- Pandaw River Cruise Stop - Salay and Salay House
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Salay can truly claim to have stepped off the beaten tourist track.  It first emerged during the 12th and 13th centuries as an overspill of Old Pagan and pagodas of the era are scattered in and around the town.

The Mann Paya Buddha is one such relic. Legend has it that local villagers spotted the hollow 20-foot wooden statue floating downriver after heavy flooding in 1888. The villagers dragged it ashore and coated it in gold lacquer.  The Mann Paya is believed to be one of the only lacquered and largest Buddha images in the country. Nobody knows for certain who carved it, but its style suggests an origin of around 1300 AD.

The only remnants of the Burma Oil Company are the crumbling colonial houses in hues of peeling blues and greens which housed rig workers in the area from 1886. These are partly disguised behind an avenue of starfruit trees.

SALAY HOUSE is another highlight of this village. A beautifully restored trading company warehouse built on the banks of the Irrawaddy in 1906 and now operated as a museum. This is a cultural and historical addition to our itinerary where you can enjoy learning about British Colonial Burma through information panels set among artifacts and antiques. There is an outdoor decking where you can enjoy classic Burmese dishes and admire the view over the Irrawaddy.

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