With a breezy location on the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) River, Pyay (ျပည္; Prome) is the most interesting stop on the Yangon–Bagan Hwy. The city’s glory days date back to the ancient Pyu capital of Thayekhittaya, the partially excavated remains of which lie 5 miles east of Pyay’s other stellar attraction: the dazzling Shwesandaw Paya.Myanmar folk alternate the town’s pronunciation between ‘pyay’ and ‘pyi’. The Brits,...
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