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Regions

Map of Myanmar with regions colour coded

Irrawaddy
the lowlands of the Irrawaddy Delta with the largest city and former capital
Central Myanmar
Mandalay, historical and archaeological sites and cool hill towns
Western Myanmar
remote mountainous regions and some lovely beaches on the Bay of Bengal
Northern Myanmar
a huge, fractious region including the southern reaches of the Himalayas and many ethnic tribes
Eastern Myanmar
the infamous Golden Triangle and a bewildering number of ethnic groups
Southeastern Myanmar
the southern coastal stretch bordering Thailand with a vast number of offshore islands

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Cities

  • Naypyidaw (formerly Pyinmana) — newly designated capital of the country
  • Bago (formerly Pegu) — historic city near Yangon full of wonderful Buddhist sights
  • Hpa-An — the capital of Kayin (Karen) State, with a lively market and nearby caves and mountains
  • Kawthaung — beach town in the far south which is as much like Thailand as Myanmar gets
  • Mandalay — former capital of the Konbaung Dynasty built around the Mandalay Royal Palace and main commercial centre of Upper Myanmar
  • Mawlamyine (Moulmein) — capital of Mon State and the fourth largest city in the country.
  • Pyin U Lwin (Maymyo) — cool town which is a wonderful former British colonial hill station
  • Taunggyi — capital of Shan State in the heart of the Golden Triangle
  • Yangon (formerly Rangoon) — the economic centre, known for its pagodas and colonial architecture

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Other destinations

  • Bagan — an archaeological zone with thousands of pagodas near the banks of the Ayeyarwady River
  • Inle Lake — a large shallow lake good for beautiful boat trips, visiting floating villages inhabited by the Intha people, hiking, and also a source of excellent silk
  • Kengtung — between Mong La (on the border with China) and Tachileik (on the border with Thailand) in the Golden Triangle, known for the Ann (black teeth people) and Akha tribes and trekking
  • Kyaiktiyo — a gold-gilded rock sitting atop a cliff and a major pilgrimage site
  • Mount Popa — an extinct volcano regarded as the Mount Olympus of Myanmar, a green oasis high above the hot plains and an easy day trip from Bagan
  • Mrauk U — former capital of the Rakhine Kingdom
  • Ngapali — beach resort in western Rakhine State, spilling into the Bay of Bengal
  • Ngwe Saung — longest stretch of beach in Ayeyarwaddy Division, white sandy beach and crystal clear water are the features of Ngwe Saung Beach
  • Pyay — a town on the Ayeyarwady River midway between Yangon and Bagan, known for its archaeological site Sri Kittara, the ancient Pyu capital from 2 to 9 AD.

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