Monywa Myanmar

Monywa Myanmar and the Chindwin River.


Monywa Thanboddhay Pagoda and Alaungdaw Kathapa national park plus the Powingtaung Cave Pagodas and how to travel there. 

Monywa town has the Thanboddhay Pagoda and plenty of other sightseeing spots such as the Chindwin river and the Alaungdaw Kathapa forest reserve to the west which is an ideal trekking destination and elephant rides. 

Monywa & Thanboddhay temple monastery

The great flora and fauna includes some of the last Burma tigers. Monywa City is the gateway to the Chindwin river the biggest tributary to the Ayeyawady or Irrawaddy river 65 miles (105 km) west of Sagaing and Mandalay. Monywa is a hub for up for the north west trade. 




Chindwin River at Monywa

Most agricultural products pass through the city this is also the main route of commerce and trade between India-Myanmar. An exotic travel destination it's not only the city itself with the marvelous Thanbuddhe Pagoda and temple but the whole atmosphere in the small river town near the Powingtaung Cave Pagodas Alaungdaw Kathapa National Park.

Thanboddhay Buddha Temple in central Myanmar interior

Thanboddhay Temple interior
Thanboddhay Temple interior (1)































The city is reachable from Yangon either by car a rather difficult and very long adventure travel of about 8 - 10 hours or by aircraft to Mandalay and from there to the west just check the Monywa map above.

Further up is Chin state Rakhine (Arakan) and behind Bangladesh and India. This is one of the most attractive parts of the country because there is a incredible blend of top destinations.

First is the city by itself and the very interesting vicinity with the Powinthaung Cave Pagodas, the biggest wildlife reserve and further to the west is Chin State with two of the most interesting ethnic groups the Chin and the Naga.

The mountains where this two groups with several dozen subgroups live are real adventure travel and the people are like coming from a fairy tale, in a positive meaning.

Avenue in Monywa MyanmarThe Thanboddhay Buddha Temple in Monywa is the highlight of this Sagaing region west of MandalayMonywa City is similar to most other places in Myanmar dedicated to Buddhism here are two nuns on an errand near to the Thanboddhay Temple and monastery

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