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Mount Popa and Salay Tour
Explore some of the sights outside of Bagan including the small riverside town of Salay before continuing to discover ancient spiritual traditions and learn about nat worship at Mount Popa.
The day begins with a drive south along the Irrawaddy River to Salay, making a short stop on the way in Chauk to experience the bustling morning market and gain an insight into local life in the village. After arriving in Salay, begin exploring this Buddhist spiritual centre, including its 50 monasteries and the restored colonial building of Salay House.
After a short coffee break, you will continue by car through the Bagan countryside to Mount Popa to visit Taung Kalat, a volcanic plug which forms the base of the gilded Popa Taung Kalat monastery, one of the Burma’s most sacred pilgrimage sites. Enjoy lunch at a restaurant on the slopes of the volcano, before visiting the small museum to learn the ancient history of nat worship in Buddhism. Ascend the almost 800 steps to the monastery and take in the stunning 360 degree views of the surrounding plains as you rub shoulders with local pilgrims paying their respects.
After descending back down to the base, you will be driven back to Bagan.
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