Just across the river, a few 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-…
This month-long fest - usually taking place during October - happens at the Mya Tha Lun pagoda and features food, crafts, traditional dancing and theatre.
On the river, just north of the bridge, this popular drinking spot also serves great-value food. As the sun dips across the river, locals hit the beer and whisky for the 7pm music and dance show.
Handy for the bus station, this reasonably clean-looking Chinese restaurant serves the usual noodle and rice dishes, including hot and sour pork and sautéed fish with paprika.
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.