Uppatasanti Pagoda in Naypyitaw

Nay Pyi Taw – Myanmar’s new capital

We decided to visit Myanmar’s capital city, which has since 2005 been Naypyidaw, or Nay Pyi Taw, as we were heading back to the old capital Yangon. After the 7-hour minibus trip (don’t recommend that one, hot and sweaty) we arrived to this so called ghost city.

Our first impression was that the city isn’t actually as empty as we believed, and that people were driving very slowly on capital’s highways. Our minibus driver didn’t speak English at all, but still we managed to get to the nearest stop from Hotel Zone at Myoma Market.

Our hotel called Vegas Hotel (still laughing at that name :D) was at Nay Pyi Taw’s Hotel Zone, which turned out to be a quite empty place, even though there are dozens of villa-style hotels.

Myanmar’s capital is an entirely planned city and is organized into number of zones, which are built quite far away from each other. Maybe the plan is that this way the city can expand.

We stayed here only one night, but still got to enjoy Naypyidaw’s biggest attraction, Uppatasanti Pagoda, which is almost a perfect replica of the Yangon’s famous temple, Shwedagon Pagoda.

Here are some of the pics we took during our stay.

Driving in Naypyidaw
Traffic in Naypyidaw felt quite safe, as the traffic was almost non-existent.
Vegas Hotel Nay Pyi Taw
This was our home for the one night in the capital. The place had seen better days, but it was still quite luxurious.
Empty highway of Naypyidaw
One of the famous tourist attractions is the empty highway. We were on our way to visit the Uppatasanti Pagoda
The storm is coming
It was starting to feel like the was coming, and we had to hurry to make it to the Uppatasanti Pagoda.
Shelter from the rain
We made it to the pagoda, but not before the rain. We just hoped the rain to stop before the place closes.
Uppatasanti Pagoda interior
As the storm was hitting the pagoda, we were nothing else to do than take pictures from inside.
Uppatasanti Pagoda another interior shot
This is another interior shot of the Uppatasanti Pagoda.
Laura posing at the Uppatasanti Pagoda
The rain stopped, and we got out to take some pictures. Laura is posing for camera.
Uppatasanti Pagoda after storm
Bad weather was quite nice after all. The floor was wet and we got quite a nice reflection of the pagoda into the picture.
Uppatasanti Pagoda at night
Sometimes it is great to have a storm surprise you. Had we known the weather, we probably wouldn’t had come here, but gladly we came. We like this picture.
Risto biking in Nay Pyi Taw
Risto is showing his biking skills. He would have been a bit less comfortable, had he known, that the saddle and the pedal would break during the 2 kilometer ride we decided to make.
The view through bus window in Nay Pyi Daw
That was a short and sweet visit in the new capital of Myanmar. Laura takes a last look.

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