Other Places of Interest
Northern Shan State
LashioLashio was well known during World War II as it was the starting point of the Myanmar Road to China. It is the capital of the northern Shan State, having borders with Yunan province of China and the majority of people are Shan nationals and Chinese.
HsipawLocated on the bank of Myitnge River, 200 km (124 miles) northeast of Mandalay, Hsipaw (also known as Thibaw ) is a famous destination of Shan state. It can be reached by car or by train. Visitors can have an exciting and unforgettable trip with a lot of things to do and see. You can visit the Shan Palace (also called Hao Sao Pha) or get around the local market to buy many featured headdresses and clothes. Shans, Kachins, and other tribals come here to trade regularly. Hsipaw is also a good place for hiking because it lies in a valley. Besides it, you can go to Five Buddha Hill or Nine Buddha Hill to watch sunset.Hsipaw is also famous for the Bawgyo Pagoda, situated in Bawgyo Village about 6 miles far from Hsipaw.
Gokteik ViaductOne of Myanmar’s most stunning man-made marvels built by the colonial British, Gokteik Viaduct is a spectacular railway bridge over 100 metres above the ground and nearly 700 metres long. Constructed by British colonialists in 1901, Gokteik was once the longest railway trestle in the world. The bridge can be reached by taking a train from Mandalay or Pyin Oo Lwin north towards Naung Cho where the bridge is located.
Eastern Shan State
TachileikTachileik, known as the City of the Golden Triangle is situated in the famous Golden Triangle, where the borders of Myanmar, Thailand and Laos meet. This is a very active and busy town being situated right on the border with Thailand and across Measai in Thailand. Around Tachileik are many ethnic Akha and Lisu villages. Wan Pong Jetty on the Mekong river is the port and situated opposite Laos on the other side of the river. Rides are possible on long-tailed boats zooming along the Mekong River also.
Kyaing TongKyaing Tong is known for its scenic beauty and many colorful ethnic tribes. It was ruled by Sawbwas or hereditary princes until the 1950s.It’s about an hour flight from Heho and 176 km from ( 3 hours driving ) north of the border town of Tachileik opposite Mae Sai( Thailand ).The town is surrounded by beautiful forests and mountains, offering travelers with trekking experience and a chance to visit the remote villages.Although the majority of the population, the Gon Shans are Buddhists, there are also Christian churches in town. The main attraction in town is the central market where hill tribes come down to trade in the morning, wearing their traditional clothes and the Maha Muni Buddha Image in the centre of the town.Although a trip to Kyaing Tong must be regarded as an adventure tour, the area is of great interest for visitors interested in experiencing a completely different side of Myanmar.
MawlamyineMawlamyine, a charming town, is the capital of Mon State, situated at the mouth of the Thanlwin River. Located 28 miles from the sea , it is the third largest city in Myanmar. Visitors to Mawlamyine are simply enchanted at the scenic beauty and it’s temperate climate. The atmosphere of post-colonial decay is still palpable here. It is 299 Km, 10 hours drive and 18 hours by train from Yangon. It can be done as an extension of the Kyaikhtiyo trip. Points of Interests: Hill top Pagodas such as Mahamuni Phaya, Kyaik Than Lan Phaya, Uzina Phaya, Mon Cultural Museum, Gaung Se Kyun, Bilu Island, Win Sein Taw Ya Monastery with awe-inspiring 180-metre long reclining Buddha statue, located some 20 kilometres south of Mawlamyine and Setse Beach.
ThanbyuzayatAbout 60 kilometers south of Mawlamyine, Thanbyuzayat is the counter part of river kui death railways of Thailand. The name of the town is taken from a not too long rest house roofed with galvanized iron standing near the market place. A War memorial here holds the graves of 3,770 British, Australian, Dutch and Gurkha prisoners-of-war who died while constructing the infamous “death railway” under supervision of Japanese forces during the Second World War. The Dead Railway Museum was opened in early 2016.
Kyaikkami Ye Le PagodaLocated 9km northeast of Thanbyuzayat is a metalroofed Buddhist Pagoda complex perched over the sea and reached easily via a long two-level causeway; Along with the 11 Buddha hair relics, the shrine chamber beneath Yele Paya contains a Buddha imagethat supposedly floated here on a raft from SriLanka in ancient times.
LoikawLoikaw, the capital of Kayah State is the most highlight destination for all the people near and far, because it is the birth place of the Padaung tribe, or the Kayan tribe or Long neck women. It is just one hour flight from Yangon.The famous religious landmark of Loikaw is the Thiri Mingala Taunggwe Pagoda Hill, scenically built on a hillock overlooking the vast expanse of the environs. Literally meaning ‘Split Mountain Pagoda’, this is a beautiful rocky hill rising straight out of the surrounding plain, a hill split in two with pagodas on it. The Kayah State Cultural Museum display bronze drums used in wedding and funeral occasions, stone beads, household utensils, traditional looms, traditional dresses, silverware, weapons, paintings and musical instruments of the Kayah people.Other points of interest are Htee-pwint-kan or Umbrella pond, situated in Demosoe Township, Kyat Gu ( Cofin Cave) & Hteesekar Natural Waterfall. Tourists can enjoy the trekking experience with great views of surrounding fields and mountains, and also meet the local ethnic peoples.
