Myanmar: North, Central or South?

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Remote and wild, northern Myanmar is one of the least explored areas of the country. Large parts of this Region, in fact, is off-limits for tourist. There are two itineraries allowed for the strangers: the first start from Mandalay and arrive in the ancient capital of colonial period, Pyin Oo Lwin Maymyo, then pass the Shan mountains to arrive at the villages of Palaung’s ethnicity. The second route, however, follow the course of the Irrawaddy river passing through Katha where the writer George Orwell set his “Days novel in Burma”. Choosing to visit the north of the country you can see the mountains that join the Himalayas. Mandalay: cultural capital of Myanmar is surrounded by hills where there are temples and the site of what was to be the largest stupa in the world.

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The most visited area of the entire country, home of bamar ethnicity, welcomes three capitals: Bagan, Taungoo, and Pyay, in addition to the current Naypyidaw. The most famous of all is Bagan with its stupa dating from the twelfth century from the top of which tourists can admire the sunrise and the sunset. Around Bagan, there are green paddy fields and extensive rolling plains, while in the background you can admire the Shan mountains to the east and the Irrawaddy River to the west.

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The states located in the central-western area of the country aren’t much frequented by tourists. Visitors, in fact, stop on the beaches of Ngapali Beach, lapped by the clear waters of the Bay of Bengal. Only a few adventurous tourists push up to Mrauk U, Rakhine capital and ancient archaeological site rich in temples, or to the Chin State, not connected with infrastructure, but rich in forests and mountains.

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The central eastern area of the country hosting the famous Inle Lake with its floating villages, the cave of Go Min Shwe Pagoda with its golden buddhas in Pindaya 8 thousand and the villages of the hill tribes in Kyaingtong. It ‘an ideal destination for visitors who want a holiday that unites adventure, culture, and nature.

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The largest and most important city in the country is the arrival point for every tourist who begins to visit Myanmar. Among colonial architectures, dating to the times of British rule, markets, and narrow alleys there is the most famous Buddhist monument of the city: the Shwedagon Paya, the sacred stupa, place of the pilgrimage of many Buddhists.

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Almost entirely unexplored the south of the country is a place where land, sea and sky meet in a region by the wild beauty. The undisputed highlight is the Golden Rock, Mount Kyaiktiyo, with the rock suspended in the void. Another place of interest is Mawlamyine with its mon culture and its temples, and if you want to visit a paradise on earth, the road to get to the 800 islands of Myeik will be long, but it will be worth it, for discover one of the last unspoiled corners of Asia.

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