The family holiday continues with a day out in Bagan, visiting some of the 2000 pagodas as well as exploring local workshops and villages.
After breakfast, visit the Nyaung U Market which sells local toys and other handicrafts that kids may enjoy. Take a local trishaw to a nearby village to observe the making of ‘poneyay gyi’ (a local pea paste) and plum jam.
Then spend a couple hours exploring a variety of temples that kids will enjoy, starting at Shwezigon Pagoda, one of the city’s most important which features unique nat statutes and the glittering golden stupa. Then, using flashlights, explore Kyan Sitthar Cave temple, walking through the tunnel-like corridors and viewing the fading paintings on the ceiling.
The next visit is to Ananda, with its mysterious smiling Buddhas, and Shwegugyi, which offers spectacular views from its upper terrace.
Take a break for lunch (own account). Then, for animal lovers, a short stop is made at Lawkanandar Sanctuary which is home to a family of unique star tortoises.
Then take a break back at the hotel to go for a swim and escape the midday heat.
At around 16.00, guests head to the local boat jetty for a sunset cruise. The boat sails out to sandbank in the middle of the Irrawaddy where a table and chairs are set up. Enjoy snacks and a drink on this private island. Kids will have a chance to play ‘chinlone’, a local sports game, or build sand castles, while the adults relax and enjoy the views.
Return to the shores just after sunset and transfer back to the hotel.
Overnight in Bagan