Delving into Bagan Temples & Surroundings

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Overview

A trip of a lifetime within a sublime, mesmerizing setting. The plain of Bagan is one of the world’s greatest and most magical archaeological sites.  Eight hundred years ago Bagan was home to a bustling ancient capital city.  Today all that remains are those gorgeous temples on a surrealistically fairy-tale land that we invite you to explore with this tour.

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Bagan

Day 2: Bagan – Salay – Mount Popa – Bagan   

Day 3: Bagan & Kyauk Gu U Min

Day 4: Departure 

Getting to know Bagan

Day 1 Getting to know Bagan

Meals: not included | Accommodation: Thazin Garden Hotel, Superior room (Bagan)

We will leave at 8.30am from our hotel to get started with our exploration by the Shwezigon Pagoda, a prototype of later Bagan style and will continue to the cave temple of Wetkyi-in Gubyaukkyi with fine mural paintings of Jataka scenes, Manuha Temple with gigantic Buddha images and Nanpaya, an early-style temple with fine stone carvings. Afterwards we will visit a lacquer ware workshop to learn more about traditional Myanmar lacquer ware making.

In the afternoon, we visit the Mon architecture masterpiece, the Ananda Temple, with four standing Buddhas and an adjacent brick monastery from the early Bagan era with well-preserved murals. Next on our list will be the Thatbyinnyu Temple, the tallest one with 61m, and the Dhammayangyi Temple, the largest of all temples in Bagan. 

We will enjoy a memorable sunset from a spot which offer nice views over Bagan plain and the Ayeyarwady River before going back to our hotel.


 

Salay & Mount Popa

Day 2 Salay & Mount Popa

Meals: breakfast | Accommodation: Thazin Garden Hotel, Superior room (Bagan) 

Today we will drive in the morning heading south to Salay with a stop en route in Chauk to visit its colorful morning market. In Salay we will visit the Yoke Sone Monastery, the oldest wooden monastery hall with beautiful wood carvings decorating the outer walls and Shinbin Maha Laba Man Paya which houses a large lacquer Buddha image dated back from 13th century.

We will continue to Mount Popa, an extinct 1,518m high volcano with a shrine dedicated to the worship of the 37 Nats – Myanmar’s ancient animist spirits. We will learn about nats and their worship as we climb the 777 steps to the top of the mount and enjoy an impressive view over the surrounding regions. 

On our way back to Bagan we will stop at family run toddy shop. Here you can see how palm sugar juice toddy is harvested and made to rich and caramel-like toddy candies.
Note: Salay Yoke Sone Monastery is closed on every Monday, Tuesday and Holidays.

Bagan & Kyauk Gu U Min

Day 3 Bagan & Kyauk Gu U Min

Meals: breakfast | Accommodation: Thazin Garden Hotel, Superior room (Bagan) 

We will leave at 8.00AM from the hotel to start our day with the colorful Nyaung U Market, where the locals from surrounding villages gather together. 

Then we will immerse ourselves in the plain of Bagan to keep on exploring its majestic ancient temples. Our guide will definitely count on some visit suggestions for us, although the best way to experience Bagan is simple: Let your guide know when you see a temple that you like so that we can just make a stop to explore it. 

After lunch (not included), we will be transferred to the jetty to board the boat upriver towards Kyauk Gu U Min. During the journey, we will see fishermen, local boats, villages, temples, gaining some insight about the life along the Irrawaddy riverside, although we will also stop en route in Sae Lan to discover how the life within a typical village is.

We will continue by boat to Kyauk Gu U Min to admire the Cave Once in Kyauk Gu U Min, we will head directly to the Cave Temple, whose structure is very impressive, different to the temples in Central Bagan, since its three terraces were built into the hillside of a deep cliff. We will be also able to appreciate its exquisite horizontal stone carvings or the niches located in the northern side, in which the eight important events of the Buddha's life are sculpted. We will cruise back to Bagan and transfer to our hotel. 
 

Day 4 Bagan - Departure

Meals: breakfast | Accommodation: not included

Depending on our flight departure time, we may have some free time before being transferred to the airport. If this is the case, take advantage of the time left to bid farewell to this magical architectonical scenery.

Price

*This is a sample itinerary with no selection of accommodation and/or domestic air tickets. Please contact our travel consultant at info@handspan.com to tailor this trip to your personal preferences and needs. We will be pleased to assist you.

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