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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

Yangon-Bago (50 miles)
2 hours
road condition = good

Yangon-Kyaikhtiyo (104 miles)
5 hours
road condition= good and fair

Yangon-Mawlamyaing (187 miles)
7 ½ hours
road condition = good and fair

Yangon-Pyay (179 miles)
6 hours
road condition = good and fair

Yangon-Pathein (130 miles)
4 hours
road condition = good and fair

Yangon-Thanlyin (14 miles)
one hour
road condition = good

Yangon-Twante (15 miles)
1 hour by car,2 hours by boat
road condition = good and fair

Yangon-Taungoo (175 miles)
7 hours by car, 7 ½ hours by public transport, 7 hours by train
road condition = good

Yangon-Mandalay (432 miles)
13 ½ hours by car, 15 hours by public transport, 15 hours by train
road condition = good

Yangon-Bagan (431 miles)
11 ½ hours by car, 12 ½ hours by public transport, 17 hours by train
road condition = good and fair

Yangon-Kalaw (398 miles)
12 hours by car
road condition= good and fair

Yangon-Nay Pyi Taw (278 miles)
6 hours by car
road condition= good

Yangon-Inle Lake (437 miles)
14 hours by car
road condition= good and fair

Yangon-Taunggyi (457 miles)
15 hours by car
road condition= good and fair

Taunggyi-Kakku (28 miles)
1 ½ hours by car
road condition = good and fair

Mandalay-Yangon (432 miles)
13 ½ hours by car, 15 hours by public transport, 15 hours by train
road condition = good

Mandalay-Bagan (183 miles)
4 hours
road condition = good

Mandalay-Pindaya (195 miles)
8 ½ hours by car
road condition= good and fair

Mandalay-Kalaw (166 miles)
7 hours by car
road condition= good and fair

Mandalay-Inle Lake (205 miles)
9 hours by car
road condition=good and fair

Mandalay-Taunggyi (210 miles)
10 hours by car
road condition=good and fair

Mandalay-Maymyo (42 miles)
2 hours by car, 2 hours by train
road condition = good

Mandalay-Thibaw (129 miles)
6 hours by car, 8 hours by train
road condition= good

Mandalay-Lashio (175 miles)
8 hours by car,
road condition = good

Mandalay-Mogok (135 miles)
6 hours by car
road condition = good and fair

Mandalay-Myitkyina (337 ¼ miles)
21 hours by train (overnight on train)
railway condition=not bad
(388 miles), 13 ½ hours by car
road condition= good and fair

Myitkyina-Indawgyi Lake (147 miles)
5 hours by car
road condition = fair

Myitkyina-Bhamaw (116 miles)
7 hours by car
road condition= good and fair

Myitkyina-Tanaing (120 miles)
6 hours by car
road condition = good & fair & dusty

Tanaing-Shinbweyan village (42 miles)
6 hours by car
road condition = ONLE WITH 4-WHEEL DRIVE

Mandalay-Amarapura (8 miles)
30 minutes by car
road condition = good

Mandalay-Sagaing (13 miles)
50 minutes by car
road condition = good

Mandalay-Monywa (85 miles)
3 ½ hours by car
road condition = good

Monywa-Pho Win Taung (15 miles)
45 minutes by car
road condition= good and fair

Monywa-Pakokku (160 miles)
4 hours by car
road condition= fair

Monywa-Alaungdawkathapha National Park (63miles)
5 hours by car
road condition = good and fair

Mandalay-Shwe Bo (71 miles)
2 ½ hours by car
road condition= good and fair

Bagan-Popa (42 miles)
1 hour by car
road condition = good

Bagan-Sale (25 miles)
1 ½ hour by car
road condition= good and fair

Bagan-Kanpetlet (98 miles)
7 ½ hours by car
road condition = good and fair

Kanpetlet-Mindat (40 miles)
4 hours by car
Road condition = fair

Mindat-Pakokku (98 miles)
9 hours by car
road condition = fair

Pakokku-Bagan (26 miles)
2 hours by car
road condition = fair

Bagan- Pyay (212 miles)
9 hours by car
road condition = good and fair

Bagan-Kalaw (160 miles)
7 hours by car
road condition = good and fair

Bagan-Inle (199 miles)
9 hours by car
road condition = good and fair

Bagan-Pindaya (189 miles)
8 hours by car
road condition = good and fair

Bagan-Mandalay (183 miles)
8 hours by car, 9 hours by night train
road condition = good and fair

Bagan-Yangon (431 miles)
11 ½ hours by car, 12 ½ hours by public transport, 17 hours by train
road condition = good and fair
railway condition=not bad

Inle-Heho Airport (19 miles)
45 minutes by car
road condition = good and fair

Mandalay Downtown to Intl' Airport (32miles)
1 hour by car
road condition = good

Yangon Downtown to Intl' Airport (10 miles)
35 minutes by car





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