Naypyidaw, capital city of Myanmar

Uppatasanti Pagoda, Naypyidaw

Naypyidaw is a new capital; so young, in fact that you will not find much information about it in any travel guides. Built from scratch in 2005, the capital is still short on many traditional tourist charms, but it is a worth a visit to see what the future may bring.

Naypyidaw Road

Naypyidaw Railway Station

Naypyidaw Railway Station

The city appears largely empty, although official counts put the official population at just under one million. The bare streets could be blamed on the capital's size – Naypyidaw is a sprawling city under construction. There are three golf courses and a massive zoo, home to elephants taken from its cousin in Rangoon. Brightly colored blocks of government housing give the capital an almost retirement community vibe reminiscent of Florida, and most of the inhabitants are civil servants and their families.

Uppatasanti Pagoda complex, Naypyidaw

Uppatasanti Pagoda complex, Naypyidaw

Uppatasanti Pagoda interior, Naypyidaw

Uppatasanti Pagoda interior, Naypyidaw

road in Naypyidaw

road in Naypyidaw

Uppatasanti Pagoda distance view, Naypyidaw

Uppatasanti Pagoda distance view, Naypyidaw