Bagan and Its Environ
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Excavate the tradition from the 10 century! Bagan, one of Asia’s most popular world heritage archaeological destinations and one out of two most pre-eminent religious old cities in South East Asia. Though nearby Bagan gets all the love and tourist attention, there’s something uniquely charming about Salay, the native town of the famous writer Salay U Pone Nya during the time of the Myanmar Kings located about an hour-and-a-half’s drive south. In this renowned place also lies the 130-year-old Yokesone Monastery known for its exquisite wood carving decorations. Drive out of Bagan toward Chauk, a petroleum port in Magway region for the Singu – Chauk oil fields but the settlement where British officers once stomped and drilled was an ancient community long before it became a workers’ outpost. Lower down to Yangon and visit to Thanlyin (Syrium), house of Burma’s a major sea port for trade with several European countries. In colonial time the town of Thanlyin was known as ‘Syriam’ and restructured by the British for its port and the site of major petroleum refinery plant.
|Duration:||6 days 5 nights|
|Start /End:||Bagan/ Yangon|
|Tour Route:||Bagan – Salay – Mt. Popa – Bagan – Yangon – Syrium|
|Activities:||sightseeing, culture, history, local ways of life|
|Tour Operates:||All Year-Round / Upon Request|
|Dates:||You may go any time of the year.|
|Tour Customizable:||Flexible and you can tell us your specific requirements and we definitely do adjustment for your trip setting.|
Day 1 Bagan Full day Sightseeing.
Pick up from Hotel and go to airport for Flight to Bagan by local flight in the morning. Arrival in Bagan then spend whole day for exploring the architectural masterpieces of this astounding ancient town, living treasure house of Buddhist architectural splendors.
The sightseeing starts with a visit to most distinctive pagodas such as Shwezigon Pagoda – the holiest one believed to be enshrined with Buddha tooth and hair. Next to Htilominlo Temple – the largest temples of Bagan, Gubyaukgyi Temple (Wetkyiinn village) – the 13th century ‘cave temple’ with fine frescoes of scenes from Jatakas; Kyansittha Umin temple, a cave like building with an interesting feature of colorful murals paintings.after that, Htilominlo, then Pass through Tharaba Gateway into Old Bagan. Continue to Ananda Temple one of the most beautiful Temples at Bagan, built by King Kyansit-tha in 1090 and a photo stop at the tallest temple measuring 61 meters – Thatbyinnyu dating from 1144 AD, known as ‘temple of omniscience’ the highest building on the Bagan plain.In the afternoon, continue your visit to Dhammayangyi, the biggest massive structure with the finest brickwork which built by King Narathu in 12th century. Mingalazedi. Late afternoon, stop at a lacquer ware workshop to watch craftsmen skillfully making this most famous of Bagan handicrafts. Sunset from Shwe San Daw Pagoda.
Back to hotel and Overnight at Bagan.
Day 2 Salay-Mt. Popa-Bagan
In the morning, after breakfast, drive out of Bagan toward Chauk, a petroleum port in Magway region for the Singu – Chauk oil fields. Explore the local market and observe the lifestyle of the local people. From there, continue drive to Salay. Visit Yokesone Monastery, a 130-year-old heritage site that is the oldest surviving wooden monastery hall, built on 154 teak posts with beautiful wood carvings of the ‘Jataka Tales’ (stories from the Buddha’s life) decorating the outer wall of the building. These one hundred and fifty teak posts, each more than three feet in diameter, hold the whole building up ten feet above the ground. Continue to Payathonzu, a complex of three brick shrines with mural paintings from the Bagan period, and see Man Paya – a large lacquer Buddha image, said to date from the 13th century. Nearby is Sasanayaunggyi monastery, featuring a lovely 19th century glass armoire with painted Jataka panels and 400-year-old Pali scriptures inside. Next, visit the Salay House, which was a trading house in British Colonial times and built in 1906. This restored riverside warehouse is filled with antiques to recreate the flavour of this historic time period. After that drive to Shinpinsargyo Pagoda built by King Nara Patisithu in the 11th century, featuring unique paintings in different styles of three periods (Bagan, Ava, Kong Baung) from the 11-18th centuries. The temple is decorated with paintings, glass mosaic and hundreds of the teak pillars. Return to Popa through Chauk (53km, about 1hour), where you will see old Burma Oil installations (‘nodding donkeys’).
After lunch, drive to Mt. Popa, is believed to be the sacred home to Myanmar’s intriguing ‘nats’ being now a national park. On top of a rocky crag is a picturesque complex of monasteries, pagodas and shrines, which can be climbed to via a winding, covered stairs case with 777 steps to the shrine at the top of the peak: an energetic climb rewarded by fabulous views from the top. Later stop at a local village and see the ways of life. Return to Bagan and on the way, we will stop at a typical local village as well as at a toddy palm plantation (If time permit). Then back to Bagan and Dinner at hotel or one local restaurant. Overnight at Hotel in Bagan.
