Mount Popa and Zee O Village
Mount Popa and Zee O tour from Bagan offers a mix of nature and local culture. It combines a visit to Mt Popa Park for light trekking and birdwatching with a visit to Zee O Village, famed for the ancient Thit Hla Ingyin Forest and the hospitality of the villagers.
( Day-Tour )
In the morning, pick-up from hotel and drive to Mount. Popa (approx. 1 hr) passing the palm plantation. On the way stop to see skilful toddy-palm climber collecting the wine on top of the tree, toddy palm juice & palm sugar (jaggery) making cottage. Taste this Burmese candy! proceed to Popa Mountain Park & trekking/bird watching along the nature trail.
On the way back to Bagan, stop at Tuywintaung (mountain range)/Myakan (reservoir). Proceed ½ hr drive to Zee O Thit Hla Ingyin Forest (Nature Conservation Sanctuary). This area is 40 acre is covered with over 600 Ingyinn trees (Shorea Siamensis). The villagers believe that this area is guarded by Nats (Guardian Spirits) and the Nats will not tolerate any misdeeds regarding the disturbance of this environment. So, nobody dare to destroy! Of course, this belief & custom is leading to nature conservation.
Walk around the village & see the ways of Myanmar village life, visit the monastery and exchange social & cultural of the locals with the venerable monk & village headman. Photo stop at the village landmark Tamarind tree, which is over 100 years old.
Stop to see making oil from peanut and sesame seeds by rotating the cows to mortar and pestle in traditional way. Late afternoon, back to Bagan.