Travelling in Burma
Welcome to Myanmar, the abode of nature and pagodas. Myanmar presents you the prospect of visiting not only temples and pagodas with tranquil Buddhist monks, but also natural Inle Lake, untouched beaches and attractive villages.
Hiking, cycling, and trekking in the green country can also be an added alternative for people who like a little bit of exciting activity besides the naturalistic and cultural scenes.
For genuine adventure enthusiasts, Myanmar also has ice-capped mountains in the north for mountaineering, and a range of picturesque and testing rivers for rafting, kayaking, and canoeing.
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The golden rock
The Kyaikhteyo Pagoda or Golden Rock is located in Mon State; only about 4 hours drive from Yangon. If you have an additional day in Yangon, you may visit Golden Rock and stay there overnight. On your way to the Golden Rock, one may also visit Bago, which is the capital city of Bago Division. In the 16th Century, this also was the capital of the Second Myanmar Dynasty.
You shall find a plethora of well-known monuments and places to visit in Bago:
· Bago Shwetharlyaung Reclining Buddha,
· Kyaik Pon Pagoda with four giant Buddhas sitting end-to-end,
· Kyakhetwaing Monastery
· Bago Market
· Kanbawzathardi Palace
· Shwemawdaw Pagoda
You may go for another trip to those sites on the way and then continue to Golden Rock.
To begin with, the car shall enter at the Base Camp at Kinpun. You can reach the Golden Rock from here, either by trekking for approximately 9 miles or hopping into an open-truck.
Amongst the people of Myanmar, the pagoda is recognized as Kyaikhiyo, in Mon language and it denotes “Pagoda which looks like the Hermit’s Head”.
History tells us that the hermit, who held Buddha’s hair on his head, before his death, built the pagoda with the hair of the Buddha preserved in the pagoda on top of the rock that has the contour of his head, and hence it was named Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda. Numerous pilgrims come to the Golden Rock excluding the tourists who come here to see the mystifying setting of the pagoda and the rock beneath.
It is thought by Buddhists of Myanmar that the Rock has stayed as it is for centuries because of the Relic of Buddha’s Hair enshrined inside it.
Next up in our travel destinations in Myanmar is Putao. This is the base station where mountaineers begin their hard hiking above the snow-capped mountains in North Myanmar.
You should visit Putao to watch the natural and cultural legacy of northern Myanmar. Some of the highlights comprise Mt. Hakaborazi, the premier icy mountain of South East Asia, sparkling white water rivers, and the natural biodiversity of Phoneganrazi and Hakaborazi national parks.
Apollo butterflies, Takin, Red panda, black orchid and white belly heron are the assets of Putao. The atmosphere, climate, topography, and culture of Putao make her to be renowned in Myanmar tourism.
A visit to Putao is never complete without doing a tour to Kaungmulone Pagoda, Putaung village, Spirit lsland(Nat Kyun), Upper Shankhaung village, Hopine Shan village, Mula River, and Mularshidee Lizu village.
Photographers can take fine pictures while exploring Pamati village, Namshalkut Lisu village, Wasaw village, Nanbala Creek, Mudon village, and Lamawachi village.
Pyin Oo Lwin
Next in the list is Pyin Oo Lwin or Maymyo which is a very attractive hill-station in Myanmar. It is located on the periphery of Shan Plateau. The township has five names; Pyin Oo Lwin, Maymyo, Pann Myo Nnin Myo, and Taung Hlay Kharr Myo. The town was built by the British owing to its charming location in the lofty mountains.
The shadow of British influence may still be observed even though they withdrew in 1948; The Office Buildings, the Stage Coaches, and Private homes bear the British approach of majesty, the trees, and gardens and so on.
Things to visit and witness in and about Pyin Oo Lwin are: Dat Taw Chaint Waterfalls, BE Waterfalls, Botanical Garden, Peik Chin Myaung Waterfalls, and Cave, riding in one of the coaches to gaze around the township, the Tribal villages close by the town.
You may attempt to taste the local coffee while you are there at the pretty hill-station. It is supposed that the local coffee of Myanmar has been cultivated there following the independence.
Keng Tung is next in our list. This is a little town near the well-known Golden Triangle. It is a doorway to a number of hill tribe villages.
The country of Myanmar has 133 tribal clusters and Shan Ethnic has 33. Keng Tung is the place where you can come across most of the Shan Hill Tribes while you are exploring the isolated places. Not only the hiking and trekking, but the township, which is regarded as the largest town in the Eastern Shan State has some famous places to visit: The Lonely Tree Hill with a large and old tree overlooking the township and close to the tree is the ancient Palace Wall.
There are also some Lacquer wares Workshops that manufacture the items in exclusive designs that you only come across here in the Eastern Shan State.
The Naung Tung lake that is positioned in the midst of the town where you may walk around to observe the evening activities of the town plus many more temples as well as Buddha Images including Mahamuni which is very similar to the one in Mandalay.
Close to the villages where you may undertake day-in trekking tours are Pin Tauk Village where Ann tribal people reside on the hill-lock, Hokyin Village with 4 Akha Hill Tribe community tracts, , Lahushi Village which is situated on the crest of the hill, and Akhe villages.
