Naypyidaw Tourist Spots

Naypyidaw, NPT, Nay Pyi Taw or the Royal City of Sun, is the new capital of Myanmar. In 2005 the military shifted the country’s capital from Yangon to Naypyidaw, 240 km north of Yangon. Built from scratch this gigantic city is almost six times bigger than New York and has a great infrastructure. The very few people living here enjoy a traffic jam free time which is a great deal in any Asian country.

Myanmar is quite hot and humid where temperature rises too high in the summer. Also there is rainfall which is a real buzzkill. So the best time to visit the city is from November to February, when the weather is dry and cold. Even in the coldest season the temperature barely goes under 20 Degree Celsius. The hotel prices in this city are not too high. The average cost of five star hotels are $80 and you can find a decent place within $25.

NPT is not like the other cities in the country. The city is huge in size, also the roads and boulevards are way too spacious and there is literally no traffic jam. Well traffic jam is a ‘strong’ word to apply here. There are times when you won’t be able to find one human being as far as you can see in those multilane grandiose roads. But that doesn’t mean it is easier getting around. The place is too big and one place to another is too far to cover on foot. The only two options are getting on a motorbike taxi or three wheelers. The Three wheelers are slow and cheap, on the other hand the taxies are costly and you really need to negotiate. One trip usually costs $5 to $10. Some hotels have their tours and travel arrangements and often they are cheaper than moving around in a taxi or hired van. Might want to look into that.

Food here is not too promising. There is a widely enjoyed Thai restaurant called Tai Kitchen. Unlike Yangon there aren’t much street restaurants. Cost of food is cheap. For a budget meal three times a day, average cost should be $12 to $15 tops. There isn’t much of options when comes to choosing where to stay in the city. Most of the hotels and villas are in the area called ‘Hotel Zone’.

Tourist spots of Naypyidaw

1

Parliament House

This place was once off limits for the tourists but now tourists can go near this huge building with 11 lane empty highway. From hotel zone it is about 10 Km away. But that is not a problem you can reach there with in fifteen minutes as there is no traffic. For more information: http://travelnaypyitaw.org/index.php/en/destinations/government/101-the-hluttaw-parliament
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2

National Herbal Park

Located on the Taungnyo Road, this 0.81 square km park is maintained by the government. It exhibits thousands of plants with various medical applications. This is a good place for jogging or a relaxing stroll. It doesn’t require any entry fee. This park is about 5.6 Km away from the hotel zone.
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3

Nay Pyi Taw Zoological Gardens

This is the largest zoo in the South Asia containing around 700 animals of hundred species. The zoo is located on the Yangon-Mandalay high way, about thirty three kilometers away from the hotel zone. There is also an air conditioned penguin house in it. Opening hours are from 8.30 AM to 8.00 PM (Monday closed) Fees: • Zoo $10 • Photo charge $2 (aprox) • Safari park $20
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4

Uppatasanti Paya

Thirteen kilometers away from the hotel zone is this magnificently looking pagoda which might easily be considered the top sight in this ‘ghost’ town. The best time to come here is at night when place is amazingly lit up with thousands of gorgeous lights. Uppatasanti Pagoda is a replica of Myanmar’s famous Shwedagon Pagoda. This pagoda’s main attraction is a Buddha tooth relic. Foreigners require a $5 entry which is sometimes overlooked.
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5

Water Fountain Garden

This wonderful park is about 5 Km away from the Hotel Zone. Though it opens six days a week at 9 Am but fountains are powered on after dusk, generally at 6.30 PM. The entry fee here is $7 and it remains closed on Sunday. I would suggest you to enquire before you visit there if the fountains are working. There are a lot of occasions when they were not working properly or at all.
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