Over 1,430 meters above sea-level, is the capital of Shan State in the eastern part of Myanmar. A hill station known for its scenic beauty, Taunggyi is cool and pleasant all the year round. There are pines, cherry and eucalyptus trees growing all over the town and the whole area is green and pleasant. The busiest part of Taunggyi is the Myoma Market, a place where people from the environs used to flock only once every five days to buy and sell their regional products. Now it has become a daily market and is constantly crowded with people. It is also the gathering point of different national races residing in Taunggyi. Another interesting place to visit in Taunggyi is the Cultural Museum where cultural objects, musical instruments, traditional dresses, household and farm implements, paintings, sculptures, arts and crafts of the different national races residing in Shan State can be seen. There are also 'Hawnans" (palatial residences) where the Shan Sawbwas (Shan Chieftains) used to live can also be observed.


Myoma Market

The busiest part of Taunggyi is the Myoma Market, a place where people from the environs used to flock only once every five days to buy and sell their regional products. Now it has become a daily market and is constantly crowded with people. It is also the gathering point of different national races residing in Taunggyi.

Shan State Cultural Museum

Shan State Cultural Museum displays items that show the history and tribal lifestyle of people in Shan State. It is located near the Shan State Parliament building. They exhibit an interesting collection of weapons, musical instruments, jewelry and many other items to show you more about people in Taunggyi, their history and way of life. It is open every day except Monday, from 10:00 – 15:30.

Shwe Phone Pwint Pagoda

The pagoda is positioned on a mountain ridge, 40-minute walking from Taunggyi. It is situated at over 5000 feet above the sea levels and therefore the view from up there is spectacular. You can see the entire city including the Inle Lake area. This religious site owns allows you to feel peace due to its long lasting holiness.

Sulamuni Pagoda

The city’s most distinguished religious site is the Sulamuni Pagoda. That said, Sulamuni was constructed in 1994 to honor the 100-year anniversary of Taunggyi. It is located on the southern outskirts of town, and is built to be two-third the size of Ananda Temple in Bagan. Local people go there to celebrate Thadingyut and Tazaugdine yellow rope offering ceremony every year.

The Taunggyi Fire Balloon Festival

In Taunggyi, the capital city of the Shan State, the people celebrate the Tazaungdine festival with Kahtein (offering of monk robes) as well as the releasing up fire-balloons into the sky. Balloons in the shape of elephant, ox, horse, water-buffalo, bird, pig, fish, owl and parrot are released. The Taunggyi festival is the biggest festival in the country. It is attended not only by Taunggyi Citizens but also by people from southern Shan State and many different races. Taungyi's Kahtein tradition is amazing and worthy of reverence.



The Aythaya vineyard is at an altitude of 1,300 metres, around 15 minutes’ travel below Taungyyi and about a 45-minute drive from Inle Lake. Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chenin Blanc have been nurtured here for a few years under the supervision of German experts. Around 10,000 vines were imported from Europe for this purpose, now yielding grapes for around 100,000 bottles of wine each year. The Sauvignon Blanc in particular is distinctive and can well be compared with good years from Europe, Chile or Australia.



A hidden treasure an unusual, magnificent collection of Buddhist Stupas unheard of by historians and unlisted in guide books lies in the deepest Pa-oh territory, 26 miles south of Taunggyi the capital of Shan State. There lies more than 2000 stupas in a site closely packed together in ranks covering an area of approximately a square kilometer apparently unknown to outside world. Kekku area is covered and scattered by Pa-oh villages especially stretching along on both sides of the main road from north to south.
The land route for tour groups starting from Taunggyi is possible and accessible for all year round. But tours originated from Inle Lake are considered to be possible only in the open season from late October to early May or before heavy rain falls.
The yearly religious festival normally takes about one week. The climax of this festival usually falls on full moon of the Tabaung (Mid-March) every year. The Kekku pagodas festival also draws thousands of visitors from all parts of the Shan State.

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Street Food

The old market has a number of inexpensive food stalls. Whether Chinese or Shan, the small snacks are very tasty, and it is fun to order here at the touch of a finger. In the evening, the night market near the new market offers a similar range. The tea shops there serving delicious snacks, often also Shan noodles. Most tea shops are close to the market. The night market is open daily   from 16:00 till 22:00 and is always lively and bustling with people and the food is very delicious.

My House

My House restaurant is a nice place with pleasant decorations like bamboos and even has a small waterfall on the side. It is on Bogyoke Aung San Road near UCT hotel. There are also large windows so that there is fresh air in the restaurant. It’s a clean and neat restaurant that is highly recommended by tourists. The food is reasonable and tasty. They serve Thai, Myanmar, Shan and Chinese food. The Shan noodles are praised for their outstanding taste and many people even say that it’s the best in the country. There’s also a tradition food buffet for customers that would like a variety of food options.

Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
Address: 47 Bogyoke Aung San Road, Taunggyi, Myanmar.
Tel: 081 200 088

Lyan You

Lyan You restaurant is located slightly south of the market. It is a long-established restaurant and is popular for its good pasta. For Chinese dishes, there is a clear broth to eat together with rice and curry. Customers can also get cold draft beer. If customers prefer to dine separately, there are small individual rooms to dine privately.

Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
Address: 95 Bogyoke Aung San Road, Lamadaw quarter, Taunggyi, Myanmar
Tel: 081 22769

Taung Chune

Taung Chune restaurant is famous for it’s location as it is located close to the top of a mountain. It has a nice place to sit outdoor and due to the green surrounding the air is clean and fresh. It’s very peaceful to dine and relax. Their food is highly praised for the decoration, quality and hygiene. They also have really good western food since they import their cheese and meat. The price is fair for good quality food and tastes fresh since they use fresh local ingredients. There is also local wine from the Shan hills available.

Opening Hours: 07:00 – 21:00
Address: Yae Hwet Oo Street, Yae Aye Khin quarter, Taunggyi, Myanmar
Mobile: 09 5038317

Sein Myanmar Restaurant

Sein Myanmar Restaurant is highly recognized by local people for their Burmese food. Their specialty is their Burmese style rice and curry sets. In the evening, you can go and enjoy some draft beer with rice dishes or fried noodle if you want a change. It is an open and airy space for people who like to sit outdoors.

Opening hours: 10:00 – 22:00
Address: 15 Bogyoke Aung San Rd, Taunggyi, Myanmar
Mobile: 09 5211502

Thibaw Ma Nan Htay

Thibaw Ma Nan Htay restaurant is recommended by locals as one of the best places to eat traditional Shan food in Taunggyi. This two-storey building in Daisy Street is packed even if it is not lunchtime. Specialties of the house include the Shan versions of vegetable curry packed in a banana leaf, pork curry and sour rice. The price is higher than other restaurants in Taunggyi but it also serves better food. The atmosphere of the restaurant is peaceful and cool despite not having air-con. It is a great place to dine with friends and family.

Opening hours:
Address: 195/196 Daisy Street, U Gyi Khang Township, Taunggyi, Shan State


Due the cool and pleasant climate, Taunggyi city centre is ideal for exploring on foot. You can also rent mountain bikes for approx. US$ 15 per day. Rickshaws are not available and taxis are quite expensive. For shorter distances from your hotel to downtown price starts at 4.000 Kyat (US$ 3). As the drivers often do not speak English, you should write down the address in Burmese. The hotel staff would be happy to help you with this.


We will also be happy to find you vehicles with a driver included. The vehicles are in good condition and are air-conditioned. Before every long journey, the vehicle undergoes another thorough inspection and service. 

Reservation tips for vehicles: 
Prices are indicated in US$ per vehicle for the respective service or route.

Car rental services charge an extra 50% during the Thingyan festival (water festival and New Year), which is held from 13th April to 17th April.

PRICES IN US$ PER VEHICLE, VALID 01.05.2019 – 30.04.2020

(up to 2 people)
Super custom
(up to 3 people)
(up to 6 people)
(18 to 24 people)
Full day Taunggyi27435582
Taunggyi – Kekku – Taunggyi577695122
Taunggyi – Kekku – Inle Lake577695122
Taunggyi – Nyaung Shwe27435582
Taunggyi – Pindaya/Kalaw395580100
Taunggyi – Pindaya - Kalaw5075100120

The landscape on route from Taunggyi via Pindaya (approx. three hours) to Mandalay (approx. five hours) is extremely beautiful. On the way, stop in the charming village of Pindaya, home to the paper umbrella cottage industry, and visit the Pindaya Caves, which house more than 8,000 Buddhas. There is also good overnight accommodation in Pindaya.

You can also travel from Taunggyi directly to Bagan or Mandalay. The journey takes up to eight hours to both places.  

Please note that one-way journeys are always more expensive because the driver also has to travel back to the departure location. 

Car rental services charge an extra 50% during the Thingyan festival (water festival and New Year), which is held from 13th April to 17th April.

PRICES IN US$ PER VEHICLE, VALID 01.05.2019 – 30.04.2020

(up to 2 people)
Super custom
(up to 3 people)
(up to 6 people)
(18 to 24 people)
Taunggyi - Pindaya - Mandalay (2 days/1 night)239315370560
Taunggyi - Mandalay200  260    290  460
Taunggyi - Bagan200260290460
Taunggyi - Mt. Popa - Bagan (2 days/1 night)210  261  283  495

Five airlines, which are constantly expanding their network, enable access to more and more new and exciting destinations off the beaten track - from mountain climbing and rafting in the north, to the unspoilt islands of the Mergui Archipelago and Andaman Lake.

