Morning drive to CHAUK (approx: 45minutes,) a busy small town and explore the colorful market. Sitting over a local tea-shop and see how life moves on. Proceed to SALAY after. This area, since British colonial time, was once famous for oil production. You can still see many crude oil wells, on both sides of the road.
Upon arrival, you can see a few ancient ruins from post-BAGAN era. But, today SALAY is famous for its Yoke Sone Kyaung monastery built in AD 1882. There have the nicest wood-carvings telling Buddha life-story with a few collection of antiques from the period. The other interest is MAN PAYA, a big lacquer Buddha image dating back to 13th century. Drive back to BAGAN in the early evening. You may visit villages to study how traditional bullock-carts are crafted. Know as “pone-ye-gyi” in Myanmar, the process of making soy-bean paste is also interesting. There are places that you may have a look and see how plum fruit is preserved and pickled. Arrive BAGAN and transfer to hotel.
♦ private A/C car for sightseeing, pick-up & drop-off at your at your hotel
♦ Salay entrance fee
♦ traditional sweet tea at a local tea-house
♦ English speaking guide
♦ hotel accommodation
♦ meals (B/L/D)
♦ tips to driver/guide