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Yangon

It was essentially a small settlement called Dagon, meaning the city on a spit of land. King Alaungpaya renamed it as Yangon, meaning the City of the End of Strife, meaning Peaceful City.The architects of modern Yangon were Lieutenant Fraser of the Bengal Engineers and an unofficial adviser Dr. William Montgomery, a surgeon. The city was laid out in blocks on a chessboard pattern with reference to two main streets which run at right angles to one another.

About 2,500 years ago, there was probably a coastal fishing village or a trading colony called “Okkala”. After the construction of Shwedagon Pagoda, the settlement grew in fame as Dagon. King Alaungpaya of Konbaung Dynasty founded Yangon when he took the village of Dagon in 1755. He called the settlement as Yangon or “End of Strife”. It becomes a port city and a centre of commercial functions since pre-colonial and colonial days. The Yangon River or Hlaing River gives it color and peninsular look (from aerial view) touching the city in the east and south flanks and the Pazundaung Creek in the west."

Yangon is one of the most attractive cities in the East. Its fringes are beautiful with pagodas, spacious parks gardens and its atmosphere cooled by the Kandawgyi Lake and Inya Lake. Most of the major Myanmar and foreign companies are located in Yangon. The city is the point of entry for visitors from abroad to Myanmar by air and sea.

The famous pagodas are the landmarks of the city, and serve as a unique charm to the city as well as attractive tourist spots in Yangon. They are the world famous massive Shwedagon Pagoda, the Sule Pagoda in the city centre, the Botataung Pagoda, the Kaba Aye (World Peace) Pagoda and the Chauthtatkyi Pagoda, and there are also many colonial buildings like the Secretariat, where the Cabinet was assassinated in the year 1947, the Supreme High Court, the Yangon General Hospital, the General Women hospital, the General Post Office, the Telegraphic Office, Bogyoke Aung San (former Scott) Market, where you can shop till you drop, the Yangon Harbour, the City Hall, etc. Other places worth seeing are Chinatown, Fruit Market, the National Museum, the Bogyoke Aung San Park, the Kandawgyi (Royal Lake) the Inya Lake, the Htaukkyant World Cemetery, the Jubilee Hall, built in honour of the Queen Victoria, and the Hlawga Safari, etc.

The Shwedagon Pagoda

Shwedagon means the Pagoda of Golden Glory. It is the emblem and the cynosure of attractions in Myanmar. It is built on the Sanguttera Hill, which is the spur of the Bago Yoma (Ranges).
"The Shwedagon rose superb, glistening with its gold, like a sudden hope in the dark night of the Soul ". (Somerset Maugham)

"A beautiful, winking wonder". (Rudyard Kipling)

It is a really impressive monument on earth. Its exact time of origin is hidden in folklore and legend. But Myanmar people believe that it was built about 2,500 years ago. It is in the heart of the metropolis Yangon. The magnificent stupa is plated with 8,000 solid gold slabs and its tip is set with diamonds, rubies, sapphires and topaz.

The amount of gold plated on the stupa is more than that of the gold in the Bank of England.

Eight strands of the hair of the Buddha and some other relics are said to be enshrined in the vault of the Stupa. A huge diamond in the middle of the Stupa catches the first and last rays of the sun.

Around the mighty stupa, cluster an incredible assortment of smaller stupas, images and pavilions. The Pagoda Platform covers 5.6 hectares on the Singuttara Hill which is the spur of the Bago Yoma .The Stupa is 58 meters above sea level. King Okkalapa built the great Pagoda. Its initial height was only 66 feet; King Binnyagyan continued to build it to the height of 302 feet. Some devout kings had made many renovations. The two leogryphs attract the visitors.

The Pagoda had suffered from earthquakes no less than eight times in 1564, 1611, 1628, 1649, 1664, 1769, 1888, and 1914, and from a serious fire in 1931.

The Sule Pagoda

The word Sule derives from the Mon word Kyaik Athok, meaning the Pagoda where the sacred hair is enshrined.

The Sule Pagoda is in the heart of the City, amid the rush and bustle of the busiest sector of the city. It is a center of pilgrimage of devotees from all over the country.

The Sule Pagoda was built by a Court Minister Maha Thrua in the year 235 Buddhist Era or about 2,200 years ago.

A strand of hair and other relics of the Lord Buddha were enshrined in the Pagoda.

