As you make your way up there are a couple of levels you can exit at for photos, but the main attraction here is the top level.
As you do your circuit around the stupa, watch for the gigantic seated Buddha facing back to Shwesandaw (it really is huge -- you won’t miss it) but also the small details like fragrant flowers looped over offerings around the stupa’s base.
It is said that the two relics of the Buddha interred here are a hair and tooth and these make Shwesandaw a very popular pilgrimage site and while we were lucky and had the site almost to ourselves on both visits, it can apparently get extremely busy.
While there is a fee for a camera, the kiosk was unattended when we visited and nobody came chasing us around the stupa.
Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.
These tours are provided by Travelfish partner GetYourGuide.