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 The proclaimed cultural capital of Myanmar, Mandalay lays at the foot of the stunningly infamous Mandalay Hill. Studded with glorious ancient pagodas, today the hill overlooks a bustling commercial hub and acts as the perfect gateway for many adventures. Founded in 1857 by King Mindon, sadly the region was heavily bombed during World War II, meaning the surprisingly youthful city has undergone a lot of reconstruction over the years. Nevertheless, the city is easily explored by bicycle and holds plenty of sites of cultural interest including Mandalay Palace andMahamuni Paya as well as being home to a thriving local teahouse scene.

Perhaps the most perfect reason to visit Mandalay is to use it as a local base for exploring surrounding, lesser known regions such as the ancient imperial capital of Inwa, the infamous unfinished stupa of Mingun and not forgetting, the collection of unmissable pagodas and monasteries at Sagaing.

Mandalay undoubtedly offers an authentic bustling city life experience in one of Myanmar’s largest cities, with a wonderful balance of historic and cultural sites within easy reach and brimming with opportunities for exploration and adventure.

Mandalay Hill

It’s not hard to see why Mandalay Hill is so loved by locals and tourists alike. The perfect place to get a real feel for the city below, by far the best time to embark on the 45-minute climb is to reach the peak by sunset. There are several routes to the top and each one is lined with shrines, pagodas and refreshment stalls, so allow enough time to enjoy the whole experience. For the less active, it is possible to drive most the way up the hill and leave your car in the car park. When you reach the top, be prepared to be rewarded with breath taking views across the city and the stunning Sutaungpyi Paya where young monks like to gather to practice their English language. Truly the perfect way to experience a glorious Burmese sunset and an enjoyable explorative hike.

Mandalay Palace

Built as a residence for King Mindon, the original palace complex unfortunately burnt to the ground towards the end of World War II. As a result, the palace was completely reconstructed in 1990. With its impressive palace walls, watch tower and moat, Mandalay Palace is well worth a visit for a journey back into Burmese history.

Mahamuni Paya

This enormous gold leaved Buddha statue measures in at a remarkable 3.8 metres tall making it one of the most important Buddhist sites in Mandalay. Inside the complex lays an array of notable shrines, pagodas and Hindu figures making it the ideal place for an immersive afternoon stroll.

Inwa

20 kilometres outside of Mandalay is one of Myanmar’s most sacred ancient capitals. Lovingly referred to by locals as the ‘Kingdom of Ava’, since 1364, Inwa has been named the royal capital on 4 separate occasions. The perfect place to escape the bustle of Mandalay city, today Inwa offers visitors a relaxed and charming atmosphere dotted with ancient, crumbling ruins of stupas, pagodas and temples, best explored by bicycle.

                   

11 kilometres up the Ayeyarwady River from Mandalay lays Mingun, home to what should have been the largest temple in the world. Accessible by boat, taxi or motorcycle, the journey to Mingun is simply spectacular. This quaint riverside village would perhaps be lesser known today if it weren’t for the construction of Mingun Paya that started back in 1790. Legend has it, the temple was not completed due to a claim by an astrologer that King Bodawpaya would die upon its completion. With this in mind, the King ordered for a giant bell to be erected instead. Today, the site of Mingun Paya, with its giant foundations and half-built appearance remains utterly impressive and the Mingun Bell has successfully proclaimed itself as the world’s heaviest ringing bell several times over the years.

Sagaing

Just 20 kms down the Irrawaddy River and sitting on the opposite bank to Mandalay you will find a region of scenic grassy hills littered with ancient Buddhist monasteries and temples. Sagaing offers the perfect escape from city life and the opportunity to breathe some fresh air. Often compared to a small scale, elevated Bagan, Sagaing is home to Mandalay’s most impressive and most sacred landscapes consisting of hundreds of glittering stupas to explore by foot. Perhaps the best place to take in Sagaing’s breath taking views is from Sagaing Hill, home to the region’s most impressive pagoda which dates way back to 1312,  Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda. Home to over 6,000 monks, Sagaing promises both an educational and visually dazzling day away from the city.

Food and Drink

Some of Myanmar’s best teahouses can be enjoyed in Mandalay. Its thriving teahouse scene means you can find one on most street corners. Myanmar tea is mostly served milky, sweet and piping hot and can be enjoyed with simple snacks such as noodle and rice dishes. Often dishes contain meat, although due to elements of rich Buddhist culture in Mandalay, vegetarians are well catered for.

