Exploring Pakokku

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day tour

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Budget

Tour Period: All day

10 hours    English    Bagan, Pakokku

tour highlights

  • Sightseeing in Pakkoku, famous for its tobacco trading centre and for its weaving shops
  • Visit a genuine indigenous regional open-air market
  • Visit Thiho-Shin pagoda
  • Private boat across the Ayeyarwady River to enjoy the Bagan's beautiful sunset

tour details

Pakkoku is an un-spoilt small town famous for tobacco trading, Tanakha market, cotton weaving and “papier mache” workshops. Drive out from Bagan and cross the longest bridge over the Ayeyarwady River to explore the incredible small town with its authentic culture. Enjoy the river scenery and sunset from a local boat on the way back to Bagan.

Why choose this tour?

  • Exploring Pakokku, a friendly town and a trading centre of tobacco, thanaka and weaving products
  • Learning Buddhist principles and traditions at a monastery
  • Fascinatingr river cruise from Pakokku to Bagan on the Ayeyarwady river

tour description

Pick up from your hotel and drive to Pakkoku, an unspoilt small town famous for its tobacco trade and weaving workshops. Explore Pakkoku market which offers a vast array of items from locally-grown peanuts, sesame and rice, fish and vegetables, textiles and agricultural apparatus.

Lunch at River Garden Restaurant.

After lunch, visit a weaving workshop to see how characteristic Myanmar cotton blankets are made. Continue to a cheroot maker where skilled young women can make hundreds of cheroots in a day. Also stop by a monastery and meet a monk to learn about monastic life, Buddhist principles and his perspective on the faith. Proceed to Thiho-Shin Pagoda, built by King Alaungsitthu. The pagoda contains a sacred Buddha image presented by the King of Ceylon 800 years ago, which is celebrated in an annual lunar festival falling in June/July. Return to Bagan by boat (about two hours downstream) enjoying the riverbank scenery on the way. Arrive in time for sunset over Bagan's many pagodas. Upon arrival at the jetty, transfer back to hotel.

customise the tour

  • Explore the notable thanaka market of Pakokku
  • Try Burmese cigar or get firsthand experience of making cheroots
  • Find the inner peace of your soul as you meditate for a few minutes at the monastery
  • Unlimited photo opportunity during the tour


  • Transportation in air-conditioned vehicle
  • Transfer from/to hotel included: Yes
  • Lunch
  • Private wooden boat from Pakokku to Bagan
  • English speaking local tour guide
  • Filtered drinking water and wet towels during the tour


  • Please note there will be supplement during the water festival period from 13-17 April. Price to be advised on request.
Tour code: EXBFEXPB

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