Following breakfast, you and your guide will embark on a four wheel drive safari into Myanmar’s Dry Zone, a region that receives far less rain than the rest of the country. Home to approximately one-quarter of Myanmar’s population, you’ll experience not only an entirely different landscape but encounter, first hand, the daily lives of the Burmese people.
Traveling in an all-terrain vehicle, you will first head for Nyaung Gyi village. On the way you’ll pass many local people going about their daily activities – local women carrying bundles of firewood on their backs, slow-moving ox carts, and village roadside markets bustling with people. Upon arrival, you’ll meet one of the blacksmith’s at his workshop. Spend some time observing and learning about his trade.
You will then make your way to two additional villages. In Se Ywa you have the opportunity to stop at several small-industry workshops, ranging from cooking oil production to wooden slipper making. Taung Kong village is known for its ceramics and here you’ll visit a workshop or two to see how various items are made.
This 4×4 road trip is a great option for photographers keen to capture shots of local life, or for anyone interested in learning more about Myanmar’s people and their culture.
For lunch, you will make your way to Minnanthu, a favorite area in Old Bagan. Less frequented than its more well-known neighbors, this is a beautifully peaceful part of Bagan where the temples are often completely deserted. On arrival your guide will spread out a blanket for a tasty picnic lunch, home-cooked by a local family. Enjoy the rich flavors while surrounded by the ancient ruins.
Following your meal, you will return to the hotel to relax and refresh in preparation for your evening’s boating adventure.
Aboard a private vessel, you will make your way up the mighty Irrawaddy River to an idyllic sandbank situated in the middle of this immense watercourse. Here you will enjoy cocktails and some tasty snacks, as the sun sinks below the horizon. Lounge in comfortable chairs, sip champagne and indulge on snacks while you reflect upon the day’s activities. Contemplate the fading light and soothing sounds of the river, an innately beautiful feature of this ancient landscape.
Following your sundowner, you will return to the hotel to spend the remainder of your evening at leisure.
Bagan Lodge Meals: Breakfast / Lunch