Going around Bagan

If you are travelling in a tour group, your tour operator will handle all travelling arrangement for you. However, if you are travelling on your own, you will have to take care of your own travelling arrangement in Bagan. But travelling around Bagan is not difficult. Travelling in Bagan is easy for both tourists with a very limited budget to rich tourists.

Cheapest – Bicycle

Traveller in a bicycle in Bagan
Traveller in a bicycle in Bagan

My favorite way of travelling in Bagan. I always travel in a bicycle, at least a day, whenever I visit to Bagan (another day is reserved read more



Shwedagon Pagoda Guide

Most visitors to Shwedagon Pagoda climbed up the Singuttara Hill by one of four stairways or zaungdans. Shwedagon Pagoda, like most other pagodas in Myanmar, has four stairways or zaungdans, one on each side of the pagoda (north, south, east and west). The stairway that is most used by the foreign visitors is the Southern Stairway, which ascends from the direction of the city center. The stairway starts immediately at the end of the Shwedagon Pagoda Road, which runs straight from downtown Yangon (Rangoon). Shwedagon Pagoda Road starts near Bogyoke Aung San Market, and runs north until it ends at the foot of the Shwedagon Pagoda. From here starts the Southern Stairway.


Nyaungshwe sight seeing

Nyaungshwe, which is the entrance town to the north of Inle Lake is a laid back town filled with tourists. There are only a few places to see in Nyaungshwe. However, these places are worth a visit while you are in Nyaungshwe.

Museum of Shan Chiefs (Sao Pha)

This teak-and-brick building is the haw (palace) of the 33rd and last Sao Pha (prince) of Nyaungshwe, Sao Shwe Thaike. The museum is situated in the northern part of the town. Inside the museum is the display of the shan furnitures and royal costumes. The walls are read more

Inle – How to go

Inle can be reached by a number of ways from either Yangon (Rangoon) or Mandalay. You can get to Inle by air flight, by train or by bus. As Nyaungshwe is the usual dwelling place for most foreign tourists going to Inle, we will describe how to go to Nyaungshwe from other parts of Myanmar (Burma).

By Air

All domestic airlines in Myanmar, namely Air Mandalay, Yangon Airway and Air Bagan, operate daily flights to Heho, a nearby town in Shan State. In peak seasons, there is usually more than one flight a read more

Inle Lake – Shan State

An Introduction

Inle Lake in Shan State is Myanmar’s second largest inland lake. It measures about 22 km long (North-South) and 11 km wide (East-West). An estimated 100,000 Inthas live on and around Inle Lake. The Inthas speak a dialect of Burmese language. The origin of Inthas is obscured. However, according to a popular Myanmar historical account, they were originally from Tanintharyi (Tenasserim) region from Southern tip of Myanmar. Around 800 years ago, they served in the army of Burmese Kings. read more

Around Maymyo (Pyinoolwin)

Anisakhan Fall (Dattawjient Fall)

This spectacular fall is located near the Anisakhan Village, about 9 km south of Pyinoolwin, off the Mandalay – Maymyo (Pyinoolwin) Road. From the village of Anisakhan on the main road, turn right at the train station and continue for another 2 km to reach the car parking area. From here, it is a 45 minute descent on foot through a river gorge to reach the fall. The fall consists of five steps; the third is quite impressive.

You can get a regular pickup bus from Maymyo (Pyinoolwin) to Anisakhan read more

Maymyo sight seeing

Kandawgyi Lake and Garden

Maymyo Kandawgyi Garden
Maymyo Kandawgyi Garden

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The first place you must visit is the Kandawgyi Lake and the Botanical Garden (the lake is inside the garden). This garden is reputed to be the most beautiful garden in Myanmar. Currently renovated to an international standard, the garden was renamed National Kandawgyi Garden, and run by the Woodlands Group of Singapore. The garden was first started by British botanist Mr. Roger in 1915 who collected local plants and trees and cultivated them on a 30 acre land at read more

Maymyo – How to go

Bus

There are bus services between Mandalay and Maymyo (Pyinoolwin), as well as between Maymyo (Pyinoolwin) and Lashio. The buses are modified pickup trucks which carry passengers in the back as well as above the roof. The buses are slow, carry a lot of passengers and cargo, and sometimes drive quite recklessly. You can get a bus to Maymyo (Pyinoolwin) at the Highway Bus Station in Mandalay.

Taxi

A better way to go to Maymyo (Pyinoolwin) from Mandalay is to take a taxi. You can hire the whole taxi or share read more

Maymyo (Pyinoolwin)

Maymyo (Pyin Oo Lwin or Pyin U Lwin, also spelled Pyinoolwin)

An Introduction

Maymyo Purcell Tower
Maymyo Purcell Tower

Mandalay, the second capital of Myanmar, is in the hot region. The weather is usually dry and hot most time of the year. People from Mandalay usually take refuge in a nearby resort town which is quite famous among Myanmar people. The name is May Myo (or) Pyin Oo Lwin (also spelled Pyin U Lwin).

Maymyo  is originally a small Shan village. It was renamed Maymyo in 1887 by Colonel May, from 5th Bengal Infantry Regiment, who stationed here. From 1896, Maymyo (Pyinoolwin) became British read more

To Shan State

Travel to the east of Mandalay and you will reach Shan State. Shan State is a very large state in Myanmar, the largest actually. It is quite a hilly state with many beautiful places to visit. Great River Thanlwin (Salween) is flowing in the east part of Shan State, dividing it into east and west part.

Not all areas of Shan State are currently open for tourism. The following is a list of tourist destinations in Shan State.

  • Nothern Shan State – Nothern Shan State is not a popular tourist destination in Myanmar, except for May Myo (Pyinoolwin, Pyin Oo Lwin or Pyin U Lwin) which actually is in Mandalay Division. However, Maymyo is an entrance to Northern Shan State region. From Myamyo, you can reach towns in Nothern Shan State such as Kyaukme, Hsipaw, Namhsan and Lashio.
  • Southern Shan State – a number of popular tourist destinations are in Southern Shan State. Most notable of all is the Inle Lake where Inthas (inhabitants of Inle Lake) row boats with their feet. Near by tourist attractions and destinations include Nyaungshwe and Taunggyi. Other popular destinations such as Kalaw, Aungban and Pindaya are also not far away.
Inle Lake Sunset
Inle Lake Sunset
Source: Photo taken by Ralf-André Lettau
  • Eastern Shan State – a relatively unknown destination in Shan State. Kengtun (Kyaingtong) is the capital of this region. Another place to visit is Tachileik on the border with Thailand, opposite the Thai border town of Mae Sai.

There are other towns in Shan State where foreign tourists can travel freely read more