The Botataung Pagoda

The Botataung Pagoda means the Pagoda guarded by one thousand vanguards .Unfortunately, the Pagoda had been destroyed by Allied bombing during the Second World War, precisely on November 8, 1943. During its postwar reconstruction, a treasure vault was unearthed beneath the ruins. This led to more discoveries of images of the Lord Buddha in silver, bronze and alabaster, and other priceless treasures.

The Kaba Aye Pagoda

Kaba Aye means World Peace, hence the Pagoda of World Peace. It was built in the year 1952, dedicating to the cause of world peace. It is a harmonious blend of the traditional and modern. Both its height and basal perimeter are 118 feet. The Pagoda is a milestone in the world Buddhist history. In the year1954 which marked the 2,500th anniversary of the Buddha's birth, the Kaba Aye Pagoda served as the meeting place of eminent Buddhist clergymen, including primates from around the world to commemorate the Sixth World Buddhist Synod (Chatta Sangayana).

The Chaukhtatkyi Pagoda

It is home to a 72 meter long reclining Buddha Image, as large as the one in Bago. It is on Shwegondine Road .It is housed in a large natal - roofed shed. It is not so far from the Shwedagon Pagoda. There are some fortune-tellers and palmists and near the Pagoda, predicting the horoscopes of clients. It is also a not-to-miss tourist spot, while in Yangon.

Environ of Yangon

Thanlyin

Thanlyin had been the base for the notorious Portuguese adventurer Philip De Brito between 1500s and early 1600s. He ruled over Thanlyin for about 13years. Actually, he was officially a trade representative for Rakhine (Arakan), but he ran his own little kingdom in Thanlyin, siding with the Mon in their struggle against the Burmese. In the year 1599, he occupied Bago, but in 1613, the Bama King Alaungpaya besieged Thanlyin and impaled him and King Natshin Naung to death. King Alaungpaya destroyed Thanlyin completely in the year 1756. Today, nothing of this ancient city is to be seen. There are two tombs of Minister Padetha Raza and the great soldier-poet Natshi Naung, King of Ratus.

A short busride would take you to the Golden Kyaikkhauk Pagoda, 21 km from which is the Yele Paya in Kyauktan. The Pagoda is perched on a tiny island in the middle of the river.

The Htaukkyant Cemetery

It is about some fifteen miles by car from Yangon. It is a cemetery with 27,000 urns of Allied soldiers during the Second World War. It is under the management of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. It is beautifully landscaped and is one of the interesting tourist destinations worth visiting.

The Hlawga Wildlife Park

Just beyond the Htaukkyant Cemetery is the Hlawga Wildlife Park, which is 1500 square miles wide and managed by the Forest Department, where you can study the flora and the fauna, including gibbons. Riding elephant is great fun for kids. You can also enjoy a variety of nice restaurants. You should not miss to visit there.

Twante Town

It is a very enjoyable tidal cruise from Yangon to and from Twante, a small town, not far from the Twante Canal, which is 22 miles long. Twante is famed for the Twante Shwesandaw Pagoda, which is larger than the Yangon's Shwedagon Pagoda. Pottery and the production of various vegetables and fruit in large quantity make Twante famous. Of particular interest is the fact that all ships from deltaic area of the Ayeyarwady Division call at Twante, hence a busy jetty.

Bago City

It is just 80 km by car from Yangon. It is a one-time capital of the Hanthawady Dynasty of Mon kings. It was founded by two Mon princes, who strangely saw a female himsa bird perching on the back of the male one. Taking it as a good omen, the two prices built a city on the spot and named is Hanthawady, the city of himsa birds. Later it became the centre of the Mon Kingdom.

It is an excursion place on the way to the famous Kyaikhtiyo (Golden Boulder) Pagoda. It is home to numerous pagodas and a reclining Buddha called the Shwethahlaung, which is 55metres long. The most famous pagoda in Bago City is the Shwemawdaw. Bago Yomas (Ranges) is home to the best teak wood. Of particular interest is Kahlyani Thein (Sima) or Ordination Hall. In Bago, one spectacular site not to miss to study is King Bayintnaung's Kanbawza Thadi Palace. Those tourists who had visited were awe-struck and amazed to see it. The Shwemawdaw Pagoda festival is very pompous and is annually held in April. The ceremony is 13 day long. Theatrical artists perform on stage with full force to show their competitive edge over their counterparts and to win future performance contracts.