Remark: Yokesone Monastery is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)
Day 3 Bagan
After Breakfast Explore the Myingaba village area by horse cart. First visit Myin Gabar Gubyaukgyi Temple.See the huge Buddha images in Manuha temple: inside a rectangular, whitewashed building. The top storey which is much smaller than the lower one is topped with a large multi-tiered hti; a spire shaped like a ceremonial umbrella. The rooms are barely large enough to contain the four images; It is believed that Manuha wanted to express his frustration about his captivity. Near the Manuha Temple where Nan Paya Temple was built on the palace site where King Manuha Thaton had resided. The inner walls were built of baked bricks whereas the outer walls were built of sandstones. This12th Century attractive pagoda is a combination of sandstone and brick. Particularly noteworthy is the elegant perforated stone windows. The Hindu style of its architecture inside the presence of Brahma figures and the model of the brick devotional throne make some scholars think that Nan-paya Pagoda was originally a Hindu temple. then, visit 11th century Pyatsashwegu, Stop at Myazedi stupa to see Myanmar’s “Rosetta Stone” bearing inscriptions written in four languages. After Lunch visit some of the villages and study the ways of life near phwar Saw village. Visit to Dhammayazaka Pagoda and next to Lawka nandar brighten goleden Stupa from 11 Century. Sunset from one of the pagoda! Either Enjoy sunset at one of the monuments near the Ayeyarwady River (or boating in the Ayeyarwady River and enjoy the sunset from there)
Day 4 Bagan – Yangon
Fly by morning flight and Arrive to Yangon and Start your sightseeing with a drive to the famous Strand Road and visit the bustling Yangon harbour, where ferries leave for Pathein in the Delta and upcountry towns along the Ayeyarwady River. Then visit to Botathaung Pagoda, close to Yangon River and it is famous for Buddha relics is enshrined. Then drive through the colonial-historical district, and the Indian quarter at downtown area. Make a photo stop at the gilded Sule Pagoda, dating back over 2,000 years, and a landmark in central Yangon with the background of Independent monument in the mahabadoola park, the highcourt, and the city hall.
Stop alongside Kandawgyi (Royal) Lake to take photographs over the lake towards Karaweik Hall and the Shwedagon. Enjoy the sunset at Shwedagon Pagoda, famous worldwide – its golden stupa is the ‘heart’ of Buddhist Myanmar. It is always full of people praying and making offerings, and is a fascinating place to spend time watching the world goes by. Dinner with show at Karaweik Place (or) any of your preferred meals and return to your hotel.Overnight at Hotel in Yangon.
Day 5 Yangon – Thanlyin (Syrium)
After Breakfast,Visit to Thanlyin (Syrium) once the home to trading port of Portuguese, Dutch, French and British Merchants and being the centre of foreign trade for all lower Myanmar as well as merchants’ important commercial centre in 16th Century. It is an interesting excursion across 1.2-mile-long bridge across from Yangon to Thanlyin. Thanlyin is famous for the large golden Kyaik Kauk Pagoda rising on a hillock to the right road. There are the ruins Catholic Church built by an Italian Braoabite Missionary in 18th century and the tombs of two famous Myanmar poets Nat Shin Naung and Wongyi BraedhaYaza near Kyaik Kauk pagoda. Then heading to Thanlyin-Yele-Paya (an island Pagoda) is one of the holy places. It is attractive for crossing the river by Sampan in a short time. Feeding the river catfishes can be enjoyed for all.
Back to Yangon and overnight at Hotel.
Day 6 Yangon Departure
Breakfast at hotel. Free and leisure at the hotel until check out or there will be time for some free shopping at the Bogyoke Market (Scott market), with hundreds of food shops, clothes, handicrafts and gems stores and transferring to Yangon Airport for international departure flight. Departure with souvenir to share your finest moments that one of the best places you have visited. The trip ends with full of stories to bring back home.
Have a safe journey!
- 5 Nights’ Accommodation in Double/Twin bedded rooms with daily breakfast
- All transfers and excursions with private air-conditioned vehicles with driver mentioned in program
- Domestic flight ticket: Yangon – Bagan – Yangon with taxes
- Meals as listed in the itinerary (Meals: Daily breakfast at hotel plus any other booked meals)
- Private Boat trip & Horse cart trip as mentioned in the itinerary
- Experienced English-speaking local tour guide in each city.
- All entrance fees & Zone Fees for sightseeing mentioned in the program.
- Mineral water
- Government tax & Service tax
- Early check in and late check-out from hotel
- Food and Beverages not listed in the program
- Visa (Visa Arrangements) to Myanmar
- Tips for guides, drivers and porters for luggage
- Travel insurance
- Additional tour trip
- International airfares and International airport tax in Yangon (US$15.00 per person)
- Expenditure of personal nature, such as camera fees, drinks, souvenirs, laundry, porter charges, etc.
- Supplement charges for other language guides on request
- Services that are not listed in above inclusions.
1. Infant 2 years and younger will be charged some% of adult fare according to Airline.
2. Hotel and Meals for Child age 0- 5 years will be free accompanied with adults on sharing basis.
3. Child age 6- 11 years – will be charged at 50 % of the adult price.
4. Child age 12 and above will be considered as an adult price.
1. 5 weeks prior to arrival 50 %
2. 2 weeks prior to arrival 75 %
3. Less than 2 weeks and no show 100 %
4. Services not utilized after the commencement of the tour; no refund would be given.
Minimum 2 Persons
Rates and Conditions
Please note that only reservation will be made upon receiving of written confirmation and will book the requested services after receiving the confirmation. Until then the proposed hotels and services are subject to availability. If proposed hotels or services are no longer available at time of confirmation, we will book adequate alternatives. The rate may change in such a case.