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Pakokku is a city in Magway Region.

Shwe Maw Daw Pagoda


Get in[edit]

By Bus[edit]

From Yangon to Pakokku,it takes about 10 hours and the price is $16.It departs at 8am and arrive at 6.30pm.

From Mandalay to Pakokku,it takes about 5 hours and the price is $10.It departs at 1pm and arrive at 6pm. There are also daily buses from Bagan (45 minutes) and Mindat (for Mount Victoria and Nat Ma Taung National Park),which departs 8.30 am and arrives in Pakokku at 5pm.

By Train[edit]

From Yangon to Pakokku,there is no direct train but you can go Bagan station by train.It costs $9-$22.And you can go with bus from Bagan to Pakokku. From Mandalay to Pakokku,you can go with Mandalay-Pakokku train.It takes about 5 hours and 50 minutes .

Get around[edit]

It's possible to hire a motorbike with driver, or, if you discuss a bit, just the bike without driver.You can rent a bicycle. You can go on a shared tuk tuk to any direction in the city. To go from east part to west part of pagodas you might need to change tuk tuk at the market.

Thihoshin Pagoda

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  • Thihoshin Pagoda is the best-known pagoda in Pakokku, Magway Region, Myanmar.The pagoda was built 800 years ago by King Alaungsithu. A pagoda festival is held every year between May and June, from the 8th to 10th waxing days of the Burmese month of Nayon.The Thiho Shin Pagoda Festival takes place in Pakokku at the end of May or the beginning of June and features a large country fair and traditional plays.
  • Shwe Ku Pagoda is one of the famous pagodas in Pakokku.It is famous for its wood carving and housing a buddha image seated on a lotus throne.
  • Shwe Maw Daw Pagoda is a historic Pagoda of Pakokku.You can have nice sightseeing and fresh air as well as fresh salad with Tea at the bank of river.
Pakhangyi(Kyaung Taw Gyi)
  • Pakhangyi There is not a great deal to do in the town itself,but 20 kilometers to its northwest ,on the way to Monywa,you can find the remains of Pakhangyi ,with its old city walls,archaeological museum,and one of the oldest surviving wooden monasteries in the region.There isn't a lot to see here,but there are some finely carved wooden doors,and the soaring 65ft teak columns are rather impressive.Admission also you access to the Pakhangyi Archaeological Museum,half a mile up the road.
  • Pakhangyi Archaeological Museum It is half a mile north of Pakhangyi on the main road is this small provincial museum,which has a medley of 19th-century wooden carvings,11th-century Buddhas made of sandstone,ancient inscribed stone tablets,and some fossils and Neolithic tools thrown in for good measure.
  • Pakhanngeh Kyaung It is about 3 miles east of Pakhangyi (take the turn-off just opposite the turn-off to Pakhangyi)is the destoryed frame of Pakhanngeh Kyaung,which was once the country's largest wooden monastery.Many of its 332 teak pillars still stand,and the area,near the fork of the Ayeyarwady and Kaladan rivers,makes for rewarding exploration.A taxi from Pakokku is about K35,000.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Cycle around the Stupas and Buddhas
  • Enjoy the local morning market near the river

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Mosquito repellent, there are many many mosquitos so be prepared. You can buy repellent at every street shop. It costs only 700K for a tube of 100ml.

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Many street food restaurants appears after the sunset and the city center start to be very lively. You will find several places to eat on the mainroad and surroundings.

  • River Garden Kitchen it is a good place to visit and to enjoy natural,organic and very fresh food.You can take a wlk in the garden where numerous seasonal food plants cultivated are ready to be served.
  • Amay Nu Myanmar Restaurant it is very good Myanmar food and a lot of smiles and good vibes from all the staff.Hightly recommended in Pakokku.But you need to go early in the evening,they close very early.
  • New Excellent Restaurant and Bar It is very crowded at night time,you can get fresh draught beers and BBQ and Chinese dishes.

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Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Pakokku Hotel, Room is not new, though fairly clean and equipped with new aircon. Bathroom is clean. Room cost USD 20-USD 30 including breakfast. Staff is very friendly and helpful.It is situated at Myopat St.,12th Qr.Phone number is +95 62 21457.
  • Mya Yatanar Inn, Located directly in the center, rooms look shabby, aircon cannot be adjusted and breakfast consists of cold fried eggs and toast. However the rooms are clean, you can refill purified water in the lobby and they provide free WiFi. Try getting a room on the right side of the hotel away from the road to avoid traffic noise early in the morning. By far not as bad as described in the Lonely Planet! Room with private bathroom and aircon is USD8.The address is 75 Lanmataw Street.Phone number is +95 62 21457.
  • Tha Pyay Nyo Guesthouse, Most popular guesthouse for tourists in Monywa as it is the first pick of the Loney Planet. They have private bathroom with hot water, air-con, tv, fridge and a small balcony. Breakfast is included and is quite good (3 toast, butter, jam, te and coffee, banana, papaya, apple, orange, orange juice, eggs) Free wifi. The signal does not arrive to the newer rooms. The price is USD20-USD30.The address is 68 Myoma St.,7th Qr.The Phone Number is +9562 21166.

Get out[edit]

By Bus[edit]

From Pakokku toYangon,it takes about 10 hours and the price is $22.It departs at 6pm and arrive at 5am. From Pakokku to Mandalay,it takes about 5 hours and the price is $15.It departs at 6pm and arrive at 3.30am. There are also daily buses to Bagan (45 minutes),Mandalay (5 hours)and Mindat(for Mount Victoria and Nat Ma National Park)(8.5hours).

By Train[edit]

From Pakokku to Yangon,there is no direct train but you can go Bagan station by Bus.It costs $25-$30.And you can go with Bagan-Yangon tain,it takes about 17hours and 30 minutes.It costs $9-$22 Train to Mandalay leaves at 6:00 am.Bus to Mandalay is departing every hour. Bus to Mandalay (Thiri Mandalar Bus Terminal) seems to leave every hour.