. The well-know silk weaving looms, cheroot factory & lotus-robe hand looms are also recommended to visit.
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The very broad, pristine stretch of sand known as Ngapali beach reaches over three km, and is separated from several more beaches by small, easily negotiated rocky headlands. It is the prettiest in Myanmar, backed by swaying palms and casuarinas, the Ngapali area is a good place to relax and take a break from the stress. The water is transparent and the sea is tranquil. There is more to do around Ngapali than just sit on the white sand and splash around the sea, through for many people that is motivation enough. Fishermen begin setting and drawing drift nets before dawn and continue into the late morning, when they load their catches in baskets. Women carry the baskets of fish on foot to nearby villages, then return with lunch for the men; everyone breaks to eat at midday, then some pack up while others continue fishing till early evening. We can tour several of the villages by bicycles. If we choose to walk along the beach to the villages, we will pass large areas of the beach where the villagers sun-dry fish, shrimp and coconut on cane mats spread over the sand. Mini-golf playing, fishing, volley playing, wind surfing and hobie-cat, catamaran sailing can be done.
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