Located 285 km north - west of Yangon Pyay is easily accessible by road or rail and a gateway city to Rakhine State, across the Ayeyawaddy River. The Shwesandaw Pagoda, and the gigantic Buddha image of Hse-htat-gyi Pagoda, are major attractions.
Popularly known as the Golden Rock Pagoda and a very popular pilgrimage destination, the mystical Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda stands on a gold-gilded boulder, precariously perched on the edge of a hill over 1,100 m above sea-level. The base camp at Kyaikhto is located 160 km by road from Yangon. From the base camp, pilgrims trek 11 km uphill to reach the pagoda platform. There is also a steep winding road for four-wheel drive cars from the base to the nearest point of 1.6 km away from the pagoda. Once you are on top, the panoramic view of the surrounding areas of hilly hinterland in haze is so breathtaking that you would not forget the experience and wish you could come back again.
It can be reached by coaches running between Yangon and Kyaikhto daily all the year round . The coach services are operated by the private as well as the government. You can also drive there, which will take about 5 hours. If you wish to go by rail, there is a regular train from Yangon to Kyaikhto, from which you can proceed by bus
Capital of the Rakhine Kingdom, which flourished from the 15th to 18th century, Mrauk Oo is reached by a 5 hour boat trip along the Kaladan River from Sittwe(Akyab), which is 90 minutes by air from Yangon. Mrauk Oo is noted for its fort-like temples and pagodas of stone and brick, and for its statuary and relief, which are distinctive. About 8 km north of Mrauk Oo is the archaeological site of Wethali, another ancient capital dating back to the 4th century. There is a newly built Mrauk Oo Hotel with 48 rooms.
A regular passenger boat takes hours from Sittwe to Mrauk Oo. Special speed boat with 20 seats takes only 2 hours 30 minutes. It is also accessible by road from Sittwe via Ponnakyun and Kyauktaw. Regular flights from Yangon to Sittwe takes about one hour 30 minutes.
The capital of Mon State and a major trading city of the south, 300 km southeast of Yangon, Mawlamyine was made famous and immortalized by the great poet and writer Rudyard Kipling, Mawlamyine is an attractive port with a ridge of hills on one side and the sea on the other. About 300 km away from Yangon, it can be reached by road and rail or by a 40-minute's flight from Yangon.
Mogok, known as Gems city, is some 115 km north-east of Mandalay. Myanmar rubies, spphires and emeralds and other precious stones are mined in Mogok area. Only packaged tours are allowed to visit Mogok with special permission.
Lashio is a trading town in Northern Shan State accessible by road and by train from Mandalay to Lashio, the famous Burma Road built by the British before the War, interests with Ledo Road leading into the Yunnan province.