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RIVER TRIPS

Ayeyarwady: Myanmar's life-giving Ayeyarwady or Irrawaddy River can be navigated from its mouth all the way north to Bhamo and, in the wet season, as far as Myitkyina - some 1,500 km. Though river cruising is not very comfortable, it offeres a unique insight into the Myanmar landscape, both human and natural.


NATURAL (& UNNATURAL) FEATURES

Yangon: the Maha Pasan Guha is an extraordinary artificial cave erected for the Sixth Buddhist Synod.


CENTRAL MYANMAR: the Botanical Gardens at Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo) were established by the British and feature some interesting flora.


The Eastern and Northern Hils: Inle Lake is firmly on the tourist trail because of its beauty, serenity and rich human mosaic. There are also the lake's unique leg-rowing fishermen at which to marvel.


HISTORICAL AND RELIGIOUS SITES AND ANCIENT CITIES

Yangon: Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar's most important stupa, attracting tens of thousands of pilgrims each year. Other important pagodas in Yangon include the Sule Pagoda and the Botataung Pagoda. The strand hotel has become a tourist site of sorts and in fact the whole city is interesting for its colonial architecture which unlike capital cities in neighboring countries has not yet been torn down to be replaced by generic and charactreless modern buildings.


LOWER MYANMAR: Bago is on the map because of its huge reclining Buddha, the Shwethalyaung Buddha. There is also a cluster of interesting pagodas nearby to make the trip to Bago even more worthwhile. The Shwesandaw Pagoda at Pyay is one of Myanmar's holiest sites, set impressively on a hil above town.


Mandalay: this city is virtually every visitor's itinerary. Its focal point is the palace and moat. There is a cluster of fascinating pagodas to the north of town at the foot of Mandalay Hill and the Mahamuni Image in the south of the city is Mandalay's holiest shrine.


Bagan: this is undoubtedly the finest historical site in Myanmar, and one of the most spectacular in Southeast Asia. Situated on the banks of Ayeyarwady River, thousands of 12th and 13th century pagodas lie scattered across the plain as far as the eye can see.


THE EASTERN AND NORTHERN HILLS: Hsipaw, though it has no sights as such, is well worth a visit for its serene atmosphere.


THE WEST COAST: Mrauk U, the last royal capital of Rakhine (Arakan), is an important archaelogical site, centred on a palace and surrounded by pagodas.


THE SOUTH: the Golden Rock Pagoda or Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda at Kyaikhtiyo is one of the most photographed sights in Myanmar, perched spectacularly on an outcrop of rock.


BEACH RESORTS: the best of the beach is certainly Ngapali, although Chaungtha and Ngwesaung are becoming popular due to closer location from the capital, Yangon.






DRIVING DISTANCES

 

Distance and times between main city in Myanmar
Route Distance Distance Driving Rest Total
mile(s) km(s) time time in hours
YGN-MDY (highway) 432 696 11:00 01:00 12:00
YGN-MDY (old road) 432 696 16:00 02:00 18:00
YGN-BAGO 50 81 01:15 00:00 01:15
YGN-PYAY 179 288 04:15 00:45 05:00
YGN-PATHEIN 113 182 04:00 00:45 04:45
YGN-MEIKHTILA 338 544 07:00 01:00 08:00
YGN-TAUNGYI 454 731 16:00 02:00 18:00
YGN-CHAUNG THA 139 224 05:00 01:00 06:00
YGN-NGWE SAUNG 142 229 05:00 01:00 06:00
YGN-NGAPALI 323 520 09:00 02:00 11:00
YGN-MAWLAMYINE 187 301 07:00 01:30 08:30
YGN-MAGWAY 331 533 08:00 01:30 10:30
YGN-BGN 426 686 12:00 02:00 14:00
YGN-TAUNGOO 175 282 04:00 00:45 04:45
YGN-TAUNGOO (old road) 175 282 04:00 00:30 04:30
YGN-MONYWA 517 832     15:00
YGN-KALAW 410 660     14:00
YGN-Golden Rock     02:30 00:30 03:00
           
MDY-SAGAING 13 21 00:45 00:00 00:45
MDY-AVA          
MDY-PYIN OOLWIN 42 68 01:30 00:15 01:45
MDY-MONYWA 85 137 03:00 00:30 03:30
MDY-BGN 183 295 06:00 01:00 07:00
MDY-KALAW 166 267 07:00 01:00 08:00
MDY-INLE 208 335 08:00 01:00 09:00
MDY-TAUNGYI 210 338 08:30 02:00 10:30
MDY-HSIPAW 129 208 04:30 00:30 04:30
MDY-LASHIO 175 282 05:00 01:00 06:00
MDY-MOGOK 114 184 05:00 01:00 06:00
MDY-MEIKHTILA 94 151 02:00 00:00 02:00
MDY-MYITKYINA 487 784     00:00
MDY-TAUNGOO 257 414 07:00 01:30 08:30
           
