In Bagan, the mystifying and ancient city with thousands of pagodas, it is hard to look any direction without taking sight to some sort of ancient building. The vast openness of the land will take your breath away. You can almost feel the holiness of this place as you are surrounded by earth colored temples and open farmland. Located along the grand Ayeyarwaddy River, Bagan is a cultural and historical treasure located in the heart of Myanmar.
The temples and pagodas of Bagan can be dated from the 11th and 12th centuries. This city was once called “the city of four million pagodas,” and still to this day Bagan is the world’s largest area of temples, pagodas, stupas and ruins. The exact number of temples and ruins varies depending on what is considered a temple or ruin, but the number ranges from 2,200 to 4,000. You can easily consume three or four days here wander in the awe inspiring ruins of Bagan.
The temples are not the only sight to see in Bagan. This town is culturally rich and we want to show you that. The vast farmland occupied by local farmers is rather impressive. Their ox drawn wagons and farming equipment is that of the past, and the people of this land have used these techniques for ages. It is really something to see the acres of farmland scattered between ancient temples. To really enjoy yourself, hire a bike and take a ride throughout the rural countryside. You can go off the beaten path to explore the area on your own and climb the narrow stairways of the temples to get a real sense of these mystifying structures.
There are many different ways to enjoy the city of Bagan. You can take a pony cart ride that will take you up and down the back alley ways of the city. You can stroll the open land by foot and explore the temples at your own pace. Hire a bike and tackle the semi desert land while peddling your way down dusty roads. If your feeling a little tired and don’t want to break we will take you by air-con car to each of the destinations you choose. For a real treat make reservations to soar over Bagan with the birds in a hot air balloon. No matter which way you choose to explore this ancient city we assure you won’t be disappointed.
One of the main highlights of Bagan is the sunset. Each night the earth colored temples seem to glow as they reflect the deep red sunset. We will take you to the top of a tall pagoda where you can go back in time as the sun sets behind the mountains that sit along the river. Just relax and breathe the fresh air as the thousands of temples vanish in front of your eyes. It is truly one of the best sunsets you can enjoy within Myanmar.
Popa is about 50 kilometers from Bagan. Popa region is situated in Kyaukpadaung Township, Mandalay Division, in the central part of the country. Mount Popa is also known as an extinct volcano and the adobe of the 37 spirits. The Mount Popa is a distinctive mountain in this region. It is an old volcano forming the northern offshoot of the Bago Yoma mountain range, occupying the lower central region. The mountain is 4900 feet high above the sea-level. From the Ayeyarwaddy River, it is about 65 kilometers away.
Salay is about 120km from Bagan to the south. Kyauk Padaung and Chauk are the towns on the way to Salay from Bagan. It is a day-trip from Bagan. Salay is a popular place in Myanmar because it is the historic home of the famous Salay U Ponya, a Bagan Era writer/poet whose work are well-known all over the country.
The major attraction is the Yokesone Kyaung - It is a 130 years old monastery with lots of Myanmar handicrafts and sculptures. Therefore known as Yokesone meaning "Many figures". The jatakas (the stories of Lord Buddha) and Ramayana tales are described in wooden sculptures.