Kyaikhtiyo (Golden Rock)

Kyaikhtiyo pagoda is also known as the Golden Rock Pagoda. It is situated in Kyaikhto Township in Mon State, four-hour drive from Yangon. There is a well-beaten path leading to the Pagoda on the peak of the mountain. It automatically makes a good trekking. It is a really miraculous Pagoda, because it does not fall down the steep slope of the mountain, although it should, but still remains as it is throughout a great length of time. Myanmar Buddhists believe it is due to the power and glory of the Buddha's hair enshrined in the Pagoda. Tourists can make a side trip there from Yangon and get back the same day if set out very early. Crowds of pilgrims from all parts of Myanmar both along the climbing paths and on the Pagoda Platform are themselves attractive.

Mawlamyaing (Moulmein)

Mawlamyaing is the capital city of Mon State. Once it was the capital of Mon Kingdom which had flourished from the 3rd century BC to the 11th century AD, stretching across Thailand and Cambodia through centuries. The Mon, number 3 million. You can visit there by car or train. They have their own culture and dialect.

Kyaikhto is an ideal place for pilgrims. Mawlamyaing is famous for the Shwesandaw Pagoda, Mawlamyaing Market and Gaungsay Island at mid-river. Gaungsay means washing the head of the kings in those days. Mawlamyaing is also a seaport. If you have the time, you should visit there and proceed to Thanphuzayat town, a town famous for the Allied Cemetery of Allied soldiers who fell in the construction of railroad form Thanphuzayat to Thailand during the Japanese occupation between 1942-45. You can also visit Mudon, Kyaikmaraw and Kyaikkhami mid-water Pagoda at Setse Beach.

Bagan

"He who has not visited Bagan has not visited Myanmar yet.""

Bagan was the first imperial capital of ancient Myanmar. The end of the 13th century witnessed the fall of Bagan dynasty in the reign of King Narathihapate or King Tayotpaye. Bagan had been ruled over by 55 kings 12th century. The ruins of Bagan cover a tract of country, measuring about 16 square miles along the east bank of mighty Ayeyarwady. The monuments which are now in all stages of decay were erected mostly from the 11th - 13th centuries AD, during which Bagan was in its heydays. Nowadays, Bagan is the ideal site for historical, cultural and archaeological studies.

True! Myanmar people used to say regarding Bagan of which they are much proud. Bagan is the cradle of Myanmar history and Buddhist culture. King Thamudrit built Bagan at the very place of the settlement called Paukkan. The mighty King Anawrahta (1044-77) welded into one kingdom a group of formerly independent states and became king of the Ayeyarwady River in the 11th century. He extended his sovereignty down to the south. He was the first unifier of Myanmar and the introducer of the Theravada Buddhism in Myanmar. The air of Bagan is filled not only with the fragrance of vachellia, but also with war-cries of spear-slinging heroes on horsebacks. The study of the history and culture of Began means the study of the history and culture of Myanmar. Thanks to the good irrigation system of Bagan kings, the wealth of Bagan increased rapidly and the people of Bagan erected about 10,000 pagodas and temples in Bagan area. But today they are ruined except some famous pagodas and temples. However, Bagan succumbed to the onslaught of the Mongols in 1287, and Myanmar split up into small principalities.

Bagan period was the period of affluence, creativity and glory---- the period the rained gold and sliver, as Myanmar people usually put it. It was a period like that of the renaissance period in Italy."

Environs of Bagan

Mt. Popa (Table Mountain)

Popa is a Pali words, which means flower, hence the mountain of flowers. It is about 5,000 feet high and about 30 miles by car from Bagan.

Your trip to Bagan is not complete without an excursion to Mt. Popa, some km by car from Bagan on your way to Mandalay. It is at the foot of the Mt. Popa, an extinct volcano. But now it is clad with lush and green forests with waterfalls. You can see Champac flowers sold in bottles. Popa area is the oasis in the arid central Myanmar or the Dry Zone. It is well-managed by the Forest Department. It is very fun to climb the Mountain table, where there are some necromancers predicting with the help of spirits the horoscopes of the clients. On route, you will pass through Meikhtila city, which is famous for the magnificent Meikhtila Lake.

Salay

Salay is 36km south of Bagan. It was developed in late 12th and 13th century. There are many religious centre than Bagan. Among these religious monuments, Yougson Kyaung is the oldest surviving wooden monastery in Bagan era and Nan Paya is a large lacquer Buddhist image in Myanmar. In Yougson monastery museum, the three dimensional wood carving of 19th century is incomparable in Myanmar. The two-story colonial building and Thdanayaunggyi monastery are also very interesting places in Salay. Salay is also famous for Bagan Era writer, U Ponga. His monastery and libraries are still originally. Near U Ponga monastery compound, an interconnected complex of three brick shines, Payathonzu is noted for 19th century well painting. Salay is one of the religious and historical sites in Myanmar.

