3-Day Salay and Light of Love in Yenanchaung

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Tour type

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Superior

Tour Period: 3 Days

English    Bagan, Salay, Yenanchaung

tour highlights

  • Observing the finest architecture at Salay Yokesone Monastery
  • Stay with Lei Thar Gone family in Yenanchaung
  • Witnessing the oil installation and learning about the old stories of Chauk and Yenanchaung

tour details

This specially designed tour is an excellent opportunity to explore the ancient city Bagan and its surrounding to get the authentic experience of discovering the old Burmese colonial days in upper Myanmar. Visit the 130-year-old beautiful Yokesone Monastery and hidden treasures of Salay, passing by the old oil nodding donkeys in Chauk, visit to social enterprise school in Yenanchaung.

Why choose this tour?

  • Unique experience of cosy lodging at a small paradise of Lei Thar Gone Guesthouse in Yenanchaung
  • Supporting the local community and encouraging the education of the children at Light of Love functional school
  • Exploring Salay with its impressive architectural and colonial heritages
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 drive 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/Inwa, 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 River View Room), Salay.
After breakfast, drive out of Salay all the way down to Yenanchaung, a town of oil stream in Myanmar. Yenanchaung is the fourth biggest city in Magway Division where General Aung San gathered his secondary level education. For centuries, the dominant industry in the area has been petroleum. It began as an indigenous oil industry, with hand-dug wells; from 1755 onwards, early British soldier-diplomats began to note its existence. Observe the town where you will see smiling faces everywhere. Proceed to Lei Thar Gone Guest House, sits on a hill with beautiful natural surroundings, comfortable rooms with amazing views. More than a guest house, they support the local school 'Light of Love private high school' where over 100 of children in need. Lei Thar Gone family encourages the (CBT) community based and sustainable tourism. Your stay with the family run guest house helps fund the school and makes you part of their story. Lunch at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, explore the local villages on foot. Many small villages are hidden from view but can be discovered in the immediate surroundings of Lei Thar Gone. Cottage industries of bamboo thatching and brick making thrive, there are fishermen, cattle herders and farmers on the fertile river plains. And from everywhere curious and friendly children come running to greet strangers. Enjoy the rest of the day at the cosy guest house and take your chance to enjoy the most stunning moment at Yenanchaung which is the sun falling behind those beautiful green farms.
Accommodation at Lei Thar Gone Guest House (Superior Room), Yenanchaung
This morning, visit the Light of Love Private High School (LOL), situated next to the Guest House. Be prepared: The preschool-kids will come running for you, hug you and practice their English with you. Visit to the school (closed on weekend and public holidays). Lunch at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, drive out of Yenanchaung to Bagan. Transfer to your hotel afterwards.

customise the tour

  • Combine with Bagan excursions
  • Shop some colourful sovenirs or enjoy High Tea at Salay House
  • Visit the village schools to meet the friendly children (if open)
  • Unlimited photo opportunity during the tour


  • 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 at hotels as above mentioned or similar
  • 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
  • Surcharges for water festival 13-17 April will be advised at the time of booking
  • 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: PKNSSLYB

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