Exploring Bagan Rural Village Life

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Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Budget

Tour Period: All day

10 hours    English    Bagan

tour highlights

  • Exploring the villages around Bagan
  • Observe how the villager make wooden slippers, Pone Yay Gyi (soya paste), and cooking pots
  • Meet the kids who still have the typical Burmese hair style from centuries ago which can only be seen in this village

tour details

Magic Bagan with its numerous pagodas and temples has a fascinating countryside. Enjoy a relaxing time in outside Bagan where you see typical villages and most charming people. Experience the unique culture and ways of life beyond Bagan. This tour will give you an input into the village life in general and you see how simple these people live and yet how happy they are. Discover a real sense of community spirit in the villages. Visiting different people’s houses and seeing how they live in harmony with their animals and the produce of their fields.

Why choose this tour?

  • Consecutive visits to the rural villages on the outskirt of Bagan and inspecting local lifestyle
  • Opportunity to visit Set Set Yo village where you can meet the children with traditional unique haistyle
  • Fascinating sunset cruise on the Ayeyarwady river

tour description

Pick up from your hotel and drive out into the country side. The road leads through stunning land scenery where depending on season peanuts, sesame, soya beans and other crops are planted. Each field is protected by palm trees which give shade to the farmers and which protect the fields from the wind. Stop in Sel Village and enjoy a walk through this wonderful quiet place. Wooden slippers are also produced here - people use them for showering or working in the fields. Many people here produce Soya Paste, a welcome ingredient to make a tasteful dinner. From Sel, continue driving to Nga Thayouk village. Walk through this village and amongst many interesting things you can see families making cooking pots. The next village is famous for the children's hairstyle which is the same like centuries ago where the top hair is not cut but kept in a knot. Children up to teenager age keep this style under the supervision of the head monk of the village. Walk through this village and talk to the head master of the school and learn about village life in general. Picnic lunch box will be taken in the village. The monastery or one of the nearby homes offer shelter to enjoy a break and a light snack.
In the afternoon, drive one hour back to Kyauk Gu U Min temple on the eastern side of the river. The temple is famous for its amazing sandstone figures, gigantic Buddha statues and fine square frescoes. The temple itself was built against the side of a cliff; there is a cave behind the main hall. In the upper storey, there are some square niches on both sides of the inner and outer walls of the vaulted corridor. These niches are believed to show unfinished painted scenes from 550 Jatakas. These several small niches were dedicated to practice individual meditation. Afterwards, take the boat for a relaxing cruise back to Bagan (around one hour) along the Ayeyarwaddy River. Transfer back to your hotel upon reaching Bagan.

customise the tour

  • Visit the village schools to meet the friendly children (if open)
  • Cooking Class at Acacia, just outside Wet-Kyi-Inn village to enjoy authentic Burmese dishes
  • Inspiring photos opportunity throughout your trip


  • Transportation in air-conditioned vehicle
  • Transfer from/to hotel
  • Boat to Kyauk Gu Umin
  • Picnic lunch Box
  • English speaking local tour guide
  • Filtered drinking water and wet towels during the tour


  • The road to the village is not tarred, so the drive can be a bit bumpy.
  • Please note there will be supplement during the water festival period from 13-17 April. Price to be advised on request.
Tour code: EXBFRVLB

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