Bagan

Are you ready to fall in love? Be prepared as we are taking you to the breathtaking ancient city of Bagan. The archaeological site boasts the largest number of Buddhist monuments with close to 2,500 temples, stupas, pagodas and monasteries spread around the plain. Keep your eyes wide open, what you are about to witness is truly captivating. We have designed the best Bespoke Bagan Tours for you.

 

Bagan’s temples: an open-air museum

In its glorious past, Bagan was the capital city of the first Myanmar Kingdom and its biggest pride. The city is undoubtedly the most famous site of Myanmar. When thinking about the Golden Land, the views of the temple-dotted plains at sunset are probably the first coming to your mind. Nevertheless, no matter how many pictures you may have seen of Bagan, the magic can only be understood when stepping wandering along the dusty lanes. For the early birds, the memory of a hot-air balloon ride over the hundreds of pagodas will never fade away. For the night owl, the splendor of the scenery at sunset atop a temple, is equally awe-inspiring.

 

Bagan in motorbike, bicycle or horse carts?

Despite being one of the main attraction of the country, Bagan still offers the opportunity to explore many temples off the beaten paths where you will find yourself alone, immersed in quiet and spirituality. On your path, you are crossing with farmers walking their goats and this is time for a lovely and authentic encounter with friendly local people. The arid plain, long the Irrawaddy River, is a balance between an “Asian Savanna” and lush garden – with bright flowers and palm trees.
This is so enjoyable to wander around the temples with no planned itinerary and follow your adventurous instinct.  Here you have plenty of options to move around Bagan: motorbike, bicycle and horse carts can take you everywhere and make your visit unforgettable.

 

Like a dream coming true walking around Bagan’s magical plain

It is no surprise that this unique place on Earth is on the shortlist to be part of the World Heritage List of the UNESCO. This Burmese gem spreads over more than 100 km and allows you to go for a never-ending exploration of the most outstanding spiritual site in the world. The religious city is surprisingly well preserved when you know that some of the first pagodas date back from the 11th century. The venerated Ananda temple boasts gorgeous murals and stunning architecture that will amaze you. On top of your bucket list must probably stand Shwesandaw pagoda, as the perfect spot for sunset or sunrise.

 

Let’s get on a boat !

After a long day sightseeing, enjoying hundreds of wonders, take a walk head to the Irrawaddy River for a relaxing boat trip. When you think it cannot get better, Bagan still manages to surprise you with peaceful riverside views at sunset with a few snacks! This is probably the best way to finish your day, sampling Myanmar great cuisine and enjoying the view!

 

HIGHLIGHTS :

  • The great Ananda temple
  • The fantastic views over Bagan’s pagodas
  • Peaceful cruise on the Irrawady River for a stunning sunset
  • Horse cart ride through the authentic farmer villages
  • Boat trip from Bagan to Mandalay

BEST SEASON TO VISIT :

  • From September to February

Bagan

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