There are daily flights from Heho to Mandalay, Bagan, Yangon and Tachileik.
There are daily flights direct to Thandwe (Ngapali Beach) during the peak tourist period from October to the end of April. Flights to destinations such as Kyaing Tong and Lashio are not available daily.

Domestic flights are offered by the following airlines:

Air KBZ: www.airkbz.com
Golden Myanmar Airlines: www.gmairlines.com
Myanmar National Airlines: www.flymna.com
Mann Yadanarpon Airlines: www.airmyp.com
Yangon Airways: www.yangonair.com

Luggage allowance for domestic flights:
The airlines carry a certain amount of checked bags (“luggage”) and hand luggage, free of charge.

One item of checked luggage up to 20 kg
One item of hand luggage up to 8 kg

Please remember that each item of luggage should be labelled with your name and mobile/landline number before it is checked in at the airport.

Transfer and check-in:
Depart two and a half hours before your flight from Taunggyi. The transfer time to the airport in Heho is one hour.

MandalaySeveral flights a day between 09:20 and 18:3035 minUS$ 76
BaganAvailable daily, morning flights from 09.30 and afternoon flights between 16:00 and 17:0040 minUS$ 89
YangonSeveral flights a day between 09:00 and 18:001 h 10 minUS$ 116
Thandwe (Ngapali Beach)Daily at 10:00 from October to the end of April1 hUS$ 121
TachileikAt least one flight a day between 11:30 and 14:0055 minUS$ 132
Kyaing TongMyanmar National Airlines ( www.flymna.com) flies to Kyaing Tong every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.35 minUS$ 168
LashioMyanmar National Airlines ( www.flymna.com) flies every Tuesday at 12:30 and Air Kamboza www.airkbz.com flies every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 13.50 to Lashio.50 minUS$ 132

The landscape en route from Shwe Nyaung, via Kalaw, to Thazi is arguably the most beautiful in Myanmar. From Thazi, you can either take the train to Mandalay or to Yangon via Naypyidaw, Taungoo and Bago. Please note that, with the exception of the Yangon - Mandalay route, all train connections are affected by regular delays and other disruptions caused by climatic, technical and bureaucratic issues. 

The train station is situated 18 kilometres west of Taunggyi (approx. one hour by taxi). Since you can only purchase the ticket on the day of travel, you should arrive at the train station latest at  7:00am. 

All prices are indicated in US$ per person for the respective route. Please note that you require a copy of your passport to purchase train tickets. Tickets for the sleeper carriage must be booked four days prior to the date of travel.


Our recommendation:
If you travel by train from Thazi to Mandalay or Yangon, you can stay in one of the rustic hotels in Thazi. It is a 10 minute walk from the train station or you can travel by horse-drawn carriage (approx. 1000 Kyat).

TrainTrain routeDepartureArrivalPrice
    Upper ClassSleeper
142DNShwe Nyaung - Kalaw08:0011:301 
 Kalaw - Thazi11:4519:001.5 
Connections to Mandalay
5UPThazi - Mandalay02:1105:002 
3UPThazi - Mandalay04:5807:452 


TrainTrain routeDepartureArrivalPrice
    Upper ClassSleeper
142DNShwe Nyaung - Kalaw08:0011:301 
 Kalaw - Thazi11:4519:001.5 
Overnight stay in Thazi
12DNThazi - Naypyidaw08:5411:512 
 Naypyidaw - Taungoo11:5414:411.7 
 Taungoo - Bago14:5118:564 
 Bago - Yangon18:5921.001.2 
Buses from Taunggyi

Express buses to Mandalay, Bagan and Yangon depart from Ayetthayar Bus Station. The bus station is about eleven kilometres west of the city centre. It takes approx. 30 minutes to transfer from the city centre. A taxi costs around 25,000 kyat.
Most bus companies offer a pick up service from downtown or from your hotel for 2.000 Kyat. 

Please always be at the bus station half an hour before departure.

Since 2011, an increasing number of private companies have expanded the supply of express buses. The buses are relatively comfortable and are equipped with air conditioning and reclining seats.

All prices are indicated in US$ per person for the respective route.


Bus routeDepartureArrivalPrice
Shwe Nan Daw (Minibus)08:0017.0015
JJ Express09:3017:0012
JJ Express19:0004:0014
Shwe Taung Yoe19:0004:0010
Shwe Nan Daw19:0004:3011
Shwe Taung Yoe (VIP)20:0005:0014
Shwe Taung Yoe20:0005:0010


Bus routeDepartureArrivalPrice
Bagan Minn Thar (Minibus)07:3016:0013
Bagan Minn Thar (VIP)18:0004:0019
JJ Express19:0004:0013


Bus routeDepartureArrivalPrice
Shwe Nan Taw (Minibus)08:0017:0015
Taung Pyar Than17.0006:0012
Mandalar Min17:3006:0013
Shwe Nan Taw19:0004:3011