Reasons to Visit
The famous Ayeyarwaddy River flows through the heart of the country for 2,000km to a vast Delta region southwest of Yangon and provides an important role in everyday life. A journey on this most majestic of rivers is a highlight of any trip.
Maynmar is home to an astonishing number of ethnicities each with their own traditional dress and customs, and in many cases, language and religion. For the most rewarding encounters we recommend heading to the hills of Shan state where it’s possible to stay in remote villages and receive the most genuine of welcomes and hospitality.
Myanmar is steeped in history and the legacy of various kingdoms and rule is very much in evidence throughout the country from former ancient capitals and grandiose royal palaces around Mandalay to the faded colonial grandeur of Yangon’s municipal buildings built by British hands.
Whether you are shopping for gems in Yangon’s Scott Market, betel nut in Kalaw or intricate lacquerware in Bagan there is no better way to immerse yourself in the way of life than to soak up the atmosphere of a local market.
Wherever you travel in Burma you will only be footsteps away from a temple providing an opportunity to witness the quiet reverence of the Burmese people. Climb up to a viewpoint amongst the ancient stupas of Bagan at sunset, visit stilted temples by boat at Inle Lake or marvel at the shimmering Shwedagon Pagoda.
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Mawlamyine is one of the Orient’s most picturesque ports. It is a good place in which to experience Myanmar’s spiritual side at various Buddhist shrines.
Mawlamyine (Moulmein) is one of Southeast Asia's most picturesque ports and is famous for being the site of Kipling's Pagoda, as described in his poem 'Mandalay'. Set at the mouth of the Salween River, Mawlamyine was the capital of British-ruled Myanmar from 1827 to 1852 and became a busy port dealing mainly with the teak industry that is evident in many of the remaining colonial era buildings.
Today it is still a hive of shipping activity and retains an interesting collection of faded colonial-era architecture as well as an eclectic mix of pagodas and mosques. Not far from the town is Thanbyuzayat, the western terminus of the infamous Burma (Myanmar) - Thailand Railway and the Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery, a well-kept memorial to the Allied troops lost in World War II.
To the west is Setse Beach, a great place to people watch and see fisherman at work and further north is Kyaikkami, home to the pretty Yele Paya perched over the sea. Accessible only by road and a full day's drive from Yangon, Mawlamyine is a quiet town which sees few visitors and offers an insight into the Myanmar of bygone days.
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