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Our Bagan Explorer Tour introduces you must-visit temples of Bagan, take you to visit the colourful Nyaung U Morning Market and observe the intricate process of making lacquer wares at a Lacquer Craft Workshop. You also have a opportunity to visit a traditional village, experience daily life of villagers and give some support to local community and education of the local children.
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DAY 01: BAGAN ARRIVAL
This morning, meet our Asia Senses local guide at your hotel or Nyaung U Airport in case you catch early flight from Yangon or Mandalay. Formerly known as Pagan, Bagan is home to the largest and densest concentration of Buddhist temples, pagodas, stupas and ruins in the world. Approximately 2,200 of the originally 4,400 temples that are spread across the plains of Bagan.
Start your archeological tour with Shwezigon Pagoda, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th as a religious shrine and Ananda Temple which is considered to be one of the most surviving masterpiece of the Mon architecture. Also known as the finest, largest, best preserved and most revered of the Bagan temples.
Next, we pay a visit to Dhammayangyi Pagoda, the most massive structure in Bagan. This brickwork is perhaps the finest that can be found around Bagan.
In the afternoon, drive to Minnanthu Village which is located near central Bagan. On arrival, meet with friendly and hospitality villagers who will take you around their village. It is a unique opportunity to observe their daily life: girls carrying water from the communal well, men are working in the fields with their ox, women rolling cigars to sell at the market and making woven bamboo picture frames, souvenir to sell to the visitors.
Afterwards, visit Tayokepyay Temple, Laymyatnar Temple, Nandaminnya and Payathonzu Temples which are located nearby the village. Enjoy the spectacular sunset while riding horse cart between the temples before returning to the hotel.
Start our Bagan sightseeing tour today with a visit to Nyaung U Morning Market which offers a colourful display of fruit, vegetables, flowers, fish and textiles. Morning time is the best time to visit market, as you can see it at its liveliest and ways of life of local people. Majority of the market area is occupied by souvenirs and antiques shops. You can find bronze statues of the ancient ladies of Bagan, old lacquer ware, paintings copied from the original frescoes in the Bagan temple, hand woven clothes and many more. At the market, you can buy to your desire items to be donated to the children at a primary school with our own hands.
Then proceed to a primary school – managed by government and the basic education school system in Myanmar consists of five years of primary, four years of lower secondary, and two years of upper secondary education. The trip is to support local community and education of the local children as well as for the us to observe local living and education of children. On arrival school, meet the monks, teachers and pupil who are learning at school. Observe and take photos as they study and play together. Every little thing given here is very much appreciated.
In the afternoon, we will visit a lacquer craft workshop to discover the intricate process of making lacquer wares. Then continue to explore Manuha Temple, which was built in the Mon style in 1059 and followed by a visit to Nanbaya Temple, a unique sandstone monument said to have been the palace of King Manuha.
Next, we drive to Myinkaba Village and visit Gu Byauk Gyi Temple, with some of Bagan's best preserved mural paintings depicting the Buddha's Jataka re-incarnation. In late afternoon, a visit to Shwesandaw Pagoda, one of most Bagan tourist attractions and a perfect spot to enjoy a magnificent sunset, will conclude the day.
Free at leisure until our driver transfers you to back the Nyaung U Airport for your onward flight. End of our Bagan Tour and we look forward to seeing you again in your next Myanmar (Burma) Tours with Asia Senses Travel.
Private Tour (for 02 pax, cheaper if more)
$ 285 $ 300
Tour Price Includes
02 hotel night accommodation
Local English speaking guide
Meals as mentioned
Boat in Bagan
All sightseeing as specified and entrance fees included
Bottled drinking water per touring days
Tour Price Excludes
Visas if required
Other meals not mentioned in the program
Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, etc...
Tips for your guide and driver
Any camera or video fees at any sites
When to Go
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