Moeyungyi Wetland Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Bago Region, about 70 miles north of Yangon. Only two and a half hour drive from Yangon makes it easily accessible for nature lovers. At first, it was made as a reservoir for irrigation to farmland, though it later transformed naturally into wetland which is 40 square miles. Enjoying wildlife with a touch for nature, numerous sightseers visit the Sanctuary all the year round. It is more than a century old wetland as it was established in 1873.

According to Myanmar Bird and Nature Society, Myanmar is ranked as one of the most diverse bird fauna residences in the world. Moeyungyi Wetland Wildlife Sanctuary is a home to 125 out of 1,000 bird species found in Myanmar as a whole. It is worth a visit because it is one of 55 IBAs(Important Bird Area) around Myanmar. This is the reason why the international bird-watchers have chosen this sanctuary for watching the various species of forest migratory birds. The wetland is also an ideal spot for fun-seekers, botanists and naturalists. In addition to watching hundreds of migratory and resident water birds, wetland environment could be learnt by boat. During a boat tour, you can feel the nature while observing the vast numbers of various birds through passing around marshy reed beds for about 2 hours. A bird-watching tower will grant a fantastic view of the lake.

Want to stay overnight? Then Moeyungyi wetland Resort will offer you charming bungalows. It is so wonderful to wake up freshly in the middle of the wetland amidst the beautiful tweet of sweet birds. You can witness over 20,000 migratory birds from October to March. The globally endangered birds like baer’s pochard, greater spotted eagle and sarus crane would be found in this period. Moeyungyi Wildlife Sanctuary also has 20 species of reptile, 45 species of fish, 30 species of insect and 9 species of amphibian. Furthermore, it hosts emergent macrophytes, king grass, oxyza officinalis and other medicinal herbs.

Moeyungyi Wetland Wildlife Sanctuary was ranked as the Ramsar Site for its outstanding bird fauna in 2005. The sanctuary is, without a doubt, a preferable place for eco-tourists and bird lovers.

A tour to Mandalay Royal Palace is one of the fascinating things to do in Mandalay. A gorgeous geometrical layout of the Palace along with the moat can be viewed from the top of Mandalay Hill. To sum up, Mya Nan San Kyaw Royal Palace is a must visit site especially for the first time tourists to Mandalay.

Written By Ms.Nyein Chan Htwe