After breakfast, meeting the guide at the hotel, transfer to Nyaung U market with a shopping list prepared by our chef. Spend time exploring the stalls where fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs and meats are for sale as well as chilies, pastes and other sauces used in local cuisine. The guide will explain the various ingredients and help to pick out the plumpest chicken, freshest fish and finest vegetables for the upcoming cooking class
Return to the restaurant where it is possible to meet the local chef. A cooking area is set-up for the class. Under the direction of the chef, prepare the ingredients and use traditional techniques (such as mortar and pestle) to cook several Burmese favorites. During the demonstration, learn more about the cuisine of Myanmar, its influences and the typical eating habits of the local people.
After having prepared the dishes it’s time to sit down and enjoy a feast of freshly prepared delights.
This afternoon begins with a visit to local school or monastic school if open. After visit to school, will visit to traditional lacquerware workshop where it is possible to observe the production of one of Myanmar’s best-known handicrafts. Continue to Ananda Temple, an architectural masterpiece and one of Bagan’s most beautiful temples. Built in the early Mon-style, Ananda contains two unique Buddha images whose expressions seem to change depending on the distance from which the statue is viewed.
Next, explore temples such as Payathonzu, Lemyentha and Nandamannya before heading to the riverside pier. Board a local boat for a slow cruise down the Irrawaddy River, and gently travel the waters observing the lifestyle of the fishermen and riverside villagers as well as enjoying the unique perspective of Bagan’s temples. Return to the hotel this evening. Overnight in Bagan.