the morning you will roam trough the market of Nyaung U. This grants you
an insight into the way of life of the Burmese. Afterwards admire the
inner gothic architecture of the great Ananda-Temples, which many claim it
to be the most beautiful and art-historical valuable sacred building in
Bagan. In the near meditation monastery you will see ancient wall
paintings with courtly scenes and day-to-day-life in a long past era.
you will drive through a sun burnt plain with Palmyra palm trees to the
mountain of the ghosts, Mount Popa (2 hours). There you will go up the
covered steps to the enormous volcano cone with its ghost shrines and
Buddha temples (20 minutes). Food stalls, "pharmacies" with
herbal medicine and other mysterious ingredients for prolongation of life
skirt your way; many monkeys (long-tailed monkey) will accompany you.
Mount Popa (Popa = flower of Sanskrit) is considered as the home of the
"nat", heavenly ghosts of the Burmese mythology.
In time for sunset you will return to Bagan. Maybe you wish to see it from
the pagoda at the river? Overnight-stay.