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. 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.
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