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Overview

Escape to Monywa on an odyssey of spiritual discovery. Be impressed by the 500,000 Buddha images covering Thanboddhay Pagoda and stand in the shadow of Myanmar’s largest reclining Buddha statue. Venture across the Chindwin River to admire detailed mural paintings that fill the Po Win Taung Caves.

Trip Highlights

Explore Monywa & Po Win Taung

Visit extraordinary sandstone caves

See the incredible mural paintings inside Po Win Taung’s 947 caves and the impressive cliffside caves of Shwe Ba Taung.

See Monywa’s religious wonders

Be awe-struck by the 500,000 Buddha images on Thanboddhay Pagoda and the 100-metre long Boditahtaung Buddha statue.

Itinerary

1

Mandalay - Monywa

This morning the tour starts at 08:00.

Depart Mandalay in the morning for a 3-hour drive to Monywa, a typical Burmese town on the banks of the Chindwin River.

On the way, visit Thanboddhay Pagoda, a huge Buddhist temple covered with more than 500,000 Buddha images.  Also stop at Boditahtaung Pagoda, which houses the largest reclining Buddha image in Myanmar -100m long and 27m high.

In the afternoon, explore some of the outlying sights of Monywa.  Visit the Kyaukka Lacquerware Village and Shweguni Pagoda, one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Upper Myanmar.

Overnight in Monywa.

2

Monywa – Po Win Taung – Mandalay

Today the sightseeing begins at 08:00 after breakfast.

Transfer by car from Monywa to Po Win Taung. This extraordinary complex consists of 947 sandstone caves dug out of the hills and contains what is considered by archaeologists to be the richest collection of mural paintings and Buddhist statues in Southeast Asia.

After visiting Po Win Taung, continue a few hundred metres away to Shwe Ba Taung.  Spend time exploring this interesting site where monasteries and temples are carved out of rocky narrow cliffs.

Return to Mandalay late in the afternoon.

Important Information

Our services include:

  • 1 night accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room with daily breakfast
  • English-speaking guide
  • All transfers and excursions with private air-conditioned vehicles with drivers
  • Entrance fees for the visits mentioned in the program
  • Drinking water while touring

Our services do not include:

  • Meals other than mentioned (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • Visa arrangements for Myanmar
  • Visits not mentioned in the program
  • Drinks and personal expenses
  • Tips and porters at the hotels
  • Credit card fees (2-3%) or bank transfer fees for non-cash payments
  • Any other items not mentioned

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