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Nay Pyi Taw

Posted by lukebp on 24/9/2009 at 02:49

I'm just curious if anyone has visited the new capital of Myanmar. I wanted to go when I was there, but heard mixed reports of whether it was allowed for foreigners to do so. I did however pass through in the middle of the night during the bus journey, and it seemed like the strangest place in the entire world. Wide, empty streets, with hundreds of streetlights lighting up absolutely nothing, while the rest of the country was lucky to get a few hours of electricity a day.

Anyone?

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Posted by idreamofdurian on 24/9/2009 at 15:31 TF writer

The official status is that it's off-limits, but I found these which suggest that it *is* possible to visit:

http://www.sequential-one.com/blog/?p=895

http://willthedutch.blogspot.com/2007/06/inside-naypyidaw.html

I didn't visit when I was there earlier this year -- I just assumed it was off limits like all the guide books say. If you go, can I come too? :)

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Posted by anotherlostsoul on 25/9/2009 at 15:21

You can go to some parts of the new city ... but there's precious little to see. I wouldn't bother.

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Posted by SBE on 25/9/2009 at 17:24

I was there about a month after the new capital became "official". All I remember is that there were lengthy middle of the night military checks when went past the town in a bus. Nothing to see but soldiers and administrators I expect.

Has anyone been to Pyin U Lwin recently? The road is very good from Mandalay (it gets a lot worse afterwards). There's a big military academy there and it was literally overrun with military when I was there. Army personnel were occupying all the "non governmental hotels" mentioned in LP so I had to find somewhere else non governmental to stay.

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Posted by lukebp on 26/9/2009 at 14:55

Thanks for those links - very interesting photos.

I heard a rumour that the senior generals don't even live in Nay Pyi Taw, but in Pyin U Lwin. Maybe that's what that was all about?

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Posted by anotherlostsoul on 26/9/2009 at 17:30

There's a lot of development slated for the Pyin Oo Lwin area - lot's of money coming in.

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Posted by peaceinBURMAnow on 17/3/2010 at 23:09

how about a shopping tour in Nay Pyi Taw?
http://business.globaltimes.cn/world/2009-08/458061.html

or this one:

"It is expected that Nay Pyi Taw will be further developed in the next decade to possess the characteristics of a city."
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-12/24/content_12698450.htm

no seriously, I completely agree with lukebp, travelling through there at night was one bizarre experience. Not sure about being able to stay for Westerners

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