Among the most interesting Myanmar tours
is a river cruise on the mighty
Asian river comes down from the icy mountains, an extension of the Tibetan
the brown lazy flood into the
through a very wide delta.
All important old
and new cities in the country are along the
Irrawaddy, such as Shwebo, Sagaing, Mandalay, Ava or
Amarapura all the way down to the former capital of
Myanmar which is Yangon, still the biggest and most
important city in the country.
Myanmar tours are
available to all this places and much more including
accommodations are also available in those towns,
only the quality of the hotels is sometimes not so
good. But as usual there is a way out, if you get
stranded at travel and the is no hotel around ask
for the next monastery, there will be one, there ask
abbot or head monk if
they allow to stay overnight. This is not the normal
tourism but sometimes it's very interesting and you
wont need a travel agent with you. A typical example
is the monastery of "Jumping Cats" where they allow
tourists to stay for a day or more.
In continuous demand is travel into the icy mountains of the
north, people climbing this places of eternal snow,
often this are Japanese guys. Actually it was also a
combined group of Japanese and Myanmar climbers who first conquered
Mt. Hkakabo Razi in north, the highest peak in south east
Asia in 1997.
One of the best and most
Myanmar river tour
is from Bagan to Mandalay and vice versa with the
river vessel "Road to Mandalay". This is a great journey to
get a good visual impression of the country without missing
a luxury environment. Unfortunately this is more or less the
only stretch on the river which is seriously used by a
bigger ship because since the British left maintaining rivers for bigger vessels was more of less stopped
and since all this years shifting sandbanks moved in that's
a real problem on travel.
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from Yangon to
Bago or Pegu
should be on the travel agenda of
everyone visiting Yangon.
Shwethalyaung Buddha and The Kyaikpun Buddha
just before Bago, coming from Yangon
direction are real highlights and
give a very good insight what's
around with popular shrines.
formerly known as Pegu
Hanthawaddy is worth to
have a look. In Indakaw, there are rubber
plantations. The Kingdom of Hanthawaddy - Bago
was founded by two brothers, Thamala and
Wimala in the 9th century. In the 15th
century, only Myanmar Queen, Shin Saw Pu
She was known for her renovation of
Shwedagon pagoda in Yangon.
In the following
century, King Bayinnaung, founder of the
Second Empire and Conqueror of Ten
Directions held his court
and unified the whole
Bago Picture Tours
Famous pagodas here
are Shwemawdaw, Shwethalyaung (Reclining
Buddha) Mahazedi, Kyaikpun and Kalyani Sima.
The most imposing palace built by the great
King Bayinnaung was Kanbawzathadi Palace,
which is now rebuilt as before.
Myanmar Tour Bagan
Beside of being the countries top
is also highly reputed for art and
architecture, sculpture and painting, archaeological
findings and artifacts and is world-famous for
thousand and one
pagodas, stupas, religious edifices and buildings.
Suffice it to say that,
these cultural values can only be appreciated by a
personal visit there.
Bagan, more or less on the east bank
of the mighty
- Irrawaddy River, was the splendid
capital of the First Myanmar Empire, this is a must
see destination on any journey.
Many pagodas and
temples are gone with the rain, earthquake,
driven away as dust in the wind of the central
plains, but there are still enough around to be a
real highlight of any south east Asia tour.
Bagan is now a 42 square
kilometer area dotted
with thousands of ancient pagodas, temples, shrines, ordination halls and
sacral monuments. Bagan is one of the richest archaeological sites in
Asia with about 2230 monuments still standing and some 1000 in ruins and as
many s many as 600 disappeared into the
during the summer flooding. Originally about 4500
sacral monuments gave a unbelievable impression. An
hour by air from Yangon,
(Taungyi) in an hour or less. Road travel from Yangon
is around 700km, buses need about 16 by car its around 2 hours
About that time
the first historical conquest
of the lower
Irrawaddy was effected.
From the fact that the country was
not permanently subdued it may be inferred that the power of
the Mon or Peguan people (later called Talaing) was not greatly
inferior to that of the Burman.
The Mons, from the
affinities of their language, are conjectured to be of Annamitic origin. There is mention of the Bagan kingdom
the Burman chronicles, and there is above all the evidence
of the ruins of Bagan, probably the mightiest of
their kind. They testify to the power of the kingdom
and the influence of the religion which actuated the kings to build temples on
such a scale.
In 300 A.D. the power of
Bagan Kingdom exhausted,
in a great degree owing, as the
people believe, to the drain of the
temple building. But the force of the religion was unabated.
