Kakku Pagoda Experience

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day tour

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Budget

Tour Period: All day

10 hours    English

tour highlights

  • Visit Taunggyi, a former British hill station and today the capital of the southern Shan state
  • Visit local market where people sell local produce
  • Visit Kakku with dozens of small stupas
  • Discover the Pa-O Tribe

tour details

Full day drive up into the Pao territory to visit the stunning small pagodas in beautiful landscape. Hidden for centuries in the wooded hills near Taunggyi, the Kakku Pagoda complex has pagodas that seem to be from the 16th century. As you wander through the stupas, you’ll have the chance to admire the fine stuccowork and fascinating Buddha images.

tour description

Travel by boat to Nyaung Shwe, from where you drive up the pine-clad hills to Taunggyi (30km, about 1 hour), a former British hill station and today the capital of the southern Shan state. Visit the local market where ethnic minority people sell their produce, and a cheroot maker's where skilled young women can make hundreds of cheroots in a day. Approximately two hours' drive from Taunggyi in countryside inhabited by the Pa-O people lie the 'lost' ruins of Kakku, a pagoda encircled by dozens of small stupas. Little is known about the origins of this unusual place. Pa-O people believe that the original pagoda dates back some 2,000 years. Wander around the stupas which are decorated with fine stucco work and Buddha images - some in good repair, others not. Visit a Pa-O village and a large monastery on the way back to Taunggyi. On the hill slopes near Taunggyi grows Myanmar's best wine on the Aythaya Estate Wine Garden. When you arrive at the vineyard, enjoy wine-tasting with light food. The small outdoor tasting room provides a commanding view over the terraced vineyard as well as a wonderful breeze. Beyond the rolling green hills, you can see shimmering Inle Lake, and on a clear day you can also enjoy the surrounding mountain landscape. Return to Nyaung Shwe and go back to your hotel in Inle Lake.


  • Transportation in air-conditioned vehicle
  • Transfer from/to hotel
  • Boat Fees
  • Lunch
  • Wine tasting with light snacks
  • Kakku entrance fee
  • English speaking local tour guide
  • Filtered drinking water and wet towels during the tour
Tour code: EXIFKPEB

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