Taking part in this Explore Bagan with Family trip, you will experience the sun slipping behind the mountains and rivers in magical Bagan. First and foremost, Bagan is one of the destinations in the world to create a great memory together with a family. There may be other places mainly designed for children, however in Bagan, they can enjoy exploring the temples and feel free around the spacious ground.
Bagan is the ancient remains of the city which offers a splendid spectacle to rival Angkor Wat with thousands of ancient temples, pagodas and stupas dating back from 9th century peppered across the seared plain.
Bagan has a lot of choices for kids-friendly accommodation with swimming pools.
Temples in Bagan may seem similar but they all are uniquely different with the architecture, expressions and styles of Buddha images, the passageways, mural paintings, bells and other decorations for the family to experience.
When in Bagan, there are fun things for the family with the younger or older children to do such as watching sunrise/sunset, riding boat, horse-riding, watching the paintings and the puppets outside the temples, visiting the museums, lacquer-ware workshops and meeting the locals.
Start your first day in Yangon by heading over to the downtown and the ancient octagonal-shaped Sule Paya located in the very centre of Yangon. It is surrounded by the busy streets and colonial buildings such as the Supreme Court and Yangon City Hall.
Continue to the Botahtaung Pagoda close to the Yangon Jetty. There is a sort of mirrored maze inside the stupa, with glass showcases containing many of the ancient relics.
Afternoon visit is the vibrant Bogyoke (Scott) Market which has the largest selection of Burmese handicrafts.
In the evening, visit the Shwedagon Pagoda, the 'heart' of Buddhists in Myanmar. The Pagoda is believed to be 2,600 years old and there are always crowed with many people praying and making offerings at Shwedagon especially on Full Moon days and religious days.
Start your first day in Bagan by exploring and mingling with the local people at Nyaung U local market which has the wet market section selling the local produce from meat, fish to vegetables and another section selling the items such as rattan products, handicrafts and cotton clothing.
Then see the golden stupa of Shwezigon Pagoda, where the 37 pre-Buddhist 'Nats' were first officially endorsed by the Barmar monarchy. Although the entrances of the pagoda is packed with the gift shops which will spring the intense experience, the inner platform is undisturbed and filled with the colourful structures and statues. The size of the pagoda and overall scale of the complex is not large and more intimate.
Next stop is Htilominlo Paya situated close to the road between Nyaung U and Bagan, built by king Nantaungmya in 1218 and traces of old murals are also still visible. Continue to Ananda Temple, a whitewashed masterpiece of Mon architecture with four standing Buddhas, and the adjacent brick monastery with beautiful, well-preserved 18th century murals.
In the afternoon, visit Dhammayangyi, a massive-looking temple dating from 1170, which is famous for its interlocking mortar-less brickwork.
Then visit Thanakha Museum to learn about all thing Thanakha. Try to put on Thanaka’s paste by grinding Thanaka bark on a circular stone slab in the museum. Your family will love the experience. The interior décor is impressive and classy. Museum is a sizeable complex that consists of the garden and gallery. Thanaka acts as a sunscreen as well as being worn for aesthetic purposes.
Then board a private boat to experience the sun setting up past the brink of the river, to capture the most picturesque scene, and to observe the local life along the river bank, the habitat of birds and surrounding nature.
Today drive to Popa. In the middle of the scorched plain 50 kilometres away from Bagan rises Mt. Popa, which looks like an oasis in a desert is an extinct volcano set in a national reserve whose slopes are covered in lush greenery. Also, it is home to Myanmar's intriguing 37 'Nats' and a major pilgrimage destination. With over 700 steps the dramatic ascent to the cliff top shrine is best done slowly but the views from the summit over the surrounding plains and Mt. Popa itself are spectacular. The infamous Popa’s monkeys can be seen along the line of the stairwell as ascending and descending. However, they are mostly kept to themselves around the areas with the stalls serving food. As long as they are not attracted by food, they will not trouble.
Stop by Popa Mountain Resort which has an incredible view of the Mt. Popa and amazing surroundings. The infinity pool of the resort and the food there are also worth the visit and fresh rest from the heat are rewarding.
In the afternoon, visit one of the villages around Bagan. Most of the villagers live in the bamboo houses and make wooden slippers, famous Bagan Pone Yay Gyi which is black bean curd paste and pottery traditionally for a living. Different aspects of the traditional Myanmar country life will be shown by the village visit.
Toddy palm tree is also a very important aspect of rural life in Myanmar. Visit one of the toddy fields to see the making of jaggery (palm sugar) and taste the toddy wine or “Sky Beer” which is extremely sweet and potent.
Enjoy some precious time together as a family at a hotel. Go swimming a few laps and relaxing by the pool. Visit some more interesting places in Yangon in the evening. Have a fantastic family dinner prepared by En Route.
Say goodbye to your guide to depart Yangon. Take sweet memories of family bonding and travelling together in Myanmar back home. En Route will always make the unforgettable travel experience that lasts a life time.
It is a fun experience to board a private boat together with your family and view the sun setting while drifting down the Ayeyarwaddy River. A boat ride is a delight for children while the parents enjoying the sights of pagodas and the small villages passing by. It is a fantastic way to end the day relaxing and watching the sun slipping down into the horizon and sharing laughter with the excited kids.
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