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Soon Oo Ponnyashin Pagoda

This ‘early offering shrine’ is the most important of the temples on Sagaing Hill’s Southern Crown and the first you’ll come to on climbing the One Lion stairway. Notice the bronze frogs that serve as a collection box in the rather gaudy Buddha hall – the hill was originally thought to resemble a giant toad, a superstitious blessing which inspired Sagaing's development in the 14th century. The central 97ft-high gilded stupa was originally conceived in 1312.

U Bein Bridge

Amarapura’s biggest draw – one of Myanmar’s most photographed sites – is the remarkable 1300yd-long teak footbridge leading across the shallow Taungthaman Lake - U Bein Bridge. Still strong after 200 years, the 1.2 kilometre (0.75 mile) bridge was built around 1850 and is believed to be the oldest and longest teakwood bridge in the world.

Indein

Indein village is one of the small villages of Inle Lake located on the western bank of the lake. This mysterious place is at the end of the marvelous Indein creek, which connected with Inle Lake just after the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda. A narrow, foliage-cloaked canal winds through the reeds to the lakeside village of Indein.

5 Days market

These markets are called "5 Day Markets" because the hill people rotate between 5 different locations over a 5 day period. They were here this day and people come from all over the lake to buy produce and other items. They come by boat and parking is scarce but somehow everyone manages to find their way in.

Nam Pan Village

Nam Pan Village is located in the south of Ywama village. The whole village is situated on the stilts over the water, which is a traditional way of building houses in Inle Lake. Alodaw Pauk Pagoda, which is situated in Nampan, is the oldest pagoda in Inle Lake. This pagoda enshrines a gem-encrusted Shan style Buddha stupa.

Ngaphechaung Monastery

Ngaphechaung Monastery is located on the western side of Inle Lake, on the way to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda. It was previously known as the jumping cat monastery. Ngaphechaung is the biggest and oldest monastery on the Inle Lake and is worth visiting for its historical purposes and architecture.