Now it’s time to take a scenic journey from Mandalay to Bagan, starting with a bus ride with your guide out of the city to Pakokku. Here you will explore a local market and see the colourful blankets and various other crafts made here before hopping onto your private boat for a leisurely trip down the river, tucking into a tasty lunch on the way. A couple of hours in you will stop to visit the Kyauk Gu Ohnmin cave temple, sporting detailed carvings and a golden Buddha. Overseas tourists rarely visit this complex, tucked away in the countryside. You’ll continue another 90 minutes to Bagan where you arrive as the sun sets.
Next you’ll make your own way to the bus station for your bus to Bagan which takes 6 hours. If you would prefer to get there more quickly you can also fly which takes around 1.5 hours.