Indulge in Mandalay’s many street food vendors and food markets for an authentic experience and to mingle with Mandalay’s notoriously friendly locals.

Located high up in the western hills of Shan State, sits the fresh, cool, colonial hill station of Kalaw. Once a popular weekend getaway from the intense city heat, today Kalaw is famous for its rolling hill views, stunning scenery, endless adventures and plentiful trekking routes.

Whether you’re visiting to explore the infinate trekking opportunities, or just to breathe the fresh air and soak up the old, colonial charm, Kalaw offers something for everyone. From multi day treks through unrivalled countryside and local tribe villages, to shorter strolls to Kalaw’s glittering Hnee pagoda. Head through bustling local markets to enjoy endless religious sites such as Shwe U Min pagoda. Learn about Myanmar’s Christian influences at the notable Christ the King Church or immerse yourself in Kalaw’s cultural richness and join the monks at Thein Taung pagoda and monastery.

The fresh air, beautiful surroundings and laidback atmosphere in Kalaw make it the ideal getaway for a few days and the perfect spot to either unwind or feed your inner adventure seekers after days of sightseeing.

By far the best way to explore this exciting region is by bicycle, you’re sure never to be at loose end in this exciting town.

Local markets

Kalaw’s local market is a sight to behold and definitely worth a visit. Selling everything from dried fruit, to local handicrafts, the market is held every 5 days and sees visitors and locals alike coming together to enjoy a morning of browsing and shopping.

Thein Taung pagoda and monastery

If you’re an early riser and fancy a leg stretch, the stroll up to Thein Taung pagoda and monastery is a nice one. You’ll be rewarded with fantastic views over the bustling market below as well as having the unique opportunity to observe the few monks here going about their daily lives and morning rituals.

Hnee pagoda

Just southwest of the market you’ll find Hnee pagoda. Hnee pagoda offers the perfect opportunity for a gentle, independent stroll and is easy to get to. On arrival, be prepared to be welcomed by an impressive 500-year-old, sparkling golden bamboo buddha.

Shwe U Min pagoda

Not far from the Hnee pagoda, so ideal to explore on the same hike lays the Shwe U Min pagoda. Somewhat different to other pagodas, Shwe U Min is a natural cave and littered with golden Buddha statues. This surprising and unique sight really is worth exploring if you’re hiking or cycling around the area.

Christ the King Church

A stunning colonial building, and a must see whilst in Kalaw. This breath-taking church is well known for having the very same priest for almost 70 years and is beautiful example of modern-day Christian worship and its activity in Myanmar especially prominent on Sundays.

Trekking

It’s no surprise that trekking is so popular in this part on the country. Not only are the scenic views completely breath taking, but the climate is perfect. Apart from shorter, enjoyable strolls through local sights, Kalaw is becoming increasing popular for its longer distance treks.

A comfortable distance for trekking to the infamous Inle Lake which sits just 50 kilometres away, the terrain is not too rough, the countryside unrivalled and this 2-3 day trek requires an immersive stopover or two in a local village, most often in a home stay. There are several routes to choose from but all of them will see you passing through friendly villages to stop for delicious meals and refreshing tea, meandering through local agricultural fields where locals grow everything from cabbages to tea. Needless to say, the Inle Lake treks are by far the most popular amongst visitors to the region and offer a wonderful explorative adventure experience.

As well as these longer treks, there are an abundance of enjoyable one day hikes on offer. Promising to immerse you deep in the Burmese countryside where you can enjoy passing through tea plantations, fruit orchards and soak up nature’s wonders in one of the most beautiful parts of the country.

The trekking options really are endless in this laid back, adventure filled town and can be enjoyed any time of the year, although cool seasons are often deemed more comfortable.

Food and Drink

The cuisine served up in Kalaw tends to be quite eclectic. With influences from India, Nepal and Britain mixing up the local Shan dishes, restaurants and food stalls are in abundance. Typical Shan noodles are popular here, and of course, Red Mountain wine brewed locally close to Inle Lake.

For the ultimate magical adventure, join us 290 kilometres south-west of Mandalay in the ancient city of Bagan. This breath-taking UNESCO world heritage site boasts an impressive 67 square kilometres of picturesque plains, littered with the ruins of almost 2,500 ancient, sacred temples. Quickly becoming Myanmar’s most visited attraction, the archaeological zone of Bagan straddles the scenic Irrawaddy river and was once the country’s most powerful capital of an ancient kingdom. With endless opportunities for exciting trekking and infinite exploration, Bagan most definitely should be on every adventure seekers bucket list.

