1 Day Bagan Community Experience

Travel to the village of Kyunkalay, an undeveloped town beyond Bagan that you won't find mentioned in any guidebooks.


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 Action Aid Myanmar, an organisation working to bring human rights and social justice to neglected communities. Action Aid 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 Nyaung U 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.


  •  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
  •  $4 per person is donated to the community development fund in the village we visit


48 Hours
Full Day
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Operating Hours

Tour Starts Time: 08:00hrs

What You Get


  •  Transportation
  •  Lunch
  •  Local guide
  •  Boat trip
  •  Community development fund contribution


  • Entrance fees
  • Items purchased by the clients
  • Tips for local guide or anyone.

Additional Information

  • What to wear: As Myanmar is a conservative country and we are visiting local communities, please dress respectfully, ensuring your shoulders and knees are covered.
  • This is a child-friendly tour. 
  • Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge.
  • Meeting Point: In front of New Wave Guest House, Wet Kyi Inn, Naung Oo, Bagan.

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  • This voucher is only valid on the date and time specified

Terms and Conditions

  • Changi Recommends and the appointed operator will not be responsible for any accidents, loss of property or damaged caused by individual negligence
  • The e-ticket/e-voucher cannot be exchanged for cash or used on more than one occasion
  • Any alteration(s) on the e-ticket/e-voucher will not be accepted by Changi Recommends and the appointed merchant
  • In the event of unforeseen circumstances that affects tour departure or ticket/voucher invalidity, customers will be notified and be advised accordingly

Cancellation Policy:

  • Tours/Experiences subject to cancellation without prior notice due to unforeseen circumstances, and (or) when there is an official request from the authorities
  • Refunds will be given to customers under these circumstances:
    • No refunds will be entertained for cancellation made 6 days or less prior the departure date
  • There will be no refunds even if included items are not utilised by the visitor
  • In the event of late comers/no show, it would be considered as cancellation and no refund will be given

Amendment Policy:

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