A 50 minutes' drive and 29 miles southeast of
Bagan, make your ascent to the mystical place of
Mt. Popa, the home of the nats. The
mannequin-like display of the 37 nats at its base
is one of the highlights of this excursion. Like
pilgrims, you make the climb up the winding,
covered walkway to the top. From there you are
able to see the monasteries, stupas and shrines
and experience the glorious views.
It takes you one and a half hour and 54 km along
the Ayeyarwaddy River to reach the home town of
the "Shakespeare of Burma", U Ponnya,
the most celebrated poet of king Mindon's court.
No wonder that his monastery is one of the most
beautiful in this country!
SONE KYAUNG MONASTERY
Carried by 154 teak pillars, it was donated by
King Mindon in his honour in 1879 and displays
many of the poet's original writings. Splendid
teak-carved three-dimensional reliefs decorate
the exterior walls of the entrance.
Buddha image in Sale
Among the 103 ruins which are similar in design
to those in the outer circle of the Bagan
monuments you will find the
dating back to the 13th century and being the
largest lacquer Buddha image in Myanmar. The
legend says that the 8 meter tall Nan Paya
floated on the Ayayarwaddy to Sale.
2 AND MORE DAYS EXCURSIONS
which is on the way to Mt. Victoria and the tobacco
trading center in central Myanmar, offers a huge variety
of local goods and is famous for jaggery, thanaka logs,
longyis, checkered blankets made of cotton and of course
the famous cheroots, so popular with millions of elderly
a 19th century town with an archeological
HAN NGAI KYAUNG,
the largest existing monastery in central Myanmar with
332 teak pillars.
|TREKKING TO MT.
Six days/five nights trekking adventure in Chin
State to Mt. Victoria, not only to climb a 3,000
meter high mountain, but also to visit an area
where people are still in tune with nature and
tradition. Meet the ladies with a face full of
tattoos which is a sign of beauty! Experience a
way of life which has to be seen to be believed
as it is totally different from everyday Myanmar
life. Myanmar Tourism authorities control the
influx of tourists so that this area will remain
unspoiled and the people and tribes in this
region can continue to live in their natural
Chin woman with tattooed face
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