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Mergui (Myeik) Archipelago

Mergui Archipelago, located in southern most part of Myanmar (Burma), comprises over 800 beautiful islands. Due to its virtual isolation, the islands and surrounding seas are alive with an amazing diversity of flora & fauna and very beautiful underwater scenes and marine life.

Kyaing Tong

Kyaing Tong is about 456km from Taunggyi, the capital city of Shan State. Kyaing Tong lies in the valley between the high misty mountains of the Shan Plateau and the Mekong and the Thanlwin Rivers. It  also carries the definition of “Walled City of Tung”. Kyaing Tong is the home of the Gon Shan, the Akhas, the Lisu, the Wa and the white and black Lahu.

Mrauk U

Mrauk U lies across rolling northern Rakhine State hilltops and form an awe-inspiring sight, whilst providing an experience quite unlike anything else in Myanmar. History
From the 15th to 18th centuries, Mrauk U was the capital of a mighty Arakan kingdom, frequently visited by foreign traders (including Portugese and Dutch), and this is reflected in the grandeur and scope of the structures dotted around its vicinity. But after the First Anglo-Burmese War in 1826, the British moved the regional trading centre down the Kaladan River to Sittwe, and Mrauk U went into decline. Today part of its allure lies in its isolation from the rest of the country; the lack of development; and that (for the moment) you are more likely to bump into a cow or a goat than into another tourist.

Putao

Putao is the northernmost town of Kachin State. It is the principal town in Putao town ship. Putao is close to the Hkakaborazi Mountain, the highest mountain in Myanmar. Hkakaborazi means snowcapped year round. It is 5889 meters high. It can be reached by road during summer and it is accessible year round by air. The area around Putao is famous for the variety of endemic birds and rare orchids, which grow naturally.

Kyaiktiyo

Kyaikhto is a small town about 160km from Yangon in Southeastern Myanmar, famous for its golden boulder and pagoda balancing precariously over a cliff. The Golden Rock is one of the most important religious sites in Myanmar and a dream destination for devout Buddhists. The site comprises a pagoda built atop a massive granite boulder, which has been balancing on the edge of a cliff face since antiquity – indeed, the boulder’s worryingly tenuous grip on the cliff has held for so long that it features in Buddhist mythology:

Bago (formerly Pegu)

Formerly Pegu, is a city and the capital of Bago Region in Myanmar (Burma). It is located 50 miles (80 km) north-east of Yangon in the southern central part of the country.
According to legend, two Mon princes from Thaton founded the city of Bago in 573 AD. They saw a female goose standing on the back of a male goose on an island in a huge lake. Believing this was an auspicious omen, the princes built a city called Hanthawady (Pali: Hamsavati) on the edge of the lake.

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