Offering incredible, fairy-tale like landscapes, Bagan is beautiful any time of day, but the region is at its best at both sunrise and sunset and offers adventure seekers the perfect hiking and cycling opportunities. The memory seekers amongst us will surely not be able to resist enjoying these spectacular scenes from the comfort of a hot air balloon, meandering between temples as the sun comes up, or relishing magical sunset views from the top of a dazzling temple.

During the height of the Kingdom’s power from the 11th century through to the 13th century, it is widely believed that over 10,000 temples, pagodas and monasteries were built. Despite several earthquakes threatening to completely demolish the sacred site, many still exist today.

The most immersive part of town is bar far Old Bagan. The name given to the site where the original village once stood, this area remains the core of Bagan’s mystical beauty. Bursting with ruins to explore, city walls to trek and a reconstructed palace, Old Bagan is at the heart of the main archaeological zone and is best explored by bicycle or e-bike.

New Bagan on the other hand, is a bustling new village constructed in 1990 when the government moved villagers from Old Bagan. Today it is home to busy colourful markets and an authentic, local way of life as well as a handful of guest houses to cater for visitors.

Besides the thousands of temples to explore in Bagan, another must-do exploration whilst you’re in the area is Mount Popa, a sacred volcano peaking at 1518m above sea level. An exciting venture to Mount Popa can prove a much-needed respite from Bagan’s extreme heat, especially during the summertime.

Don’t forget your walking boots and get ready for the ultimate trekking adventure in one of Myanmar’s most breath taking regions.

Old Bagan

At the heart of Bagan’s archaeological zone and sitting right on the banks of the Irrawaddy river, Old Bagan is truly one of South East Asia’s best kept secrets. Until recently, the area has seen very little tourism, but slowly this ancient gem is opening up and promising to dazzle beyond belief.

The main temple sites lie within Old Bagan. Every single one is beautiful in its own way, and the entire site makes for endless exploration of both ruins and preserved temples. Be sure not to miss the best-preserved temple in the area, Ananda Pashto. Standing proud at 170 feet high, the stunning Ananda Pahto is one of Bagan’s most notable temples. Slightly taller at 197 feet is Gawdawpalin Pahto, towering over endless plains and thousands of ruins, this impressive temple can be spotted from afar. Don’t miss Bagan’s only remaining Hindu temple, Nathlaung Kyaung. This incredible temple holds a fascinating story and is one not to be missed.

New Bagan

Even though New Bagan was constructed as recently as 1990, it’s endless dusty plains and busy streets still hold an ancient history not to be overlooked. One example is the beautiful terracotta temple of Lawkananda Paya. Although there is more going on in New Bagan and the atmosphere may seem livelier, it is important to note that the area is quiet, authentic and does not have a party atmosphere like some of its South East Asian counterparts. Enjoy the local restaurants on the north side of New Bagan opposite the Eight-Faces Paya and watch it light up at night fall.

Mount Popa

Inner Bagan can become extremely hot, especially during the height of the summer. Indeed, on these days, an afternoon trip to one of the regions most sacred sites, Mount Popa may prove a welcome retreat. Although the extinct volcano peaks at an impressive 1518 metres above sea level, temple Taungkalat proves to be much more accessible. Believed to be home to 37 nats, pilgrims and visitors alike make the somewhat tiring ascent of around 800 steps to be greeted by impressive carvings of ancient gods. But once you reach the top, you’ll be rewarded by not only fresh, mountain air, but spectacular views across the surrounding plains making a trip to Mount Popa an ideal afternoon adventure trip from Bagan.

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Yangon

 Bursting onto the South East Asia travel scene over the past few years is the stunning city of Yangon.

Nestled on the bustling banks of the Yangon River and boasting a charming colonial Downtown, and infinite opportunities for adventure, Yangon has something for everyone. Immerse yourself in culture at the unmissable Shwedagon Pagoda and marvel at the fascinating Kyauk taw Gyi. Take a break and enjoy a relaxing afternoon cooling down at the breath taking Kandawgyi Lake.

