Visitors’ Guide to Myanmar


Guide to Myanmar


Myanmar’s diverse forests and green landscapes which host a large

variety of wildlife species, 7000 plants, 300 mammal, 360 reptile and 1000 bird species,

provide an ideal setting for nature-oriented and eco-tourism.

Wildlife National Parks and Sanctuaries

(1)Alaungdaw Kathapa National Park

Situated 95 km to the northwest of Monywa is this renowned place

of interest called Alaungdaw Kathapa. A journey to this involves some 27 km of a tough

trekking and elephant ride besides the trips by road and water. It is recommended

especially for those keen on adventurous walks in a jungle. Kathapa is in fact the name of

an Arhat whose remains, it is believed, are kept in this place. However, what you

can see there is but the representation of the reclining Arhat.


(2)Hlawga Notional Park

Hlawga Wildlife Park lies just 45 minutes drive from Yangon. It

is inhabited by more than 70 species of herbivorous animals and 90 species of birds.

Easily accessible, Hlawga Wildlife Park is an ideal place of interest for bird-watchers!


(3)Popa Mountain Park

 It is an extinct volcano over 1,500 metres in height. Lying

smack in the centre of the Dry Belt, Popa Mountain Park covered with recently-grown

forests is like an oasis in the desert-like Central Myanmar. Accessible conveniently by


Remarkably, there are many semi-tame monkeys in Popa Mountain

Park that – though far from being dangerous – sometimes snatch food from the hands of

visitors and run away.


(4) Lampi Island(Myeik Archipelago)

Lampi is situated between latitudes 10 �41’N to 10� 51’N and

longitudes 98� 04′ E to 98� 18′ E. The length of the island is about 50 km and the

average width about 11 km; with the land surface area around 205 km2. The

distance to Lampi by sea from Myeik is 145 km and from Kawthaung, about 95 km. Lumpi

Marine Park has great potential for both marine- and land-based ecotourism.


(5) Shwesettaw Wildlife Sanctuary

This sanctuary is located in Minbu forest division, on the

western edge of the Myanmar dry zone, between Mann and Mone streams. Accessible by road

and is about two hours’ drive from Minbu. It covers a total area of about 553 km2.

Many species of animals including Eld’s deer, gaur, banteng, serow, sambhur, hog deer,

wild boar, leopard, bear, wild dogs, various kinds of birds, and some species of primates

are reported to be inhabiting in this sanctuary.

(6) Inlay Lake Bird Sanctuary

(7) Lawkananda Sanctuary Park

(8) Sein-ye Forest Camp (Bago Yoma)

(9)Khyat-thin Wildlife Park (Shwe Bo)





Domestic Flights

The main tourist centres are located at a distance from Yangon and it is convenient for

visitors to travel by domestic flights. Myanmar Airways, Air Mandalay and Yangon Airways

operate flights to major tourist sites including Mandalay, Bagan, Heho,

Thandwe, Myitkyina, Tachileik and Kawthaung.