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Myanmar, Yangon: The Crossroads in the Middle of Asia – VIDEO
They call Myanmar the gate between India, China, and southeast Asia. In country's largest city - Yangon - you quickly realize why it is so. There, influences of all cultures of the region meet as well as people - Indians, Chinese, Burmese... Let's quickly see the center and the suburbs of the city.
Shwe Dagon Pagoda
Undoubtedly, the greatest lure in the city is the famous Shwe Dagon Pagoda proudly rising to 105 meters above the surrounding landscape. It is the most sacred place for Buddhists in the country. They say that hair of the very Gautama, the last Buddha, are hidden there.
Legend has it that monks founded it already 2600 years ago. This would make it the oldest Buddhist structure in the world. Historians and archeologists say the pagoda was founded between the 6th and 10th century AD. Despite that this makes it still quite old, doesn't it?
In addition to that, the pagoda is really mostly covered in gold which is given by common folk as well as monarchs from all around the country since the 15th century. You pay about 10 dollars to see the compound and you shouldn't miss it!
The influence of the British is not that aparent in Yangon as in Mandalay. Still, walk through the city center and its narrow streets lined by magnificent colonial era houses. The rest of the city doesn't look like it uch. There are several churches and Sule Pagoda, another grandiose pagoda.
To me, a ride on Yangon Circle Train was the best experience. It took the entire day. The train rides slowly through the suburbs. You can get off of it any time and walk surrounding stations. Then wait for the following train. The tickets are very cheap.
The train ride itself is an amazing experience – you will feel like you traveled back in time. The most interesting part was the vast market at Da Nyin Gone station.
To be concrete - the market is the station. Right on the platform, there are vendors selling abych byl přesný – trh je zároveň i součástí stanice, přímo na nástupišti a v kolejišti se budete proplétat mezi prodejci zeleniny a ovoce a lidmi, kteří přijeli nakupovat. Jakmile vejdete do samotného tržiště, máte pocit, že to tu úplně stejně vypadá snad stovky let. Přibyly jen plastové slunečníky. A jako cizinec tu pro lidi budete skvělou atrakcí.
Myanmar is its most beautiful side in the Shan State and around the tourist magnet, Inle Lake. You can easily reach it by bus, but how about a two-day to three-day adventure trip from Kalaw? You will experience a journey from village to village, between different ethnic groups. You will sleep in a Buddhist monastery, you will have the opportunity to get closer to the local culture and life in the countryside, and finally you will reach the aforementioned Inle Lake. The lake is one of the most popular and at the same time the most beautiful tourist destinations in Myanmar.
Do you like ancient monuments, temples and learn about new cultures? Then there is probably no better place in the world than Myanmar, a country that opened its borders in 2012 to the western world. The Republic of Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) is the youngest country in Southeast Asia. The westernmost country of Indochina is located on the peninsula of India's back along the Bay of Bengal. It borders Bangladesh, India, China, Laos and Thailand. Since 2005, it is its new capital, Neipyijto. Burma is a Buddhist country, with less than 90% of the population reporting this religion. The official currency is the buzz, but some hotels and local travel agencies accept US dollars.
Burma's second largest city sometimes gives you the feeling as it doesn't fint into the country. To be honest, I loved it more than any other city in the country yet it was unimpressive at first. Let's make a quick look at the city.
One of the most popular place in Myanmar is Inle Lake. There are couple of interesting things about it. First, there are traditional fishermen. But also, there are unique floating gardens, and many villages built on water - on lake, or the river streaming from the lake.
Southeast Asia is booming. Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia are in some respects much more developed than we here in central Europe. However, should you like to experience the "true", unglobalized Asia then travel to Myanmar, Cambodia or - as we in this short video - to Myanmar, the country you might know as Burma.
While travelling across Burma, we travel to Hsipaw in Shan State in the north of the country. Full moon is about to come. In this time a large celebration takes place in Bawgyo. Many Burmese delicacies are sold during this time, and you can experience also some fair rides and fire works.
Whistling train comes on time. The rails squeak. We looked down into the mouth of the canyon up form the Gokteik viaduct. What should we see first? The view over scarily deep canyon or slow moving of the train? Welcome to the one of the most famous railroad viaducts in the world.
Colonial structures, an English-style tower, railway stop, orchid park, bamboo bushland, the view over a botanical garden, motorbike ride, waterfalls and rainbow and a great melon at the end. This is Pwin U Lwin. A town with a hidden face of fresh Burmese beauty.
Let's climb up the second highest mountain of Myanmar. Nice weather means beautiful vista over mountains in India and to Bangladesh. There is a complicated road to the base camp. On the other hand, the climb is easy and takes you up to 3053 meters above sea level.
The last stop in Burma is devoted to recreation on beach and a motorbike trip. A banana shake for breakfast, sea fruits for dinner. Peace, quiet, swashing of the waves during the sunrise and the sunset. Paradise or reality?
Monumental pagodas over 250 years old are glitter under sun shine. Pointy cactuses rise among temples made of red bricks. There are also bushes with red and rose blossoms. You can hear a clapping sound made by shepherd’s clogs.