Travel highlights Myanmar
Located between Mandalay and the airport south of the city, Amarapura was capital of Myanmar until King Mindon built Mandalay and moved the capital there inside the walled fort. Now it is largely deserted, except for a large monastery which houses 1,000 monks. There is also the famed U Bein's Bridge, a 150-year old bridge, made of teak wood.
Bagan is one of the richest archaeological site in Southeast Asia where more than 13,000 temples once stood. There are some 2200 monuments still standing and some 2000 in ruins. Bagan is considered one of the richest and most amazing sites in Asia, comparable to the sites of worldwide importance such as Jerusalem, and Rome. This once splendid and glorious capital of the First Myanmar Empire, is now a 42 square km area dotted with thousands of ancient pagodas, shrines, ordination halls and monuments.
The second largest natural lake in Myanmar, it rests 4358 feet above the sea level among the hazy blue mountains. Inle's most unusual feature is its extraordinary 'leg-rowing fishermen' who have developed an original, eccentric method of rowing their small boats with one leg. Floating gardens are built-up from strips of water hyacinth and mud, dredged from the lakebed. Villages, farms and monasteries perch over the water on stilts.
There are many interesting edifices of cultural and religious importance and Buddhist monasteries with beautiful woodcarvings and masterpieces of Myanmar Masonry. Mandalay is best known not only for it's rich traditional, cultural and spiritual splendour, but also exquisite handicraft such as hand-woven embroidery in silk and cotton. The river jetty at Mandalay is a beehive of activity with small boats going up and down the river, bamboo rafts and cargo boats with huge logs from the teak forests upriver. The water buffaloes are the beasts of burden hauling the logs from the river up to the lumber storage areas along the riverbank.
The golden city of Mrauk U became known in Europe as a city of oriental splendour after Friar Sebastian Manrique visited the area in early 17th century. The city was carefully built in a strategic location by leveling three small hills. The pagodas are strategically located on hilltops and serve as fortresses. There are moats, artificial lakes and canals and the whole area could be flooded against attackers. There are innumerable pagodas and Buddha images all over the old city and the surrounding hills. Some are still being used as places of worship today many in ruins, some of which are now being restored to their original splendour.
Myanmar best-known beach resort providing the visitor with un-spoilt white sand beaches fringed with coconut groves as far as the eye can see. All along this coast is Asia's undiscovered paradise with unspoiled beaches. One can find the three natural ingredients of a perfect seaside holiday-the sea, the sand and the sun. The area contains many small islands that can be visited on day trips from main center.
Yangon, the capital city of Myanmar, is nicknamed 'The Garden City of the East". It has lush tropical trees, shady parks and beautiful lakes and stunning architecture.