Mandalay

Mandalay was the capital of the last Myanmar Empire and is the second largest city after Yangon. It is the seat of Myanmar handicrafts and culture. King Mindon built the present Palace City in 1858. Before that time, it was known as Yadanabon, or the City of Gems. The highlights in Mandalay are Zaygyo Market, The old Royal Palace, surrounded by a moat of four square miles, the Maha Muni Shrine in the city center, the Kuthodaw Monastery where there is the world's largest book of 1774 slabs and Mandalay Hill from the Top of which you can enjoy the panorama of the city. The three most impressive are handicraft - makings are the gold-leaf making and the bronze casting in Myanmar way and Myanmar style. To know Mandalay is to know Myanmar. Mandalay is about 620 km north of Yangon and is reachable by land, waterway and flight. Mandalay is the gateway to upper Myanmar. You can go from Mandalay to Bagan by boat. Most-visited tourists spots and its environs are Mingun, Inwa (Ava), Amarapura, and U Bein bridge."

Environs of Mandalay

Mingun

Mingun is a short boat-ride upriver obliquely from Mandalay. It is noted for the enormous, and unfinished pagoda and the un cracked brass ringing the bell, which is the largest one in the world as well as for the most reserved Rev.Mingun. Tourists never fail to visit there.

Inwa (Ava)

Inwa means the city at the entrance of a lake. It is an ancient capital of Inwa Period. It is just about 30 minute drives from Mandalay. Though no more royal palace, the pagodas still remain. Of particular interest is the 1.2km long U Bein Bridge of teak wood, adjoining Amerapura and Inwa, across the Taung Tha Man Lake. One of the most memorable visits is to Inwa, thrice royal capital of the Myanmar Kingdom. Inwa reigned from 1364 for almost 200 years until it was invaded by mountain tribes in 1527, it later became the capital again, only to be taken by the Mons in 1752.For a third time, it was re-established as the capital until, on the advice of soothsayers, it was moved to nearby Amarapura in1841. Today, there is little to show of this once-grand city. While crumbling ramparts continue to mark out the city's former boundaries, almost all the buildings have long been gone, dissolved in the rice fields. Only an atmosphere of former glory remains.

For over two hundred years, the creaking and rickety teak-wood bridge called U Bein's Bridge has been transporting monks, farmers and enthralled visitors over the Taungthaman Lake. U Bein was the then Mayor, and the bridge was named him.

Amarapura

Amarapura means the city which dies. It further means an immortal city. It is some minute drive form Mandalay. Of particular is the combine eating of food by about more than one thousand monks at a large refectory at the same time. It is a very enjoyable feast for eyes.

U Bein Bridge

It is in Amarapura, three quarter mile long teak-wooden bridge built by U Bein the Mayor. The bridge connects Amarapura and Inwa across the Tungthaman Lake. Though it has been quite a long time ago, the teak-wood bridge still remains as it was, and that manifest the quality of Myanma teak-wood.

Sagaing Division

Sagaing City

An ancient capital of royal Myanmar. In the rolling hills are countless hermitages for hermits and monasteries for monks, rest houses for nuns and laymen. It is and ideal place or peace of mind, away from the fast pace of city life. It is sublime to wander in these hills beneath a canopy of green and lush trees, amidst the murmur of religious recitations by monks. White-washed pagodas of different sizes dot the hills-hence Saganing ridge like the white feather of paddy bird.

Monywa

The second largest city in Sagaing Division after Sagaing. It is near the confluence of the Ayeyarwaddy River and the Chindwin Tributary. It has very good communications with other places by land and river. It is a city very prosperous in trade. The Thanbode (a half million of Buddha images), Bode Tahtaung (a thousand Bo trees), a 300 foot long reclining Buddha image, Shwe Ba Hill and Po Win Taung Hill with over 400,000 numbers of 14th to 16th century ancient Buddha images and mural painting are major places for the visitors."

Alaungdaw Kathpha Park

It is a National Park, about 100 miles from Mandalay. It is named after the Alaungdaw Kathpha Pagoda that draws 20,000 pilgrims a year. It covers 6984.4 square miles. It is a game sanctuary with an abundance of wildlife-elephants, tigers, leopards, gaurs, sambhurs, serows and birds of various species.