BGN-MONYWA 268 431 03:00 00:30 03:30
BGN-INLE 226 364 9:00 01:30 10:30
BGN-KALAW 161 259 8:00 01:00 9:00
BGN-TAUNGYI 205 330 9:30 01:30 11:00
BGN-PINDAYA 208 335 9:30 01:00 10:30
BGN-MEIKHTILA 89 143 3:00 00:00 03:00
           
INLE-PINDAYA 66 106 02:30 00:00 02:30
INLE-KALAW 48 77 01:30 00:00 01:30
INLE-TAUNGYI 28 45 01:00 00:00 01:00
INLE-KAKKU   0 02:30 00:00 02:30
           
KALAW-PINDAYA 30 48 01:00 00:00 01:00
           
TAUNGYI-PINDAYA 62 100 02:00 00:30 02:30
TAUNGYI-KALAW 44 71 03:00 00:30 03:30
           
Malawmine - Dawei     10:30 1:30 12.00

 

 





MYANMAR FOOD


Myanmar cuisine can be delicious: mohingha, the traditional breakfast, ohn no khaukswe and lapet rate with some of Asia's best dishes. If you are interested in sampling Myanmar cuisine, ask your hotel for local specialities or, even better, try some of the street restaurants.








CELLPHONE RENTAL AT YANGON AIRPORT

At the Yangon International Airport, cell phone rental is available at a reduced price starting from August 2011. The deposit for a cell phone has been lowered from $100 to $50 per a sim card. A regular GSM handset with a sim card will cost $2 a day. For smart phone and sim card, it will be $4 a day.

Any GSM phone handset with 900 MHz can be used in Burma. CDMA handset is not recommended to bring into Burma.





BEST TIME TO VISIT IN MYANMAR

The best time to visit Myanmar is during the dry and comparatively cool months between November and the end of February. Because the 'best time to visit' (from a climativ point of view) is comparatively tight, this is also the period when hotel room rates are highest and when flights get booked up. So there are advantages of travelling out of the main tourist season. Although the months of March and April remain dry (meaning that road transport is still relatively easy), they can be extremely hot. As the wet season gets under way in May, so unsurfaced roads begin to suffer and overland transport becomes more difficult in some areas.





YANGON ENVIRON

Places Fees
Shwedagon Pagoda 8,000 Kyat (US$ 8)
Botataung Pagoda US$ 3
Sule Pagoda US$ 3
National Museum 5,000 Kyat (US$ 5)
Defence Museum 3,000 Kyat US$ 3
Gem Museum 5,000 Kyat (US$ 5)
Kyauktan Pagoda (Thanlyin) US$ 1
Kyaikkhauk Pagoda (Thanlyin) US$ 1
Kyauktawgyi Pagoda Free
Kyaik Khauk Pagoda (Thanlyin) US$ 1
Chaukhtatgyi Free
Koehtatgyi Free
Kaba Aye Free
Mousoleum of the Martyrs US$ 3
Kandawgyi 1000 Kyats
Karaweik 1000 Kyats
Zoological Garden 1500 Kyats
Crocodile Farm US$ 2
National Races Village US$ 3
Hlawka Park US$ 5
Htaukkyant War Cemetery Free


BAGO ZONE

Places Fees
Bago Zone Fee including the Palace, Shwemawdaw, Shwethalyaung, Kyiaikpun. 10000 Kyats


KYAIKHTIYO

Places Fees
Kyaikhtiyo 6,000 Kyat (US$ 6)
Video Camera US$ 2


BAGAN ENVIRON

Places Fees
Bagan Zone Fee US$ 20
Archaeological Museum 5,000 Kyat (US$ 5)
Nanmyint Tower US$ 5


MANDALAY ENVIRON

Places Fees
Mandalay Zone Fee including Ava & Amarapura 10,000 Kyat (US$ 10)
Sagaing & Mingun 3,000 Kyat (US$ 3)
Gem Market US$ 1
Kandawgyi National Park (Pyin Oo Lwin) 2,000 Kyat (US$ 2)
Phowintaung (Monywa) US$ 5
Thanbuddhay (Monywa) US$ 3


SHAN STATE

Places Fees
Pindaya Cave US$ 5
Inle Lake Zone Fee US$ 10
Sagar US$ 5
Shan Cultural Museum (Taunggyi) US$ 2
Kakku US$ 3


RAKHINE STATE

Places Fees
Sittwe Zone Fee US$ 3
Mrauk U Zone Fee US$ 5
Archaeological Museum (Mrauk U) Free


OTHERS

Places Fees
Phokyar Elephant Camp (Taungoo) US$ 35
Natmataung National Park (Mt Victoria) US$ 10
Kachin Cultural Museum (Myitkyina) US$ 2
Mon Cultural Museum (Mawlamyaing) US$ 2
Pakhangyi (Pakokku) US$ 3
Hmawza Museum (Pyay) US$ 4





MYANMAR MAP