Village Life of Kyun Thiri Island

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Discover village life on a small and rarely visited island near Bagan. Meet the locals to get to know of local life and Burmese culture. Visit to the typical farming village and monastery on an island for a glimpse of Myanmar’s spiritual side.



The tour begins with a 5-minute boat ride across the Ayeyarwaddy River to Kyun Thiri Island.  The village lying on this island is home to a typical Burmese community that is one of the main vegetable suppliers of Bagan.

Upon arrival at the island, you will be welcomed by the local villagers and transferred to the village by bullock cart. It takes about 20 minutes. On the ride, explore the village’s farms that grow tomatoes, cucumber, red chilies and seasonal vegetables along the way to the village.

You will notice that the houses in this village are raised on stilts in a very distinct style. This is because the village experiences seasonal flooding and the stilts protect the homes from the churning waters below. One of the most important buildings on the island is the ancient wooden monastery.  Chat with the head monk. After learning about the daily lives of this unique island village, enjoy a home-cooked picnic lunch with a Burmese family at their village house- dishes made using crops from the village gardens and prepared in local style.

Return to Bagan after this island village immersion

  • Transportation to/from hotel
  • Boat Ride in Irrawaddy
  • English speaking local tour guide
  • Drinking water and hand towel
  • Local Village Lunch
  • Accommodation
  • Any other service not mentioned
  • Responsible Travel: This tour gives you a chance to interact with locals to learn about village life and support local craftsmen.
  • The tour will take about 4-6 Hours