Pyay, also known as Prome or Pyi, is a must-visit destination in the Bago Region of Myanmar. This bustling town is located on the bank of the Irrawaddy River, making it an important trading center for several regions in Myanmar, including Ayeyarwady Delta, Central and Upper Myanmar, and the Rakhine State.

Buddha Statues of Sri Krestra
Buddha Statues of Sri Krestra

The history of Pyay can be traced back to when the Mon people controlled the town until it was conquered by King Alaungpaya in 1754. In the 1890s, Pyay experienced a significant boom, thanks to the British Irrawaddy Flotilla Company.

One of the main attractions of Pyay is the Ancient Pyu city ruins of Sri Ksetra, which is the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in Myanmar. The Buddha statues inside the mountain cliff, facing the Irrawaddy River, are awe-inspiring and worth exploring. The lively atmosphere along the riverfront and at the center roundabout, with a gilded equestrian statue of Aung San, is a great spot to soak up the energy of the town.

Pyay has a tropical savanna climate, with a winter dry season (December – April) and a summer wet season (May – November). It is hot all year round, especially in the months before the monsoon from March to May when the maximum temperatures can be above 36 °C (97 °F). The winter months (December – February) are cooler and more comfortable. July is the rainiest month, with Pyay receiving up to 626 millimeters (24.6 in) of rain.

To get to Pyay, you can travel by private car, which takes over 5 hours from Bagan. Once in Pyay, renting a bicycle for self-riding is the best way to explore the town.

In conclusion, Pyay is a fascinating destination with a rich history and cultural significance. It is an excellent addition to any traveler's itinerary for those looking for an authentic Myanmar experience.

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