Early this morning take the opportunity to embark on an adventure of a lifetime with a breath-taking ride in a hot-air-balloon over the ancient temples and pagodas of Bagan as the sun begins to rise. Depending on the weather, the flight usually lasts around 45 to 60 minutes. This activity is extremely popular, but rest assured we will pre-book once you confirm your interest.
After the hot-air-balloon flight, you will be brought back to the hotel for breakfast.
Then you will visit the colorful Nyaung U Market where dozens of vendors from nearby villages come to sell their fresh produce. It is a great place to experience local life in Bagan. Afterwards, drive to Mount Popa (around 45 minutes by car), also known as the ‘Flower mountain’. 777 steep stairs lead up to the 737 metre (2,417 feet) high peak of its extinct volcanic vent (‘Taungkalat’). Small pagodas and temples are perched at the summit, from which you have a lovely view over the surrounding area. Mount Popa is the home of the country’s most powerful Nats (sacred spirits). Many Buddhists believe in these spirits and go on pilgrimage to the mountain to make offerings.
Lunch will be served at Popa Mountain Resort with a stunning backdrop over the surrounding countryside.
After sightseeing around Popa, head back to the plains of Bagan. En route, visit Shwe Hlaing Village, located just outside of Bagan. The people of this rural village make their living by producing various items from the local toddy palm trees, including. palm sugar and palm wine, both of which you can try during your visit. You will have some time to walk around the village and observe the process of making Myanmar sweets and liquor from the toddy climber’s scramble up the tree to the final product itself.
In the evening before sunset, we will take a boat to a sandbank in the middle of the Irrawaddy River and enjoy a delicious sandbank dinner with multiple courses of local dishes, such as curries and fried snacks. While enjoying the sunset you can also watch a demonstration of ‘chin lone’ (Myanmar football) by local experts, and give it a go if you would like.. This is a truly authentic experience that you will not get anywhere else in the world.
Overnight in Bagan.