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A busy highway town, Taungoo is a popular overnight stop for both tourists and truckers. Sporting several interesting temples, a lively central market and a pretty lake, it has more places of interest than any other town on the Yangon–Mandalay Hwy, but then there's not a lot of competition. A great guesthouse on the town’s outskirts makes it easy to stay an extra day, and can also be used as a base for visiting elephant camps in the hills to the west.

The Karen hills to the east are famed for their vegetables and coffee. The area is also known for its numerous areca (betel) palms. In Myanmar, when someone receives unexpected good fortune, they are likened to a betel-lover receiving a paid trip to Taungoo.

A dry-weather road continues east all the way to Loikaw, though it's a rough and slow journey.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Taungoo in Myanmar is from january until june and august until december, when you will have a warm till very hot temperature and none till mediocre rainfall. The highest average temperature in Taungoo is 38°C in april and the lowest is 29°C in july.

Check the below table for the general idea of Taungoo 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

Taungoo’s current weather and 7-day forecast


Shwesandaw Pagoda

The religious landmark of Taungoo, Shwe- sandaw Pagoda, is situated in the centre of Taungoo to the west of the main road. The pagoda was built in 1597 as a gilded bell shape which is the traditional design of Buddhist ar- chitecture in Myanmar at that time. Buddha’s sacred hair relics was said to be enshrined in the old version of the pagoda. In reality, there are altogether four pagodas in Myanmar with the same name “Shwesandaw.” According to Myanmar Legends, the King of ancient Sri Lanka gave eight precious hairs of Lord Bud- dha to King Bayint Naung. Four strands of hair were kept by King Bayint Naung. The rest was divided equally among his four brothers, Lord of Martaban (Mottama), Lord of Pyay, Lord of Taungoo and Lord of Ava (Inwa). In 1570, the Lord of Taungoo Min Khaung constructed a stupa named Shwesandaw.

A wonderful pavilion is outstanding on the west of the stupa together with a sitting Bud- dha image that was made up from the silver and bronze. The statue is made to be equal to the one of the devout civil servant who donated it for Shwesandaw pagoda. After his death, his ashes have been placed behind the Buddha statue for a memorial to his merit. There is another pavilion nearby consists of a reclining Buddha surrounded by monastic disciplines. A transparent glass cabinet that is exhibiting religious artifacts and small statues donated by the Buddhists are placed along the wall. Shwesandaw Pagoda will be the highlight of the Taungoo journey with its distinctive historical value and religious culture.

Myasigon Pagoda

Myasigon Pagoda is famous for a huge, bronze sitting Budddha image in the pagoda. It is not as well-known as Shwesandaw Pagoda. A standing Buddha image was brought from Siam (Thailand) to this pagoda by King Bayint Naung. King Bayint Naung brought a stand- ing Buddha image from Siam to this pagoda. There are also two 19th century British cannons and two Chinese images of goddesses.

Seinye Elephant Camp

One of the interesting places in Taungoo is Seinye Elephant Camp. It is situated in deep teak forest of Bago Yoma mountain ranges. You can get there by car and it is just one hour drive from Taungoo to the gate of the forest. You will have an arduous and exciting journey of 4-5 hours. You can have a wonderful adventure when visiting Seinye Elephant Camp because you will feel the immense beauty of nature and see a variety of wildlife species and plants. The camp is home of the best teak where you can explore the scenic beauty of mountain ranges by walking tour. If you want to observe elephants working in logging oper- ations, you can visit Kyetshar Worksite that is not so far from the camp. You will know there are elephants living in close proximity to humans if you have a visit to Seinye Elephant Camp.

Pho Kyar Elephant Camp

Pho Kyar Elephant Camp (Thargaya Elephant camp), the home of the best teak and the to- pography of Bago Yoma, is situated in the Bago Mountain Range which is near Taungoo. By taking a walking tour in the villages, you can have a sense of nature around the forest. You can have a chance to study natural forest plants if you are interested in nature. You can start your Elephant Observation Program such as Elephant Show, Elephant Work Show in the forest, Elephant Ride, and the life of mahout. You can enjoy the jungle life at the Elephant Camp. There are a lot of interesting events in the techniques of finding the elephants to hear from mahouts. The Elephant Show is an amazing program with the lovely elephants walking on the square teak beam in a file.

Than Daung Kyi

To visit Thandaung, you can take a car from Taungoo and drive up the 27 miles. Thandaung is now divided into two towns, the orig- inal town on hill now known as Thandaung Myo Haung (old town) and Thandaung Myo Thit (new town) which was developed at Pathi Creek. A dam is being built around there for the use of the local agriculturalists. The new town enlarged from the former Pathi-Chaung

Village is only 13 miles from Taungoo and it is a favourite picnic spot for the people and foreign visitors also visit there. There are huge boulders at the side, the rushing waters, and the rocks are favourite spot for taking photographs. The local people are good hunters and fishermen. You are always welcome to participate in their activities.

Around Taungoo’s tea shops, try asking for yo yo (normal coffee), which should get you a cup of ‘Taungoo coffee’, which actually comes from the Karen mountains to the east.

At the night market, which convenes next to the central market, vendors specialise in chapatis and meat-stuffed palata (fried flatbread). On the old Yangon–Mandalay Hwy, particularly to the south, are many Chinese and Myanmar restaurants.

Hotel Amazing Kaytu

Add: No.8, Oak Kyut Tan Street, 70201 Taungoo, Myanmar

Set in Taungoo, Hotel Amazing Kaytu features air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi. The accommodation offers a 24-hour front desk and room service for guests.

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

Guests at Hotel Amazing Kaytu can enjoy a continental or an American breakfast.

The nearest airport is Nay Pyi Taw International Airport, 91 km from the accommodation.

Myanmar Beauty Hotel 1 (Downtown) 

Add: 134, Taungoo, Myanmar

Located in Taungoo, Myanmar Beauty Hotel 1 (Downtown) offers a shared lounge and terrace. With free WiFi, this 2-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk and room service. Free private parking is available and the hotel also provides bike hire for guests who want to explore the surrounding area.

All units in the hotel are equipped with a TV. Guest rooms at Myanmar Beauty Hotel 1 (Downtown) include air conditioning and a desk.

The area is popular for cycling, and car hire is available at the accommodation.

The nearest airport is Nay Pyi Taw International Airport, 90 km from Myanmar Beauty Hotel 1 (Downtown).

Royal Kaytumadi Hotel 

Add: Taw Win Kaytumadi Road, Taungoo Township, Bago Division, 11221 Taungoo, Myanmar

Featuring a fitness centre and a spa, Royal Kaytumadi Hotel is located in Taungoo. It offers an à la carte restaurant, which serves Asian cuisine.

With air conditioning, suites come with a seating area with a sofa and a flat-screen TV. Each has a private bathroom equipped with a spa bath and a hairdryer.

Guests will find a 24-hour front desk. Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout.

Nay Pyi Taw International Airport is 90 km from the Royal Kaytumadi. Free public parking is available on site.

Get in

Taungoo is about 275 km from Yangon. The old road to Taungoo took about 6-7 hr. The new road makes it only 3-4 hr.

By train Taungoo is halfway to Mandalay from southern destinations, including Bago. The track is rough in places, but it is far from the most uncomfortable rail journey in the country. The meals are unexceptional (try the pork noodles), but getting to the meal car can be an interesting experience.

Get around

It is the mid-way to Yangon or Mandalay if you want to go by car. Good for your night stop and rest. Tourists stop overnight at Taungoo when they travel from Golden Rock to Inle or Mandalay by hire car.

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