If you’ve been in Naypyitaw for a couple of weeks, it’s fair to say you’ve probably rinsed the sites and are looking a bit further afield for your weekend plans. Fortunately for you there have been a couple of discoveries when it comes to escaping the city and heading for the natural beauty central Myanmar has to offer.
First up we have Pinlong Hot Springs, around a 2 hour drive from Naypyitaw, you can enjoy the natural hot and cold springs in a beautiful and lush landscape. After opening in 2010, it was mainly locals who would go to enjoy the springs but finally the word has trickled down and up to 400 people a day go to visit during the colder winter months. They’ve built a resort around them which you can now stay in for 20,000 kyat a night, however the reviews are not particularly good and even the manager admits that no one stays there. However it’s a great place to spend a day, you can enjoy some traditional food and tea amongst beautiful scenery and away from the soulless capital.
If you’re willing to go even further afield, another hidden gem is the Nant Mon Gyi waterfalls. If you decide to go and sample the clear waters then you’re in for a bit of a journey, to get there you need to take a 3 hour car ride and then an hour on a boat but when you get therel it will all be worth it. The waters are crystal clear and you can spend hours jumping from the tops of the waterfalls and swimming in the amazing waters. With huts to stay in, you can make a weekend of it. The huts aren’t luxurious but that fits in with the rough but beautiful nature surrounding them and I’m sure it won’t be long before the tourists start flooding in and the whole thing becomes a resort. To catch it now while you can swim in seclusion is the best incentive to go soon.