Thursday, February 18, 2010

Myanmar: Yangon

Yangon, formerly Rangoon, was the capital of Myanmar until it was superseded by Naypyidaw in November 2005. Today, with a population of over 5 million people, it remains the largest city and main economic hub of Myanmar.

According to local legend, the Shwedagon Pagoda was built during the time of the Buddha and the area around the pagoda, modern Yangon (Rangoon), has been settled since then. Whatever the truth of the legend, it is certain that a Mon village named Dagon has existed at the site since the 6th century A.D.


Bagan, also spelled Pagan, on the banks of the Irrawaddy River, is home to the largest area of Buddhist temples, pagodas, stupas and ruins in the world with many dating from the 11th and 12th centuries.

He Ho and Kalaw

He Ho, the arrival airport for Kalaw and Inle Lake...

Wai Gyi

Peaceful village half way between Kalaw and Inle Lake...

Wai Gyi Monastery

Stunning Monastery where you can sleep and have the unique morning alarm of monks chanting 20m from your bed at 0530 am....

Inle Lake

Beautiful Inle Lake s a freshwater lake located in the Shan Hills in Myanmar (Burma). It is the second largest lake in Myanmar with an estimated surface area of 44.9 square miles...

Nyaung Shwe

Jumping Cat Pagoda....dont bother!

Betel Nut.....Bother!