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Nay Pyi Taw

As Myanmar emerges on to the world stage, its new capital city, Nay Pyi Taw, is becoming an intriguing new destination. Opened in 2005, this purpose-built city has blossomed in recent years and hosted the 2013 Southeast Asian Games. Gigantic spaces between occasional ministries, government buildings, malls and hotels are one of Nay Pyi Taw’s most striking features, and the city is divided into different ‘zones’, with most foreigner-registered hotels being situated in three hotel zones (called Dekkhinathiri, Uttarathiri and Pohbbathiri – but your own hotel is the only name you need to know). Visitors can now experience the curious wonders of this modern marvel with a two-day trip that includes all of the city's main sights, including the National Land Marks Garden and the Uppatasanti Pagoda - a golden replica of Yangon's magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda.