Destination of Yangon
Yangon, the business capital of Myanmar, is the gateway to Myanmar. Full of ever-green trees and lakes, beautiful and shady parks and green tropical vegetation. The administrative capital of Myanmar was officially moved to 3 km away from Pyinmana, called Naypyitaw. Yangon was founded on the site of a small village by King Alaungpaya when he conguered lower Myanmar in 1755. The name of Yangon means “End of Strife” which was anglicized to Rangoon. Later, the Yangon City was modeled and implemented by Lieutenant Fraser of the British engineering corps, who had also drawn the city plan of Singapore. The Shwedagon Pagoda is the most prominent landmark visible from miles around and one of the wonders of the world. Other places of interest are: Sule Pagoda, and the colonial buildings in the city center, Kaba Aye (World Peace) Pagoda is the significant for the Sixth World Buddhist Synod which was held in its large compound in 1954, Botahtaung Pagoda, Chaukhtetgyi reclining Buddha, the National Museum, Kandawgyi Recreation Park and Bogyok Aung San (Scott) Market.
Twante is situated 24 km from Yangon and a boat trip along the Twante Canal takes about two hours. It is also accessible by car. It is noted for its pottery and cotton-weaving industries. Visitors get a chance to see the rural life along the famous canal of Twante, a short cut across the Ayeyawady Delta.
Thanlyin (Syriam) lies 45 minute drive from Yangon across the 1822 metre long bridge spanning the Bago River. It was once an important trading port of the Portuguese in the early 17th century. Kyaik-khauk Pagoda in Thanlyin and Yele Pagoda in Kyauktan are some of the places of interest.
Located only 80km from Yangon, Bago was an ancient capital of Mon Kingdaom in 15th century. Shwe-tha-lyaung Reclining Buddha Image (55 meter long) and Shwe- maw-daw Pagoda, The Kanbawzathardi Royal Palace of King Bayintnaung, 28 meter high huge Buddha of Kyaikpun Pagoda are some of the places of interest.
Pyay is located about 285 km (within 5-6 hours drive) north – west of Yangon, on the eastern banks of the Ayeyarwaddy river. A few kilometers north-east of the town is Thayekhittaya (Sri Kestra), an archaeological site of the ancient Phu capital (5th to 9th Centuries). Shwesandaw Pagoda, Hsehtakyi Pagoda, Shwe Phone Pwint Museum, Bawbawgyi Pagoda, Bebegyi Pagoda, Payagyi and Payama Stupas are other places of interest in and around Pyay. "Ahkauktaung" which was the custom port in the ancient time, is known for its carving on the cliff along the river.
Taungoo (Kaytumadi City)
Located 220 km from Yangon and is the only place for the tourists where you can get good accommodation on Yangon-Mandalay road. Taungoo was founded by King Myingyinyo in 1510 A.D and later innovated by King Minye Kyawhtin. It is one of the main gateways to Bago Yoma and its teak forests in which you can see how elephants work. But the working site is not stable as it is moving around, so need to follow where they are. Nowadays popular for tourists walking and trekking in jungle looking around elephant camps and teak forests.
Situated in the Ayeyawaddy Delta about 190 km west of Yangon is the capital of the Ayeyarwaddy Division (the delta region) and the gate way to Chaungtha and Ngwe Saung beach which are 40 km and 48 km away from Pathein. It is easily reached by road or by cruise through the complex Ayeyarwaddy river. As Ayeyarwaddy Division is known as the rice bowl of the country the landscapes are predominately rice fields with other colorful crops. Pathein is well known by its production of unique parasol locally call "Pathein" Hti (Umbrella) " and "Pathein Halawar.
Kyaikhtiyo (Golden Rock)
It is located in Kyaikhto Township, Mon State about 160 kilometer drive from Yangon. There is an 12 km uphill climb for the hikers from Kinpun base camp… an overwhelming sight will meet your eye- a golden boulder, shaped like a hermit's head and capped with a 6-meter high gilded pagoda perched precariously on the edge of a precipice, over 1100 meter above sea level - the holy rock of Kyaikhtiyo, Myanmar's most popular pilgrimage centre. Porters and palanquins are available to carry baggage and pilgrims who are too old or weak. Legend has it that the Buddha's sacred hair is enshrined in this golden rock.
Mawlamyine is the capital city of Mon State, is situated 300
km Southeast of Yangon, lies on the mouth of Thanlwin River. It
was colonial city port for teak export. A beautiful river trip
from Pa-An and to Bi-Lu Island can be done. Nowadays Mawlamyine
is easily accessible due to the newly- built and longest bridge
which spans the Thanlwin River. There are many ancient Pagodas
on the slopes of hill range in the city. One of the main
interesting place is Thanbyuzayat, about 34 km from Mawlamyine
is famous for its Allied prisoners of World War II's died while
building the infamous Death Railway line that cross into
Thailand from the Bridge on river Kway. Another significant
landmark is " Kyaikthanlan Pagoda " or the Kipling Pagoda, built
in 875 A.D. Visiting " Kyaikhami mid-water pagoda " is also the
main attraction for tourists.