Places to Visit in
HTAUKKYAN ALLIED WAR
Htaukkyan can be be reached in a 1 hour drive from downtown Yangon towards Bago. 27,000
Allied soldier’s tombs from the 2nd World war are there in a well-kept
cemetery. “All souls Day” is usually held on November 11 with the aid of
the British Embassy.
This is situated in Takayta township, about 45 minutes away from
downtown Yangon. There are houses and models of 8
different National races of Myanmar and their traditional costumes.
The place is also tranquil and worth a visit if a person is
interested in ethnic people and wants to get away from the busy city’s
life. Visit the village if you have no time to see the ethnic
groups during your journey through Myanmar.
SYRIAM & KYAUKTAN PAGODA
Syriam used to be an important seaport in the 17th century, even
before the Portuguese time. One can do a day trip from Yangon. A
centuries old Catholic Church, the nice surrounding of Kyaik
Khauk Pagoda and thousand year old Buddha images from Kyaik Maw
Wun Pagoda are worth seeing. Kyauktan Pagoda is in the middle of a
river and can be reached by small boats.
TWANTE (TWANTAY) POTTERIES
is a small town which is famous for its pottery. The potteries work in an old
fashioned way, everything is done manually. It is best
to start your journey in the early morning. People in that area earn
their living by fishing and farming. One can go around town by trishaw or pony carts. It
is a 2 hours journey across Yangon river by boat and continuing on a
bumpy road. Alternatively you can go from Yangon by boat. There is in
the meantime a bridge to Twante, from downtown Yangon it is however a long way.
There is private boat (RV Mahaythi) running between Yangon and Twante, offering
a package. Guests can go with this new boat and do sightseeing in Twante by
trishaw or horse cart and return to Yangon by that boat. The boat is supposed to
run daily between October and April but depending on demand. Lunch will be
hosted on board.
The potteries were severely damaged during the Cyclone Nargis in May 2008 but
have been repaired shortly afterwards already.
HLAWGA WILDLIFE PARK
Around 1 hour drive towards Bago, further than the War Cemetery,
a wildlife park with a scenic lake. You can see monkeys and birds, and a
little zoo. Especially on weekends and holidays, the park is packed with
Yangon people coming there for picnic.