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Kalaw

kalawThis old hill station on the rim of the Shan Plateau, in the Pineland, remains a favorite place for holidays. The main attractions of Kalaw are the town itself, with its mock-tutor colonial bungalows, its ethnic mix of people, and it’s setting within trekking distance of many ethnic minority villages. Situates 1,400 metres above sea-level. It is located 70 km west of Taunggyi. Many of the Tudor-style houses and English gardens of colonial days remain. In the neighborhood lie villages of Palaung and other hill tribes who come to Kalaw market held every five days in their colorful costumes, adding to the quiet attraction of Kalaw.

Pindaya

pindayaSituated at the foot of Mene-taung Range and about 45 km north of Kalaw is a picturesque place called Pindaya. It is known to the world as the home of the countless Buddha Images in its extensive lime stone caves and picturesque lake. The main sight in the area is Pindaya Cave, locally known as Shwe Oo Min Cave and unique Shan traditional paper umbrella making works. The limestone caves contain a maze of chambers with 6,226 Buddha statues. Some of them are tiny, others are huge, 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. Scenic drive over the rolling hills of the Shan plateau through colorful mustard and wheat field. The road from Kalaw to Pindaya (38 km) passes through countryside of magnificent scenic beauty.

Kyaing Tong

kyaing-tongKyaing Tong, the capital city is located in the corner of Shan State, in the Golden Triangle Region. It is an old colonial town, 456 km northeast of Taunggyi near the China and Thailand border. There are many tribes such as Khun, Wa, Shan, Akha, Anh, Palaung and Lahu hill tribes with their colourful dresses. Visitors can use regular flights from Yangon to Kyaing Tong. Attraction include; Yom-Gone Pottery Village, Kyaing Tong Lacquerware workshop, trekking nearby villages and morning market of local hill tribes.

 

Mawlamyine (Moulmein)

mawlamyaingMon State is situated in the South- Eastern coastal region of Myanmar. Blue sea against Yoma Mountains makes the scene so beautiful. Mawlamyine is the third largest city in Myanmar and the capital of Mon State. Once a busy seaport known as Moulmein, it is now a pleasantly quiet town with tree-shaded streets harbouring some of the most elegant examples of colonial architecture in Myanmar. Most strikingly, near the Thanlwin River waterfront are several brilliantly colorful mosques built decades ago for the many Indians who came to the region to work for the British, while a few blocks away from the river can be found the first Baptist church to be established in the country.Similarly Mawlamyine is a really pleasant town surrounded by mountains and blue sea. Choungzon, Mudon, Kyaikmayaw, Thanphyuzayat are famous places to be visited. There are many pagodas and stupas in Mawlamyine. In this region one can see Kyaikthanlan pagoda. In Mudon there is the world biggest Buddha Image (Win Sein Taw Ya Reclining Buddha Image).

Hpa-an

hpaanHpa-an, capital of Kayin State, is surrounded by lovely hills and mountains. This is perfect hiking country with its small lakes and many grottoes. Moreover taking time to enjoy the local market is a delightful experience. The colorful costumes of the Kayin women are a sight-to-be-seen. Hpaan is in between Mawlamyine and Yangon.