• Location: 500 km north of Yangon, 10 km southeast of Mandalay
  • Status: capital city of Shan State
  • Population: 205,000 (estimated 2010)
  • Area: 23,280.6 square km (Taunggyi District)
  • Religions: Buddhism, Christianity, Islam
  • A place holding Five Day Market, very popular among Shan State
  • Renowned for its Balloon Festival in late October

Situated about 10 kilometers southeast of Mandalay and 500 kilometers north of Yangon, Taunggyi, meaning 'huge mountain' in Burmese, is the fifth largest city of Myanmar and the capital center of Shan State, Eastern Myanmar. It is the home for over 205,000 residents, including people of Bamar, Intha, Pa-Oh, and Shan.

At the centre of the city, numerous buildings covered in the green color of verdant forests can be seen. All over Taunggyi is covered with cherries, pines and eucalyptus trees. Being a hill city, Taunggyi’s weather is said to be one of the most comfortable throughout Myanmar.

Taunggyi can best be seen from balloons flying up high. The most well known places of interest in Taunggyi are Shan State Cultural Museum and Myoma Market. Other remarkable attractions of the city are a variety of churches and Buddhist related buildings, such as Guan Yin Buddhist Monastery, and the limestone caves system of Padah-Lin containing paintings from prehistoric time periods.

Being the busiest and most crowded part of Taunggyi, Myonma is the gathering place of different ethnic groups who reside in this city. Every five days, people from neighbor areas of Taunggyi often came there to exchange their distinctive regional products, creating a kind of activities very popular among Shan State communities called ‘Five Day Markets’. Specially, come to Myonma Market, you can buy foods (like Burmese sweet tea and Shan noodles), CDs and VCDs which are in full supplies at low prices. Also, you can find Pa-Oh women wearing interesting headscarves sell fresh products from the Shan hills.

On the other hand, at the Cultural Museum, take your time to observe stuffs from Shan State’s different national races, such as traditional clothes, musical instruments, household appliances, farming tools, sculptures, and paintings. Plus, objects used by Shan Sawbwas (Shan Lords) like paintings, swords, fans, divans and chairs are displayed. Situated at Eintawshay Road and Bogyoke Aung San Road, the museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday, between 10:00 AM and 3:30 PM, with an entrance fee of two US dollars.

Last but not least, you can visit Taunggyi in late October when the annual Balloon Festival is celebrated in one week. Giant hot air balloons of various colors and different animal shapes are sent up to the sky, floating around the city. On taking off, the balloons can suddenly burst into fire, a relatively common incident. At night, the festival gets more exciting as several balloons in tradition shapes carrying sweets and fireworks are launched. Still, one thing to remember is that during the event, hotel prices for foreigner are higher, with an increase of about 50%.

Taunggyi Tours

  •  Experiencing Myanmar culture through entertaining festive activities
  •   Communicating with native people, especially the Intha with the unique talent of rowing by one leg
  •   Visiting the most famous Buddhist sites of the country such as: Shwedagon Pagoda, Pindaya Caves, and Kakku Relics
  •   Immersing yourself in mesmerizing natural settings, especially in Inle Lake
Experiences :
  •  Experiencing Myanmar culture through two interesting festivals of Phaungdawoo Pagoda and Elephant Dance
  •   Truly communicating with native people via various activities: boating, joining festivals, visiting cultural sites
  •   Discovering Myanmar history with Bagan archeological sites as well as former royal capitals of Amarapura and Inwa
  •   Immersing yourself in mesmerizing natural settings and spectacular architectural constructions
Experiences :
  •  Arrive at Yangon and explore Buddhist architecture arts in majestic Shwedagon Pagoda.
  •   Come to Bagan and visit some ancient temples, historical places to complete the view of Buddhism in Myanmar.
  •   Have golf and sightseeing at Bagan Golf Course and Aye TharYar Golf Resort.
  •   Have a day to explore Inle Lake with the dreamy sights and taste some local dishes.
  •   Have leisure time for your free activities in Yangon when come back in the final day.
Experiences :
  •  Explore Yangon with the trip to Shwedagon Pagoda and other sights.
  •   Golf at some of most desirable courses, from Yangon, Bagan to PyinOoLwin.
  •   Have sightseeing and learn about the Buddhist architectural arts, history and culture of Burmese in Mandalay and Bagan.
  •   Try tasting some local dishes in the destinations.
  •   Take a boat trip and cycling trip to visit and discover the colorful life and views in Inle Lake and NyaungShwe.
Experiences :
  •  Have great experience in gorgeous Shwedagon Pagoda which is considered as one of the symbols of Buddhism in Myanmar.
  •   Play golf in the desirable courses, from Yangon's to Inle Lake's, including Pun Hlaing Golf Club, Bagan Golf Course, Yedagun Golf Club and Aye Thar Yar Golf Resort.
  •   Have great experiences in Bagan, through the ancient pagodas, temples and monasteries.
  •   Take a boat trip to discover Inle Lake, accompanying with sightseeing tour in here.
Experiences :
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  •  Profound understanding on the use of traditional Burmese herbs
  •   Considerable knowledge on the country's culture and nature
  •   Great admiration over stunning and magnificent pagodas and stupas
  •   Memorable trip to the most renowned destinations of Myanmar
Experiences :
  •  Chance to witness the most beautiful architecture in Yangon and the most pristine beach of Ngapali
  •   Challenge yourself with professional golf matches on modern golf courses to gain cheerful and healthy moments
  •   Have a truly meaningful trip
Experiences :
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Attractions In Taunggyi

Shan State Cultural Museum
Lying on Bogyoke Aung San Road, in Taunggyi, Burma, the Shan State Cultural Museum is a place worth...
Myoma Market (Five Day Market)
Taunggyi now is a popular destination to both foreign and domestic tourists. Taunggyi has an...
Guan Yin Buddhist Monastery
Because of the population's mixture, Taunggyi has many different religions. The Guan Yin Buddhist...
Padah Lin Caves
Situating in Taunggyi District, Shan State, Burma, Padah-Lin Caves are consist of two limestone...

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