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About Pyay

Resting on the banks of the Irrawaddy River, the township of Pyay is renowned for its beautiful Buddhist monuments and ancient archaeological sites. From the fragrant food markets to peaceful rainforest, “Pyi” as it is known by the local Myanmar folk, has a wealth of culture and history to explore.

Things to do in Pyay

Pyay’s most spectacular monument is Shwesandaw Paya, a glittering gold pagoda perched atop the city's highest hill. Standing at 88 metres, the monument is the country's largest site of Buddhist pilgrimage. Climb the stairs to the summit for incredible panoramic views of the valley.

Explore the ancient ruins of Thayekhittaya, also known as “Sri Kshetra”. The World Heritage-listed site reflects the Pyu Kingdom, which flourished for over 1,000 years between 100 BC and AD 900. The archaeological site and adjacent museum offer an enjoyable afternoon of exploration eight kilometres from the city centre.

Head to the northern tip of the sprawling city to experience the colourful Central Market or browse the atmospheric night market close to town. Set up along the waterfront, an ideal place to find local eats in the evening, like “Daw Ou Hta Min Thote”, Pyay’s famous rice salad or “Kyat Thout San”, a local chicken curry.

Those with time to venture further afield should visit the cliffside carvings at Akauk Taung. The incredible views are best absorbed from a traditional boat in the Ayeyarwady River and are worth the two-hour journey from Pyay.

Getting around Pyay

Pyay is a scenic 4.5-hour drive north of Yangon and 5.5-hour drive south of Bagan. The city is also served by both train and bus, with journey times often surpassing 10 hours. With most attractions within walking distance, Pyay’s city centre is easily explored by foot. Catch a pedicab or rent a motorbike for destinations further afield.

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