The capital at Shan State. About 454 miles from Yangon. A hill station, over 1,430 meter above sea-level. By car all the way in 16 hours. By train up to Nyaung Shwe and thence to Taunggyi by car. Air service up to Heho, then by car. From Taunggyi it is about an hour's drive to Inle Lake.
Taunggyi is cool and pleasant all the year round. The market on every fifth day is crowded with ethnic tribes in their traditional dresses, Taunggyi Museum is worth visiting too.
There are two kinds of fire-ballon competitions the day festival and the night festival. Balloons in the shape of elephant, horse, ox, water-buffalo, bird, pig, fish, hintha, owl and parrot are released in the day festival. the ballons released at night have fireworks, multi-coloured lights and so-called" dia-mond ear-rings" with small lanterns attached to the main balloon.
Bagan was the capital of the first unified Empire of Anawrahta founded in 849 AD, and flourished from 1044 to the 13th century. Within an area of 42 km thousands of pagodas were built.Read More
Inle lake is the most famous scenic spot in Shan State. An immense lake of fantastic splendour which measures 22.4km long and 10.2 km wide is closely surronded by the hazy blue mountain ranges located about 900 metres above sea-level and 30 km south Taunggyi.Read More