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  • Southeastern Myanmar Guide | Myanmar (Burma) Travel | Rough Guides
    View Guide The Rough Guide to Bangkok View Guide Indonesia Rough Guides Snapshot Southeast Asia on a Budget View Guide Pocket Rough Guide Hong Kong Macau View Guide Rough Guides Snapshot Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City View Guide The Rough Guide to Laos View Guide The Rough Guide to India View Guide Kyoto and Nara Rough Guides Snapshot Japan View Guide The Rough Guide to Beijing View Guide The Rough Guide to Cambodia View Guide Easily overlooked by tourists in the rush to head north from Yangon southeastern Myanmar more than justifies a diversion If nothing else it s worth seeing the holy sites of Bago before heading up to Mandalay easily done given the city s location at a major junction but further south you ll find more riches in store The most iconic attraction in the region is the boulder and pagoda balancing act at Kyaiktiyo although the walk up the mountain and the experience of being among believers at the top are likely to be just as memorable as the Golden Rock itself Further south you can search out old colonial buildings and a ridge packed with pagodas in the former British capital of Mawlamyine Don t miss the boat trip from there to Hpa an a town that makes a great base for day trips or for an overnight visit to a mountain top monastery Read More More about Myanmar Burma Features Where Next Check out The delta region and western Myanmar Travel Offers Travel insurance Hotels Hostels Car hire Tours Explore Bago Kyaiktiyo Mawlamyine Hpa An Find out more Thai border areas and safety Thai border areas and safety Southeastern Myanmar stretches along the border with Thailand and its mountains have long been a refuge for ethnic minority resistance groups as a result much of

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  • Bagan and the central plains Guide | Myanmar (Burma) Travel | Rough Guides
    The central plains the arid lands between the Ayeyarwady River in the west and the Shan hills to the east have seen many kingdoms rise and fall including that of the Pyu who were the earliest inhabitants of Myanmar for whom records exist The ruins of Thayekhittaya close to the busy trading town of Pyay still hint at the grandeur of the Pyu dynasty which was at its peak from the fifth to ninth centuries The mighty sixteenth century dynasty based further east in the town of Taungoo on the other hand left fewer tangible traces but the town is still a rewarding place to spend a day or two exploring off the tourist trail The same cannot be said of the military junta s twenty first century stab at a royal capital which is the literal translation of Nay Pyi Taw Certainly the new capital has nothing to compare to Bagan but then again few places in the world can offer a spectacle as breathtaking as its vast stupa and temple strewn plain In the eleventh century King Anawrahta of Bagan became the first to unite the lands that now form Myanmar and today the legacy of his embrace of Theravada Buddhism exerts a stronger influence on tourist imaginations than anywhere else in the country Read More More about Myanmar Burma Features Where Next Check out Inle Lake and the east Travel Offers Travel insurance Hotels Hostels Car hire Tours Explore Bagan Mount Popa Monywa Taungoo Nay Pyi Taw Pyay Find out more Architecture and decoration in Bagan Architecture and decoration in Bagan Although there are a few exceptions such as ordination halls most of the structures in Bagan are either stupas paya or temples pahto The former are usually placed over relics or important Buddha images and are

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  • Inle Lake and the east Guide | Myanmar (Burma) Travel | Rough Guides
    the central plains Inle Lake and the east Mandalay and around Northern Myanmar Shop Ebooks Travel Insurance Hostels Inle Lake and the east Introduction Kalaw Pindaya Inle Lake Nyaungshwe Kengtung See all destinations Myanmar Burma Inle Lake and the east Show Related Guides Hide Related Guides The Rough Guide to Myanmar View Guide The Rough Guide to Singapore View Guide The Rough Guide to Cambodia View Guide Rough Guides Snapshot Vietnam Hanoi View Guide The Rough Guide to First Time Around The World View Guide The Rough Guide to Taiwan View Guide The Rough Guide to India View Guide The Rough Guide to Laos View Guide The Rough Guide to Korea View Guide Central Honshu Rough Guides Snapshot Japan View Guide With Kayah and Kayin states mostly off limits to tourists it s the large Shan State a good deal of which is itself closed that epitomizes the appeal of the hilly east of the country A day trip on Inle Lake visiting stilt villages and colourful markets is top of the list although for many travellers the trekking opportunities around Kalaw are equally appealing Fewer visitors make it to Kengtung but it has its own isolated charm and offers

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  • Mandalay and around Guide | Myanmar (Burma) Travel | Rough Guides
    Mandalay See all destinations Myanmar Burma Mandalay and around Show Related Guides Hide Related Guides The Rough Guide to Myanmar View Guide The Rough Guide to China View Guide The Rough Guide to Seoul View Guide The Rough Guide to Bali Lombok View Guide The Rough Guide to Sri Lanka View Guide Kyushu Rough Guides Snapshot Japan View Guide The Rough Guide to Laos View Guide The Rough Guide to Vietnam View Guide Pocket Rough Guide Hong Kong Macau View Guide The Rough Guide to Korea View Guide Thanks partly to Rudyard Kipling s evocative poem Mandalay the name of Myanmar s second city suggests for many Western visitors at least images of a bygone Asia Arriving in Mandalay tends quickly to dispel such thoughts however as visitors are faced with a grid of congested streets dominated by the walls and moat of the huge military base that surrounds the old royal palace Despite this it would be a shame to rush through too quickly without giving the place a chance to grow on you There s Mandalay Hill to climb for one thing memorable both for its views and for the experience of joining throngs of locals doing the

