MRAUK U, Rakhine State, once the centre of a mighty kingdom, and one of the richest cities in Asia trading with the Middle East, Asia and Europe. Today little remain of the original city except for the many interesting temples and stupas, partly in ruins, dotting the small hills around the new town of Mrauk-U.
PYIN O LWIN( Maymyo). Just 2-3 hours by car away from Mandalay, but climate and scenery is quite different. Pine trees and other subtropical vegetation dot the landscape among English style houses and gardens. In the city centre, with its Clock Tower and old shop houses, the colorful horse drawn carriages are still the preferred mode of transport.
KALAW in the Shan State is another cool place to be during the hottest months of the year. Many ethnic minority villages around and interesting market in town. Good trekking down to Inle Lake or to Pindaya.
PINDAYA. famous for its caves housing more than 8000 Buddha images. No one seems to know how they all got there. Most of them are at least hundreds of years old while others are recent additions. They have been placed in such a way that they form a passage through the caves. Pindaya is surrounded by some very beautiful scenery.
KYAING TONG in Eastern Shan State close to the Chinese and Thai borders, once associated with narcotic drugs and guerilla warfare, now just a thriving and idyllic town with many different ethnic minority groups living in the vicinity. Good trekking opportunities.
NGAPALI BEACHin Rakhine State, facing the Bay of Bengal. Peace and tranquility at one of the very best beaches in Asia.
MAWLAMYINE, capital of Mon State and Myanmar's third largest city. In colonial times known as Moulmein and trading port of teak logs. "By the old Moulmein pagoda lookin' eastward to the sea. There's a Burma girl a-sittin', and I know she thinks o' me......"
South of Mawlamyine was the end of line of the Thai-Burma 415 km railway built under Japanese occupation during WWII ("Bridge of River Kwai"). Near the site is a cemetery for some of many allied prisoners of war who died while building it.
KYAIKTIYO, Mon State. Ranked with the Shwedagon in Yangon and the Maha Muni Pagoda in Mandalay among the most sacred Buddhist monuments, Kyaiktiyo is the name of the small stupa on top of the Golden Rock balancing delicately on the mountain cliff. It is believed that it is one of Lord Buddha's hairs enshrined inside the stupa that prevents the rock from falling.
THE IRRAWADDY, one of the mightiest rivers of Asia in league with the Mekong and the Ganges. Weeklong cruises in high water season September-November from Bhamo to Pagan, from Bagan to Pya and on the Chindwin River as well as one and two nights cruises from Mandalay to Bagan from September to April. Individually arranged tours for smaller groups.
MYEIK/MERGUI archipelago in the very southeast. Unspoiled beaches, Bounty islands and marine life galore! Diving, nature safari and island hopping from 4 to 8 days in full comfort on MV Nautica or Sea Gypsy. Resort extensions