Monywa is located about 140 km west of Mandalay on the bank of Chindwin River. Interesting sites are Thanbokde pagoda with more than 500,000 Buddha images, Ledi Kyaung Taik Monastery with Buddhist scriptures inscribed on 806 stone slabs, Kyauka Village, well known for the unique style of its lacquer ware. A short ferry ride across the Chindwin River followed by a 25 km 45 minutes drive lies Po Win Taung and Shwe Ba Taung. To the Southeast is Pon Taung-Pon Nya mountain range where the fossilized remains of Pondaung Man, who may have lived 30 million years ago, was unearthed. Po Win Taung hills and the caves contain wood carvings of Buddha Images and murals dating back to 17th & 18th centuries. There are about twelve large and small caves in this area hollowed out with Buddha images. There said to be over 400,000 images in these and other nearby caves. Shwe Ba Taung has unique pavillions cut from the surrounding hill with plain Buddha images.
Pakokku is situated on the west bank of Irrawaddy River and it becomes a trade centre of the region in recent days. Pakokku and its surroundings offer travellers a unique glimpse into the typical village life in the area.
Morning about 3½ hrs drive from Mandalay to Monywa. Sightseeing in Monywa.
Cross the Chindwin River on a ferry and drive to Po Win Taung and Shwe Ba
Taung. Explore the wonders of the caves and enjoy the scenic beauty of
Overnight at hotel in Monywa.
Morning about 5 hrs.drive to Pakokku via Sin Byu Shin Bridge and Yesagyo
and Pakhangyi where one of the oldest monasteries in upper Myanmar with 254
teak pillars exists. Proceed to Pakokku and visit Pakokku Market, tobacco
producing, weaving of famous checkered blankets and fabrics.
Transfer to Bagan by motor boat. Transfer to your hotel by car.