Yangon

Yangon, the cosmopolitan capital city of Myanmar, still maintains its colonial charm with wide tree lined avenues, tranquil lakes, and gracious turn of the century architecture. The magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda dominates the city skyline, while at street level Yangon is a paradise for hunting out a variety of exotic arts and crafts. Of particular interest in the many shops of Scotts Market, and of world renown, are Myanmar’s precious stones - rubies, sapphires and jade. At night time Chinatown comes alive with its pungent aromas and delicious streetfood.

Mandalay

The principal cultural and economic city of upper Myanmar, and former royal capital, Mandalay still evokes images of a romantic bygone era. The royal palace and its impressive surrounding moat sits at the foot of the imposing Mandalay Hill. Positioned on the banks of the mighty Ayeryarwaddy River, Mandalay lies within easy striking distance of former colonial hill stations, ancient cities and other cultural attractions.

Southern Malaysia

Less than half a days drive from Yangon, Mon State is famous for the amazing “Golden Rock” of Kyaikto, The capital of Mon State Mawlamyine is a leafy and well preserved tropical port and has changed little from the days that saw it rise to a prosperous trading town under colonial rule. Not far away lies a stretch of the infamous “death railway” and the moving Thanphyuzayet cemetery, which contains the graves of nearly 4000 allied POWs who died during its construction.

Mrauk U

Not far from Sittwe on the Arakan Coast, lie the 15th Century ruins of Mrauk-U once the capital of a flourishing Rhakine Kingdom. Often touted as an interesting alternative to Bagan, be one of the first to discover these ancient temples, accessible only by boat alongside the Kaladan River.

Bagan

One of the most remarkable archaeological sights in Asia, if not the world, the magic of Bagan has inspired visitors to Myanmar for nearly 1000 years. Once the centre of a glorious kingdom, ancient temples dot the landscape as far as the eye can see. Today, apart from spectacular sunset views and serene river cruises, Bagan is also the centre of the expanding Myanmar lacquerware industry.

Inle Lake

Just a short plane flight away from Yangon in the cool green highlands of Shan State, and yet seemingly worlds apart from the rest of Myanmar, lies Inle Lake in an area of outstanding natural beauty. The lake itself sits at a pleasant 2900 feet above sea level and is famous for its leg rowers, floating markets and prolific birdlife. In this unique wetland environment, whole villages sit on floating islands on the lake. Colourful hill tribes inhabit the surrounding fertile valleys and forested mountaintops, and their hand-woven silks are a speciality of the region.

Ngapali

Miles of empty white sand beaches, brilliant turquoise seas, all backed by towering coconut palms, Ngapali is Myanmar’s premier beach destination. Intimate resorts offer visitors the chance to swim, sail, kayak, and feast on lobster and prawn by candle light as the sun sinks lazily into the Indian Ocean. Ngapali is the perfect place to unwind and savour those few precious weeks in Myanmar.

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