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What to Do in Nay Pyi Taw – Explore Myanmar’s Commercial Capital

Nay Pyi Taw is the commercial and administrative capital of Myanmar. A city that is often overlooked in the plethora of exciting cities around the world that offer a great array of things to do. Take some time to read up on the city before you go to Myanmar and have the best time!


Hire a Taxi for a Day

Nay Pyi Taw is a massive city that sprawls across miles. You can't get around on your own two feet so the first order of business would be to see if Nay Pyi Taw hotels offer taxi services. They will do the booking for you, so you don't have to worry about being scammed on the prices or something of that manner. Taxis in Nay Pyi Taw happen to be a little bit more expensive than other cities in Myanmar. Expect to pay about 3.25 to 6.50 USD per ride. You can hire a taxi for the entire day and if you ask at your hotel the likes of PARKROYAL Nay Pyi Taw, they will make sure the driver speaks English and can act as your personal tour guide.


Visit the Pagodas

One of the most popular tourist locations in Nay Pyi Taw is the Uppatasanti Pagoda. The structure is something that will take your breath away. So if you have already visited the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, you should still visit this because there is just something about the expansive temple that will not only inspire you from an architect's eye but there's something peaceful about it as a place of worship and quiet contemplation.


A History Buff's Paradise

Nay Pyi Taw is a history buff's paradise with ancient stupas at Nay Pyi Taw Bagan said to be remnants from a civilisation that thrived over 2000 years ago. There is also a Herbal Park which houses over 20000 medicinal plants from all over the country.


The Hidden Gems Around the City

If you know where to look there are many hidden and unusual places around the city of Nay Pyi Taw. For example, a visit to the local villages will show you spectacular views alongside the idyllic rural life of local Burmese. You can climb up to Mount Sin Phyu on a one-hour hike that will take you through these peaceful hillside experiences. Enjoy the lush surroundings and reconnect with nature. Thanks to the fact that Myanmar hasn't yet found its footing as a popular tourist destination, most of these rural areas are unexplored and resplendent in their natural beauty. You can also enjoy a picnic at Myanmar's famous "blue lagoon" also known as Nant Mon Gyi waterfall. Despite the drive being about 3 hours outside of Nay Pyi Taw, it is a journey worth taking especially if you are spending a couple of days in the city.


Food & Fun

There is quite a growing nightlife in Nay Pyi Taw, still in its inception stages. You will be able to find plenty of bars that play live music, new shopping malls, food courts and classy gourmet restaurants serving fusion cuisine.