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Things to do in Bagan

When traveling to Myanmar, one can not miss visiting the ancient city of Bagan which is one of the most well-known and most-visited spots in Myanmar!  But don’t be deterred by its popularity; Bagan is a sprawling and vast landscape dotted with temples and pagodas and it is easy to find yourself completely alone soaking up the breathtaking sites.

Situated in the middle of the country, west of the new capital Nay Pi Thaw, Bagan is comprised of two sections, Old Bagan and New Bagan. Old Bagan is where the bulk of the temples can be found and explored, while New Bagan is mostly comprised of hotels and tourist-orientated shops and restaurants. One can also stay in Nyuang U, which is a small village close to Old Bagan and caters more to backpackers with budget guesthouses.

Bagan Temples

You should set aside at least two full days to explore the temples. Bagan is quite large and with the temples spread out, it’s best to give yourself enough time to explore. There are two popular ways to explore the ruins and those are by bicycles and horse-drawn carriage. As the weather in Bagan can be very hot, especially during the hotter months of March, April and May, many people opt for the horse drawn carriages which can accommodate 3-4 people.  The driver will be able to take you to the temples of your choosing and provide you with some background information about each temple. If you choose to rent a bicycle, most guesthouses and hotels will be able to provide you with a map and directions to the more famous temples, but the best part will be cycling around and finding the smaller, deserted temples in areas not frequented by tourists.

Bagan will most certainly be one of the your most well-remembered trips from your time in Myanmar. It is simply stunning and will be etched in your memory for years to come. This is the Myanmar you have dreamed about and it will not disappoint!


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