Start city: Bagan
End city: Bagan
Duration: 4 Days - 3 Nights
Departure: Private Tour. Daily, upon your request.
Cities to visit: Bagan - Mt. Popa - Salay
- Extendable with optional tours from Bagan and from Bagan.
Note: This private tour requires minimum of 2 passengers to operate
- Amazing sunrise over Bagan
- Horse cart explore Bagan temples
- Authentic Bagan cooking class
- River boat crossing Irrawaddy river to Kyauk Gu U Min village
- Panoramic view of Popa national park from Mt Popa
- Unspoiled Pakokku village
- Special dinner with traditional puppet show
Get up early in the morning, our local guide will take you to one of the best spots to see this, with the myriad spires of the pagodas silhouetted against the rising sun. During their season, the flight of the balloons across the plain adds another layer of drama to the spectacle. Sunrise over Bagan is a memorable event!
After watching the sunrise we’ll take you to join the locals in a typical tea shop to taste some Burmese breakfast specialties. Back to your hotel for breakfast.
After breakfast, start your temple exploration with a visit to Shwezigone pagoda, which is believed to enshrine a bone and tooth of Gautama Buddha to Ananda, Sulamani Temple.
This afternoon, enjoy the exotic horse cart to one of the biggest temple in Bagan: Nan Paya pagoda and many other interesting sites nearby. Enjoy sunset over Bagan.
Tonight, enjoy the special dinner with traditional puppet show.
Accommodation: Hotel in Bagan
Day 2: Bagan – Salay – Mt Popa
After breakfast, enjoy a scenic drive southward, parallel to the Irrawaddy River, en route to Salay. After one hour we make a stop in Chauk which has a colorful morning market to explore. Few tourists visit this market and it is a great place for local interaction and photos.
Continue half an hour drive to Sale (Sa-lay), a sleepy town where various colonial buildings, monasteries and pagodas can be seen.
Amongst, we will visit Yoke-Sone-Kyaung Monastery which is a cultural heritage site in Salay, situated on the eastern bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River. It is famous for its beautiful artistic woodcarvings.
We then head east toward Mount Popa, an extinct volcano standing 1518 metres high. Arriving at midday, we'll first go to Popa Mountain Resort for lunch with fabulous views over the surrounding area.
Mt. Popa is known as the most sacred site for meditation in Myanmar. Our guide will lead you to Popa Kalat Monastery where you can enjoy the panoramic view of Popa national park.
On the way back to Bagan,we will experience the traditional palm work, cigar maker and peanut oil distillation. Late afternoon, transfer back to Bagan
Accommodation: Hotel in Bagan
Day 3: Cooking class – Half day Boat to Kyauk Gu U Min
After breakfast, being transfer to a local village. Upon arrival, you are welcomed
with green tea .Your chef will show our kitchen and explain what we will buy at the
Market for today. After that , we will go to the “ Nyaung U market “ together and buy vegetables and fish or meat . Back to kitchen, our chef will show how we cook our foods. The foods of our cooking class is really typical Burmese style and amazing taste. After all foods are cooked, you will enjoy the foods.
This afternoon, transfer to the Bagan boat jetty. Board a private river boat and set off upriver toward Kyauk Gu U Min. Throughout your Irrawaddy river cruise you will be treated to fabulous scenes of life on the water: fishermen, local ferry boats, riverside villages and views of the Bagan temples.
You'll stop at Sae Lan village and go ashore for a short walk. Sae Lan is typical of the riverside villages along the Irrawaddy. The friendly people work as farmers and fishermen, living a simple but happy life.
Continue by boat to Kyauk Gu U Min on the eastern side of the river where a five to ten minute walk takes us to the temple. This beautiful temple has exquisite stone carvings depicting religious figures and flowers on the door. The temple itself is built against the side of cliff, so behind the main hall of the temple you can enter a cave. Inside the cave there are several small niches where individuals can practice meditation. Legend states that the cave was built during the 13th century for the locals to hide from the invading Mongols.
After your exploration of Kyauk Gu U Min, you'll return to the boat for a relaxing and enjoy sunset when back to Bagan (around 1 hour)
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Bagan
Day 4: Bagan – Pakokku – Bagan
Morning pick up from your hotel and drive to Pakkoku, an unspoiled small town famous for its tobacco trade and weaving workshops. Pakkoku's market offers a vast array of items from locally-grown peanuts, sesame and rice, to fish and vegetables, textiles and agricultural apparatus. Lunch at local restaurant.
After lunch visit a weaving workshop to see how characteristic Myanmar checked cotton blankets are made. Continue to a cheroot maker's where skilled young women can make hundreds of cheroots in a day. Also stop by a monastery and meet a monk to learn about monastic life, Buddhist principles and his perspective on the faith. Proceed to Thiho-Shin Pagoda, built by King Alaungsitthu. The pagoda contains a revered Buddha image presented by the King of Ceylon some 800 years ago, which is celebrated in an annual lunar festival falling in June/July. Transfer to your hotel or to the airport for departure.
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