Roundtrip boat across Irrawaddy River between Bagan and Tant Kyi
Tant Kyi Taung Pagoda
Tant Kyi village life
Our service includes:
Round-trip transportation between hotel and sites
Round-trip boat across Irrawaddy River betwen Bagan and Tant Kyi
Experienced and fluent English-speaking guide
Day 1: Bagan
Your English-speaking guide and driver will meet you at your hotel lobby at 6:00 am and you are set to discover one of Bagan’s most famous legends as you follow in the tracks of King Anawrahta and his precious white elephant. The legend states that the King was given a replica of Lord Buddha’s tooth and he placed this relic on a sacred white elephant’s back and set him free. The elephant stopped at four places around Bagan and later the King built stupas at each of these four locations therefore the local Burmese believe that by visiting all four of these ancient pagodas in one day you may have one wish granted.
Your first stop on your legendary quest is one of Bagan’s oldest and most famous sites: the Shwezigon Pagoda.
The center piece of Shwezigon Pagoda is its large golden bell-shaped stupa built of sandstone blocks, covered in gold and is believed to enshrine a Buddha tooth and hair. You will explore this beautiful legendary pagoda and the many unique Nat shrines and small temples that surround the central stupa.
Your legendary quest continues with a visit to Tu Yin Taung Pagoda, a hilltop stupa in the eastern part of the Bagan Archeological Park. As you approach the temple you will be greeted by 500 monk statues which line the road. The stupa’s elevated location offers fabulous views of the surrounding plain and a unique perspective of Bagan and its surroundings.
The third stop on your legendary quest is Lawka Nanda Pagoda. This pagoda is located to the south in New Bagan next to the Irrawaddy River. Lawka Nandar is a bulbous golden stupa with a cylindrical bell and three octagonal terraces as a base. The temple still functions as a place of everyday worship as it is the home to a sacred Buddha relic.
The fourth and final pagoda of your legendary quest is located across the mighty Irrawaddy River on a hilltop and requires extra effort to visit.
You will then be transported to the river’s edge where a small private boat will transfer you across the river to the village of Tant Kyi. As you cruise across the river you get a unique view of the temples of Bagan in the distance.
Upon landing in Tant Kyi you will be transported in air conditioned mini vans approximately 15 minutes up to the hilltop pagoda of Tant Kyi Taung. This temple is unique in Bagan as it is claimed that the Buddha himself once stopped on the hilltop where this temple now stands.
After your exploration of the temple and panoramic view of the river below and temples across the river you will be transported back down to the village of Tant Kyi. Once in the village you will take a short walking tour of the area.
Finally you will board your boat and back to Bagan. Here you will meet your transportation at the river’s edge and be returned to your Bagan hotel.
Note: before you may enter any holy site you must be properly dressed with your shoulders and knees covered. You will also be required to remove your shoes and socks to enter all Buddhist temples in Myanmar.