Pakokku

  • Location: 30 km northwest of Bagan
  • Status: a trading centre for the Chindwin and Yaw River
  • Area: 8,327.6 square km (Pakokku District)
  • Population: 1,299,360 (estimated 2002 – the whole district)
  • Religion: Buddhism
  • A noticeable Buddhist centre with over eighty monasteries

Lying in the centre of Myanmar, Pakokku used to serve as a port. This town was occupied by Communist rebels in 1949 and held until 1955, when it was liberated by government forces. Currently, Pakokku plays as a trading centre for the Chindwin and Yaw River valleys and famous for its agricultural products including peanuts, sesame and rice. In additions, it deals in timber, palm sugar and is head of downstream. It has an airfield and a diesel-electric plant. The east of Pakokku is known for dry zone, with gravelly and sandy land. The Chindwin and Irrawady rivers provide alluvia, and are utilized for irrigation.

Lying in the centre of Myanmar, Pakokku used to serve as a port. This town was occupied by Communist rebels in 1949 and held until 1955, when it was liberated by government forces. Currently, Pakokku plays as a trading centre for the Chindwin and Yaw River valleys and famous for its agricultural products including peanuts, sesame and rice. In additions, it deals in timber, palm sugar and is head of downstream. It has an airfield and a diesel-electric plant. The east of Pakokku is known for dry zone, with gravelly and sandy land. The Chindwin and Irrawady rivers provide alluvia, and are utilized for irrigation.

Besides, the town is also a noticeable Buddhist centre with more than eighty monasteries. One of the most famous pagodas in Pakokku is Thiho Shin Pagoda, built by Kung Alaungsithu. The Pagoda contains an image presented by the King of Ceylon some 800 years ago, one of the most renowned in Myanmar. Thiho Shin pagoda festival is held from 8th waxing day to 10th waxing day of Nayon annually.  Besides Pakokku, we can also find another famous pagoda such as Thiho Shin Pagoda and Shwe Ku Pagoda which is famous for its wood carving and houses a Buddha image seated on a lotus throne.

Heading 20 kilometers to Pakokku’s northwest, you can find the remains of Pakhangyi, an ancient city constructed by King Mindon in 1886 with about 383 ancient monumental buildings. This monastery was built in the shape of a royal residence attached with four large halls namely the Shirine hall, the Sanu hall, the main hall and the Bawga hall. The city walls of Pakhangyi are the most massive among the remaining un-ruined city walls in Myanmar.

If you travel a little bit to the south and across the Irrawaddy River and visit the Temples of Bagan with more than 2,000 Buddhist temples or move to the east and enjoy the beauty of Inle Lake. Inle Lake ranks among Myanmar’s top five tourist attractions with a pretty beautiful setting including mountains tumbling down to the lake and all of life going on and around the lake, plus the majestic sunsets with the sun disappearing behind the mountains and a chill settling down itself on the lake.

Pakokku Tours

  •  Explore the mysterious Myanmar with visits to almost ancient city like Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan, Monywa, etc.
  •   Chance to meet hill tribe people and know more about the Burmese culture.
  •   Soak into the natural beauty of Pyin Oo Lwin.
  •   Get the unforgettable moment with visit to Golden Rock.
  •   Enjoy amazing pictures of local fishermen mixing with the red sunset on Inle Lake.
Experiences :
Only From $2,618
  •  Visiting the four key destinations of Myanmar: Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay, Inle Lake
  •   Experiencing the life of locals through local workshops and markets
  •   Contemplating the magnificent pagodas and stupas of Myanmar
  •   Feeling Myanmar through a wide range of landscapes, changing from region to region
Experiences :
Only From $1,912
  •  Visit a lot of famous architectures in Yangon, and six other areas in Myanmar.
  •   Experience locals' life in the temples, tobacco workshop and markets.
  •   Discover natural landscapes and others beautiful places on the way of the tour.
  •   Taste local dishes and have knowledge about local culture and custom.
Experiences :
Only From $1,854
  •  Experiencing a joyful vacation to the two famous cities in Myanmar-Yangon and Bagan.
  •   Taking a visit to the mysterious and well designed pagodas and temples.
  •   Enjoying the spectacular view of Bagan city on the top of Mt. Popa.
  •   Getting more knowledge about life and work of the Burmese by visits to traditional villages and local market.
Experiences :
  •  View the beautiful sights of Yangon City: some temples and pagodas to have a great experience in the most bustling city in Myanmar.
  •   Visit the other famous cities with attractive natural destinations.
  •   Take some village treks on the rural areas to explore nature and people in peaceful spaces.
  •   Discover the floating market on Inle Lake and get more knowledge of Intha people.
  •   Relax on Ngapali beach, the most famous and pristine beach in Myanmar.
Experiences :
Only From $2,813
  •  Experiencing Myanmar culture through two interesting festivals of Phaungdawoo Pagoda and Elephant Dance
  •   Truly communicating with native people via various activities: boating, joining festivals, visiting cultural sites
  •   Discovering Myanmar history with Bagan archeological sites as well as former royal capitals of Amarapura and Inwa
  •   Immersing yourself in mesmerizing natural settings and spectacular architectural constructions
Experiences :
  •  Visit the local morning and night markets and Mandalay Hill for beautiful sightseeing.
  •   Explore Burmese architectural arts in Thanboddhay Pagoda and Boditahtaung Pagoda in Monywa.
  •   Discover cave temple complex of Po Win Taung - the richest collection of Buddhist statues and mural paintings in Southeast Asia.
  •   Halt at some local villages and workshops to learn about the local life and process of producing wood carvings and lacquer ware in Bagan.
Experiences :
  •  Maintaining genuine contacts with indigenous people
  •   Contemplating various magnificent religious as well as historical constructions
  •   Discovering the two countries through many means of transportations: car, horse cart, boat
  •   Pondering over the culture and history of each country through different periods
Experiences :
18 days
  •  Experience a whole new world in the holy land of Myanmar when paying visits to many different sites in the country
  •   Taste the flavor of rusticity in every corner including villages, workshops, palm houses
  •   Admire the gentle shining light from the sunset in the red sky of Myanmar
  •   Get healthier from many exciting activities along the way
Experiences :
Only From $2,698 $2,932
  •  Gorgeous tour to the most holy land in the world, to experience the Burmese culture and its people's faith in Buddha
  •   Have an extremely relaxing time on the most pristine beach – the Ngapali in the world
  •   Take a closer look to the unspoiled wildlife and nature along the country
  •   Drop by Burmese rustic lands
  •   Enjoy the nice sunset and have an unforgettable trip
Experiences :
Only From $3,485 $3,788

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