Blissful Sale and the Magic of Mount Popa

Blissful Sale and the
Magic of Mount Popa

From the waters of the Ayeyarwaddy to the peak of extinct volcanoes, Greater Bagan entwines
an authentic way of living with a religious landmark of great heights. Blazing new paths
in travel, we present charming Sale and the sagas surrounding Mount Popa.


Two religious destinations combined in one full day tour. Located along the Ayeyarwaddy River, the town of Sale is one of the religious centres with various monasteries, dedicated for meditation. Many buildings in the birthplace of the ‘Shakespeare of Myanmar’ – Sale U Ponnya – are carved out of teak wood.

The name Mount Popa is synonymous with Buddhism and worshipping the ‘nats’.  The spiritual headquarters of the pre-Buddhist spirits known as ’the 37 nats’ are an important place of worship with 777 steps leading to the top of this extinct volcano, named Popa Taung Kalat. As you can image, the views from here are simply breathtaking so why not head out with us and be awestruck?


Blissful Sale and the Magic of Mount Popa

08:00 - 18:00

We will pick you up from your hotel in Bagan by your guide and driver and transfer to the boat jetty for a 2 to 3-hour boat ride downriver over the Ayeyarwaddy.

We will arrive in Sale, a town that developed during the late Bagan era. We start our tour around Sale with a visit to the Yoke Sone Monastery, built in 1882 by King Thipaw, the last king of Myanmar to witness its exceptional woodcarvings on the outside of the building. Proceed to nearly 150 years old teak monastery, called Sarsana Yaungchi which was even built earlier by his father King Mindon. Here, you can admire the ancient Buddha images, antique large cabinets decorated with a variety of floral motif, and Myanmar paintings, done in gold and silver colours on silk fabric. Annexe to the monastery, there is a monastic school for village children and the teachers where you may be able to witness how they study.

After lunch, we head out to Mount Popa (1.5-hour drive). Mount Popa is dedicated to animist spirits known as ‘nats’ and climbing the 777 steps to the shrine at the top of the peak is worth the sweat stains. At the foot of the mountain, you could observe Nat Shrine contains a display of mannequin-like figures representing the 37 Nat and is a major pilgrimage destination. There will be the opportunity to explore the fascinating monasteries, stupas and shrine that abound plus, of course, enjoy the dramatic view back across the Myingyan Plain. The significance of Mount Popa is of that great importance that one will cherish for its stories and explanation of this holy place by our guide for many years to come.

On the way back to Bagan, a stop will be made at a local palm tree plantation. This break will give you the chance to observe local working life with palm trees.  We will return to your hotel in Bagan at around 6 pm.




  • An evening tour with a professional English-speaking assistance only at the restaurant
  • Transportation by car / mini-van / coach with professional driver (no guide)
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • All entrance and donation fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • A set Khmer dinner at a local restaurant is included (food only) inclusive of Apsara Dance performances


  • Guide assistance during this evening dinner and dance performance
  • Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)


  • This tour is operated on private basis without guide assistance (transfers only): English-speaking assistance is provided at the restaurant.
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in and inside Siem Reap. Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation outside this area such as Tonle Sap, Koh Ker, Banteay Srei and Siem Reap International Airport are excluded.
  • Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions. We regret that we cannot guarantee in any way, confirmed pre-seating for this show.
  • The final seating arrangement will be determined on spot.
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of menu.
  • To avoid any issues pertaining obtaining an arrival visa at the airport, please ensure that your passport contains at least two empty pages. Failure to do so may result in not gaining entrance into the Kingdom of Cambodia.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Please note pickup and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.


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