Nay Pyi Taw

Fascinating Facts

  • Nay Pyi Taw is one of the fastest growing cities in Myanmar.
  • The city has hosted major events such as the Southeast Asian Games, the World Economic Forum and the ASEAN Summit.
  • The parliament is housed in a large complex consisting of 31 building. While tourists can not enter the parliament, you can drive down the 20 lane highway leading to it and stop in places to take photographs.

Nay Pyi Taw is the capital and definitely the most modern city in the country. The city is yet to see a massive influx of population providing tourists with a unique opportunity of visiting the place without worrying about crowds and traffic congestion. Nestled between two mountain ranges, the quiet environment will bring a new experience to you as you explore this spacious city.

As a fairly new region constructed in 2002, there are quite a number of attractions and things to do in Nay Pyi Taw. You will find interesting landmarks such as the museums, governemnt building as well as natural locations such as the Nay Pyi Taw Hot Spring. If you are travelling with kids or people who love animals, do visit the zoo which is one of its kind in the country.

History

The construction of Nay Pyi Taw began in 2002 with more than 25 construction companies involved to build the city. The administrative capital was moved from Yangon to the new city in 2005 and the city’s official name was revealed to the public on 27 March 2006.

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Top Attractions

If you think of Nay Pyi Taw as a mere capital city devoid of any tourist attractions, you will be mistaken. It has several interesting sites to visit that will make your holiday to this one of its kind capital city worth it. The Gems Museum displays a variety of rare and precious gems in all shapes and sizes. There are also rare and exquisite stones displayed in the museum. Learn more about Myanmar’s military capabilities at the Defense Services Museum. Discover the interesting history of Myanmar and its regions at the National Museum. The two pagodas in the city are also worth a visit, Uppatasanti pagoda being the most visited site in the city.

There are also nature-related attractions in Nay Pyi Taw such as the Zoological Garden, Safari Park, Phoe Kyar Elephant Camp and the Nay Pyi Taw Hot Spring. Immerse yourself in the tranquility and beauty of nature despite being in a modernised city. And while you are here, don’t miss the massive Parliament House complex and the 20-lane highway leading to it. While you may not be allowed to enter the complex, you can always click photographs of this beautiful structure.

Things To Do

OBSERVE THE PARLIAMENT HOUSE

The Parliament House is an 800-acre complex with 31 buildings built on the land. It also functions as the Presidential Palace. The architecture of this place is amazing and it is a sight that you can not miss. We suggest you head to the Baily Bridge to grab the best view.

VISIT THE PAGODAS

There are two famous pagodas in the city: Uppatasanti Pagoda and Thatta Thattaha Maha Bawdi Pagoda which are exact replicas of two world-famous pagodas – the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon and Maha Bawdi Temple in India. These are the most visited sites in the city. You itinerary must include exploring these.

ENJOY NATURE-RELATED ACTIVITIES

Nay Pyi Taw has an impressive list of nature attractions too. Play with adorable elephants at the Elephant Camp, relax in the hot spring, observe rare animal species in the Zoological Garden and enjoy the dancing water fountains in the evening. There’s a wide array of choices.

DISCOVER HISTORY AT MUSEUMS

Nay Pyi Taw has a number of museums which are unique in their own way. Learn about the country’s military capabilities in the Defense Services Museum, about Myanmar’s history in the National Museum and explore rare and precious stones at the Gems Museum.

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