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Bagan, located on the banks of the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) River, is home to the largest and densest concentration of Buddhist temples, pagodas, stupas and ruins in the world with many dating from the 11th and 12th centuries. The shape and construction of each building is highly significant in Buddhism with each component part taking on spiritual meaning.
Bagan stands out for not only the sheer number of religious edifices but also the magnificent architecture of the buildings, and their contribution to Burmese temple design. The Bagan temple falls into one of two broad categories: the stupa-style solid temple and the gu-style hollow temple.
Bagan may be an old city, but it does offer something fresh to its visitors. There are many contemporary hotels and establishments for the modern adventurer.
Inle Lake is located in the heart of the Shan Plateau. It is the second largest lake in Myanmar with an estimated surface area of 44.9 square miles (116 km2), and one of the highest at an elevation of 2,900 feet (880 m). Inle is also famous for its special style of aquaculture; the famous floating gardens. Taking a boat trip around Inle Lake is a must do activity!
Many international standard hotels are available. There are also some reasonable places for budget-limited travellers.
Kyaiktiyo Pagoda (also known as Golden Rock) is a well-known Buddhist pilgrimage site in Mon State, Myanmar. It is a small pagoda (7.3 metres (24 ft)) built on the top of a granite boulder covered with gold leaves pasted on by devotees. According to legend, the Golden Rock itself is precariously perched on a strand of the Buddha's hair.
Mandalay is the second largest city in Burma (after Yangon), and a former capital of Myanmar. The city is the economic and religious hub of upper Myanmar and is centred around the Royal Palace.
It has wide lanes filled with bicycles and motorcycles and is known for its cultural diversity.
Visitors looking for a variety of cultural attractions in Mandalay will be not leave disappointed with so many options to choose from.
The Popa Taungkalat shrine is the favoured home of 37 Mahagiri Nats or aminist spirit entities, statues of which can be found at its base. These spirits were once so important to the country's early Kings that it was essential for them to consult the Nats before commencing their reign.
To reach the top, you need to remove shoes and socks and climb the 777 steps to the summit. Along the way are a multitude of monkeys expecting treats. Sometimes they can get a little aggressive so it's recommended that you keep a tight grip on your possessions!
Popa means "flower" in Sanskrit and you will find bottled flowers that you can purchase as offerings at the temple.
Nearby, on the side of Mount Popa is the Mt Popa resort, a beautiful and luxurious 5 star hotel complex with an excellent restaurant featuring Burmese and European dishes.
Clean sandy beach with a wonderful sunset .Absolutely stunning. Ngapali is prime choice for beach lovers dream about ; quite , white sand , the quiet rural surroundings, Rakhine ways of life, local fishing style, etc...
Yangon, formerly Rangoon, was the capital of Myanmar until it was superseded by Naypyidaw in November 2005. Today, with a population of over 5 million people, it remains the largest city and main economic hub of Myanmar.
The city is an amalgamation of British, Burmese, Chinese and Indian influences, and is known for its colonial architecture, which although decaying and beyond appreciation, remains an almost unique example of a 19th-century British colonial capital.
The Shwedagon Pagoda, an immense, ancient Buddhist shrine, is a must-see.