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  • Shwesandaw Paya
    4.5 stars

    While Shwesandaw has an entrance at each of its cardinal points, we preferred the approach from the west, walking in from the river, between the bustling coffee shops, then the residential area and then reaching the base of the quite sleepy western staircase, flanked by its enormous guardians. As ... read more

  • Thayekhittaya (Sri Ksetra)
    3.5 stars

    Also known as Sri Ksetra, Thayekhittaya was the capital of a Pyu kingdom from the fifth to ninth centuries and was eventually sacked by a Bagan king in the 11th century. As with Bagan, the ruins are in a pretty parlous state with reconstructions leaving it a little difficult to imagine what the ... read more

  • Akauk Taung cliff carvings
    3.5 stars

    Back to brass tacks this is just a series of carvings in a cliff face, but it is actually far more from that, taking in a long ride through very attractive rural scenery, a small village and a boat trip. To reach the site you will first need to hire a motorbike for the ride to Akauk Taung, some ... read more

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