Welcome to Salay
The Bagan-era village of Salay (စေလ), 22 miles south of Bagan, is rooted in the 12th and 13th centuries, when Bagan’s influence spread. It remains an active religious centre, with something like 50 monasteries shared among the fewer than 10,000 residents. Day trippers make it here to visit a few of the 19th-century wooden monasteries and some select Bagan-era shrines, and peek at a handful of untouched British colonial buildings.
It can be paired with Mt Popa on a full-day trip, although the two are in different directions from Bagan.