Wednesday 1 March 2017

New from Pandaw: Secret Salay

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Pandaw expedition managers are constantly carrying out reconnaissance on the routes they sail in search of undiscovered treasures for inquisitive guests to explore.

“Salay can truly claim to have stepped off the beaten tourist track,” claims Founder Paul Strachan.

The quality of organised activities and excursions are also monitored, so when Paul recently came across the secret of Salay, he was so impressed by the wealth of history, preserved temples and sheer beauty, that he decided it was an essential addition to the Irrawaddy itinerary.

Salay is one of the most beautiful and least visited places in all of Burma, its history rooted in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries as an overspill of Old Pagan. To this day, Salay remains an active religious centre with almost fifty monasteries and many Pagan-era shrines to explore on foot, offering a truly peaceful insight into Buddhist culture. These are amazingly well-preserved thanks to the constant loving attention of the monks who tend to them.

This colourful, ancient village lies twenty-two miles from Pagan. Once a bustling trading port under British rule, Salay is now a sleepy village filled with colonial architectural treasures and timeless teak monasteries.

SALAY HOUSE, a recently restored trading company warehouse built on the banks of the Irrawaddy in 1906 is now operated as a museum. This is a cultural and historical addition to PANDAW’s itinerary where you can enjoy learning about British Colonial Burma through information panels set among artifacts and antiques. There is an extensive outdoor decking and garden area where you can pause to enjoy classic Burmese tea and admire the view over the Irrawaddy.

Read more about Pandaw expeditions on the Irrawaddy featuring Salay

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