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Bagan

Best known as the Asia’s archaeologically unique city of four million pagodas, Bagan (or Pagan as it used to be called in the past) is the cradle of Burmese civilisation, the first capital of the once mighty Bamar Kingdom. Although Bagan's early history is shrouded in mystery, chronicles recount that the city grew out of 19 villages.

The city's Golden Era” and limelight was between 1044 and 1287 during which time thirteen kings left their signature on the area in the form of temples, pagodas, palaces and the introduction of Theravada Buddhism to the region and ultimately the country. As with most other ancient civilisations, when the end came, it came abruptly with the brutal sacking of the city by Genghis Khan's grandson, the enigmatic Kublai Khan. Regardless of the turbulent history, all that is certain is that Bagan is a sight to behold. Unlike its more illustrious cousin, Angkor Wat, Bagan receives very little in the way of visitors making a visit to this ancient wonder doubly special.

BAGAN ATTRACTIONS:

Ananda Temple

Ananda Temple

Shwezigon paya

Shwezigon paya

Htilomilo temple

Htilomilo temple

Dhammayanggyi

Dhammayanggyi

Shwesandaw

Shwesandaw

Mount Popa

Mount Popa

Gawdawpalin

Gawdawpalin

Sulamani Temple

Sulamani Temple

Gubyaukgyi

Gubyaukgyi

Manuha paya

Manuha pagoda

Nagayon Temple

Nagayon Temple

Lawkananda

Lawkananda

AROUND BAGAN:

Monywa

Monywa

Mandalay

Mandalay

Mrauk U

Mrauk U

Meiktila

Meiktila

 

BAGAN HOTEL SUGGESTIONS:

  • 5 star: Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Hotel, Aureum Bagan Resort
  • 4 star: The Hotel at Tharabar Gate, Bagan Lodge, Bagan Hotel River View
  • 3 star: Amazing Bagan Resort, Bagan Hotel River View, Bagan Thande Beach Hotel, Areindmar Hotel, Thazin Garden Hotel
  • 2 star: The Floral Breeze Hotel, Oasis Hotel, Raza Gyo Hotel

 

WHERE TO EAT

  1. Star Beam
  2. Weather Spoons
  3. Yar Pyi Vegetarian Restaurant
  4. The Moon
  1. San Thi Dar Restaurant
  2. Black Rose Restaurant
  3. Queen

 

WHAT TO DO

Balloon Ride: For an amazing view of the Bagan plain, you should get a fare for hot air balloon ride at sunrise or sunset. These balloons are British made and have a perfect safety record. The Balloon Ride fly from late October to late March and do not operate during the summer.
Rent a bike: Discover the pagodas and temples of Bagan by bike is an interesting experience. Bagan is generally flat and very easy to cycle your way around. Most hotels will offer bike rental services with the prices starting from 1000 kyat per day.
Rent a horsecart: A classic way to explore the Bagan with slow pace. Just tell the horsecart drivers where you would like to go, they would take you to. A day tour around the temples will cost about 10.ooo-15.000 kyat per cart (up to 4 people).

WHAT TO BUY

You can buy lacquerware, cloth paintings, T-shirts and other handicraft products in Bagan. Note that always bargain the prices with the sellers as the actual ones can even 3 times cheaper than the ones initially offered.

Other Information About Bagan

HOW TO GET TO BAGAN

By plane

Yangon Airways, Air Mandalay, Air Bagan or Myanmar Airways offer the flights to Bagan from Yangon and Mandalay with the prices around US$ 75.

By train

You can catch the daily overnight trains from Yangon to Bagan (16.00 - 09.00). The prices range from a few thousand Kyat to US $50, depending on specific class. There is a direct train operating from Mandalay to Bagan with two departures daily. Tickets are available at the ticket booth inside the railway station with the fare of US$8 per way. The journey from Mandalay to Bagan would take about eight hours. The The Mandalay-Bagan route should be expected to be pretty packed and crowded, due to the high demand of the local.

By bus

Comfortable bus tickets from Mandalay to Bagan can be bought easily at most hotels in the city, with the fare of US$15 per way. Overnight buses from Yangon depart in the afternoon and arrive early in the morning, and cost some US$18 per ticket.

By boat

There are normally 2 options for boat transportation between Bagan and Mandalay. The first one is the speed boat. The one takes around 5 - 6 hours at the price of US$25 per way. The second one runs very slowly and could take even 15 - 17 hours to reach the destination. However, this one offers you the great opportunity to mix with the locals. Plastic chairs are available to rent on board. Always remember to bring something to sit on and to cover as you are supposed to leave at the early hours in the morning then arrive late in the evening. bfafbabgagbn