The Spirit of Mount Popa and Salay Experience

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day tour

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Budget

Tour Period: All day

10 hours    English

tour highlights

  • Mount Popa known as home of Myanmar's spirits
  • Salay and visit Yokesone Monastery and Salay house
  • Chauk where you can see old Burma Oil installations

tour details

Explore the countryside of Bagan with visits to Mount Popa, home to Myanmar’s intriguing ‘nats’ (spirits) and Salay, a famous village with the 130-year-old beautiful Yokesone Monastery known for exquisite wood carving decoration.

tour description

Drive to Mount Popa (46km, about one hour), home to Myanmar's intriguing 'nats' (spirits). The 777 steps to the top of Mount Popa provide an energetic climb rewarded by fabulous views from the top.

Lunch at Popa Mountain Resort

In the afternoon, drive to the town of Kyaukpadaung and visit the 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. 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. A stop at Salay House to visit 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. Return to Bagan through Chauk (53km, about 1 hour), where you will see old Burma Oil installations (nodding donkeys), and the banks of the Ayeyarwady River. Transfer back to Bagan and return to your hotel.


  • 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


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: EXBFPSEB

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