Experience the overland excursion to Mt. Popa of Mandalay Region (50 kilometres from Bagan) and Salay of Magwe Region (60 kilometres from Bagan) to discover the traditions, cultural and lifestyle of dry zone of central Myanmar.
Day 1 Bagan - Mount Popa
Breakfast at the Hotel. Proceed for a senic drive to Mount Popa, an extinct volcano and an oasis in the dry zone of central Myanmar (50 km – 1½ hours). Arrive Mount Popa and check-in at Popa Mountain Resort. A short break in the afternoon. Visit the 750- meter high Popa Taungkalat, home to Myanmar's intriguing 'nats' (spirits). Climb the 777 steps to the shrine at the top of the volcanic plug and enjoy the fabulous views from the top. Overnight at Popa Mountain Resort, Mt. Popa.
Day 2 Mt. Popa - Salay - Bagan
Breakfast at hotel. Depart Mount Popa for Kyaukpadaung and visit the local market in the morning. Proceed to Salay and visit Yokesone Monastery, which is the oldest wooden monastery hall, built on 154 teak posts with beautiful wood carvings decorating the outer walls. Continue to Payathonzu, a complex of three brick shrines with mural paintings from the Bagan period, and visit Man Paya, a large lacquer Buddha image, said to date from the 13th century. Return to Bagan through Chauk and observe the local village lifestyle and old Burma Oil installations along the banks of the Ayeyarwady River. Arrive Bagan in the late afternoon. Overnight at a Hotel in Bagan.