Myanmar, untouched by commercialism and Western influence for centuries, is a country of great natural beauty. The country has 2 types of forests, rainforests and monsoon forests. Monsoon forests are dry for at least a quarter of the year while rainforests are ever green. Nature can be seen all over the country but the Northern Forest complex in Myanmar’s northern regions is one of Southeast Asia’s largest contiguous forests.

In addition, there are 9 national parks in the country. The largest is at 160,000 hectares called Alaungdaw Kathapa National Park. It is located in Sagaing Region. The park shelters amazing wildlife including clouded leopards, Himalayan brown bears, jungle cats, sun bears, and wild elephants.

Bird Watching Sites

Hlawga Wildlife National Park – Yangon

Moeyingyi Wetland Bird Sanctuary – Moyingyi

Inle Lake






Indawgyi Lake

Elephant Camps

Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp – Ahlone Township, Yangon

Myaing Hay Wun – Taikkyi Township, Yangon

Pho Kyar Forest Resort – Yedashe Township,  Thargara

White Water Rafting

Nam Lang River – Kachin State

May Kha River – Kachin State

National Parks

Alaungdaw Kathapa National Park – Mingin Townshop, Sagaing Region

With an area of 1,605 square kilometers, Alaungdaw Kathapa is the largest national park in Myanmar. The park is home to large populations of wild elephants and other rare wildlife species. The park’s inhabitants include large herds of Asian Elephants (about 150 to 200 of them), Eld’s deer (thamin), Wild Boar, Indian Bison (Gaur), Sambar Deer, Banteng (tembadau, a species of wild cattle), Muntjak (also known as barking deer and Mastreani deer), Clouded Leopard, Civets, Jungle Cats, Himalayan Brown Bear, Sun Bear, Oriental Giant Squirrel, Indian Giant Squirrel, Hog Badger, Monitor Lizards, Bacaques.

There are also a wide variety of wild birds and fowls: owls, hornbills, pheasants, parrots and eagles.


Tanintharyi National Park – Tanintharyi Region

Located in the Tenasserim Hills, south from the Tanintharyi Nature Reserve, this national park serves as habitat conservation. It is demarcated and governed by the Burma Forest Service. Typical habitats are evergreen forest and mangroves. Some animal species which can be found here are Sambar Deer, Asian Elephant, Barking Deer, Serow, Red Goral, Leopard and a number of bird species.


Lampi Island Marine National Park – Mergui Archipelago

Lampi Island Marine National Park is located in Lanbi Island, Mergui Archipelago. It is used for habitat conservation of marine and island resources. The habitats of the national park includes coral reefs, tropical evergreen forest and mangroves. The park is  governed by Burma Nature and Wildlife Conservation Division.


Hlawga National Park – Northern Yangon

The Hlawga National Park was established in 1982 as an environmental education center. It is located 35km north of Yangon in Mingaladon. The 1540-acre park consists of an 818-acre wildlife park, a 62-acre mini-zoo and a 660-acre buffer zone. It was reported that the evergreen forest contains at least 295 species of plants.

The wildlife park inhabitants include Eld’s deer, Hog Deer, Barking Deer, Sambar Deer, as well as Rhesus monkey, Pythons, and Pangolin. There are also a large number of migratory and resident birds: the Jungle Fowl (Gallus gallus), Red-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus cafer), Lesser Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna javanica), Asian Openbill Stork (Anastomus oscitans), Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticonax nycticorax) and White-throated Babbler (Turdoides gularis).

Popular among Yangonites and ecotourists, the mini-zoo houses small mammals, birds, tigers, leopards, bears and estuarine crocodiles in large spacious cages, avaries and moated enclosures.


Popa Mountain National Park – Mandalay Region

Popa Mountain National Park occupies an area of 129 km2 and was established in 1989 in Kyaukpadaung Township, Mandalay Region. It surrounds the now extinct volcano, Popa mountain.

This national park serves to preserve the forest area of popa Mountain and to conserve the unique dry zone ecosystem and biodiversity with various plants and wildlife species. To conserve the watersheds of near by reservoirs and dams including Kyetmauktaung Dam. To ensure continuous flow of water supply to Kyaukpadaung and nearby villages from natural springs. To conserve medicinal plants and climbers. To preserve unique geological features and to conserve cultural and religious heritages and to promote ecotourism.


Nat Ma Taung (Mt Victoria National Park) – Chin State

The Nat Ma Taung, also known as Mount Victoria, is the highest mountain in Chin State, west of Myanmar. The mountain lies in the Chin Hills-Arakan Yoma montane forests ecoregion. Nat Ma Taung is 3,053 metres above sea level and a prominence of 2,148 metres, making it one of the ultra prominent peaks of Southeast Asia. It is home to many temperate and alpine species typical of the Himalaya further north, as well as many endemic species.


Khakaborazi National Park – Kachin State

Home to rare species of Takin, Musk Deer, Blue Sheep, Black Barking Deer, Phet Gyi (Muntiaus putaoensis), Khakaborazi National Park is located in Naungmung Township, Kachin State. It occupies an area of 3,810 km2.

Recent years, the Kakaborazi is famous with mountain climbers who look to scale the snow-capped mountain.


Loimwe National Park – Eastern Shan State

Also known as misty mountain, Loimwe  used to be the former headquarter of the British District Commissioner during during colonial Burma. The park occupies 43km2  of land and stands 1,689 metres above sea level.