Crazy and surreal Monywa (Myanmar)

by Emiel van den Boomen on November 17, 2014

Colourful Thanboddhay Pagoda Monywa

Surreal. Disorienting. Monywa is just one of many Burmese cities, but it has two special places that will certainly raise your eyebrows: the Thanbodday Pagoda with its 500,000 (!) Buddha images and Bodhi Tataung: two extremely large Buddhas of which one 116-metre (424ft) standing Buddha and one 95 metres (312ft) lying (or: reclining) one. Crazy!

Monywa is defnitely worth a visit if you have enough time to spend in Myanmar; it makes the perfect stop in between Mandalay and Bagan. But the town is hardly visited by tourists…..yet. Myanmar offers so many great places where Monywa most of the time is being skipped in favor of Mandalay, Kalaw and Bagan. Understandable, but let me show you why you should consider Monywa. And don’t worry, two days are enough to enjoy the city and its attractions. Now get ready for lots of pictures!

Arriving in Monywa

Monywa is a 3-hour drive West from Mandalay. Driving out of Mandalay you slowly you move further inland, further back in time.

Roads outside of Monywa Myanmar

At the city’s bus station it’s always a pleasurable chaos. You can easily spend one hour just looking around. People packing stuff on top of everything that has wheels.

Bus station Monywa

Young novices having fun, temporarily forgetting their restricted destiny of being a Buddhist monk.

Monks in Monywa

Having a short moment of panic when you see the bus schedule….taken away quickly by friendly locals helping you get your ticket.

Bus schedule in Monywa

Monywa is not the touristic hotspot you might expect. Only a few travelers visit the town so it does not have the facilities that a place like Bagan offers. But I am sure you will find your way around, the people in Monywa will be happy to welcome you!

Fun in Tuk Tuk

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