• Location: Bago region, 220 km away from Yangon
  • Status: heaven for betel lovers
  • Population: about 121,000
  • Area: 10,644.9 square kilometers
  • Religions: Theravada Buddhists, Baptist, Roman Catholic Christians
  • Highlight: Pho Kyar Elephant Camp

Situated 220 kilometers (170 miles) north of Yangon, towards the northeastern end of Bago Region, Taungoo (also known as Toungoo) is a city renowned for its areca palms. It is said in Burmese proverb that for betel lovers, winning a trip to the city equals receiving unexpected good fortune. In addition, with its several eastern and western mountains where hardwoods like teak can be extracted, the main industry of Taungoo is forestry.

Travelers usually spend their night rest at the city as it is located between the drive from Yangon or Golden Rock to Inle or Mandalay. Apart from being a notable overnight stop, Taungoo is among the kingdoms in Burmese history – Toungoo Dynasty which ruled Burma for 155 years, from the 16th to the 18th century. For those who are much into nature and animal, do not miss the chance to visit Pho Kyar, one of the two famous elephant camps of Myanmar (the other is Myaing Hay Won), about two hours of driving from Taungoo . When you are here, make acquaintance with friendly elephants, joining in elephant riding, and observing trunk shaking. In addition, being surrounded by such a verdant and refreshing landscape, you will find yourself at peace.

Still, not so many people acknowledge this fact as there is   nearly nothing left of the 8000 square meter citadel to see, apart from fragments of surrounding walls and isolated moat areas. Taungoo’s 500th celebration is on October 16th, 2010, with attractions reconstructions and renovations as well as statues restorations within the city. Also, there are plans for other special events such as sporting tournaments. By these movements, the potential of Taungoo tourism is indeed promising.

Taungoo Tours

  •  Explore Bago in many places such as pagodas, monasteries and markets.
  •   Have bird-watching in Moeyingy Wetlands and knowledge of many kinds of bird.
  •   Visit local markets and Cheroot factory to learn about local daily life.
  •   Have sightseeing and the time for taking photograph along the tour.
Experiences :
  •  Come to and visit a chain of famous pagodas in Yangon.
  •   Have bird-watching in Moeyingyi wetlands and Pho Kyar forest camp.
  •   Relax and enjoy the beauty of this hill station in Kalaw.
  •   Take a boat trip to Inle Lake and spend a day on visiting and exploring this area.
  •   Come to Bagan and explore some most unique architectures in here.
Experiences :
  •  Gorgeous tour to the most holy land in the world, to experience the Burmese culture and its people's faith in Buddha
  •   Have an extremely relaxing time on the most pristine beach – the Ngapali in the world
  •   Take a closer look to the unspoiled wildlife and nature along the country
  •   Drop by Burmese rustic lands
  •   Enjoy the nice sunset and have an unforgettable trip
Experiences :
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Attractions In Taungoo

Myasigone Pagoda
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Phoe Kyar Elephant Camp
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Shwe San Taw Pagoda
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