2-Day Exploring Countryside of Bagan_Salay and Tamarind Lake Village

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Tour type

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: 2 Days

English    Bagan, Salay

tour highlights

  • Visit the Salay Yokesone Monastery (oldest wooden monastery)
  • Village experience at Tamarind Lake, a community based tourism village
  • Get a glimpse of the lifestyle of Toddy Palm farmers and observe the process of making jaggery

tour details

This specially designed tour is an excellent opportunity to visit 130-year-old beautiful Yokesone Monastery, enjoy the nature and the heritage leftovers ever since the old colonial days as well as to experience the rural life at the CBT village of Tamarind Lake. By visiting this village, you are supporting the community of the local people.

Why choose this tour?

  • An escape to the countryside of Bagan with visit to spellbinding Salay and unseen CBT village of Tamarind Lake
  • An insight of impressive woodcarvings at Salay Yokesone monastery
  • Experience of Community-based excursion at Tamarind Lake village
This morning, drive out of Bagan to its countryside. On the way before arriving into Salay, make a stop at Chauk, an old quiet town where you will see old Burma Oil installations (nodding donkeys). Witness the oil fields which is presently a major source of income for the town and get inspired by the old stories. Visit the local market in Chauk. Proceed to Salay, the area is rich in history with many beautiful British-Burma era buildings, as well as several ancient monasteries and pagodas. The rural nature of the town of Salay is a refreshing alternative to the hustle and bustle of Bagan for those seeking to explore Myanmar. Visit Yokesone Monastery, built on 154 teak posts and known for its 130-year-old beautiful wooden carvings of the Jataka Tales (stories from the Buddha's life) which decorate the outer walls.
Lunch at Salay House, formerly the 1906 British-Colonial building used to be a trading company. This restored riverside warehouse is filled with antiques to recreate the flavour of this historic time period. Learn and explore how British-Burma operated with displays and information panels. After lunch a short walking tour in the village to see the houses from colonial time and also visit the U Bo Kyi's House, (the colonial house where U Bo Kyi, the donor of Salay Yokesone Monastery used to live). Continue driving towards Shin Pin Sar Kyo Pagoda built by King Nara Patisithu in the 11th century with the unique paintings in different styles of three periods (Bagan, Pinya/Ava, Kong Baung) from 11th to 18th centuries. The temple was decorated with paintings, glass mosaic and hundreds of the teak pillars. Afterward return to your guest house.
Accommodation at Salay River View Inn (Deluxe Room), Salay
After breakfast, drive to the small market and observe local products and ways of life. After that, drive out of Salay to Tamarind Lake village, a CBT village providing direct support to the numerous families in this community. Explore around the village and enjoy the home cooked meal at the village house. Meet the villagers and get to experience their authentic rural lifestyle.
In the late afternoon, lead your way to explore the toddy palm farms where you will observe how locals pluck fruits from the extremely high palm trees and learn the process of making sweet jaggery. Sample the taste of authentic sweetness with a cup of tea. After that, take your way back to Bagan.

customise the tour

  • Shop some colourful sovenirs or enjoy High Tea at Salay House
  • Take a fun bullock cart ride in Tamarind Lake village
  • Join in an optional bicycle tour around the village
  • Unlimited photo opportunity throughout your trip


  • All sightseeing tour and transfer services with private air conditioned car/coach as detailed in our itinerary
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary (B=Breakfast and L=Lunch)
  • All entrance fees for the places as mentioned in the programme
  • Transfers and tours with English-speaking locally-stationed guides
  • Service charges, room tax and baggage handling
  • Accommodation in Salay River View Inn
  • Filtered drinking water and wet towels during the tour


  • Domestic airfare
  • Myanmar visa fee
  • Surcharges for throughout guides (English and other languages)
  • Optional Balloon flight at sunrise in Bagan
  • Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
  • Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
  • Drinks with meals
  • Compulsory gala dinners during festive seasons and peak season surcharges which will be advised at the time of booking
  • Peak season in general is between 15 December to 15 January and 13-17 April
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the programme
  • Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident or illness)


  • Hotel prices for packages are quoted bases on hotels as mentioned or similar. Higher or lower categories can be requested and the price will be adjusted. The hotels featured in the package tour are subject to availabilities at the time of booking.
  • Meals at respective hotels are also included in the hotel prices if the itineraries mention lunch or dinner at hotel.
  • Additional charges during Festive Season: Christmas, New Year and the Water festival period may apply.
  • Supplements for compulsory Gala Dinners will be advised at the time of booking.
  • All hotels have special booking and deposit conditions and will be indicated at the time of booking. Nonrefundable deposits may be required.

Tour code: PKNBECBB

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