Bagan temples Travel to Bagan among thousands of ancient temples <<-- GO
Bagan in central Myanmar, is known for a wide valley home to over 4000 ancient temples, of which about 2,200 are still in good condition. The city is famous for the production of lacquer ware using only natural products, as well as for other handicrafts and arts, that can be discovered exploring shops and small family-run business.
Pagoda in Mandalay Trip to Mandalay exploring temples and monasteries <<-- GO
Mandalay is a city in central Myanmar reached by pilgrims from all corners of Burma, because of some of the country's most important Buddhist temples and pagodas. The Mahamuni Pagoda houses a statue of Buddha covered with gold and studded with precious stones, while the monastery of Shwenandaw is made entirely of inlaid teak wood, just to say only a few examples.
Pahtodawgyi temple Excursion to Mingun and voyage inside Myanmar handicrafts <<-- GO
Mingun is located less than an hour by boat from Mandalay along the mighty river Irrawaddi and hosts the unfinished pagoda (subsequently damaged by an earthquake too) of Pahtodawgyi. More tours in Mandalay allowed me to discover the ancient crafts, such as the manufacture of sheets of gold (golden leaf) and the long process of making paintings with pearls.
Buddha caves Tour to Pindaya Buddha caves among thousands of Buddha statues <<-- GO
Pindaya is located not far from Inle Lake and Heho airport, along the mountains of central Myanmar. The fertile soil sees fields of cabbage, ginger, sunflower and potatoes that cover the hills, while agricultural products are sold and packed to be sent in all Myanmar, in busy general markets. But Pindaya is best known for a cave that houses nearly ten thousand Buddha statues...
Festival on Inle lake Trip exploring Inle lake and the Phaung Daw Oo festival <<-- GO
The festival of Inle lake, which final day is held during the first moon of October, sees the golden Karaweik boat carrying the image of the Buddha to the final destination of Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, while teams of rowers compete in speed races on their long canoes. A tour of the village on Inle Lake will show a kind of "Waterworld", where people have to negotiate the absence of a real soil.
Shwe Indein temple Excursion to Shwe Indein and Nyaung Shwe around lake Inle <<-- GO
The Inle Lake provides opportunities for interesting day trips and short treks to explore remote villages and ancient temples. The pagoda of Shwe Indein has hundreds of stupas dating back to various periods, set in a "postcard" landscape, while the fishermen of Inle Lake are working with their networks Just before arriving at the airport in Heho, I visit the Nyaung Shwe monastery.
Kyaiktiyo pagoda Day tour to Golden Rock (Kyaiktiyo) and Bago (Pago) <<-- GO
Bago and Golden Rock can be visited with a two-day tour by car, bus or train from Yangoon. Bago is known for hosting the highest stupa of all of Myanmar and the beautiful statue of reclining Buddha. Instead, the Golden Rock is a place of pilgrimage for many Buddhists, praying and attaching gold leaf over a sacred granite boulder teetering on the edge of a precipice.
Shwedagon Pagoda Day tour in Yangoon discovering the many attractions <<-- GO
Yangon is the most populous city in Myanmar, that hosts one of the most beautiful temple all over Myanmar: Shwedagon Pagoda, with its magnificent golden-laminated visible from all corners of the city. Yangon is also interesting for the colonial center, for the lake home to the palace Karaweik, and for many other attractions.