For rafting, snorkelling, as well as scuba-diving, Myanmar presents over 800 isles in the Mergui Archipelago. There cultured pearls are cultivated and you can pay a visit to the Salone populace who are also known as Sea Gypsies. They are thought to be descendents of Tibetan-Burmese who came down from China in pursuit of new lands. They ultimately arrived at the southern peninsula and established themselves there.
These people have continued to use the same methods of building house boats and fishing for thousands of years.
You could spend quite a few days in the Mergui expanse pearl culturing, examining the life of Sea Gypsies, and snorkelling.
A beautiful city in the western side Myanmar and the capital of Rakkhine State, Sittwe is the initial point for visiting the very old city of Mrauk U. Even though Sittwe appears to be situated far away from the main cities of Myanmar, it has the feel of a capital township. There are high schools, colleges, universities, along with hospitals.
You can reach this city by car, flight, and boat also even though it takes more time and the course goes through several other towns in the state. It shares most of Myanmar Coastal Line where the all the beaches are lying. Fishery is the main industry of the State even as agriculture is no less significant for the people of the state.
The word, Rakkhine is derived from Sanskrit and means Ogre and Rakkhine People look upon themselves as Sea Ogres. The complexion of the skin proves it accurate and the appearance of the populace with the broad eyes and quadrangular face adds evidence to the former proof. Nonetheless, Rakkhine was a rich kingdom until 18th century.
The very old city, Mrauk U, might be reached either by boat or by motorway from Sittwe. It takes similar amount of time irrespective of whether you approach it by boat or car. Still, going there by boat is more advisable since you get the opportunity to observe the river-side actions alongside the Kaladan River.
After a 5-hour journey, you shall disembark at Mrauk U in the midst of the 15th and 16th century Buddhist monuments. The antique temples of Mrauk U have been constructed mainly of sand stones. Amongst other renowned ancient temples, Kothaung Temple and Shit Thaung Temple is quite similar to the Borobudur of Indonesia.
History tells us that the Buddha himself visited this region in his time and since then the people here were converted into Buddhists. The people from Rakkhine State and Mrauk U believe that the image of Buddha within the Bandoola Monastery was held in his arms by the Buddha to bestow life to it. Afterwards the rulers of Mrauk U, having believed in the teachings of the Buddha, turned to Buddhists and erected the Temples dedicating the same to the Buddha.
Now Mrauk U is a little village having lots of old temples. Excluding the Temples, one might visit the hamlet taking pleasure in the ways of existence of the local folks. A visit to Mrauk U marketplace ought not to be missed.
After you have explored the monuments and temples, in the subsequent day, you might also visit the Chin villages located beside the Lay Myo River. They are so called, due to the four earliest Rakkhine Kingdoms, i.e. Laung Kyat Kingdom, Waitharli Kingdom, Mrauk U Kingdom, and Danyawaddi Kingdom. The aged ladies at the village include the tattooed designs on their face as a defence.
The dwellers of Chin Villages always tend to give a hearty welcome to the visitors. They shall take you around their rural community and take you to the rest house of the hamlet, and after that to the school where you might be offered the fresh coconut juice. You can snap as many photographs as you like of the ladies and speak to them learning the customs in this isolated region of Myanmar.
Sadly these days the modern Chin girls would not have tattoos imprinted on their faces and the current women folk do not bear the tattooed faces of the traditional Chin tribal women. Another important reason for the girls not being able to put tattoos on their faces today is that the Tattoo master expired some years ago.
Mawlamyaing is the largest city in south of Myanmar. It was the first colonial capital of Burma subsequent to the second Anglo-Burmese War. Numerous colonial buildings remain in the city together with contemporary skyscrapers.
Ruyard Kipling described the town like Old Moulmein in his verse “Road to Mandalay”. He might have observed the old pagoda beside the river bank in the city Moulmein, as it was called at that time, rests at the delta of the river Thanlwin. Thanlwin is known as the second greatest river in Myanmar. Cruising by boat from Mawlamying to Pha-an, which is the capital of Karen State, is the finest river tour in Myanmar.
Apart from the colonial influence, Mawlamying has very old monasteries. Among these is the Sein Tone Queen Monastery which has been donated by one of the queens of Mandalay Palace.
Mawlamyaing has renowned pagodas. Kyaikthanlan sits on top of a hill overlooking the entire city and the river delta presents a panoramic sight of numerous pagodas in the city, islands in the delta, colonial buildings.
Mawlamyaing is also renowned for its fruits, particularly durian and pomelo.
Outside the town is the biggest reclining Buddha in the nation. It is more than 600 meters long.
Moreover close by is the Pa-ouk Taw Ya, Forest Meditation Camp where those who are fascinated may chip in at Buddhist Vipassana Meditation and can remain to study. Located in the rubber forest and enclosed by many rivulets, tranquility and peace control the entire place.
Yet another wonderful site in the region is the Sitting Buddha of Kyaikmayaw in European stance. Buddha sits in the chair in the disposition of striding forward, flanked by the two of his disciples. The scenery of this place is extremely charming and taking photos is encouraged.
Close at hand, Pha-an might present to you further sites to discover including local villages, natural lime stone, caves and eminent pagodas.
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