Pakokku is quiet and traditional country town on the banks of the Irrawaddy, located 25 kilometres north of Bagan and now connected by a new road and rail bridge across the river.
Best known for tobacco trading, there is not a great deal to do in the town itself, but 20 kilometres to its northwest you can find the remains of Pakhangyi, with its old city wallsarchaeological museum, and one of the oldest surviving wooden monasteries in the region.

The Thiho Shin Pagoda Festival takes place in Pakokku at the end of May or the beginning of June and features a large country fair and traditional plays. To find out more, go to festivals in Myanmar.

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