Yangon and Surrounding
Yangon, the commercial city of Myanmar and it has colonial architectures including the legendary Strand Hotel, museums, gardens and peaceful Inya and Kandaw gyi lakes. Shwedagon Pagoda with its amazing mix of pavilions, stupas, images and bells is famous highlight of any visit to Yangon and Myanmar itself. Full of trees and shade Yangon could be one of the most charming cities in the East. Yangon has earned the name of “The Green City of the East”.
Bago (Pegu) is situated only about 80 km from Yangon and easily reached. It takes 1 hour and 30 minutes drive from Yangon. Bago is and old royal capital called Hanthawady and a full of legendry with Mon and Myanmar 40 years war. Kanbawzathadi Palace and Museum is the interesting historical sightseeing place. There are many pagodas and monasteries such as Shwemawdaw Pagoda, Hintha Gon Pagoda, Shwethalyaung Buddha, Maha Kalyani Sima ( Maha Kalyani Thein), and Mahazedi Pagoda.
Thanlyin (Syriam) & KyaukTan
Thanlyin (Syriam) & Kyauktan are within easy day-tripping distance from Yangon. A short ride out of town will take you to the large, golden Kyaik-khauk Pagoda, rising on a hillock. Then the tombs of two Myanmar writers: Natshinnaung and Padethayaza are just before this pagoda.The Yele Paya or “mid-river” pagoda at Kyauktan is situated across the river to Thanylyin.
A small town on the Twante canal is noted for its pottery with well-designed, utilitarian containers of varying shapes and sizes. The pots are made in huge thatched-roof sheds in the Oh-bo district.