Nestled on the Chindwin River’s banks, Monywa is known as a dynamic region of central Myanmar with numerous industries surrounding the town. Monywa shares some similarities with its neighbor Mandalay in the way that there are myriad of amazing surrounding attractions.

Chindwin River, Monywa

Chindwin River, Monywa

Monywa is a perfect stop on a trip from Mandalay to Bagan. As a trade town, it is home to several hustle and bustle markets, countless food stalls, coupled with numerous beer stations surrounded by a vibrant atmosphere. As previously-mentioned, Monywa has a collection of interesting surrounding attractions. It is a good chance to explore the amusing Chindwin riverside setting, such large pagodas as Thanboddhay pagoda, Bodhi Tataung Laykyun Sekkya standing Buddha and Hpo Win Daung Caves. All are worth a pleasant wander. Thanboddhay Pagoda is a great destination for admiring the stunning and spectacular Thambuddhei Paya where 500,000 Buddha images, as well as golden spires, are located. Especially, you also catch an opportunity to explore the monastery site, offering a panoramic view of the pagoda and surrounding landscape.

Thanboddhay Pagoda

Thanboddhay Pagoda

Like Thanboddhay Pagoda, Bodhi Tataung Laykyun Sekkya standing Buddha is a stop that should not be missed. The pagoda houses uncountable Bodhi trees, gardens, sitting Buddha’s as well as a giant reclining Buddha. If your goal is to explore the nature, head to Hpo Win Daung Caves located 25 kilometers to the west of Monywa. Here, award yourself with an exploration of up to 947 caves, ornate mural paintings and Buddha statues of the complex.

Magnificent giant Buddha images Bodhi Tataung in Monywa

Magnificent giant Buddha images Bodhi Tataung in Monywa