Myanmar destinations


Pyay (Prome, Pyi) is the principal town of Pyay Township in the Bago Region in Myanmar. Located on the bank of the Irrawaddy River, 260 km (160 mi) north-west of Yangon, Pyay is an important trading center for the Ayeyarwady Delta, Central and Upper Myanmar and the Rakhine (Arakan) State.

In 1754, the Mon controlled the town when King Alaungpaya conquered it. In the 1890s, Pyay boomed, along with the British Irrawaddy Flotilla Company.

The main highlight of the town is the Ancient Pyu city ruins of Sri Ksetra, which is the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in Myanmar. You will be impressed by its Buddha statues, which lie inside mountain cliff and face Irrawaddy River. Soak up its lively atmosphere along the riverfront and at the roundabout, at the centre of which is a gilded equestrian statue of Aung San.

Buddha Statues of Sri Krestra

Climate, best time to visit

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 a little more comfortable. Rain falls mostly in summer, particularly in the month of July when Pyay receives 626 millimetres (24.6 in) of rain.

How to get in and out

You can get into Pyay from Bagan. Travelling by private car could take more than 5 hours so make sure to get ready before the trip.

To explore the Pyay, the best choice is renting a bicycle for self-riding.

After visiting Pyay, you can come back to Bagan for further travels in Myanmar.