Monywa City

The second largest city in Sagaing Division after Sagaing. It is near the confluence of the Ayeyarwady River and the Chindwin Tributary. It has very good communications with other places by land and river. It is a city very prosperous in trade. The Thanbode (a half million of Buddha images), Bode Tahtaung (a thousand Bo trees), a 300 foot long reclining Buddha image, Shwe Ba Hill and Po Win Taung Hill with over 400,000 numbers of 14th to 16th century ancient Buddha images and mural painting are major places for the visitors.

Pyin Oo Lwin

Over 1000 meters above sea-level, Pyin Oo Lwin is a popular hill station about 69km away from Mandalay. It is well known for its colonial style houses with large compound and pine trees, eucalyptus and silver-oak abound in town. Delightfully cool and pleasant the whole year round. The main attractions are Botanical Garden, Pwe Kauk Water fall and Peik Chin Myaung Cave. The Botanical Garden was first founded in the year 1915-16 by one British botanist named Mr. Roger who began collecting local plants and trees and cultivating them on 30 acres of land at the present site. Pwe Kauk Fall is about 8km from town. It is also called Hampshire Falls in British times. It's a very pleasant picnic spot."

Inle Lake

Inle Lake is on the plateau of Shan State. It is in Nyaung Shwe Township, not far from Taunggyi. It is 22 km long and 11km wide. It can be reached by car or flight via Heho from Yangon. The people are virtually Inthas who are pious Buddhists. Inle Lake is really indolent, surrounded by blue mountains. It is noted for floating market at Ywama village, floating gardens, leg-rowers, traditional method of fishing, the Nga Phe Chaung Monastery with wonderful jumping cats, and the Phaungdaw U Pagoda. A visit to Myanmar would be meaningless without visiting Inle Lake."

Environs of Inle Lake

Taunggyi

Taunggyi is the capital city of Shan State and the largest state in Myanmar, where different hill tribes reside. Taunggyi is the best and biggest hill station, reachable by flight and land. It is famous for cool climate, Inle Lake, weekly market, the Balloon Festival in November, the Taunggyi Museum, etc. Taunggyi Market is busy. Palaung women wear up to 22kg of heavy brass rings stacked around their necks. Most Palaung people live in Kayah State.

Kalaw

Kalaw is the favorite of the old British hill stations, a picturesque small town surrounded by pine forests. The road from Kalaw to Pindaya is really pleasant with panoramic mountain views, reminiscent of the ALPA in Europe. You will feel like you are arriving in Switzerland!

Pindaya

Pindaya is famous for limestone caves, over looking a lake the caves House Thousands of Buddha images. It is and interesting experience to visit Pindaya and Pindaya caves. Pindaya is beautiful with small Bottalote Lake in the centre of the town.

Pyay ( Prome )

Sri Kissra or Pyay

Thayakhittaya dates back to 5th century, close to Pyay (Prome), is a sizeable city which lies called a bend in the Ayeyarwady River. Just three stupas still remain intake. The Pyu architecture is very different from that of the Bagan Area. Payagyi (Big Pagoda) is one of them, in cylindrical shape.

The Story of Akauk Taung

The site Akauk Taung lies two hours by car from Pyay. The story of Akauk Taung is connected with the British Myanmar relationship during colonial times. The British fought three wars of conquest and colonialism against the Myanmar (The three (Anglo-Burman wars) in the 19th century. The first Anglo-Burman war took place in 1824 when the British annexed. The second in 1846 and the third in 1885-86 , when the British completed their conquest of Myanmar by taking, Mandalay, upper Myanmar, deposing the king and queen and destroying the remaining Myanmar sovereignty.

After the second Anglo-Burman war, Akauk Taung marked the river border between upper and lower Myanmar, between Myanmar and British. (Echoes of this colonial border remain today). (As Akauk Taung mark the border between Ayryawady division and Bago division). Akauk Taung had British customs house and Myanmar customs house during colonial times. Boats had to pay a tax the Myanmar customs house, if they were going upper and to the British custom house if they were going down river. Akauk Taung also was an ideal place to take shelter from stormy weather. So boats were often laid-up at Akauk Taung. Sometimes for days or even weeks, waiting out bad weather and paying customs tax. The people on the boat, sailors, passengers and merchants, naturally become bored with waiting, so the question "became what to do all that spare time".

In other parts of the world, people might amuse themselves in such a situation by card playing, gambling, drinking or other pastimes. But Myanmar people, steeped in Buddhism, didn't generally want to do such things. They tend to do good deeds even with their leisure time. And so Akauk Taung's most unique feature developed. People began curving statues of the Buddha on the bank of the river, there by paying homage to the Buddha and gaining merit. This soon became habitual and almost compulsory; every boatman, while waiting to pay tax or for a change in the weather, had to curve a statue. Today, although erosion has taken its toll, hundreds of these statues can still be seen on the bank of the river.

