Naypyidaw or Naypitaw is the capital of Myanmar.A unique city in the region fully constructed large city but with very few inhabitants compared to its size, so you can experience the amazing and unprecedented (for Asia) experience of never ever being stuck in traffic. It is between two mountain ranges so has little to offer in the way of day trips or activities. The city was constructed to be the capital by the military and lacks the dissarray and wonder found throughout the rest of Myanmar.
Best Time to Visit
If you are planning a Travel to Myanmar then the best time to visit is the winter season that lasts from November to February.
Top Places to Visit in Naypyidaw
1. National Herbal Park
Has exhibits of plants having medicinal applications from all of the major regions of Burma. There are thousands of plants at the park, representing hundreds of different species. There is no entry fee.
2. The Naypyidaw Zoological Gardens
Opened in 2008 with some 420 animals and a climate-controlled penguin house. It is the largest zoo in Burma. It is said that most of the animals were relocated from Yangon zoo, at the same time as the government officials were making the same journey. A well known comedian who announced regularly that “all our animals are going to Naypiydaw” was imprisoned.
3. Naypyidaw Water Fountain Park
No fountains are working during the daytime, wait for after 6:30pm (that is when they should work), could be nice (but not great) during festivals if the fountains work. Can swim in the concrete pool if you don’t mind algae and sunbathe.
4. Parliament Building
The huge and impressive parliament building with a 20-lane highway (usually empty) leading up to it. You can only watch it from a little distance since you cannot cross the bridge leading to it.
5. Uppatasanti Pagoda
Also called the “Peace Pagoda” is a prominent landmark in Naypyidaw. The pagoda, which houses a Buddha tooth relic from China, is a replica of Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon and stands 100 metres high. It also has Maha Hsutaungpyae Buddha Image in Maha Pasadabhumi Gandhakuti Chamber, Four jade Buddha images in the pagoda’s hollow cave, 33 metre high flagpole, Bo tree Garden with Maha Bo Tree and the images of the 28 Buddhas, Marlini Mangala Lake with the chamber of Shin Uppagutta and Pagoda museum.