Eastern Myanmar is a region Myanmar.
- Aungban - Junction town
- Heho - gateway to Inle Lake
- Hsipaw - town on the old Burma Road from Mandalay to Lashio
- Kengtung (Cheingtung, Chiang Tung, Kengtong, Kyaingtong)
- Loikaw - state capital
- Mong La - casino boomtown gone bust
- Mu-se - border crossing to Ruili in Yunnan, China
- Tachileik - border crossing to Mae Sai in Chiang Rai, Thailand
- Taunggyi - the capital of Shan State
The Shan people in Myanmar are the same as the Dai people in China's Yunnan Province. The Shan people are one of the largest minority groups in Myanmar. They have been fighting an on-and-off war with the central Burmese government for several decades. The central Burmese government has signed peace agreements with factional groups in the Shan State, which allows these groups to have a high degree of autonomy, including maintaining separate armed forces. The political situation, however, remains relatively unstable. Many military checkpoints exist on few major roads that cross the mountainous Shan State. Each checkpoint marks the border between a territory (usually a Special District or a city) controlled by a different army. In July 2005, the central government official responsible for negotiating these peace agreements was sent to jail for corruption, possibly signalling a renewed attempt by the central government to crack down on the rebel Shan armies.
The Mekong River marks the border between the Shan State and Laos. This border region is generally known as the Golden Triangle, though the actual Golden Triangle point is where Myanmar, Thailand and Laos meet on the Mekong River. The Golden Triangle region used to be one of the largest opium producing areas in the world. Opium production today is minimal.
Either by car, by airplane or by train is available to the eastern Myanmar, Shan State.
Popular attraction places such as Kalaw, Inle, Taunggyi and other destinations are on the line to give a pleasant feeling of travelling.
The daily market in the regional administrative city of Kengtung is a sprawling complex with a wide variety of goods, including tourist souvenirs - though they do not get many tourists. Instead the market is full of local residents and hill tribe people dressed in their colorful traditional clothing, and Buddhist monks and nuns with their begging bowls. A visit can easily consume half a day of people watching, shopping and bargaining (this market is much more interesting than the border market in Tachileik, where hawkers harass tourists with soft porn and cigarettes).
- Lone Nagarr Patt Pagoda. The local people believe that the pagoda is built by the dragons because of its wonderful structure. The pagoda located on a huge rock whose leg is very thinner than its body is indeed an amazing creature. There is a very interesting story about the pagoda. The local people(Pa-Oh ethnic) believe that their origin come from a painful love story between Wate-zar(Demi God) and a Dragon princess. The story began when a lovely daughter of Dragon King came to human's world as she wanted to play around. Then she fell in love with Hate-zar(Demi God) at the first sight. The Demi God became lovers with the princess without knowing that she was not a human. After their their marriage, the princess bore two babies, however their babies was not in human forms, but in eggs. After the Demi God found out that actual situation, he ran away from her. The princess search her love who escape from her and then when she reached one hill, she built a pagoda named Lwann Zayti, meaning that she missed her beloved husband.That pagoda is located near Lone Na0gar Patt pagoda. The princess's ending was not beautiful, even in her last time, she still missed her love although her love one never came back to her. The Dragon King built Lone Na-gar Patt Pagoda in the place where his daughter spend her time in her last, remembering her. The two eggs became two children, a boy and a girl, today we all known as Pa-oh. The Pa-ohs believe that the dragons visit once a year, on the festival day of the pagoda still today. When they come, the very big lake, perimeter around 1 mile which is located at the edge of the rock will fill up with water within one night. The water will come up from a little hole near the edge of the rock. This is the story what they accepted. The pagoda is in Pin-Laung Township, near the town called Pin-Khun. It is one of the best places for travelers who love natural beauties. There is also one more information for travelers who love adventure. There is a very beautiful waterfall named “Harr Waterfall” which can be used for hiking. The waterfall is not very far away from the Lone Na-garr Patt Pagoda. edit
- Mwe Taw Kakku Pagoda (Kakku Pagodas). When you travel to Shan State, you must not miss to visit Mwe Taw Kakku Pagoda which is one of the most spectacular ancient monuments in Asia. It is located in the heart of Shan State in Myanmar and is a 2.5-hour car journey from Inle Lake. Mwe Taw Kakku is a site of religious devotion for one of Myanmar's many ethnic minorities. It is in the territory of Pa-Oh people who are the second largest ethnic group in Shan State. On the way to the pagoda, you can get to see the natural vegetation and cultivation along the roads which reflects the traditional lifestyle of Pa-Oh people. So, you can have a sneak peek at their culture. When you get to Mwe Taw Kakku pagoda, you will see a huge collection of more than 2,000 pagodas. Most of the pagodas are similar in shapes and sizes. The pagoda exists as an outstanding traditional art and architecture which may bring you back more than 2,000 years. The pagoda has its own interesting history. Local legend has it that the Mwe Taw Kakku Pagoda was founded in the 3rd century BC by the Buddhist missionaries of the Indian emperor Ashoka. And, in the 12th century, the original pagoda collection was extended by Alaungsithu, king of the Bagan. Many more pagodas were added in the 17th and 18th Centuries when he reigned over Bagan. Kakku Pagoda festival is held by Pa-Oh people to celebrate a successful harvest. The pagoda festival lasts for nine days. It is celebrated on the full moon day of Tabaung (March) which is the last month in Myanmar calendar. During the festival, the Pa-Oh people dance in traditional costumes, bring food offerings and come to pay homage pagodas. edit
- Taung Kwe Zayde is one of the most famous interesting sites in Kayah State and the most venerated pagoda in the region, dramatically situated on the craggy limestone locating on Mingalar Thiri Mountain sure that it is a must to visit when you are in Loikaw. Morning or twilight is the best time to visit the temple when the breathtaking view of sunrise and sunset appear over the region. There are too many complex small white and gold stupas that definitely gives an amazing combination of nature’s creation and man-made masterpiece to all visitors. The pagoda is built on a steep outcropping and provides superb views of the low-lying town of Loikaw and the surrounding countryside. It is well worth a visit. Rocketing from the landscape is this explosion of craggy limestone and white-and-gold stupas. Visiting the pagoda and enjoying the sunset or panoramic view of Loikaw from the top of the Taungwe Taung Zedi hill will bring you such an unforgettable experience. The mountaintop Buddhist temple compound is Kayah State's most famous sight, and the loi kaw are allegedly the origin of the town's name. At the tp of the mountain, the wacky Buddhist Disneyland vibe is fun, and the views of the town and countryside really are breathtaking. Besides, there are also eight small stupas on the cleft mountain. Be sure to observe the kingdom of pagodas resting on each peak of the hills. Visitors will love the sunset from the hill, as the view of Loikaw is undisturbed and away from the bustling city. At night, the temple glows in stunning yellow hue as locals light up candles and light bulbs around it. It's very good to visit that we can see the whole view of Loikaw, feeling fresh air .Then, you will know how peaceful this corner of the world is. Rock formations connected by bridges with great views of Loi Kaw. Incredibly fun to climb up the steps in different directions to various parts of the limestone peaks on which the temple has been constructed. Fantastic views of the town and surrounding countryside.