In Focus: Bagan Community Experience

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  • duration 6 hours
  • tour type Group Tour
  • Starts Bagan, Myanmar
  • Ends Bagan , Myanmar
  • Visit a rural community and learn about local community development plans from village leaders
  • Enjoy lunch in a local family’s home and find out what it’s like to live in this part of Myanmar
  • Learn about thanaka, a traditional paste that’s used as a beauty treatment, and visit a market dedicated to it
  • Ride a boat across the Ayeyarwady River, the largest river in Myanmar
The In Focus: Bagan Community Experience tour starts and ends in Bagan. The In Focus: Bagan Community Experience is an adventure tour that takes 6 hours.

Travel to the village of Kyunkalay, an undeveloped town beyond Bagan that you won’t find mentioned in any guidebooks. Learn how locals are working with ActionAid Myanmar and using responsible tourism to improve local infrastructure and living conditions.
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From the meeting point, we’ll drive about 45 minutes to reach Pakkoku, about 45 minutes away. Here, we’ll spend roughly an hour at the biggest thanakha market in Myanmar, as well as a local wet market. Thanakha is a cosmetic paste made from ground bark and is an ancient beauty treatment in Myanmar, said to treat wrinkles, sun damage, and acne, and even believed to help with fevers and headaches.

From the markets, we’ll head to a local tea shop and sample some tea and local street foods. Try some treats and get a literal taste for local life here!

We’ll then drive another 45 minutes to reach a small village, called Kyunkalay. This is a tiny place that you won’t find in any guidebooks or on Wikipedia — entirely undeveloped with no electricity, no school for the local children, and not even a monastery. The main form of transportation is by oxen cart and bicycle.

We’ve partnered with ActionAid Myanmar, an organisation working to bring human rights and social justice to neglected communities. ActionAid doesn’t believe in handouts, instead helping communities to find their own sustainable solutions. Urban Adventures has formed a partnership to help introduce tourism to the community of Kyunkalay in a way that is responsible, sustainable, and won’t negatively impact their culture and heritage.

You’ll get to walk around the village and learn about important tasks locals do, such as harvesting beans and vegetables, or growing flowers. We’ll then join a local family for lunch in their home, where you’ll be able to learn more about what life is like in this part of Myanmar.

We’ll finish off the tour with a ride on an ox-driven cart to reach the nearest jetty, where we’ll cross the Ayeyarwady River, the largest and most important waterway in Myanmar. We’ll reach Ayar Jetty on the other side, and from here your guide will help you to arrange for local transportation back to your hotel, or into the city to explore more on your own.

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  • Boat trip
  • Community development fund contribution.&Nbsp;
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  • items purchased by the clients
  • tips for local guide or anyone
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Travel Insurance

In Focus: Bagan Community Experience tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this In Focus: Bagan Community Experience tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

Other Practical InformationMeeting start point : In front of New Wave Guest House, Wet Kyi Inn, Naung Oo, Bagan Meeting end point : Ayar Jetty (near Aye Yar River View Resort)
CANCELLATION Cancellation for this In Focus: Bagan Community Experience tour is free up to 48 hours before the chosen start date - full refund will be given. If cancellation is made less than 48 hours before the chosen start date, no refund applies.
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