Over 2.000 temples and pagodas spread in an area of 40 square km make Bagan one of the most important and remarkable archaeological site of all Asia. A tranquil and mystical atmosphere surrounds the hundreds of golden, white and reddish buildings offering the visitors a unique and memorable experience.
Rising to 737m from the flat, Mt Popa, an extinct volcano is described as the Mt Olympus of Myanmar and it is considered the abode of Myanmar's legendary 37 "Nats" (spirits). Mt Popa is about 50km from Bagan and one can visit there by day-tripping from Bagan or as a stop-off between Bagan and Mandalay or Inle Lake.
Salay is 36km south of Bagan. Today Salay is known as an important centre of Buddhism with many working monasteries. But throughout its past, its own unique style of Bagan era architecture still can be seen in Salay till today. Highlights include Payathonzu, Hkinkyiza Kyaung, Yougson Kyaung. Sites of the British colonial past can still be found.
Either on an excursion by boat from Bagan or on the way by car from Monywa to Bagan, Pakokku and its surroundings offer the travellers a unique glimpse into the typical village life in the area. The nearby 19th century town of Pakhangyi has one of the oldest wooden monasteries in Upper Myanmar, with 254 teak pillars. Pakokku is famous for tobacco, jaggery (palm sugar), thanaka (Linoria acidissima) logs, longyis (sarongs), and saung (checked blankets) made from cotton and wool.
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