Exploring Salay

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day tour

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Budget

Tour Period: All day

10 hours    English    Bagan

tour highlights

  • Learn the process of making palm sugar jaggery and visit colourful local market
  • Sightseeing in Salay: Yokesone Monastery and U Bo Kyi's House
  • Visit Shin Pin Sar Kyo Pagoda with beautiful pillars

tour details

Explore the countryside of Bagan with visits to toddy palm field, bustling local market and Salay, a famous village with the 130-year-old beautiful Yokesone Monastery known for exquisite wood carving decoration and its donor’s colonial house. The ancient Pagoda with beautiful pillars and magnificent sunset cruise on Ayeyarwaddy river.

Why choose this tour?

  • Full day excursion in Salay with stops at Mount Popa and Kyaukpadaung on the way
  • Visit to toddy palm farming and witness how the plucker collects juices at the top of the tall palm tree
  • Lecture on intriguing belief and culture of 37 Burmese nats (spirits)
  • Insight of captivating woodcarvings at 130-year-old Salay Yokesone monastery
  • Walking tour in Salay to discover colonial heritage leftovers

tour description

Drive out of Bagan towards Mount Popa. On the way stop at the palm plantation and see the toddy palm wine and jaggery making workshops as well as the skilful toddy-palm climber collecting the wine on top of the tree. Continue drive to Mount Popa home to Myanmar's intriguing 'nats' (spirit beings). the home of the Nats is an extinct volcano with a monastery on top, named the Popa Taungkalat. A stop at an interesting Nat shrine at the foot of the Popa Taungkalat monastery contains statues of the 37 most important Nats, all wearing very colorful clothing. Most of them were humans who suffered a violent death. Ancient traditions and animist beliefs still play an important role in Burmese daily life. People come to the shrines to make offerings, including food. Many pilgrims from all over Myanmar visit Mount Popa to pay homage to the Nats, especially during the full moon festivals. Afterwards, drive towards the town of Kyaukpadaung and visit the colourful local market before continuing to Salay. 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 stop 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.

Lunch at Salay House.

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. Return to Bagan through Chauk (53km, about 1 hour), where you will see old Burma Oil installations (nodding donkeys). Arrive Bagan and return to your hotel.

customise the tour

  • Shop some colourful sovenirs or enjoy High Tea at Salay House
  • Unlimited photo opportunity during the tour


  • Transportation in air-conditioned vehicle
  • Transfer from/to hotel
  • Entrance fee of Yokesone Monastery
  • Lunch
  • 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 is closed on Mondays and public holidays
Tour code: EXBFEXSB

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