SittweSittwe, the capital city of Rakhine State, is situated on an estuarial island at the confluence of the Kaladan River, Mayu River, and Lemyo River. Sittwe is originally built by British in 1826. most popular sites in the town are the Payagyi Pagoda, the Rakhine State Cultural Museum, Payamya Monastery and the riverfront market. It’s the best place to buy Arakanese longyis. Watch the sun set over Sittwe Beach , a broad brown strip of sand, and the Bay of Bengal from the ” View Point “.
Mrauk-UMrauk U is a very culturally and archaeologically significant city in the Arakan ( Rakhine ) State. It can be reached from Sittwe with a very pleasant river journey about 4 hours. It was the cosmopolitan trade center of 15th-18th century Arakanese Kingdom. This ancient capital was founded by Rakhine King Minzawmun in 1433 A.D. It is one of the popular travel destinations in Myanmar for its ancient monuments and temples, such as Shitthaung Temple (meaning Temple of 80,000 Buddhas), Dukkanthein Pagoda and Andawthein Pagoda, the Mahamuni Shrine.Unlike the temples of Bagan, Mrauk U ’s ruins are constructed with stone rather than the traditional bricks in a truly unique style.
Chin Hills and Mt. VictoriaThe Chin Nationals reside in the north and northwest of Myanmar. The Chin State is hilly and not too easily accessible. The uniqueness of the Chin nationals is their language which varies from family to family and region to region. Most interesting of all are the traditional tattooed faces of some of Chin females which are added attractions of the region. Their hand woven cotton and silk in traditional designs and colors are collectors items.Mt. Victoria ( also known as Nat Ma Taung ) of 3400 meter height is the perfect place for nature lovers. Soft trekking , butterfly and birds watching are available.It is 174 km from Bagan by jeep and roads are still very bad. As for accommodations, only very simple guesthouses are available, so this excursion is suitable only for the adventurous clients.
MyitkyinaMyitkyina is the principal city of Kachin State and commercial hub of the north. It is the northern most railway terminal, 919 miles from Yangon and 487 miles from Mandalay. It can be reached by air and which take two and half hours via MandalayThe sightseeing in Myitkyina include the Sutaungpyi pagoda and reclining Buddha, Andawshin pagoda, Cultural Museum (displaying varities of 6 Kachin ethnic groups and their traditions & Cultural heritages) and Kachin “Manao” garden.Other highlights are visit to colourful Myitkyina local market with full of activities and Myit Sone which is the confluence of Maykha and Malikha streams rushing down from Mt.Hkakabo Razi. The Ayeyarwaddy River the most useful river in Myanmar has it’s source from this confluence and flows 1325 miles to the mouth of the river. The water over here is crystal clear. The panoramic view of the scenario at Myit Sone with the unspoiled beauty of nature is beyond the expression of words and will definitely be a fine attraction to tourists. Also visit Jaw Bun Tower which is built to commemorate the hundred anniversary of the introduction of Christian in Kachin State and built on a hillock and a nice sport to enjoy the sunset.Different tribes of national races live in harmony with their own cultures, customs dialects, dances and lifestyles. For mountaineering enthusiasts, expeditions to Mount Khaka Bo Razi would be an adventure.
PutaoPutao is a town amidst the U shape mountain range and situated far north of Myanmar in Kachin State. It is famous for Myanmar snow capped icy mountains which are the descendent from eastern Himalayan region. Putao was once known as FORT HERTZ, in honor of the British District, Capt. Hertz. The original fort building still can be seen. The local tribes who live in this area are of Tibetan extraction of Rawan, Lisu, Tai Hkamti, include last remaining member of the Tarong tribe. Visit to Kaung Hmu Lon pagoda, the Ancient Pagoda built by King Asoka, on route visit Ser Khuan Dam, a Rawang Village and proceed to pagoda by barge across the Malikha River and walk.
Indawgyi LakeIndawgyi Lake is the largest inland lake in Southeast Asia. It is located in Mohnyin Township in Kachin State. The lake measures 8 miles (13km) east to west, and 15 miles (24km) north to south. Itis situated at 700ft (213m) above sea level.
KawthaungKawthaung is in the southernmost part of Myanmar. During British rule in Burma, it was known as Victoria Point. Not far from the town, there are Kayin Kwa and other such as Myauk Ni and Salone Islands, a part of Mergui Archipelago, they are good places for diving, and other sea activities since the place can be regarded as still virgin being not much disturbed by outside environments. Nearby Kawthung has a small water fall and hot spring at Maliwun Village, 24 miles north from the town. Nowadays, it can be reached within half an hour by car with a good paved road.