Tour code : BFF016
After your breakfast, we pick up and drive to Pyay known as Prome, located about 286 km (6 Hours drive) North-west of Yangon on the eastern bank of Ayeyarwaddy River. Pyay was known as Sri Kshetra (from 1st to 9th Century AD), the capital of the Sri Ksetra Kingdom, until after Second Anglo-Myanmar war when it was Anglicized to Prome. During driving to Pyay, enjoy the scenery and the country lifestyle.
Enroute to Pyay, we stop at Shwe Daung – a small town 14km from Pyay where we visit to Shwe Myet Hman Paya – a stupa with the Golden Spectacles which said that this particular image of the Buddha can cure eye-related illnesses. We procced to Shwe Nat Taung Pagoda which mean Golden Spirit Mountain and refers to an ancient legend from 283 BC. The legend tells the tale of the construction of the pagoda by a long reign of Myanmar kings with the help of the local nats (spirits).
After arriving to Pyay, transfer to the hotel for check-in and then drive to Srikshetra located about 8km east of modern Pyay and are a point of interest because of the ancient city’s historical importance and enduring archaeological sites. A visit to Hmawza (Sri Kshetra) Museum to observe Pyu’s urn-burials and artifacts such as coins, ceramic, metal wares, stone inscriptions and gold leaves in Sanskrit, Pali & Pyu languages etc. Next we visit to the cylindrical Baw Baw Gyi Pagoda – a little over 4 meters high and made of brick and plaster. We proceed to Bebe Paya – one among the many cube-shaped pagodas including one that was thought to have been used by a hermit and visit to Rahanta Cave pagoda, Lay Myet Hna monument and the royal cemetery. Then we return back to Pyay. Overnight stay in Pyay.
Breakfast at the hotel. We take a 2 hours’ drive to Htone Bo – a small town on the other side of Ayeyarwady River where heavy industries of Government located and from where we take a boat to visit amazing numerous Buddha images of different size and posture carved along the cliffs of the riverbank. After 15mins’ boat ride, we visit to Akauk Taung Mountain (Customs Hill). Even though the “mountain” is more like a hill, its face along the side of the river contains a large variety of different sizes and styles of Buddha images (30-50 feet about sea level). We return back to Pyay for lunch break.
In the afternoon we visit to Shwesandaw Pagoda which is known as one of Myanmar’s most venerated structures. The pagoda has five terraces with a cylindrical stupa on top, which then supports a bejeweled umbrella, also known as hti. Shwesandaw means “Golden Hair Relic” and as such is said to house a few of the Buddha’s hair. We continue visit to Se Htat Gyi Paya – an enormous seated Buddha image. Se-htat-kyi meaning “Big Ten-storey” for its height. In the late afternoon we return back to Yangon.