Found on the banks of Pindaya’s peaceful lake, this quiet town is surrounded by a pastoral landscape and boasts the dazzling Pindaya Cave.
Sitting high above a pretty lake just one mile from town, the enormous limestone cavern houses hundreds of gilded Buddha statues. Travel here either by foot, car or, for the more traditionally-inclined, a horse-drawn cart, to discover the glittering cave. Smaller chambers can be explored by crawling into side spaces where pilgrims practise meditation, illustrating the true, spiritual dedication to Buddhism.
What’s more, the neighbouring hills of Pindaya offer good trekking opportunities, while interesting local markets in rural villages will root you in the daily life of the Myanmar people, and offer you a chance to taste some regional delicacies.
WHEN TO GO
The best time to visit Pindaya is from late November to March when it is dry and not too hot.
What to do
- Explore the nooks and crannies of the huge Pindaya Caves.
- Hike around the surrounding hills.