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Mogok is home to the famed “pigeon-blood” ruby – the most previous hue of ruby. As well as rubies, in the markets of Mogok you will come across sapphires, emeralds, lapis lazuli, moonstone, amethyst, peridot, garnet, and other semi-precious stones such as hibbonite and painite that are only found in Mogok and a handful of other locations.
Aside from the rubies, Mogok can be appreciated for its picturesque setting amongst the mountainous landscape. Up in these hills you can meet communities of Shan, Palaung, and Lisu.
Visitors to Mogok should visit both the morning and afternoon gem markets. Visiting an actual mine is a fascinating experience but not something that can always be done. It is possible to visit the churches and villages of Mogok’s Christian and Nepalese communities (Mogok is fiercely proud of its multiculturalism) as well as “Bernard Village”, where British soldiers from the Third Anglo-Burmese War (1885) are buried.
Trains, motorbikes and viaducts, waterfalls, plunge-pools, and frontier trekking ..
Myanmar’s northwest, one of the country’s least developed and least explored regions.