Monywa: Monywa is a town on the Chindwin river located 136 km north-west of Mandalay.  There has been a settlement in this spot since the Bagan period (9th-13th century), and legend has it that the name Monywa (which roughly translates as "cake village") came about when a local king fell in love with a cake seller from the area. Monywa has several notable attractions - the most prominent being the Laykyun Setkyar, the second-tallest statue in the world (and second tallest Buddha statue).  It’s about 2-3 hour drive from Mandalay or Bagan.

Itinerary Inspiration

Myanmar’s diversity of attractions is promising to sustain tourism interest and keep visitors to explore beyond the “classic four” of Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay and Inle Lake.