One of the major cities to travel to in Myanmar is Nay Pyi Taw (Also spelled Naypyitaw, Naypyidaw or Nay Pyi Daw; Translation: “Abode of Kings”). Nay Pyi Taw is the new capital of Myanmar, which was built in the early 21st century to serve as the administrative center of Myanmar. Nay Pyi Taw is strategically located in central Myanmar, 376 kilometers from Yangon and 274 kilometers from Mandalay, easily accessible from both major cities. Nay Pyi Taw is the third largest city in Myanmar and fascinatingly known to be one of the 10 fastest growing cities in the world. Major attractions in Nay Pyi Taw include Uppatasanti Pagoda, the Gem Museum, Water Fountain Garden, the National Landmark Garden, Zoological Garden and Nay Pyi Taw Safari Park.
Yangon, formally known as Rangoon, was a capital of Myanmar until the capital was relocated to Naypyidaw in 2006. Yangon was founded as Dagon by the Mons in the early 11th century. The name Yangon was given by King Alaungpaya in 1755 after he conquered Dagon; ‘Yan’ means enemies and gon (pronounced koun) means ‘ran out of’.
Mandalay is the second largest city in Myanmar. Established in 1857 by King Mindon, Mandalay was the last royal city; officially named as Yandanabon or ‘the City of Gems’. The city was built on a grid system of 144-square block, anchored by 16 square block royal palace compound at the foot of Mandalay Hill. The Palace inside the citadel was surrounded by a 64m (210ft) wide mote and 6,666 feet long square walls.
The main tourist destination in Myanmar is Bagan, capital of the first Myanmar Empire; one of the richest archaeological sites in South-east Asia. Situated on the eastern bank of the Ayeyawaddy River. The Magic of Bagan has inspired visitors to Myanmar for nearly 1000 years.
Known as the Venice of Myanmar, Inle Lake is a highland lake in Shan State, providing livelihood to lake dwellers, famous for their leg rowing. It is the second largest fresh water lake in Myanmar, located in the Nyaungshwe Township of Taunggyi District in Shan State, part of Shan Hills in Myanmar.
Irrawaddy River, in Burmese Ayeyarwady River, is the vein of Myanmar, running though the centre of the country. It is the country’s longest and commercially most important waterway. Running from the northern tip of Myanmar to Andaman Sea, it is 2,170 km (1,348 mi) long. Ayeyarwady River has been used for trades and transportations from the 6th century.
Kyaiktiyo or the Golden Rock Pagoda is a sacred Buddhist pilgrimage site in the Mon state. The gilded granite boulder which is about 25ft high is rested preciously on the tip of Kyaiktiyo Hill -- elevations of 1,100 m above sea level.
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