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Bagan (Pagan), located on the banks of the Ayeyarwaddy (Irrawaddy) River, is the largest archeological site in Asia with over 2,000 pagodas. Its distinctive red and white pagodas were built in the 11th and 12th centuries at the height of Bagan’s grandeur.
Inle Lake, located in the center of the country, is dotted with floating islands and is famous for its fishermen’s unique “one–legged rowing” techniques. Situated near the Shan state of Taunggyi, this area is also home to a variety of ethnic hill tribes.
Mandalay, was Burma’s capital for only 28 years before British colonization, during which time the capital was moved to present– day Yangon. Today, it is the country’s second largest city and a sprawling cultural center where craftsmen and artisans converge from all over the country to exchange goods. Sights to see include: the remains of the former grand palace at Shwenandaw Kyaung, Mandalay Hill, and the ancient Rakkhine Buddha image at Mahamuni Paya. Nearby towns worth visiting are Amarapura, Sagaing, Ava and Mingun.
Mt. Popa, situated 32 miles southeast of Bagan, which rose from the ground in a massive earthquake in 442 BC. The mountain is renowned for its 10,000 steps to the top of the home of the “Nat Gods” (the Burmese ancient animist spirits) and provides a scenic view of the surrounding tropical region.
Ngapali Beach, located on the Bay of Bengal in the west, is Myanmar’s best known seaside resort area with 3 miles of unspoiled sandy beaches fringed with coconut groves, crystal blue water, and quaint fishing villages.
Pindaya Caves, located a short distance northwest of Inle Lake. Buddhist devotees placed nearly 9,000 Buddha images in the caves over the centuries as a form of merit making.
Yangon (Rangoon), the capital city of Myanmar, still retains much of the colonial charm of its historic architecture and wide boulevards. The highlight of the city is the gold-plated Shwedagon Pagoda that sits on a hilltop overlooking the city. Other sights in the area include the 2200 year-old Sule Pagoda that contains one of Buddha’s hairs, the Botatuang Pagoda, and the Kyauk Htat Gyi Pagoda that houses the gigantic reclining Buddha.

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