Bagan

Duration

: 1 Day

Destination

: Bagan

Trip Overview

: In-between the 11th and 13th century, Bagan flourished as the capital of the 250-year old Pagan Kingdom. During this time the city’s rulers are said to have built over 10,000 religious monuments, including gold-gilded temples, stupas and monasteries. As a result of repeat Mongol invasions and a series of devastating earthquakes, Bagan’s prominence quickly faded, meaning that the site you see today is surprisingly a shadow of its former glory.

Sunrise Balloon Tour

Around 0530 hours the Balloon over Bagan shuttle bus will pick you up at your hotel. (contact the balloon travel desk on the eve for exact pick up time). You will drive to the departure ground of the Balloons. While the team makes the Balloon ready to go, you enjoy some refreshments, but you can also take great pictures of this event. Then, depending on the wind, you will over fly Bagan for about one hour, and enjoy spectacular views of the ancient Kingdom of Bagan in your hot air balloon!

The tour ends…..where ever the wind has brought you. A glass of sparkling wine ends this fantastic event….and the shuttle bus then brings you back to your hotel. [Available from Oct to end of Mar]

Price : USD 310 per pax [include: seat on standard balloon, round trip transfer by shuttle bus]

Fullday temple tour

Full day sightseeing tour, starting with visits to some of the site’s most important monuments Shwezigon, Bagan's most important reliquary shrine and Gubyaukgyi(Wetkyi-Inn village), a 'cave' temple with fine frescoes of the 'Jataka Tales'. Next stop is Htilominlo, the last Bamar-style temple built in Bagan. Continue to Ananda Temple, a masterpiece of Mon-style architecture with four huge standing Buddhas and an adjacent brick monastery with well-preserved 18th century murals. Stop for a photo of Bagan’s tallest temple; 61 metre-high Thatbyinnyu, known as the 'temple of omniscience' and dating from 1144.
Sightseeing continues to Manuha Temple, built in the Mon style in 1059; Nanpaya Temple, a unique sandstone monument and Gubyaukgyi (Myingaba) under the protection of UNESCO and noted for its ancient mural paintings.
Enjoy sunset at one of the monuments along Ayeyarwady River.

Price for private tour : USD 40 per pax for party of 2 [includes: local guide, transportation]

Bagan Villages & Toddy farm lunch by electric bike

Morning exploration of local villages.
Start with an excursion to nearby villages to learn agriculture production and village life.
Our first visit to learn the process of creating “Poneyay Gyi (pea powder paste) and see how local plum jam is made & packed. The people here are very friendly and will greet you with warm smiles as they going about their business. We will then visit another village to observe about how Cartwrights make a traditional bullock carts, still used by farmers and locals throughout the country.
The last village which is earning by producing various items from the toddy palm trees . Learn the collecting of the liquid to produce drinks, sugars and products from toddy palm leaves . Then, meet the people in the farming to share practices of seasonal plantations such as sesame and various kinds of beans.
Experience a glass of toddy palm drink before enjoying a traditional Burmese lunch under shade of Toddy Palm trees in local setting. (Lunch included)
Price for private tour - USD 40 per pax for party of 2 [Includes: Local guide, bike, Lunch]

Bustling Pakkokku and river boat trip

This morning your guide will greet you at the hotel to begin road to Pakokku via Pakokku Ayeyarwaddy Brige, an un-spoiled small town famous as a tobacco trading centre and for its weaving shops. Upon arrival, start at the bustling Pakokku Central market, an open-air market with a vast array of local products including crops, fresh vegetables, snacks, ingredient, textiles, handy crafts and many others.
Explore the town with a visit to the famous Thanakha market where you will see Myanmar females’ favorite Shin-ma-taung Thanakha that the ladies affectionately wear for beauty as well as for sun protection. You will discover different forms of Tha-na-Kha and try making tha-na-kha paste with the sandstone grinder - Sprinkle drops of water on the grinder and grind the trunk on the surface to produce the paste that can be applied on skin. Then continue to observe slippers workshop, cheroot factory and wood-carving sculpture in the town.

End the day with a down-river cruise on the Ayeyarwaddy River.
Price for private tour - USD 55 per pax for party of 2 [transportation, local guide, boat]

Outskirt Bagan to Popa Mountain and Salay

Pick-up from your hotel in Bagan or Nyaung U at 8:00 am and then drive along Ayeyarwaddy River to Salay (approx. 1.5 hours),native town of the famous writer Salay U Pone Nya during the time of the Myanmar Kings. En route stop by the Chauk provincial local markets, a wonderful place to explore Myanmar culture and cheap shops for souvenirs. After 30 minutes you will arrive at the Yoke Sone Kyaung Monastery, a cultural heritage site in Salay situated on the eastern bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River. The Monastery is very famous for spectacular wood cravings built in AD 1882. You will visit his heritage museum as well.
Then head to Mount Popa , a 1,518m high extinct volcano. On arrival, enjoy wonderful views of the surrounding area. Learn about nats and nat worship as you climb the stairs to the top . The view over the Myingyan Plain from the top of the volcanic peak is very impressive.Along the way there re a multitude of monkeys expecting treats. When the tour ends, you will be transferred back to your hotel in the evening.
Price for private tour : USD 60 per pax for party of 2 [includes: local guide, private transportation,entrance fee]

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