Exploring the British Colonial heritage town of Sale
Yoke Sone Monastery Museum
Exploring Mount Popa’s many temples and shrines
Learning how palm sugar is produced
Our service includes:
Round-trip transportation between hotel in Bagan and sites
Experienced and fluent English-speaking guide
Day 1: Bagan - Sale - Mount Popa - Bagan
Your English-speaking guide and driver will meet you at your hotel lobby and transport you about one and a half hours south to the British Colonial heritage town of Sale. Along your drive to Sale you will cross through the Chauk oilfields, one of Myanmar’s richest producing oil and gas regions.
Upon your arrival to Sale you will have the opportunity to see the small town’s many grand British Colonial era buildings that were constructed around 1900 A.D. when Sale was the administrative center of the area and had just experienced an economic boom due to the discovery of petroleum in the area.
Your first stop in Sale will be the richly carved teak monastery of Yoke Sone, built by King Thipaw, the last king of Myanmar, in 1882. The monastery’s teak exterior is completely covered with intricately carved scenes of Buddhist teaching and today houses a small museum.
Next you will visit the nearby 150 year old Sarsana Yaungchi monastery which is also constructed of teak. This active monastery has a large collection of ancient Buddha portraits and antique cabinets adorned with gold and silver paintings which are filled with a collection of 18th-century Buddhist scriptures inscribed on local palm leaves. You may also visit a monastic school just next door if school is in session.
After your exploration of Sale is complete you will be transported about one hour to the National Park that surrounds Mount Popa. Upon your arrival at Mount Popa, the sacred home of the Nats or animalistic spirits, you will climb the 777 step of the winding, covered walkway to the summit.
On the top of this rocky crag is a picturesque complex of monasteries, pagodas and shrines. You will be given time to explore this sprawling site with breathtaking views of the Bagan plain below before making your way back down to meet your transportation.
You will then head back toward Bagan. Along the drive you will see the village life of the Myanmar people as you pass through small villages along your route. Water fetching, animal tending, farming and the production of edible oils are a part of the daily life for those living in this area.
Some of the villages are known for the making of toddy or palm sugar. You will have the opportunity to see how the palm sap is gathered in small pots hung high in the trees and then is heated in large pots to produce a smokey tasting and sweet palm sugar.
Late in the afternoon you will return to your Bagan hotel.
Note 1: Yoke Sone Monastery Museum is closed every Monday and Gazette holidays.
Note 2: 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.