Exceptionally Asian in its immoderation, Naypyidaw is the astonishing capital of the most astonishing country in Southeast Asia: Burma. Its environmental abundance and lush greenery prove this in a bewitching, attractively multicolored languor.
This exciting Burmese buzz can be experienced with a visit to the Myoma Market, installed on a large, open-air square. There, as you encounter the people of Naypyidaw and its region, you will experience a startling culture shock, in front of the flower stalls of this mecca of local trade.
Allow the powerful scents of Ngapi and balachaung, some of Burma's specialties to give you an appetite before being surprised by the freshness of a lahpet thoke, a typically Burmese salad.
A visit to the garden of fountains will allow you to really appreciate just how much Burma surpassed itself to erect, in these wild lands, a monument that is both delicate and grandiose all at once. A breathtaking spectacle awaits the traveler who, after nightfall, will see the 13 fountains of the 11 sites come to life in a ballet of light and sound, as lyrical as it is captivating.
From there, it would be unthinkable to miss out on the real highlight that is the Uppatasanti pagoda under Naypyidaw's Burmese nightfall. As a replica of Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, this stupa, a monument that cuts the sky in two, inevitably surprises the viewer with its elongated lines, gigantic dimensions and gilding.
The ostentation to be found there, once you've walked through the impressive gates, is utterly seductive with its noble feel and the elegance of its illuminations. And the ultimate refinement of this place is found in the reproduction of the relic, housed in the original pagoda found here. It's easy to lose track of time in this place as you wander along its terrace, admiring the sun setting on the day and dusk falling.