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day tour

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Budget

Tour Period: All day

10 hours    English    Bagan

tour highlights

  • Visit the Salay Yokesone Monastery (oldest wooden monastery)
  • Village experience at Tamarind Lake, a community based tourism village
  • Boat trip on Ayeyarwady River

tour details

A full day to explore the countryside around Bagan. Enjoy a relaxing time where you also visit the country side, the beauty of the Salay ancient monastery and experience the village lifestyle at Magyikan Tamarind lake. By visiting this village, you are supporting the community of the local people. Enjoy the famous Bagan sunset on a boat while sipping cocktail and snacks.

Why choose this tour?

  • Full day excursion to cover the stunning sightseeings and rural lifestyle in the countryside area of Bagan
  • An insight of impressive woodcarvings at Salay Yokesone monastery
  • Experience of Community-based excursion at Tamarind Lake village
  • Enjoying the outstanding scenery of Bagan on the sunset cruise journey

tour description

Drive out of Bagan towards Chauk and visit the local market. Continue to drive to Salay. Visit Yokesone Monastery, which is the oldest surviving wooden monastery hall built on 154 teak posts with beautiful wood carvings decorating the outer walls. Continue to Payathonzu, a complex of three brick shrines with mural paintings from the Bagan period, and see Man Paya - a large lacquer Buddha image, said to date from the 13th century. Lunch stop at Salay House which used to be a trading house from the British Colonial time in 1906. This restored riverside warehouse is today filled with antiques to recreate the flavour of this historic time period. Learn and explore how British-Burma operated with displays and information panels. Afterwards, continue to drive to Tamarind Lake village located near Salay. Visit around the village and experience the authentic local life. Return to Bagan along the banks of the Ayeyarwady River through Chauk, where you will see old Burma Oil installations (nodding donkeys). Arrive Bagan in time to enjoy the sunset cruise on the Ayeyarwady River where you board a private wooden boat. Travel 30 minutes upstream, and then turn to glide downriver while watching the sun lower towards the horizon and set peacefully over the Ayeyarwady River. Drinks and light snacks will be served on board. Later, transfer back to your hotel.

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
  • Photo opportunity throughout your trip


  • Transportation in air-conditioned vehicle
  • Transfer from/to hotel
  • Entrance fee of Yokesone Monastery
  • Home cooked lunch at the village
  • English speaking local tour guide
  • Filtered drinking water and wet towels during the tour


  • Bagan Zone Fee


  • Please note there will be supplement during the water festival period from 13-17 April. Price to be advised on request.

    Important note:
  • Yokesone Monastery in Salay is closed on Mondays and public holidays.
Tour code: EXBFSTLB

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