Ngapali Beach is a beach located 7 kilometers (4 miles) from
the town of Thandwe (Sandoway). It is the most famous beach in Myanmar and is a
popular tourist destination. The name "Ngapali", has no meaning in Burmese, but
comes from the Italian "Napoli" (the city of Naples). The beach that offers you
clear and blue water all the year round, smooth wave and white sand will make
you want to stay from dawn to dark. Sunsets of Ngapali are really beyond
description. Ngapali Beach has been promoted as one of the major tourist
destinations in Myanmar. The main beach is 2 miles long. On the southern part of
the beach there is a fishing village & interesting for your short visit.
Ngwe Saung, named by the name of village near the beach, is
located in Ayeyarwaddy Division, Pathein District & 5 hours drive from Yangon.
It is long more than 11 miles. Most of the native people are Rakhine Race. Water
is transparently clear and it can see clearly until the floor of sea at the
depth of 10-15ft. It is on the western coast of Myanmar on the Bay of Bengal,
west of Yangon and a bit south of Ngapali Beach. It has become popular with
tourists in just the last one or two decades and the quality of the beach, sand
and water is comparable to Ngapali Beach.
It is a little known town most northerly navigable point on the Ayeyarwaddy River. It is the ancient gateway to China and until recently was off limits to foreigners; it remains an important centre for cross border trade. The river expedition between Mandalay & Bhamaw combines scenic interest with a study of local life and culture. The river varies enormously: it is vast, with endless winding channels just above Mandalay, dark and narrow through the 3rd Defile. It is a constantly changing landscape with a stunning back drop of mountains. If we are lucky, working elephants can be observed during the river cruise.
Myitkyina is situated in 919 km from Yangon. It is the capital of Kachin State. Myitkyina in Myanmar means "near the big river." Myitkyina is the capital of Kachin State in the far north of the country located 1480 km from Yangon or 780 km from Mandalay. It is just less than 42 km of Myit_Sone, the confluence of two headstreams (MaiKha and MaliKha). It is the northernmost of the river port and rail terminal in Myanmar. The population is a mixture of Kachin, Shan, Bamar people and some Chinese and Indians. The city has a population of about 150,000. Major religions are Christianity and Buddhism, but other religions such as Animism, Hinduism and Islam are also practiced. Overland trade route to India and China, and the Second World War supply line to China along the Road pass through Myitkyina. The town was strategically important because of the route of the Ledo-Burma Road. Myitkyina is known for its colorful Kachin New Year festival in January called Manao festival, where all Kachin come together in their full colorful costumes to celebrate the grand occasion with traditional dances, singing, and drinking of traditional rice wines.
Myit sone, the confluence of the Mehka and Malihka Rivers, 43 km north of Myitkyina, forms the beginning of the great Ayeyarwaddy River. We can concentrate the most fabulous scenery of Myanmar.
An enchanting lake is the biggest one in Myanmar as well as the third largest in the world with the area of 333sq.km. Boat excursion to Shwe Myitzu Pagoda in the middle of the lake and elephant ride, are recommended to experience. As it is also a residence of the world’s rare birds such as Sarus crane, Pelican, Stork, etc., bird watching tour is available as well. It is 64 km from Hopin Railway Station and 6 hours by train from Myitkyina.
Putao is a town in the far north of the Kachin state surrounded by snow-peaked mountains. The highlands north of Putao are considered one of the most pristine Himalayan environments in Asia and could become a major ecotourism destination. It is the nearest town to the base camp for climbing Mt. Hkakaborazi which is 5889 meters high. This mountain is the highest mountain in Myanmar and in Southeast Asia.
Putao itself is small and picturesque with a population of about 10, 000 people. The elevation is 402m above sea level. During the late British colonial era, a military post called Fort Hertz was based in Putao. By the end of WWII, most Westerners used this name instead of Putao - it still appear on some older maps. Most of the population of around 10, 000 are Kachin & Lisu, followed by Bamar, Shan and various other smaller tribes groups.