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Pindaya
   
Situated on the shore of a picturesque little lake, about 45 km north of Kalaw. Pindaya is famous for its extensive limestone caves and unique Shan traditional paper umbrella making works. The caves are set deep in the hillsides and there stands 15 meter high Shwe U Min Pagoda at the entrance. There are some about 6000 Buddha statues of various sizes and materials, and are made of white marble, bronze or plaster, coated with gold leaf. Some of the smaller caves within the complex serve as meditation chambers. The road from Kalaw to Pindaya passes through colorful mustard, wheat field, countryside of magnificent scenic beauty.
 
   
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Pyay
   
The ancient capital of Thiri Kettaya was the Pyu capital until the 8th century finally destroyed by King Anawratha from Bagan in 11th century. Pyay is located about 285 km north of Yangon, on the eastern bank of Ayeyarwaddy. It is easily accessible by road or by rail which takes about 5 hrs. A few kilometers north -east of the town is Thaye Khittaya (Sri Ksetra), an archaeological site of the ancient Pyu capital ( 5th to 9th century ). The Pyu architecture is very different from that of Bagan era. Shwesandaw Pagoda, Hsehatakyi Pagoda, Shwe Phone Pwint Museum, Bawbawgyi Pagoda, Bebegyi Pagoda, Payagyi and Payama Stupas are other places of interest in and around Pyay.
 
   
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Sagaing
   
Once an ancient capital, Sagaing lies 21 km south west of Mandalay, beside the Ayeyarwaddy River. The Sagaing Hills are dotted with pagodas and there are over 500 monasteries, a retreat for some 6000 monks and nuns. There are also around 100 meditation centers in the area. Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda, Khaung Hmudaw Pagoda (a copy of the Mahaceti Pagoda in Sri Lanka), and village of Ywahtaung, you can see silversmiths making silverware by traditional methods are places worth visiting.
 
   
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Sittwe
   
Sittwe is a port city in Rakhaing State at the mouth of the Kaladan River where it empties into the Bay of Bengal. It has at least a 2000 year history of habitation and during the British international trade along the coast bloomed with two huge cargos eamers going back and forth between Calcutta and Sittwe each day.
 
   
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Tachileik
   
Tachileik, located in the Golden Triangle Area, is the border gateway opposite Mae Sai in Thailand. The area is currently being developed for tourism and cross-border trade with Laos, Thailand and China. It is accessible by air about 2 hours from Yangon.
 
   
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Taungoo (Maymyo)
   
Taungoo is a city in the Bago Division of Myanmar, located 220 km from Yangon, towards the northeastern end of the division, with mountain ranges to both east and west. The main industry is in forestry products, with teak and other hardwoods extracted from the mountains. The city is also known for its areca palms, to the extent that a Burmese proverb for unexpected good fortune is equated to a "betel lover winning a trip to Taungoo.The city is famous in Burmese history for the Toungoo Dynasty which ruled the country for over two centuries between the 16th and 18th centuries.
 
   
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Kakku
   
A unique temple complex of more than 2000 Stupas has lied hidden in the Pa-O heartland of Southern Shan State for centuries. . Kakku area is covered and scattered by Pa-oh villages especially stretching along on both sides of the main road from north to south. Unknown to the outside world and to most of Myanmar unit recently, these exquisite monuments can now be visited. A day trip from Inlay Lake is sufficient.
 
   
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Inle Lake
   
The second largest natural lake in Myanmar located in the middle of the greatest depression in Nyaungshwe valley between the two parallel mountain ranges running north to south in the southern Shan State, 35 km from the nearest airport at Heho. There are flights from both Yangon and Mandalay, 660 km from Yangon and 330 km from Mandalay by road. The vast picturesque lake, 900 meter above sea level in Shan state, 22 km long and 10 km across. It is well known for its floating villages and gardens, traditional handicrafts and silk weaving, colorful markets and the native Intha legged rowers and its festival during September/ October each year. The lakes shore and islands bear 17 villages on stills, mostly inhabited by the Intha people.
 
 
 
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