Mrauk U Cycling Guide

Located in Northern Rakhine State, Mrauk U is a major archaeological spot in Myanmar and has only recently become a reachable tourist destination. Some dating back to the 15th century when Mrauk U reached its zenith. Most of the sites in Mrauk U date back to the 15th and 16th centuries, such as Shittaung Pagoda, which was built by King Minbin in 1535 and remains the main attraction for visitors. The ruins of the royal palace and the remains of the city walls are worthwhile sightseeing points. The most popular mode for tourists to travel to Mrauk U is to take a domestic flight from Yangon to Sittwe and board a boat from Sittwe against the Kaladan River. A popular myth amongst the Arakanese and the Burmese people is that the name Mrauk U was derived from a legend of a monkey offering Gautama Buddha an egg as a sign of devotion, it is purported that the name Monkey Egg (Myauk U) stuck with the region, and from it, the current Mrauk U was derived. The main attractions are the temples and ruins around the town such as a small archaeological Museum near Palace site, Shitthaung Pagoda – the most impressive meaning 80,000, with its endless perambulatory tunnels, Dukkanthein Pagoda, Andawthein Shrine are some of the sites to see in Mrauk U. Mrauk U is an ancient city in the Rakhine State which is situated in the western part of the Union of Myanmar. Mrauk-U is also a place where cultural heritages have flourished for many years. The Rakhine State is close to the Bay of Bengal and the coastal region is full of rocks and reefs and may be that is why so many stone-sculptures can be seen as ancient cultural crafts in the Rakhine region.

Inle Cycling Guide

Known as the Venice of Myanmar, Inle Lake is a highland lake in Shan State, providing livelihood to lake dwellers, famous for their leg rowing. It is the second largest fresh water lake in Myanmar, located in the Nyaungshwe Township of Shan State. Inle Lake has unique pagodas, villages and floating vegetation and lakeshore villages. Inle Lake is the second largest lake in Myanmar which is situated 1,328 meters above sea level and is 22km along and 11km wide. The Intha people are famous for their leg-rowing of small flat – bottomed boat, with one leg. Inle Lake is different from the three key tourist destinations of Myanmar: Yangon, Bagan and Mandalay. Tourists coming here get to see the diverse landscape of Myanmar through the areas that surrounds the lake. Enjoy boat and canoe rides on the lake and can see the floating gardens, fishing villages and daily activities … all on water. The interesting places are Phaung Daw U Pagoda with its 5 ‘gold covered’ Buddha statues, traditional floating markets, villages and work-shops in the surrounding areas. Every year, on the eve of the full moon day in October, the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda festival is held, which sees the pagoda’s revered Buddha images displayed on the golden Karaweik – a replica of the ancient royal barge – and taken to villages around the lake. Unlike most other pagoda festivals in Myanmar, which typically run for about three days, the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda festival goes for 18 days, and also includes boat races that attract spectators near and far. The races provide exciting additional entertainment and are well worth watching, with separate events held for men and women

Bagan Cycling Guide

Bagan (also spelled Pagan) is an ancient city that was the capital of the first Burmese empire. Located in the dry central plains of Myanmar, on the eastern bank of the Irrawaddy (or Ayeyarwaddy) River. According to the local chronicles, Bagan was founded in the second century CE, and strengthen in 849 CE by King Pyinbya. From 1044 to 1287, Bagan was the capital as well as the political and cultural nerve center of the Empire. Over the course of 250 years, Bagan’s rulers and their wealthy subjects constructed approximately 1000 stupas, 10,000 small temples and 3000 monasteries in an area of 104 square kilometers in the Bagan. The Bagan Empire collapsed in 1287 due to repeated Mongol invasions (1277–1301). The city formally ceased to be the capital of Burma in December 1297. Bagan survived into the 15th century as a human settlement and as a pilgrimage destination throughout the imperial period

Mandalay Cycling Guide

You can Enjoy With Mandalay One Day Tour

Mandalay, the last royal capital of Myanmar, named as Yandanabon or the City of Gems is the second largest city in Myanmar Established in 1875 by King Mindon. “The Road to Mandalay” by Rudyard Kipling’s made the name even to those who had never heard of Myanmar or Burma. The city was built on the grid system of 144 square blocks, anchored by 16 square block royal palace compound at the foot of Mandalay Hill. The Palace inside the citadel was surrounded by a 64 m (210 ft.) wide mote and 6666 feet long square walls. Mandalay is well known for Myanmar traditional, cultural and also exquisite handicraft such as hand woven embroidery in silk and cotton, the process of making gold leaves, wood and stone carving, and bronze casting, etc. If you are thinking of making day trips to ancient cities outside Mandalay, it’s best to do Sagaing one day and Innwa (Eva) and Amarapura for another day. The places you should visit are Mandalay Palace, Mandalay Museum, Mandalay Hill, Mahar Myatmuni Paya, Kuthodaw Paya (Word Heritage Unesco), Atumashi Kyaung, Shwenandaw Kyaung, U Pain’s Bridge and so on.

Yangon Cycling Guide

You can Enjoy With Yangon One Day Tour

Yangon (also known as Rangoon, literally: “End of Strife”) was a former capital of Myanmar until the capital was relocated to Naypyitaw in 2006. Yangon is the country’s largest city with a population of over five million and also the most important commercial center in Myanmar. Founded as Dagon by the Mons in the early 11th century and the name Yangon was given by King Alaung Paya in 1755 after he conquered Dagon; ‘Yangon’ means ‘no more enemies or End of Strife’. Although Yangon is undeveloped compared to other major cities in Southeast Asia, it has the largest number of colonial buildings in the city center; which combined of British colonial architecture, Buddhist stupas, Hindu temples, Christian churches and Muslim mosques make it one of the most exotic and noticeable cities in Southern East Asia. The former High Court, Secretariat Buildings, St. Paul’s English High School and the Strand Hotel are excellent examples of the bygone era.