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Backyard Travel Announces New Tour to Amazing Monywa – “The Petra Of Myanmar

November 13, 2018 Tour Operator No Comments Email Email

Backyard Travel, the online boutique tour operator specializing in insider tours throughout Asia, today announced a new short tour highlighting the wonders of Monywa, Myanmar. This small town in the Sagaing Region is home to several spectacular religious sites, and the 2-day, 1-night Archeological Quest in Monywa Tour gives travelers a close-up look at these little-known historical treasures.

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Embarking from Mandalay, 140 kilometers east of Monywa, travelers pass through peaceful rural scenery before arriving at the incredible Thanboddhay Pagoda. Here, they’ll have time to explore a temple complex with more than half a million Buddha images adorning the walls, ceilings and alcoves. At Botahtaung Pagoda, they’ll next see the country’s largest reclining Buddha statue, 100 meters in length, before heading into Monywa to observe some artisans at work at Kyaukka Lacquerware Village.

On the second day, the tour takes travelers to Po Win Taung, where 947 caves have been carved out of sandstone cliffs, each richly adorned with Buddhist iconography. A few hundred meters away lies another awe-inspiring site – the monastery complex of Shwe Ba Taung, whose hand-carved facades have earned it the nickname ‘the Petra of Myanmar.’

“Myanmar is such a richly endowed country when it comes to historical Buddhist sites, and this quest into Monywa gives travelers an in-depth look at some of the country’s ‘unknown’ treasures,” says General Manager of Backyard Travel, Trystan Trestchenkoff. “This short tour is perfect for pairing with another trip, or for regional travelers taking an extended weekend to indulge their inner archeologist.”

For more information about the Archaeological Quest in Monywa Tour, contact Pete at

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