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Taunggyi

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Taunggyi is the capital of Shan State in Eastern Myanmar.

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Taunggyi is best known for the annual Fire Balloon festival held for one week near the beginning of November each year. For most of every day, hot air paper balloons several metres in length in the shape of various animals are launched and sent floating over the town (if they don't spontaneously combust on take-off, a relatively common occurrence). In the evening the carnival really gets going with the launching of more traditionally shaped balloons carrying cargoes of sweets and fireworks. Definitely one of Myanmar's must-see events, but be warned that hotel prices increase by about 50% during the festival. It's popular with locals, but hardly any foreigners attend.

The market in Taunggyi is worth seeing. Shan noodles and Burmese sweet tea can be purchased at low costs, and CDs and VCDs are cheap and abundant. Another attraction of the market is the abundance of Pa-O (distinguished by interesting headscarves) women selling fresh produce and inexpensive tea from the Shan hills.

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  • KBZ FC Hotel, 081*22009. Room is clean. Price is include Breakfast. USD 42.  edit
  • Thiri Yadanar Motel, No.26 Bogyoke Aung San Road, Yae Aye Kwin Quarter, +95-81-22986. Own by Local Chinese who is origin from Yunnan. Basic Clean room from USD 15 onward.  edit
  • Hotel Cherry Queen, Nya-696 Myint Moh St | Nyaung Phyu Sakhan Qr, Taunggyi, Myanmar. checkin: 12; checkout: 12. Practically the best and only 3 star hotel in town. Clean and decent rooms with modern facilities like Coffee Maker, hot running water,satellite TV, Wifi internet, laundry facilities and an acceptable asian/western buffet breakfast. Prices for foreigners US$ 50 US$ 50.  edit
  • Than lwin, Bogyoke road. Good and clean 18000 kyat for local No air con Hot shower present  edit


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As of October 2014, travelers were still NOT allowed to take the public bus from Taunggyi to Kengtung. The Ministry of Hotels & Tourism branch in Taunggyi, director Mr. U Yan Aung (Tel. 09-428315235), is willing to arrange a guide at $80 per day, and a rental vehicle for $1200 (one thousand two hundred dollars) for the journey from Taunggyi to Kengtung.

  • Heho airport, if you want to travel to Tachileik or Kengtung. Tourist are not allowed to take the bus, but have to fly from Heho.
  • Hsipaw with daily aircon bus for 15,000 kyat (August 2013), taking 12-15 hours.



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