Burma fell a prey to Shan invaders, who
dominion for nearly two hundred years but failed to
consolidate it, splitting up into principalities like those
of their native hills. The
of Burma allowed the Mon power to develop. The sixteenth
century saw the rise of Pegu - Bago and the establishment of
a shifting empire over Burma. Exhausted.. by wars, Pegu -
Bago in turn declined and lay at the mercy of Siam ( Yodaya)
when Paung (Taung - ngu) came to the rescue. In the
seventeenth century the Peguan dynasty brought the Mutt
umpire to its zenith, from which it waned in the eighteenth.
Towards the middle of the latter century the Emmaus under
Alaiung Paya rose against the Mum garrisons, overthrew Pegu
and finally established the empire of
Arakan - Rakhine was incorporated, Siam was subjugated and made
tributary for a time. The empire directed its ambition to
the west. Manipur was overrun and the Arakanese pretensions
inn 1571 the country was in a state of chaos. High officials
plotted against King Mong Phaloung. Astrologers advised the
king to build the Htukkant Thein Temple with the
help of the plotters as well as governors,
land-lords and common people.
at Htukkant Thein Temple at Mraung-U or Myohaung
Rakhine or Arakan
They acted according to a
saying common at that time, “when the city is worn, support
its ceiling.” The temple was built on a 70 metre by 80 metre
platform. The structure is built of stone
blocks with brick
pagodas on top of the hall and on the four corners.Inside
the temple there are two pavements with many images and
carvings picturing the various donors. It is a very
interesting collection of different costumes and ornaments.
Sixty four varieties of coiffure, forty different
head-dresses, twenty different bracelets, eighty-one rings,
sixteen types of pendant and various other body decorations
are a creative showcase.
Tours to Mrauk U, Arakan or Rakhine
a great place to visit in
U or Myohaung at Arakan or Rakhine,
Temple of Eighty Thousand Images, the structure was erected in 1536. The
building was funded by a donation from King Mong Ba Gree to
commemorate the victory over the
twelve provinces of Bengal and the Portuguese
marauders who came to assault the capital. The basic
structure is a hall topped by a main stupa
surrounded by 26 smaller stupas. The temple is 53
meters long, 41 wide and 29 high.
There are several passage ways with galleries
throughout the inner temple. The temple is richly
decorated with statues of Buddha as well as images
of the animals or persons which
occupied in his 550 previous lives. People in native
costumes with faded colors are shown wrestling,
boxing and dancing. This beautiful landscape with
the Sakyamanaung pagoda in the centre is typical of the Mraunk U area.
and valleys are dotted with dozens of pagodas, temples and
lakes. This tours could be extended all the way up to Chittagong in
Bangladesh as it was during the British power over
is the lifeline
of the Burmese people. It springs forth from
Himalayas coming down to two rivulets,
Mae Kha and Mali Kha (Myitsone) in the
Kachin State, in the far north. It runs from
north to south and
eventually emptying out
Ayeyarwady’s name has been curved in stone
inscriptions in the days of yore just as the
mentioned in the same.
Ayeyarwady has fed
the country with water and sustenance and has
witnessed the water -sheds
and landmarks of
all along its colorful course.
The road from
Mandalay is 693 km
long and is shorter than 935 km long river
way; and is longer than 617 km long
railway. The passage passes through
cultivated plains, green groves of trees and
glistening array of
pagodas and stupas.
This is another old
city on the travel route , 200 km from
Bago. It bestirred nostalgic
memories of Natshinnaung, warrior poet whose love
for lovely Princess Yazadatukalyar knew no bounds. A
notable spot nearby
is Thandaung, a hill resort.
Nearby is the Mawchi Mines which produces tin and
wolfram. Famous products here are bananas, tea and
near the new capital of
beyond is the Yezin dam and a complex of
teaching institutes on agriculture, animal husbandry
The rain is scarce here less than 125 cm a year.
There are no more paddy and rice fields but crops as
groundnuts, sesamum, beans and pulses are thriving
products. Meikhtila Lake is well-known and
prominent. There are songs eulogizing peace and
beauty of the lake.
There is a nursey rhyme which runs:
“ Please pick up a small frog from
If you have caught one,
Kindly offer me a small creature
with pouting small eyes and thin body.”
Meikhtila’s location is strategic. It is the point
of access to the Shan State in the east, with
Taungyi, its capital, 170 km away. To the west lies
Kyaukpadaung, where there are oilfields and the
Mandalay it stretches 152 km. Before
reach in Mandalay, one will come across Kyaukse, the
ancient home and granary, the
rice bowl of successive kingdoms. Here,
King Anawrahta started to build his First Empire that lasted more than two
It is too well known to dwell at length about
Mandalay, the royal capital of the last two
Kings of Konbaung dynasty. It is the hub and
heartland of culture, arts and crafts and the seat
of Theravada Buddhism. These culture heritage still lingers