Local Charm Unveiled at Pakkoku

Local Charm Unveiled
at Pakkoku

Pakkoku is one of Myanmar’s best kept secrets, filled with untrodden paths and human encounters
of the friendly kind. From unique arts and crafts to a colourful market and pagodas with
jaw-dropping Irrawaddy vistas, you have no idea what’s in store.

WHY THIS TOUR?

Ever heard of Pakkoku? It may not be a standard must-see on most travel itineraries through the Golden Land, but its hospitality, its pulsating local handicraft industry, and its historical values are perhaps amongst some of Myanmar’s best-hidden secrets. Also known as Pakhan-Gyi, its town borders are a leisurely boat ride away from Bagan, upstream the Irrawaddy River.

As Bagan progresses and gets the world’s attention for its immense collection of pagodas and temples, the time has basically stood still here, to the advantage of preservation of its ancient walls, pagodas and particularly its arts and craft traditions. Combined by using different means of transportation, a varied day awaits, filled with authenticity and honouring generations-long kept traditions.

TRAIL ITINERARY

Local Charm Unveiled at Pakkoku

08:30 - 17:00

Your day away for a break from the temples of Bagan starts with a transfer from your hotel to our exploratory grounds for the day. The short ride from either Old or New Bagan to the satellite town of Bagan moves through a slowly wakening up Myanmar, ready to welcome another day. Destined to leave visitors in awe, with new photo-genetic moments around every bend in the road, the path towards this chapter of authentic trailing cannot take off in a better way. Upon arrival, we follow the contours of the river banks along the eastern side of the Irrawaddy before taking the final turn towards Pakkoku. Unhurried with a healthy dose of authenticity flows throughout this part of Myanmar’s Magway region. Nothing beats a local breakfast, and the one at Moe Kaung Kin’s tea shop is a refreshing stop after a great start of the day.

The morning is reserved gaining an insight into the thriving industries, still present in Pakkoku. Home-based businesses lined up the streets with tin smiths, slipper makers and meeting avid traders at the Thanaka market making a living in selling fresh fruit and vegetables, household good and more. The best way to meet the locals on their home turf is simply walked from place to place with your camera at the ready. Your guide for the day will explain how life has not changed much here over the past decennia. A great viewing point is right next to the Shwe Muddaw Pagoda, worth the walk and located right along the Irrawaddy. Lunch is included during this day.

It is time to head back to Bagan and with the river right in front of us, what better means than to sail downstream for the next 2 hours to Bagan’s jetty an a short transfer to your hotel.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A full-day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver.
  • One way boat ride from Pakkoku to Bagan’s Ayeyar Jetty
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • Lunch at a local restaurant is included (food only)

EXCLUSIONS

  • Bagan Archaeological zone fees
  • All entrance and donation fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • 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)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply.
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in and inside Old and New Bagan. Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation outside this area such as Mount Popa, river cruise ports and Bagan’s Airport are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions.
  • 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 local restaurant.
  • Due to the nature of this tour, we regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users.
  • Part of this excursion includes walking over unpaved roads and paths. This may not suit guests with walking issues. Bear in mind that such paths may turn slippery / muddy after a rain shower.
  • We suggest wearing good walking shoes, preferred closed shoes, when booking this tour. 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.
  • Due to the absence of ATM machines and credit cards payment portals, particularly on islands and inside nature reserves, we highly recommend to bring sufficient cash with you.
  • Sand, dust and water have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests.
  • 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.

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