Located 280 kilometers from Yangon, Taungoo is one of few places where you can expect good accommodation on the Yangon-Mandalay highway. Formerly known as Kaytumadi, Taungoo was founded by King Mingyinyo in 1510AD and later expanded by King Minye Kyawhtin. The four sides of the old city walls can still be seen for the most part. About 6.4 meters from the walls is the moat, which is about 9.6 meters wide. The city is famous in Burmese history for the Taungoo dynasty which ruled the country for over 200 years between the 16th and 18th centuries.
Taungoo is one of the main gateways to Bago Yoma. In its teak forests, you can see how elephants work, pulling and stacking giant logs. The work site moves around regularly, and accommodation is simple: tents and sleeping bags. There are many places to visit in Taungoo. Thargaya elephants Camp, Kandawgyi garden, Kaytumadi garden etc. It’s a really interesting and attractive place to travel. There are a lot of forestry products made by teak and hardwoods from the mountains.
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