Bouaké or Bwake is a centre for the Baoulé people and is known for its crafts. The economy is based on the cotton industry. The city largely grew from the 1970s after the construction of the power station at Kossou Lake flooded land to the west of the city. Bouaké is known for its large carnival and market and for the St Michael's Cathedral. It is the second biggest city in town.
There are 2-3 trains from Abijan on route to Ouagadougu and from Ouagadougou to Abijan. Train schedules remain unpredictable but expect that the southbound train arrives at about 4 a.m.
UTB, Union des Transports Bouake, offers frequent busses to all major cities in Cote d'Ivoire. You can find their bus station (gare UTB) next to the train station.
The village of Tanu Sakkasu is located ca. 10 minutes to the East of the city and produces black pottery. The road sign is not very easy to sport so make sure your taxi driver knows where to go. There are numerous objects on display in the hotel Mon Afrik in town.
The Hotel Mon Afrik (+225 01124040) is recognized as the best hotel in the country (2015). It offers a colonial feeling with a pool, nice park, comfortable rooms from 29k FCFA upwards. The reception can help with a sight seeing map and organize visits to nearby villages.