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Free & Easy Tour Of Bagan, Salay & Mt Popa

This tour is the sort of free and easy which is designed to explore the recently UNESCO heritage site of BAGAN and a sleepy small town of SALAY which is off the beaten tourist track compared to the hustle of touristic Bagan. Plus, the tour is extended to the extinct volcano Mount POPA which is the sacred home of what is known as NATS - spirits.

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2 days


Hotel pickup available


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  • What's included :
    • Accommodation included: 2 nights
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • Hand-picked English-speaking Guide
    • Zone fee for Bagan (NOT include the entry fees for Archeological Museum +5 USD, Viewing Tower+ 5 USD
    • Entry/Admission - Bagan Temples
    • Entry/Admission - Salay House
    What's excluded :
    • Any flights, be international or internal (domestic)
    • Any meals (Breakfast/lunch/dinner) and drinks rather than bottled water provided while sightseeing
    • Any other items not mentioned above inclusion
    • Travel insurance

  • Day 1: Explore The UNESCO heritage site BAGAN

    Stop At: Bagan Temples, Bagan Archaeological Zone, Bagan Myanmar
    You'll be picked up from your hotel or Nyaung U airport around 8 am. Today we'll see some of the amazing sights - over 2,000 temples in a space the size of Manhattan, the biggest problem you face is deciding where to start. First stop is the thriving Nyaung U market - soak it up in one of the small tea houses is also high on the agenda. Pagodas and Temples represent the diversity of ancient Myanmar architectural styles in the 11th to13th centuries. We’ll visit the golden stupa of Shwezigon Pagoda, which is Bagan’s most important reliquary shrine – lookout for images of the 37 ‘nats’ housed in a small hall. Continue to Gubyaukgyi (Wetkyi In village), another ‘cave’ temple with fine frescoes of the ‘Jataka Tales’. Next stop is Htilominlo, the last Myanmar style temple built in Bagan, with old murals and friezes. The tour continues to Ananda Temple, a whitewashed masterpiece of Mon architecture with four standing Buddhas, and the adjacent brick monastery from the early Bagan era with well-preserved murals. Make a photo stop at the tallest temple measuring 61 meters – Thatbyinnyu known as ‘temple of omniscience’ and we will then visit a local lacquerware workshop, where we can watch craftsmen skillfully making this most famous of Bagan’s renowned handicrafts. Continue to Dhammayangyi, a massive-looking temple dating from 1170 that is famous for its interlocking mortarless brickwork. We’ll crown off the day by enjoying the lovely sunset from a perfectly situated temple, pagoda or earth mound. You'll then be transferred to your hotel.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: Entry fees for - Bagan: Archeological Museum + 5 USD and Viewing Tower+ 5 USD are NOT included in our tour price
    Duration: 7 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: NOT included in this tour price

    Day 2: Journey to SALAY & MT POPA

    Stop At: Salay House, 481 Strand Road, Sale Myanmar
    Today around 8 am, we'll (our guide and driver) pick you up from your hotel and head off to Salay. On the way, we’ll visit the Chauk market. Salay is an old colonial town with ancient ruins from the late Bagan era. The major places of interest are MANN PAYA, perhaps the largest lacquer Buddha image in Myanmar dating back to the 13th century – legend has it that local villagers spotted the hollow wooden statue floating downriver after heavy flooding in 1888. They rescued it from the waters, dragging it ashore and coating it with gold lacquer. Next visit to YOKE-SONE-KYAUNG, the oldest surviving wooden monastery bearing more than 120-year-old original sculptures of 19th-century court life, Jatakas (stories from the Buddha's previous lifes) and Ramayana tales (one of Asia's best-known legends), and the collections of antique religious objects from the area. More than the artifacts and scriptures (writings), the monastery itself is fascinating in its own way – one hundred and fifty teak posts, more than 3 feet in diameter, hold the building up about 10 feet above the ground. The donor of this monastery is an old crony U Po Gyi who had good connections with the royal navy and royal treasury and enjoyed a comfortable life of power and wealth. His house is so well constructed that his great great grandchildren still live in it. Being similar in style with the other colonial houses in town, but was built entirely out of teak wood with 5 feet thick walls and iron-plated doors make the house more like a fortress than a residence. Compare to the hustle of touristic Bagan just about 50 km away up the river, Salay is merely a sleepy small town, and you will definitely feel it like stepped off the beaten tourist track and explored upper Myanmar outside the pages of a guidebook. We then continue on to the Mt. Popa. It is the core of an extinct volcano which rises abruptly from the surrounding hills. Mount Popa and its environs are the only lush green place amidst the desert area of Middle Myanmar. We'll climb up the 730 meters high conic flattop (Named as Popa Taung Kalat) by 777 steep steps. It's the sacred home of what is known as NATS - spirits. We'll enjoy the panoramic view of the surrounding landscapes atop Popa Taung Kalat. Return to Bagan and on the way, we’ll stop at the JAGGERY(palm sugar) making cottages and toddy-palm grooves to sample a piece of jaggery or a sip of palm sap or spirit. Drive back to Bagan and transfer to your hotel to complete this awesome day trip.
    Duration: 9 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: NOT included in this tour price
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We will pick up in any hotel in old Bagan, new Bagan and Nyaung UAirports
    • Nyaung-u Airport, Nyaung U, Bagan Myanmar
    Return Detail :
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Organised by Myanmar Elite Tours

Activity ID: V-182067P4

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