The quiet town of Pyay in Myanmar.

Visiting Pyay in Myanmar - Touring and Travel Guide.

The Burmese Town of Pyay is not that visited by tourists so far but is a very interesting place to stay for a few days.

Situated on the Irrawaddy (or Ayeyarwady) River, this old Burmese town is around 280kms from Yangon in the south and some 340kms from Bagan (which is to the north of the town).
view from the Shwesandaw Paya of Pyay Town. Pyay views - Myanmar. Ayeyarwady River at Pyay, Myanmar. Near the railway station at Pyay, Myanmar.
The local pronunciation of Pyay sounds like "Peeyu" - which probably relates to the ancient Pyu kingdom of Burma the ruins of which are located nearbye. With no airport available, travelling to Pyay is not that quick or particularly straightforward which is possibly why often as not tourists do not include the town on their tours - being more inclined to just do the Yangon-Bagan trip. tuk-tuks - Pyay, Myanmar. There are bus services from Yangon and also the railway up to Bagan goes via the town but in truth the best way to get there is to hire a car and driver for a one way drop off. Once out of Yangon the drive up to Pyay is quite enjoyable - lots of countryside to see and the generally quiet road is mostly tree-lined. However in March 2015 the car and driver did cost USD180 Anyway getting from Pyay on to Bagan is even more convoluted and really does need to be achieved by car unless you have a lot of time to spare - the trip from Pyay up to Old Bagan was a similar amount. The lack of regular tourism in Pyay also does reflect in the choice and amount of hotel accommodation available - probably the best choice is to get booked into the Lucky Dragon Hotel. As far as choices for eating out is concerned there are a variety of local restaurants and cafes scattered around in the centre of town - bear in mind these are very much local restaurants.
The following are simply a series of photos which were taken around the town whilst just walking about - starting off with views from along the banks of The Irrawaddy River. Also from looking at some of the now quite dilapidated buildings it is apparent that at one time Pyay was a quite wealthy town and the merchants and so on of the time did live in some really nice houses. This goes back to when Pyay was a sort of halfway point between Yangon (Rangoon) and Mandalay - the river was heavily used for merchandise and the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company was based in the town. At it's peak in 1920 the company's 600 or so boats carried over 8 million passengers and more than a million tons of cargo between Upper and Lower Burma.
Riverside camp - Pyay, Myanmar. Riverside House - Pyay, Myanmar. St Marks Church - Pyay, Myanmar. vegetable bikes - Pyay, Myanmar.
Pyay river pigs - Pyay, Myanmar. Nawade Bridge - Pyay, Myanmar. Nawade Bridge - Pyay, Myanmar. Old Bus - Pyay, Myanmar.
Nawade Bridge (above) was inaugurated on the 18th September 1997 and crosses the Ayeyawady River near Mingyitaung Hill.
Pyay house - Pyay, Myanmar. The Baptist Church at Pyay, Myanmar. Pyay old Building - Pyay, Myanmar. The centre of Pyay, Myanmar.
Pyay house - Pyay, Myanmar. abandoned house - Pyay, Myanmar. Pyay Market - Pyay, Myanmar. Pyay Mosque - Pyay, Myanmar.
High Street Mosque - Pyay, Myanmar. Pyay House - Pyay, Myanmar. Pyay Market - Pyay, Myanmar. Pyay Mosque - Pyay, Myanmar.

The main and important things to see in Pyay are the excellent Shwesandaw Pagoda and the various ruins from the original city - including the ancient Bawbawgyi Paya - these are quite near Pyay. However there are actually quite a few other Pagodas and Temples plus several mosques scattered around the town to wander around and look at.

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