Top things to do in Meiktila

Lake in Meiktila

Lake Meiktila

Lake Meiktila is the town’s premier attraction. There are no boating options, but you can cycle around some of it. Between the road and rail bridges, west of the city centre, you won’t miss Phaung Daw U Paya, a temp…
Buddhist Monastery in Meiktila

Shwe Kyaung

A mile around the west end of Lake Meiktila, Shwe Kyaung is a walled monastery on the inland side of the road with Japanese signs leading to a WWII monument that British and Japanese survivors erected in 1972. Monks…
Chinese in Meiktila

Honey Restaurant

Honey is a friendly spot that serves the usual mix of Thai, Chinese and Western dishes (including fish and chips). It's located near the waterfront, about four blocks south of the bridge. Despite the name, it's not …
Buddhist Temple in Meiktila

Phaung Daw U Paya

Between the road and rail bridges, west of the city centre, you won’t miss Phaung Daw U Paya, a temple housed in a giant floating barge shaped in the form of a golden karaweik, a mythical bird.
Thai in Meiktila

Lekker Corner

A clean and inviting place one block south of the main Mandalay–Yangon Hwy, Lekker Corner whips up catfish with red curry, prawns in tamarind sauce, spicy papaya salad and other zesty Thai dishes.
Buddhist Pagoda in Meiktila

Antaka Yele Paya

Cross the road bridge to reach the wooden pier leading to pretty Antaka Yele Paya, a small pagoda perched on an island in the lake.
Bakery in Meiktila


Grab pastries and other baked goods from this popular spot on the main road in the centre of town.
Teahouse in Meiktila

Golden Rain Tea Center

This popular unsigned place, just north of the Mandalay–Yangon Hwy, has all the usual milky, sweet drinks and filling chicken or steamed pork buns. Mix with locals at the low tables shielded by a rattan roof cover.
Chinese in Meiktila

Shwe Ohn Pin

This basic tiled restaurant, located in the centre, has a buffet display of cooked dishes (including a decent bean-curd curry with rice). Just point to your pick among the Chinese and Myanmar selections.
Notable Building in Meiktila

British Colonial Diplomat House

A few hundred metres southwest of the bridge is a building that was once a British colonial diplomat house. The building was used as an interrogation centre by the Japanese in WWII, and many years later Aung San Suu…