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  • Northern Myanmar Guide | Myanmar (Burma) Travel | Rough Guides
    Those parts of the north that can be visited however are safe and offer some of the country s best opportunities to spend time with local people One way to do this is to take a boat trip on the Ayeyarwady Irrawaddy River north of Mandalay around Katha and Bhamo where long journey times and a scarcity of foreigners make it easy to get a sense of provincial life Heading northeast from Mandalay instead towards the Chinese border treks from towns such as Hsipaw into the forested interior offer up the opportunity to stay in ethnic minority homes in traditional mountain villages Read More More about Myanmar Burma Features Where Next Check out Bagan and the central plains Travel Offers Travel insurance Hotels Hostels Car hire Tours Explore Katha Bhamo Pyin Oo Lwin Hsipaw Find out more Ayeyarwady river trips Ayeyarwady river trips The stretch of the Ayeyarwady River aka Irrawaddy River north of Mandalay is much less frequently explored by foreigners than the route to Bagan Although the scenery is no more spectacular than on the Bagan run other than in the brief second defile a narrowing of the river between Bhamo and Katha it s more rewarding for the scope it offers for interacting with local people The route can also provide access to rarely visited villages in addition to places listed in the Northern Myanmar section boats typically stop at Shwegu between Bhamo and Katha and Kyaukmyaung between Katha and Mandalay both of which have simple guesthouses The government has closed the river north of Bhamo to foreigners Since you also aren t allowed to get to Bhamo by road the easiest way to do the whole available route is to fly into Bhamo then take the boat south the cheapest is to take a train to

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  • Map of Myanmar | Myanmar Regions | Rough Guides | Rough Guides
    Myanmar is the most unspoiled destination in Southeast Asia From the time warped colonial era townscape of former capital Yangon to the deserted tropical beaches of the newly accessible far south things are moving fast visit now before it all changes Use our map of Myanmar below to start planning your trip to this timeless and endlessly varied country Catch the sunset over the magnificent Buddhist temples of Bagan a complex spanning sixty seven square kilometres with more than two thousand structures Trek through swathes of tea plantations passing minority villages en route from Kalaw to shimmering Inle Lake in Shan State Drift down the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River on a slow boat and get a taste of life in the provinces Find out more about Myanmar Burma Interactive Myanmar Burma Map Regions of Myanmar Burma Click the links below to find out about your chosen region 1 Yangon Rangoon 2 The delta region and western Myanmar 3 Southeastern Myanmar 4 Bagan and the central plains 5 Inle Lake and the east 6 Around Mandalay 7 Northern Myanmar Related Ebooks The Rough Guide to Myanmar View Guide Kyoto and Nara Rough Guides Snapshot Japan View Guide The Rough Guide to India

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  • Myanmar (Burma) Travel | Places to visit in Myanmar (Burma) | Rough Guides
    Bagan and the central plains Inle Lake and the east Mandalay and around Northern Myanmar Shop Ebooks Travel Insurance Hostels View map Myanmar Burma Discover your own Burmese days in this fast emerging destination Show Related Guides Hide Related Guides The Rough Guide to Myanmar View Guide Rough Guides Snapshot Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City View Guide The Rough Guide to China View Guide Central Honshu Rough Guides Snapshot Japan View Guide Rough Guide Audio Phrasebook and Dictionary Japanese View Guide The Rough Guide to Thailand s Beaches Islands View Guide The Rough Guide to Cambodia View Guide The Rough Guide to Thailand View Guide The Rough Guide to Southwest China View Guide The Rough Guide to Taiwan View Guide A beautiful and culturally rich country cursed for decades with a brutally oppressive regime Myanmar Burma has in recent years been making headlines for its tentative steps towards democracy Following the softening and then removal of a fifteen year tourism boycott led by the National League for Democracy Myanmar s leading political opposition party tourist numbers have swollen but the infrastructure has not yet grown to accommodate them all Although this means that finding a cheap bed is harder than before it does make this a fascinating time to discover Myanmar s glittering golden stupas bountiful rice fields enigmatic ruined temples and picturesque mountain paths Most memorable of all though are the encounters with people eager to introduce foreigners to their country and their culture What remains to be seen is whether today s modest political reforms translate into lasting change Read More Where to go When to go Essentials Fact file Getting there Getting around Accommodation Food and drink Culture and etiquette Sports and activities Festivals Travel essentials Things not to miss Explore Myanmar Burma Features Gallery Where Next

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  • Explore Destinations | Travel Guides | Rough Guides
    Myanmar Burma Overview Introduction Fact file Where to go When to go Getting there Getting around Accommodation Food and drink Culture and etiquette Sports and activities Festivals Travel essentials Inspiration Things not to miss Features Gallery Explore Yangon Rangoon The delta region and western Myanmar Southeastern Myanmar Bagan and the central plains Inle Lake and the east Mandalay and around Northern Myanmar Shop Ebooks Travel Insurance Hostels Explore Explore Myanmar

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