Rakhine State

Formerly Rakhine area was known as Arakan, a strip of area between the Bay of Bangal and the Rakhine Yoma (Ranges). It is a coastal region, full of beautiful beaches, especially in the southern portion. Sittwe (Akyab) is the capital city at the mouth of the mighty Kaladan River, and is reachable by flight. Sittwe boasts to several interesting pagodas and a fascinating monastery on the main street, where there are some rooms of museum with a collection of Buddha images, and is hence worth visiting. Another highlight in Sittwe is a small beach with a promontory, an ideal place to enjoy the breath taking sunset. Rakhine people are staunch Buddhists, and they have their own culture.

Mrauk U

Mrauk U, an ancient capital city dates back in the 15th century. A five hour trip up-river from Sittwe to Mrauk U starts at dawn. You can enjoy beautiful landscapes along the river. Mrauk U was a thriving city in the 12th and 16 centuries with a complex network of canals. The people are very warm and amicable. Sebastian Martinique was a Portuguese missionary of the Augustinian Order, who went to Rakhine in 1630 and stayed there for about five years. Rakhine it that time was virtually an independent Kingdom with King Thirithudammaraza on the throne. Manique described the then Mrauk U as follows: This great city is built in a beautiful valley about fifteen Leagues in circuit and entirely surrounded by high rough mountains, walls of nature's make and dispending with artificial ones. On the inside these mountains have been leveled in necessary parts with rammers and where they have been cut through from top to bottom, gates have been erected for going in and out whilst above them are some bulwarks provided with artillery, so that the city would naturally be impregnable as if it belonged to another warlike nation."

Thandwe and Ngapali Beach

Thandwe

Thandwe is an ancient city in the southern Rakhine State, reachable by flight within 30 minutes from Yangon, and by car across the Rakhine Ranges. It is a forested and mountainous city. Legend has it that the spirits pulled the city up when enemies tried to attack it. It is a historical city, surrounded by mountains and hills. The area is a narrow strip of Land between the Rakhine ranges and the Bay of Bengal. The Shewsandaw, The Shwenandaw and the Shweandaw Pagodas are built by ancient Rakhine Kings. The people are virtually staunch Buddhists. It is only four miles by car from Ngapali.

The Nostalgic Ngapali Beach

The name itself is queer and mysterious. Nobody has yet known why it is called Ngapali. It is only conjectural that it is named after the Naples of Italy or a local fish. But one thing sure is that the beach is really beautiful with unspoiled setting, crystal and blue sea, snow-white sand and gradual slope, among other things. It scratches about five miles up to the St. Andrew Bay, where there is a lighthouse and a quay. There is a nine-hole golf course close to the beach. Swaying coconut palms, green Alexandrian laurels and shady casuarinas trees fringe and embellish the beach. Ngapali's sunset against the western horizon is really breath-taking, nostalgic and welcoming. The best time to visit Ngapali is between April 13-15 or 16 so as to enjoy Myanmar most boisterous New Year Festival. There are some fishing hamlets near Ngapali. The beach is fringed by coconut palm groves, casuarinas trees and Alexandrian laurel trees. Ngapali is Myanma premier beach, an ideal place for sun, sea and sand. The beach stretches out to eye's end. Tourists usually say, "Au Revoir, Ngapali! Shall be back soon. "Seeing is believing!

Ngwe Saung Beach

Ngwesaung Beach is a newly opened beach about 48 km from Pathein. This unspoilt beach stretches 15 km of white and and blue sea. There are about 4 international standard resort hotels and bungalow type accommodations on its beach front - fringed with Palm trees, all hotels face the beach. Good taste of Seafood dishes are available at the international standard resorts. One can enjoy variety of beach sport activities such as sun bathing, beauty & spa, bullock cart riding, bycling, fishing, beach volley-ball, scuba-diving, kayaking and wind surfing."

Chaung Tha Beach

It is located on the coast of the Bay of Bengal at the edge of the Delta Region. Chaungtha is the nearest beach from Yangon but is still pretty and unspoiled.

Kanthaya Beach

Kanthaya (the Pleasant Beach) is situated 290 km from Yangon near Gwa of the Rakhine Coastline, it is accessible by an 8 hours drive from Yangon crossing the Rakhine mountain ranges.

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