Option 1. Bagan off the beaten trails cycling or e-biking
Bagan has many off-the-beaten trails temples connected by small tracks and back roads. Fun way to explore the region and to see local village life is by mountain bike or on electric bike. Your guide can adjust the distance and route to your skills and wishes. After lunch return to your hotel for rest, spa treatments and pool time.
Continue around 4pm by car visiting some of the temples and sites we did not have time to see day earlier.
Option 2. Mt Popa half day excursion
Today’s excursion 1.5hrs 50km drive from Bagan will bring you to Mount Popa, the Burmese spiritual epicenter for those who worship the pantheon of nat spirits and martyrs. After paying respects to the Nat’s Shrine at the foot of Mount Popa, we climb nearly 800 steps to the pagoda on top of the gigantic volcanic plug for panoramic views over the surrounding plains and farm lands. On the way back to Bagan stop en-route at toddy collectors hut to observe the process of making the rich and caramel-like toddy candies from the sap of the toddy palms.
Option 3. Bagan cultural tour
We continue the exploration of Bagan with visits to the Manuha Temple, built by the Mon king in the 1300s to represent his time in captivity under the Bagan king. Continuing to the Thanaka Museum tribute to Myanmar natures make up, and a local house where ladies are rolling “Cheroots” Myanmar cigars. A visit to the Nyaung U Market, the largest market in the Bagan region, gives us a glimpse into local life. We also see how cottage industries like brick making and are carried out with traditional methods. During a visit to a Monastic School that provides disadvantaged children with free primary level education, we have the opportunity to interact with the school children.
This evening we have arranged a special temple dinner for you. Enjoy private candle lit pagoda dinner under the stars with traditional music and performance.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch at local restaurant, special candle lit pagoda dinner
Overnight stay: In Aureum Palace Resort & Spa 5*, Palm tree villa