Yangon is home to the gold-plated Shwedagon Paagoda. Built in the 18th
century to enshrine eight of the Buddha's hairs, the mighty monument is
surrounded by an assortment of statues, temples, shrines, images and pavilions.
Mandalay (AH1/AH14) This
sprawling cultural center was the last capital of Myanmar before the British
took over and is the country’s second largest city. Highlights of
Mandalay include Shwenandaw Kyaung, the sole remaining building of the
once extravagant moated palace and Mandalay Hill with its stairways, temples
and sweeping views. Bustling markets with handicrafts from Upper Myanmar
are worth visiting.
Bago (AH1) During the Mon
dynasty, Bago was a major seaport and capital of lower Myanmar. The city
was destroyed by war in 1757 but partially restored in the early 19th
century. Sights include the Shwemawdaw Pagoda which dominates the town,
the Hintha Gone Pagoda and the 55 metre long, reclining Shwethalyaung
Inle Lake, near Taunggyi (AH2)
Inle Lake is the most famous scenic spot in the Shan State, about 30 kilometres
south of Taunggyi, the state capital. The lake is 22.4 kilometres long
and 10.2 kilometres wide, shallow and extremely picturesque. Studded with
floating islands formed by the growth and decay of vegetation, it is famous
for unique leg-rowers, floating villages and colourful markets and festivals.