Kakku Pagodas
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Aleena S
Yeppoon, Australia45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
The best place to visit in Myanmar. The 2.5 hour drive each way is well worth it. The lovely pinks, yellows, browns and whites of the 2000 + stupas are beautiful. The wind chimes are calming.
Written February 10, 2020
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Takayuki H
Tokyo, Japan13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
This was first time I’ve been in Shan State, Myanmar.
I arrived in Nyaung Shwe early morning by bus from Mandalay. I checked in at a hotel and then went to Kakku Complex of Stupas and Inle Lake.
After 2-hour driving, I got to Kakku. As I visited in early morning, there’s no people but me. Over 2000 stupas and the landscape of rice fields behind the complex were so fantastic that I can’t describe them in words!

When I arrived in Nyaung Shwe, I dropped my wallet in the bus. But my driver called the bus company and find my wallet immediately. His name is Mr. Kokyaw. He is very kind and speaks English well.
He can customize your trip according to your schedule and interest. I highly recommend him.
Mr. Kokyaw
WhatsApp: +959448390249
phone: 09448390249
Email: shweman.inle@gmail.com

I was fascinated its beautiful and pastoral landscapes and good people in Shan State!
Written March 1, 2020
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Constanza D
Santiago, Chile23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Solo
Kakku is one of those place you can´t start to imagine if you don´t see it. For any traveller to Inle lake, I REALLY recommend this trip. It´s around 2 hours drive each way (can take up to 30 mins more because of road construction) towards the eastern part of the lake. You need to hire a taxi (I recommend the amazing experience I had with Kyaw (Joe for foreigners), he has a great car that picks you up at the hotel for 50,000 kyats round trip, contact him at eversmile.ns.inle@gmail.com or 09428319914 -09428316928), plus USD8 fee for entering the zone. Included in the fee, you get a guide in English that explains the entire history of the place, very recommended. During the trip, you get to see the beautiful countryside and when you get to Kakku, you´ll be amazed by the 2,500 stupas and pagodas built 300-200 years ago. It´s very well preserved and you can walk easily for 2 hours to see the entire place. Take an umbrella cause it´s hot and sunny. It´s the only place in Myanmar where I saw a dead buddha. You can have lunch in the 2 or 3 restaurants around the place. You´ll be surprised by a unique place, not too many tourists so enjoy while you can!
Written May 11, 2017
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j1954g
Tetbury, UK3,273 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2012 • Couples
This is certainly an interesting excursion which can be made while staying at Inle Lake. We collected our mandatory Pa-O guide from Taunggyi (the administrative capital of the Shan State) and went by road to Kakku, which is up in the hills to the east of the lake. The journey, from our hotel on the west shore of the lake, took about three hours each way - roads were not too bad, apart from some slowing down for road works now and again.

The journey itself is a chance to see some of the agricultural country in the hills - a lot of garlic and onions are grown in "plantations" (in other words, fields), and are irrigated by hand - there are also poinsettias blooming at the side of the road, and stands of bamboo. Some of the villages are worth a stop - we visited one where the local women were making panels of roof thatch from grass. The houses are a mixture of wood and woven bamboo panels; some sturdier buildings are made from breeze blocks.

Kakku itself is quite remarkable because the 2,500 or so pagodas just seem to spring out of nowhere; they date from different periods of history and the newer ones are white or gold whereas the older ones are plainer. Many are decorated with charming figures, some of which still have their original painted colours. There is a nearby pool where it is possible to see dozens of the spires reflected in the still water. However, this is a relatively small site compared to areas such as Bagan, and, while it has not been visited very much until recently, our guide told us that over a thousand visitors came in November 2011. While we were there at least two coaches arrived - we were just lucky that we had arrived first!