Make sure you’re one step ahead of future Myanmar tourists with a visit to the incredibly rich archaeological town of Bago. Set to become one of Myanmar’s ultimate cultural destinations, this little-known town is a must see. Best explored by bike, grab your bicycle, get ready for an adventure and join us exploring this remarkable city.

From history to culture, delicious street food to endless adventures, Yangon provides the perfect introduction to this unforgettable country.

Downtown

Laying to the north of the Yangon River and the first stop for many on their Myanmar adventures is Yangon’s infamous downtown. With its historical colonial buildings dating back to the 19th century, there is no better place to take a stroll. Be sure to visit the Minister Office, dating back to 1902, the neo-classical High Court building in the heart of downtown and once you’ve worked up a thirst, there is no better place to enjoy a spot of afternoon tea that the Victorian designed Strand Hotel. Dating back to 1901, today the Strand is one of the most iconic 5-star hotels in the whole of Asia.

At the heart of the grid of streets lays the impressive Sule Paya. Its impressive gold stupa towers at over 45 metres tall and most definitely should not be missed on your downtown explorations.

Kyauk Taw Gyi

Carved in Myanmar from one single piece of marble in 1999 makes the huge seated Buddha figure at Kyauk Taw Gyi unmissable.

The impressive 25-foot-tall Buddha statue is located on Mindhamma Hill, 14 kms northwest of downtown Yangon and arrived from Myanmar, to Yangon by boat. Today it is one of Myanmar’s most impressive and most scared Buddhist sites.

Kandawgyi Lake

If you fancy escaping the noise of the city for a day, the close by Kandawgyi Lake measures 5 miles in circumference and offers the perfect spot to stretch your legs. Initially designed as a reservoir to provide a clean water supply to the city during the British Colonial administration, today it offers a welcome retreat from city life and is one of Yangon’s most remarkable green spaces.

Shwedagon Pagoda

3kms northwest of downtown is home to Yangon’s most impressive landmark and religious site, the Shwedagon Pagoda. With its incredible giant golden stupa and many other shrines surrounding it, Shwedagon Pagoda promises to take your breath away. With a story dating back centuries, and a legend that claims the pagoda was originally built to house eight hairs of the Buddha, it’s easy to understand the religious importance of this incredible site.

Visit in the evening, at sunset for the ultimate atmospheric experience and join locals and tourist a like in a clockwise walk around the site.

Bago

Bago

91 kilometres northeast of Yangon in the direction of Mandalay sits the untouched, yet upcoming town of Bago. Dating back to 825 A.D, Bago is one of the richest, most vibrant archaeological sites in the whole of Myanmar.

Perhaps its most notable site is the incredible reclining Buddha, Shwe-Tha-Lyaung measuring in at a magnificent 55 metres long and 16 metres high.

Don’t miss the Shwemawdaw also known as the ‘Great Golden God Pagoda’ of Bago, with its impressive spire built in 8th century by the Mon. The pagoda reaches over 23 metres in height and is visited by pilgrims from near and far, all hours of the day and night.

Bago is home to several impressive pagodas housing sacred Buddha images. From the 4 seated Buddhas at Kyaik Pun Pagoda built in 1476AD to the giant reclining Buddhas at Mya-thar-lyaung and Shwe-thar-lyaung and the smaller, 64 seated carved Buddhas at Shwegugale, Bago really does offer a magnificent opportunity for cultural immersion.

Along with impressive pagodas and Buddha images, Bago is also home to Kanbawza Thadi, the famous palace of King Bayinnaung. The founder of the second Myanmar empire and dating between 1551-1581AD this inspiring palace remains under reconstruction and is set to become one of Myanmar’s most incredible and most visited tourist attractions in the future.

Take a visit to Bago and enjoy authentic, traditional immersion into one of Asia’s most fascinating cultures.

Food and Drink

There is no other place like Yangon to indulge in the country’s eclectic and delicious cuisine. This multicultural city sees a mouth-watering fusion of typical Myanmar Shan and Bamar dishes mixed with staples from India, Thailand and China.

Wander the streets of Downtown, Chinatown and Little India to stumble across the perfect restaurant spots. Explore Yangon’s many street markets on the northwest end of Downtown and join the locals dining at tables on the street and at local beer stations.

Pop into one of the city’s many teahouses for a cheap lunch of curries and local dishes, and refresh with impressive ranges of Myanmar teas amongst the bustle of daily life in one of these authentic watering and eating holes.

Yangon’s eclectic cuisine is sure to excite the senses.

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