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About 155 miles north of Pyay and 93 miles south of Salay, Magwe’s locale on the Ayeyarwady River is nice enough, as is the impressive 1.8-mile Magwe Bridge. Beyond this, however, it’s a place of dilapidated buildings running along a confusing web of leafy streets. Still, if you’re travelling along the bumpy road connecting Bagan and Pyay, you’ll probably want to break your journey here and stretch your legs around the ‘sights’. Famously, the capital of Magwe Division sat out of the 1988 prodemocracy marches. There's one memorable guesthouse (actually in nearby Yengangyaung) that makes a fine base for exploring the area.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Magway is between November–February. During the cool season, it offers warm temps with relatively dry air – but keeps in mind this is peak tourist season, so expect crowds and higher prices. However, the Magway State is located in the dry zone of the country and so, you can expect a sunny days at any time.

Check the below table for the general idea of Magway weather throughout the year.

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 31.2 24.6 17.1
Feb 34 26.4 17
Mar 38.2 31.1 21.7
Apr 38.3 32.6 25.3
May 37.1 32.1 25.6
Jun 34.1 29.7 24.6
Jul 31.2 28.2 24.2
Aug 31.3 27.9 23.8
Sep 33.2 29 24.4
Oct 33.4 28.8 23.8
Nov 33.1 27.6 21.9
Dec 32.3 25.4 18.3

Magway’s current weather and 7-day forecast


Magway may not be as popular as other cities in Myanmar, but don’t let that fool you. Magway is a smaller but beautiful upcoming tourist destination that is worth a visit. You will be surprised by some of the unique things to do and places you can explore at this hidden destination.

1.Nga Ka Pwe Taung

On the western bank of the river and a couple of miles north of the bridge, is the small town of Minbu and the fun Nga Ka Pwe Taung (Dragon Lake), a burping pool of butane gas and mud that has over the years built a few acres of lunar-like terrain with bubbling pools atop four odd mounds. The sludge isn’t hot; if your toes slip in, wash them off below at a small pagoda.

The largest mound is named Thu Sei Ta and the second-largest Nanda, after the mythical Dragon King’s daughter and son, respectively. It’s about a 30-minute taxi ride from the centre.

2. Mya Tha Lun Paya

Magwe’s chief pagoda, the 1929 Mya Tha Lun Paya, is a mile north of the Magwe Bridge. It features a gilded stupa and occupies a hilltop site with great river views. Visit in the early evening for the sunset views and the fun of lots of local visitors.

Mya Tha Lun Paya festival: This month-long festival – usually taking place during October – happens at the Mya Tha Lun pagoda and features food, crafts, traditional dancing and theatre.

3. Mann Shwe Settaw Pagoda Festival

The Shwe Settaw Pagoda is located near the city of Magwe in Western Myanmar.

The Mann Shwe Settaw Pagoda Festival is a three month long pilgrimage festival in Myanmar.

Buddhist traditions in Myanmar claim that Gautama Buddha visited the country after attaining enlightenment on a mission to spread his philosophical teachings. At the request of a local king, the religious leader left a set of footprints marking his arrival and departure from Myanmar for the local population to worship. The footprints were cast in gold and then enshrined in the Shwe Settaw Pagoda.

The Mann Shwe Settaw Pagoda Festival is celebrated for three months as pilgrims come from across Myanmar to participate in merit-making rituals and worship the Buddhist shrine that encases a pair of golden foot prints said to be cast from impressions left by the religious leader over 2,000 years ago. During the festival period, the grounds on either bank of the Mann River fill with merchant stalls selling hand crafted goods and local delicacies. Throughout each day, Buddhist monks lead prayer rituals for the thousands of attendees that make the pilgrimage in colorfully adorned native costumes.

Central Restaurant

Handy for the bus station, this deep-orange-coloured Chinese restaurant with plastic plants wending up the walls serves the usual noodle and rice dishes, including hot-and-sour pork and sautéed fish with paprika.

Add: Pyitawthar Rd

Hours: 8am-11pm

Price: mains K2500-5000

Nan Htike Thu 

Add: Nan Htike Thu Hotel,8/9, Sar Shwe Kin Quarter, Strand Road, 90101 Magway, Myanmar 

Located in Magway, Nan Htike Thu offers an outdoor swimming pool. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free WiFi throughout the property. Free private parking is available and the hotel also provides car hire for guests who want to explore the surrounding area.

At the hotel, all rooms are equipped with a wardrobe. At Nan Htike Thu each room is equipped with a desk, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom.

Guests at the accommodation can enjoy an Asian breakfast.

Phan Khar Myay Hotel

Add: Myo Patt St., Yan Naing Qtr., 11221 Magway, Myanmar

Situated in Magway, Phan Khar Myay Hotel features free WiFi. Featuring a 24-hour front desk, this property also provides guests with a sun terrace. Guests can make use of a garden.

At the hotel, rooms are fitted with a desk, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. Guest rooms have a wardrobe.

You can play mini-golf at Phan Khar Myay Hotel, and car hire is available.

If you come from lower Myanmar to enjoy Mann Shwe Settaw Pagoda Festival, please take the Yangon-Pyay motor road and go along Pathein-Monywa road after passing Nawadae bridge. The best way to reach the area is departing from Myanmar's capital city of Naypyitaw in a private vehicle.

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