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Burma/Myanmar Sights & Attractions

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In the 1920s a teen-ager looking for adventure signed up with the British Imperial Police Force and became one of the thousands of young men patroling the empire that never saw the sun set. Yet five years after Eric Arthur Blair began his tour of duty in an Asian colonial nation sired by the Queen, the soldier of fortune promptly returned to his homeland, shed his uniform, changed his name to George Orwell and started a new career as a novelist. He spent the next 30 years of his life, some would say, writing about that nearly land-locked Asian nation even scribbling notes for a new novel set in the country from his deathbed.

When you go to Burma perhaps it will have the same transformative effect upon you as it did upon Orwell. His books Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty Four, which incidentally have sold more copies than any other two books of the 20th Century, were inspired by his time in Burma. What is it about this enigmatic empire that caused Orwell to obssess over the country all his life?

When you visit this country shrounded in mystery it will no doubt beguile you with its tropical beauty, it's charming intersection between the ancient and the post modern and the ironic openness of its people who live under the ever watching Big Brother of a strict military regime.

Governmed by a military junta which inexplicably changed its centuries-old nation name of Burma to the Union of Myanmar, Orwell's obssession is a country in Southeast Asia. It lies on the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea coast with Bangladesh and India to the west, China to the north, and Laos and Thailand to the east.

But those facts do not begin to explain the depth and breadth of beauty that you will see when you travel to this country which has a bustling capital city peppered with bright yellow and red-colored new construction as well as the largest Buddhist temple in Southeast Asia.

In this guide book you will experience Burma's hottest attractions, best places to dine and relax but also get a bit of what makes this country tick. Come with us and let us journey to find what Orwell saw in the country that changed his life forever.

Things to See

Temples of Bagan  <span style='white-space:nowrap;'><img src='http://www.guidegecko.de/images/spyglass1.png' align='texttop' /> Click to enlarge</span>


Bagan is an archaeological zone with thousands of pagodas near the banks of the Ayeyarwady River

Inle Lake

Inle Lake is 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 is 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

Observe the unique style of leg-rowing on Inle Lake  <span style='white-space:nowrap;'><img src='http://www.guidegecko.de/images/spyglass1.png' align='texttop' /> Click to enlarge</span>


A gold-gilded rock sitting atop a cliff and a major pilgrimage site

Mount Popa

Mount Popa is 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

Mrauk U is the former capital of the Rakhine Kingdom


Ngapali is a beach resort in western Rakhine State, spilling into the Bay of Bengal

Balancing Act of the Kyaiktiyo (Golden Rock)   <span style='white-space:nowrap;'><img src='http://www.guidegecko.de/images/spyglass1.png' align='texttop' /> Click to enlarge</span>

Ngwe Saung

Ngwe Saung is the longest stretch of beach in Myanmar's Ayeyarwaddy Division, white sandy beach and crystal clear water are the features of Ngwe Saung Beach


Pyay is 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

Things to See in Burma/Myanmar

Lake Kandawgyi Lake
A large oval-shaped lake northeast of the city centre. It was recently renovated, and foreigners must pay a entrance fee. At its northwestern tip is Bogyoke Aung San Park, which is on Natmauk Road. The Lake is best known f... more
 1 Fans, 300k (+500k camera fee, +1000k video camera fee), in Yangon
Monument/Building Maha Myat Muni Paya
(Burmese: ma-ha myah mu-ni pei-ya) is Myanmar's second holiest pilgrimage site. It is a 4-metre high Buddha statue, made of gold and decorated with precious jewels. The image was brought from Rakhine State, southeast of Mandalay.
 1 Fans, in Mandalay
Monument/Building Kuthodaw Paya
(Burmese: ku-tho-dau pei-ya) is site of the world's largest book, located at the foot of Mandalay Hill. Built by King Mingdon in the 1800s, 729 white stupas within the complex contain the complete text of the Tripitaka... more
 1 Fans, in Mandalay
Monument/Building Shwenandaw Monastery
Shwenandaw is a monastery made entire out of teak wood with beautiful intricate carvings. It was originally part of the royal palace built by King Mingdon and moved to its current location by his son, King Thibaw in the la... more
 1 Fans, in Mandalay
Mountain Mandalay Hill
Madalay Hill (Burmese: man-da-lei thaonh) is a 230-metre hill located near Mandalay. Along its path are several monasteries and temples. At its top are famous pagodas and temples. In the old days you had to climb Mand... more
 1 Fans, in Mandalay
Monument/Building Shwedagon Pagoda
The Shwedagon Pagoda or Paya is the single most important religious site in all of Myanmar, and included on our exclusive list of Southeast Asia's top temples and monuments. The pagoda stands on the top of Singuttara Hill,... more
 1 Fans, US$5, in Yangon
Monument/Building Sule Paya (Sule Pagoda)
Incongruously serving as a traffic island in the middle of the busiest intersection in central Yangon, Sule Paya is a 46 m octagonal-shaped stupa that, according to the local story, was built 2000 years ago to house a stra... more
in Yangon
Monument/Building Botataung Paya
A few blocks East of The Strand Hotel along the Yangon River lies the Botataung Pagoda. The original pagoda was destroyed by allied bombing during the Second World War but the site has a legendary history as long as that o... more
in Yangon
Monument/Building Saint Mary's Cathedral
is a Catholic cathedral. The cathedral's exterior is run-down, but its interior is exquisite.
in Yangon
Monument/Building Holy Trinity Cathedral
is the Anglican cathedral built by the British. It is one of two cathedrals in Yangon, and has a beautiful interior.
in Yangon
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