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Train to Mandalay leaves at 6:00 am.

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Monywa is a city in Sagaing Division, Northern Myanmar.

Get in

Non air-con bus is available from Mandalay (26th st, near 90th st). Trip takes about 3 hours including one break (20-30 mins) for 2000 Kyats. It is probably safer to get the bus from bus station and have your seat booked. Bus appears to be quite frequent.

Local non air-con bus from Bagan starts at 9:00am, then 10:30 and 12h30, and takes about 3-4 hours including several stops. Can be booked at the bus new station, located 7km from the city center (pay not more than 3500 K (June 2014), which is the locals price, haggle!), hotels charge about 5000 K.

Get around

Lots of tuk tuk available to take you around. From the bus station to the city center shoudn't be more than 1000 K.


Thanboddhay Pagoda Located about 20 km southeast of Monywa, or about 30-45 mins in tuktuk. Built between 1939 and 1952, the unique feature of this pagoda is its plenty small sculptures of Buddha (said to be more than 500,000). There is a little tower just opposite the pagoda which can be climbed. Entrance fee for foreigners: 3$.

Boddhi Tataung 4 km from Thanboddhay Pagoda, stand 2 big statues of Buddha and a golden pagoda which makes a pretty amazing sight. One Buddha is standing and the another is lying on its side. You can enter the inside of the standing Buddha which consists of quite a few stories. The images on the walls are mostly depicting hell.



  • Mosquito repellent, there are many many mosquitos so be prepared. You can buy repellent at every street shop. Odomos mosquito repellent is an indian generics and costs only 700K for a tube of 100ml.




  • Monywa Hotel, Room is not new, though fairly clean and equipped with new aircon. Bathroom is clean. Room (February 2013) cost USD 35 including breakfast. Staff is very friendly and helpful. Tuktuk ride from bus station to this hotel cost 2000 Ks
  • Golden Arrow Hotel, 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 the internet is one of the fastest in Myanmar (E-Mail, Facebook, even streaming a series was possible!!!). By far not as bad as described in the Lonely Planet! Double room with private bathroom and aircon is 25$ (May 2013).
  • Shwe Taung Tarn Guesthouse, Most popular guesthouse for tourists in Monywa as it is the first pick of the Loney Planet. However the cheapest double rooms are really rundown, wet carpet floor, leaking toilet, unclean. By far not as good as described in Lonely Planet. Can't say anything about the more expensive/newer rooms. No internet!Ceapest double room with private bathroom: 20$ (May 2013).
  • New hotel between the Clock Tower and Bogyoke Statue. Brandnew (May 2013), expensive looking hotel with currently promotional offers: 20$ for a double room. Extremly friendly staff.

Get out

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Bus to Mandalay is departing every hour. However, best to get the hotel to book your ticket. Although no aircon and old bus, their booking system is fairly organized with designated seats number.