What to See around Yangon and the South
Collected by Duncan Forgan, AFAR Local Expert
Yangon's surrounds and the southern section of Myanmar, which extends like a long finger down towards the equator, offer some of the country's most compelling sights. In Mon State, Mawlamyine enjoys an evocative ocean setting, while Hpa-An, capital of Kayin State, is surrounded by beautiful karst scenery. In the far south, the Mergui Archipelago is winning attention for its pristine tropical beaches and opportunities to encounter the nomadic, sea-based Moken people.
Myeik, Myanmar (Burma)
Uncharted, Tropical Myanmar? Yes it does exist and it’s called the Myeik Archipelago, a cluster of 800 idyllic islands straight out of a fairytale book of your dreams. As the New York Times recently reported, this tropical archipelago -- which is...
Macleod Island, Myanmar (Burma)
Myanmar is often associated with ts incredible culture and for having arguably the friendliest locals in all of Asia. Often overlooked though are the country’s unspoilt tropical islands and pristine white sandy beaches I was lucky enough to spend...
Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
This is my "second home"; I have been going to this beautiful tranquil beach resort by a fishing village for the last 6 years. Four hour drive from yangon, Myanmar. I would buy fish from the men and have the hotel cook the way I like it!
Pathein, Myanmar (Burma)
Pathein, a delta city ,a bumpy 3+ hour drive south of Yangon showed an unspoiled view of a port city and more interesting and friendly people of Myanmar. We stayed in a local hotel, rack rate of USD$35 and got a discount to $28 since with our...
Hpa-An, Myanmar (Burma)
Hpa'an is famous for its stand-alone limestone mountains with caves full of Buddhas but to see them you'll need to rent a tuk tuk and probably find a local guide to help explain them to you. The infrastructure is still mostly geared towards the...
Dala, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
Yangon’s overcrowded streets and sidewalks can at times be a bit overwhelming. If you’re in need of a respite, that doesn’t require a bus or plane, head across the Yangon River to the town of Dala. Though less than a mile from downtown Yangon,...
Hpa-An, Myanmar (Burma)
Although the popular government boat between Hpa-An and Mawlamyine has been out of service since 2012, it is still possible to make the classic six-hour boat journey down the Salween River between the two towns. The leisurely journey offers some...
Mawlamyine, Myanmar (Burma)
Documented by Rudyard Kipling during his brief, but impactful, visit to Myanmar, the tallest and most visible stupa in Mawlamyine remains one of the city's most enchanting spots. It is a particularly fine place to watch the sun-setting over the...
Thiriyadanar St, Thanbyuzayat, Myanmar (Burma)
The western terminus of the infamous "Death Railway", built during the Second World War by Allied prisoners of war, Thanbyuzayat is a worthy pilgrimage. There's not a lot to see in the town itself, but the railway station and the war cemetery,...
Satthwadaw, Myanmar (Burma)
Driving time to the park from Yangon is minimum one hour despite being only 27km. The good news is that the majority of the park is made up of attractive marshland which surrounds a central lake. Picnic sites are scattered throughout....
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