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Shan State

Shan is the largest State in Myanmar bordering China, Laos and Thailand. It is a hilly region with low temperature and several ethnic groups residing in Shan State. The capital of Shan State is Taunggyi and Inle Lake and Pindaya Caves are places of interest.



Located in the southern Shan State and surrounded by hazy blue mountains. It is the second largest natural lake in Myanmar with its fine weather and natural beauty. The lake stretches out 11 miles, about 4 miles broad and the water is at a depth of 20 feet in the deepest. Inle lake is the home for the Inthas, one of the national races who grow vegetables on the floating farms which can detached and moved as necessary and the vegetables are sold at the Five- day markets.

The Five-day markets held on every fifth day are not be missed as it provides opportunities to see the members of national races. The Inthas row the boats with a leg that made them the unique leg-rowers in the world.

The famous Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda festival is held annually in October with the procession and the leg-rowing competition. Silk and lotus weaving industry, pottery making in khaung Taing village, floating islands, floating farms, colourful floating market and unique leg-rowers are the best known. A visit to Inle will give you unforgettable experience.


Pindaya is a town of Shan State about 40 km from Kalaw and well known for lime-stone caves. Located near town Pindaya, the holly Pindaya Caves are famous for thousands of Buddha images in all shapes and sizes carved in wood, stone, marble and bronze housed in the lime- stone cave.







Kalaw is a small town and peaceful and quiet place with a cool climate. Situated to the west of Taunggyi, Kalaw is a former colonial hill station and a few miles away from famous Pindaya Caves. Every Five-day typical markets and some of the churches and British style buildings are interesting for the tourists. Visitors can study products on sale and experience the life of local people in the typical markets.




Kakku Pagoda

Located near Taunggyi, one of the interesting sites in Myanmar, the Kakku Pagoda, was hidden for centuries in the wooded hills. The first stupas were erected by King Alaungsithu in the 12th century. A wonderful pagoda with over 2000 stupas packed closely together is a masterpiece of traditional arts and architecture. The main stupa is about 40 m high and surrounded by a large number of small stupas. The whole site is now well preserved with many originals.





The capital city of Southern Shan State and a busy trade centre, Taunggyi provides a cool weather. Thaunggyi means ' Big Mountain ' and it is a hill station in the summer. Hot Air Ballon Festival is the most famous held in November every year. Visitors should not fail to see Thaunggyi Cultural Museum which gives much knowledge of the cultural of Myanmar national races.







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