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Less famous than the temples at Angkor or Borobodur, Bagan is unquestionably one of the 'must sees' in Asia. There are over 3,000 temples here, and a popular way to see them is via a hot-air balloon trip.
Bhamo is a laid back market town which is home to a wide variety of ethnic tribal people, including Shan, Kachin and Lisu.
Balanced on the edge of a mountain, one of the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimages in Myanmar is the Golden Rock Pagoda. Over the ages the rock has been totally covered with gold leaf. You can also climb to the top.
Hpa An is the small but bustling capital of Kayin state, located close to the border with Thailand and is rarely visited by western travellers. It's famous for local caves which hold thousands of 7th century tiny clay Buddhas and carvings.
Due to the altitude Hsipaw is a cool retreat which has a relaxed atmosphere that attracts a wide variety of travellers. It was once the centre of a small, Shan state of its own.
The shallow waters of Inle Lake are home to the Intha people, who actually live on the lake, building their houses on stilts and travelling across the lake using their bizarre style of leg rowing.
Kalaw is located to the west of Inle Lake, and blends the influences of Indian and Nepalese cultures. The area is ideal for walks and treks and it is possible to discover little-visited minority hill tribe villages.
Kanpetlet is around 40 miles from Mindat. It is little more than a starting point for visits to the Natma Taung National Park, although in British colonial times it was used as the region’s administration headquarters.
This quiet, laid-back town contains an interesting collection of temples and monasteries. You can see well-preserved and genuine customs of local tribes, many of whom can be seen in their traditional dress.
Off the beaten track, Lashio and sees very few tourists, but you are sure to see many colourfully dressed minority people in the town's streets and markets.
The town's primary interest is its varying hill-tribes, some of which are only found in this area. The Padaung or 'long-neck' tribe, distinguished by their gold (or copper) coils which circle their necks, are one of these.
The capital of the Burmese kingdom before the colonial era, Mandalay is Myanmar’s second largest city. Highlights include the Shwenandow pagoda, which has some exquisite woodcarvings adorning its walls.
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.
Mindat itself is a simple but charming town with limited accommodation options. It is home to the Chin Festival which takes place once a year in February and offers scenic and varied trekking adventures to the Chin ethnic tribes.
Monywa is an interesting town to explore and a useful stop if making the journey overland between Mandalay and Bagan. It is also worth visiting the impressive temples and sandstone caves of Hpo Win Daung.
Pilgrims have been visiting the shrine at Mount Popa for over 700 years, climbing 777 winding steps to pay their respects to realistic, carved figures, denoting ancient gods.
Mrauk U was the capital of Rakhine State from the 15th to the 18th centuries. There are abandoned temples and shrines in most fields and the tops of most hills.
Myeik (Mergui) Archipelago
The Mergui (Myeik) archipelago is a beautiful cluster of islands located off the southernmost tip of Myanmar, close to the Thai border.
Ngapali Beach is a beautiful, unspoiled stretch of coast. Its bustling market and cliff top pagodas, make this region well worth exploring.
The beach at Ngwe Saung is a beautiful and vast stretch of white sand lapped by the waters of the Bay of Bengal making it a perfect location for some relaxation after a cultural tour of Burma.
Nyaung Shwe is the gateway town for those travelling onto Inle Lake. Despite being a tourist hub with a number of guesthouses and restaurants, the town is still a busy trading post for the villages on the lake.
Set amidst the beautiful countryside of Shan State, Pindaya is most famous for its extensive cave network which houses a huge selection of Buddha images.
Located on the Hkamtilon Plain, Putao was once known as Fort Hertz. There are many ethnic villages in the area, and the town is at the center of many interesting trekking routes.
Pyin Oo Lwin
Built by the British and renamed by them Maymyo, this was intended as a retreat from soaring summer temperatures. The jewel in Pyin Oo Lwin's crown however must be the magnificent mature botanical gardens.
Once called Rangoon by the British, Yangon is the former capital of Myanmar but still retains much of its colonial character. A highlight has to include the magnificent Shwedagon pagoda.