A transit point for wayward travellers on the west side of the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) River, Pakokku (ပခုကၠဴ) is a friendly town famed for its tobacco and thanakha. Few guests stay here now with the new bridge connecting it to Bagan, 16 miles south, in just 30 minutes. Should you choose to linger, there’s a basic riverside homestay, which many guests rank as a highlight of their trip. One of the town’s biggest pwe (festivals), Thihoshin, is held during Nayon in May/June.
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