Visiting some of the most interesting and least visited of the 2,000 ancient Temples built between the 11th and 13th centuries along the Irrawaddy River. For a bird's-eye view of the area and a most unforgettable experience, take a hot-air balloon high over Pagan with breathtaking views of the endless temples below. Or hire a private boat for a romantic sunset dinner cruise on the mighty Irrawaddy River.
Visit the vibrant Nyaung-U market of exotic fruits and vegetables before visit in Mt. Popa, a soaring volcanic peak dramatically crowned with a gold stupas, monasteries and shrines believed to be the abode of the powerful nats, animist spirits. The devout worship of these animist spirits coexists with Buddhism, and Buddha is considered the greatest of the 37 nats. Mt Popa is an important destination for pilgrims, who must remove their shoes before climbing the 777steps to the summit rising almost 4,000 feet above the desert below.
The colourful religious centre of Salayis located in Central Myanmar, homes to many ancient monuments and colonial buildings that are decorated with beautiful wood carvings. Visit the famed Yoke-Sone-Kyaung monastery which was built in 1882 and today enjoys cultural heritage protection. Continue further to the ancient Buddha image of the Yadanabon 19th century period and the museum of Myanmar. And visit the impressive Thar Ta Na YaungChi monastery, which also houses an orphanage.
Depart for the Ngat Pyit Taung monastery, home to some caves that are spiritually important to the local people. Observe the local traditions before visiting the monastic primary school. Most of the children studying here are from underprivileged areas. Learn how the educational system works in Myanmar and continue to the town of Nyaung U. The surroundings of Nyaung Uare great to soak up local rural life and to learn more about the daily activities of the Burmese people. Observe how local plumjam is made and packed and visit workshops of two products that the region is famous for; handmade lacquer and wooden handicrafts. Also discover how the wooden carts are made that are still used by farmers throughout the country. Don’t be shy to try your hands on some activities, the craftsmen are happy help you learn some new skills.