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It can be paired with Mt Popa on a full-day trip, although the two are in different directions from Bagan.


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$269 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Bagan - Popa - Salay 2 Days Excursion Tour

The tour will start with pick up from your hotel at Bagan, 9 am. Then we start visiting to the famous pagodas which are famous not only for their ancient architecture also their mural painting make you amazed. We'll visit to Ananda Temple, Shwezigon, Dhammayangyi Temple, Htilominlo Pahto, Manuha Temple, U Pali Thein, Gupyauk Gyi Temple and at the evening we'll visit to Shwesandaw for the beautiful sunset. Lunch will be at the local restaurant with local foods. On second day, our local guide will come and pick you up at the hotel, 8:00 am. Drive to Salay ( 2.5 Hours ). Our first stop for today is" Yoke Sone Kyaung Monastery" which is a cultural heritage site in Salay, which in situated on the eastern bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River. It is famous with its spectacular woodcarvings and also it is the native town of the famous writer Salay U Pone Nya during the time of the Myanmar Kings. After that we'll visit to the Hnee Phaya and local market at Salay. Then drive to the Mount Popa. Take lunch at there and climb up to the top of the mountain. On the way to top of the mountain, you will see many local monkeys running around. From the top of the Mountain you will see the beautiful green environment of Popa Oasis. In the evening, we'll drive back to your hotel and end of the tour.

$137 Cultural & Theme Tours

Salay-Mount Popa Day Tour

Your full day tour will start with pick up from your hotel at Bagan, 8am. Drive to Salay. Visit to Yoke Sone Monastery, the oldest surviving wooden monastery hall built on 154 teak posts with beautiful woodcarving decorating the outer wall. After that we'll visit to the Hnee Phaya and local market at Salay. Then drive to the Mount Popa, an extinct volcano over 1500 m high, which is about 48km south east of Bagan.Take lunch at there and climb up to the top of the mountain. One the way to top of the mountain, you will see many local monkeys running around. We will visit an excursion of monasteries and Nat worship shrines. From the top of the Mountain you will see the beautiful green environment of Popa Oasis.In the evening, we’ll drive back to bagan. On the way, make a short break at a toddy palm plantation. Then our driver will transfer you back to your hotel after a wonderful tour.

$37 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private Half-Day Tour: A Local Experience in Salay

Start your day with a morning pickup from your Bagan hotel and a transfer to Salay, long known as a key religious center in Myanmar. During your half-day experience, you will spend time exploring Salay’s numerous monasteries like Yoke Son Kyaung, a wooden monastery that dates to the 19th century. Take time to admire the monastery’s wealth of beautiful carvings depicting typical court life of Salay’s rulers and scenes from the Indian Ramayana epic.Continue your discovery of the town by taking a trip through the market and stopping to admire Salay’s many untouched colonial buildings. At the end of the day you will be transported back to your hotel in Bagan.

$42.50 Day Trips & Excursions

Bagan Day Tour to Mount Popa and Salay

Pick-up from your hotel in Bagan or Nyaung U at 8:00 am and then drive along Ayeyarwaddy River to Salay (approx. 1.5 hours). En route stop by the Chauk provincial local markets. This is a wonderful place to explore Myanmar culture and cheap shops for souvenirs. After 30 minutes you will arrive at the Yoke Sone Kyaung Monastery (closed in Mondays), a cultural heritage site in Salay situated on the eastern bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River. The Monastery is very famous for spectacular wood cravings built in AD 1882. Also, it is the native town of the famous writer Salay U Pone Nya during the time of the Myanmar Kings. You will visit his heritage museum as well. Then stop at the Popa Mountain resort with panoramic views of the mountain. After some refreshment head to Mount Popa that is 1518 meters high with extinct volcano from Popa Mountain. The Popa Taungkalat Shrine is the home of 37 Mahagiri Nats or aminist spirit entities, statues of which can be found at its base. To reach the top, you need to remove shoes and socks and climb the 777 steps to the summit. Along the way there re a multitude of monkeys expecting treats. When the tour ends, you will be transferred back to your hotel in the evening.

$55 Day Trips & Excursions

Full Day to visit Salay and lunch at Local Village House

8 AM, Meet your guide at your hotel, and then make the 1.5 hour drive to Salay. Your first stop is Yoke Sone monastery, famous for its spectacular woodcarvings. Wander the complex and marvel at the intricate designs. There are over 50 monasteries in this small town so its a great time to take the opportunity to chat with the monks and learn a little about Buddhism in Myanmar. Wander on to see the collection of untouched British colonial buildings and to Man Paya to admire the largest lacquer Bhuddha in Myanmar. On the way back to Bagan, stop for lunch at West Phwa Saw village. Sit down to eat in a local home and chat with the family about their lives, before a demonstration of how to apply Thanaka and how to wrap a Longyi. These traditional forms of make-up and clothing will be very familiar by the time you leave Myanmar!

$23 Day Trips & Excursions

Day trip to Salay and Mt Popa

Drive to Salay, which developed as an expansion of the city of Bagan in the late 12th Century, and much of the architecture dates back to this historic period. The appeal in Salay is its large number of attractive monasteries. We will visit the Yoke Sone Kyaung Monastery,  one of the oldest monasteries and famous or its wood carving.  Continue on to Mt. Popa, which rose from the ground in a massive earthquake in 442 BC. Mt. Popa is famous as the abode of the Nats (Spirit Gods) and has a panoramic view of the surrounding plains. On the way back to Bagan, we can also make a visit to one of the local families who make toddy palm juice for sale from the toddy palms.