There is a small restaurant nearby which serves extremely reasonable food and drinks and has clean toilets.
Written February 29, 2012
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Arietta Olivya O
Cikarang, Indonesia24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Friends
We're 3 people going to Inle Lake, and decided to take 1 day tour to Kakku. Since we're only have a day in Inle Lake, we decided to book a tour before. Got 2 tour provider emails from tripadvisor's post, and one of them was responding very quick.
Price was 50000 kyat for 2-3 person using sedan or saloon, and 70000 kyat using van for bigger group (you can email to Ever Smile at eversmile.ns.inle@gmail.com if you want to use his service. He's very helpful, providing toktok - quite expensive but doesn't matter. 1000 kyat each person to May guest house. He arranged so we can take a shower and waiting until 8am when he picked us up for the tour). Since we're 3 person and need to get 1 tour guide from Taunggyi, we should use van, but finally asked for sedan/saloon and they agreed.
Ride was nice, we're stopping at Taunggyi to pay 5$ for guide (nice Pa'o tribe girl, student of university majoring on English), and 3$ each for entry fee.
Kakku pagoda is amazing! Over 2000 pagodas. The Pa'o girl also cute and nice. She told us the history, also let us know where to take a good picture :D After lunch, we visited the village (very nice people too), and also Taunggyi market as per our request, because we want to buy their traditional bag :D
Overall, the trip was memorable, and i would gladly going to this place again someday. Oh, and for us, it took 1 day from 8am to around 4-5PM.
Written August 22, 2015
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Tracy K
Los Altos, CA (USA)456 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2013 • Friends
We drove to Kakku from the airport with our guide and a Pao O driver so did not need to hire a guide when we arrived. It is at least a 1.5 hour drive from Taunggyi over mostly bad roads. It was interesting to see the rural countryside on the way, however. There is a restaurant across the street where you can eat (we were too late) and have a cold drink. The stupa installation -- all 2417 of them -- was a big disappointment to us largely because most of them are restored (in some cases garishly) by donorsand that took away the authenticity for us. There are some original edifices and those were nice to see, however. It was very hot (about 104) and walking on the hot bricks was not comfortable. We did see many local tribe folks in their traditional dress which was quite nice. There is a nice water feature where you can sit and cool off a bit. We much preferred the original stupas/pagodas at Indein to this experience -- much more real and less staged. Took us over two hours after this to get back to Nyaung Shwe to catch our boat to the hotel on Inle lake and it was almost dark when we arrived. Not a trip I would do again!
Written April 24, 2013
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Antarktis45
Taipei, Taiwan141 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2011
Astounding pagoda field around 40 km away from Inle Lake. You must go to the PA office and get your obligatory PA guide. Ask for English tour guide "Khun Kyaw Aye" if you can: he is an amazingly friendly and knowledgeable guide with excellent English skills. He actually made this the highlight of my Burma trip for me. You will be stunned by the beauty of this attraction and there are basically no tourists there! Please go!
Written January 26, 2011
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Aunn A
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Friends
Well, it is understandable that you want to boast about your visit to the exotic country before your friend has step foot in it. You can all do that with standard Inle, Bagan and Mandalay.

Please, please, don't come here if you are one of those people. I assure you that it is another set of pagodas you have seen all these times. You will surely be disappointed.

If you are not the one looking for jaw dropping architecture with glamorous history of the site for the bragging right but you just want to relax and get close to the people and history (yes, I accept that you also have a long vacation time to waste!), please take an hour drive from Taungyi (it is the capital of the Shan state, you know. Poor her, Nyaung Shwe is more famous ... among tourists.)

What will you see there? Well, let's not ask that question. If you have already decided to stay in Taungyi, I have to admit that you have overcome the typical Nyaung Shwe (and Kalaw) type tourist. (Of course, it is also possible that you are staying in Taungyi for Tazaungdaing festival) Anyway, yes, yes, yes, it is a bunch of pagodas that you will see literally. As the saying goes, the beauty lies in the eyes of beholders, if you have learned to overcome the photo_snapping tourist attitude, you can see and experience the slow life of the native Pa O and Shan people lives and the rural(Shan state) scene.

As much as it is normal to say that life is slow here, I would like to add footnote that the natives like to drive fast with the China made diesel powered Frankenstein vehicle leaving a trail of dust. This is the experience too you know.

Apart from the sometime dusty carbon-monoxide filled air on the roads, the asphalt road with the red dirt road shoulder and the green bamboos on either side every now and than, the scene is unique.

The pagodas are ancient and have their own history. I will leave them for your own interpretations. Some does not like the renovation and prefer to leave them as a romantic ancient ruins. I will not use any unnecessary adjective to describe them. They are a bunch of ancient pagodas.

There also is a market next to the pagodas. I see quite a lot of garlic and tea leaf. I am the one to try out the foods close to the native people and .... I prefer the same local foods in Taungyi where it is a bit more hygienic and more rest
Written March 28, 2018
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taibolee
Hong Kong, China165 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Family
More than 2500 pagodas. Like a forest. It is impressive. It is worth to get here and will bring you open mind. If you want to know more about this country,you must come to visit.

From Niaungshwe to here,around 1hour drive,not far away.

some traveller/viewer say it is waste time to visit. well i will say if you are not interesting in pagodas,if you not like history,if you only like shopping and modern things....then don't come here.

The sculpture are amazing,if you read their history,you will see how hard to build this pagodas.

So,when you read the reviews about this place,please ask yourself,what is you interest? please don't say that it waste your time that something you are not interested in. i am not interested in shopping but i won't say that it is waste time.
Written April 7, 2018
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Rika Yuni L
Singapore, Singapore159 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Friends
Went there in a day trip (rent taxi for Ks 50,000) and the journey took around 2.5 hours - 1 hour from our hotel in Nyaung Shwe to the Tauggyi tourist office where you should pay entrance fee for US$3/person and a mandatory Pa-O guide (US$5) who speak English very well as he's a English literature student in the university, another 1.5 hours from there to Kakku.
When we almost reached Kakku Pagoda, we passed through sunflowers field which was awesome as they all bloomed and the weather also lovely - good spot for taking pictures :D
Enjoyed our time in Kakku a lot, as we went through all the old stupas that got different shaped/architecture. Total stupas are 2,000ish but some are damaged because of the earthquake and bad storm, few is under reconstruction helped by gathering some donations around the world. It's a must visit if you plan to spend more than 1 day in Inle area as it's not yet that touristy, was bit quiet when we visited last time
Written December 18, 2016
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