After early breakfast, you will be transferred to Yangon airport for a domestic flight to Bagan
. Upon arrival in Nyaung U airport, you will be welcomed by our local guide. Bagan is an ancient city in central Myanmar ( Burma), southwest of Mandalay. Standing on the eastern banks of the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) River, it’s known for the Bagan Archaeological Area
, where more than 2,000 Buddhist stupas and temples which were constructed by its rulers from 11th to 13th centuries.
Our cycling tour today begins with a visit to the colorful Nyaung U Market
where locals gather each day to buy and sell fresh produce and other goods. Morning time is the best time to visit market, as you would see it at its liveliest and ways of life of local people. Then we visit the golden stupa of Shwezigon Pagoda
, one of most important pagodas in Bagan. It was served as a prototype for later stupas built throughout the country.
Continue to nearby Wetkyi-In Gubyaukgyi
, a cave temple with its unique architecture shows Indian influence and the elegant Htilomilo Temple
, a large majestic structure towering 46 meters high with fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations. Have lunch at a local restaurant in Bagan then return to the hotel to check in or rest.
In the afternoon, we begin with a visit to a traditional lacquer-ware workshop
where you can observe the intricate process of making traditional lacquer wares, from cutting bamboo into strips, and carefully build up mixtures of thit-see resin with clay and ash, finally it will be polished with the ash of fossil wood. Afterward, these items will be undergone the process of etching or painting by hand.
The ride then continues to the Ananda Temple
, an architectural masterpiece and be considered to be one of the most beautiful of the Mon architecture. Built in the early Mon-style, Ananda contains two unique Buddha images whose expressions seem to change depending on the distance from which the statue is viewed.
After that, we ride past Thatbyinnyu
, the tallest temples of all monuments in Bagan; 61m high overlooking the Bagan scene, the enormous Dhammayangyi Temple
, the largest temple at Bagan with more than 225 feet each sides and Sulamani Temple
, before enjoying magnificent sunset over the plains from the upper terrace of the Sulamani Temple
Overnight in Bagan.