Bagan Travel Guide

Although Bagan has been known widely by travelers over 5 years after the “secret” country started to integrate to the world and getting more...

Although Bagan has been known widely by travelers over 5 years after the “secret” country started to integrate to the world and getting more busy, those who travel to the old city are still attracted by its impressive pristine beauty with the plain of temple known as the most preserved religious site in the world. Moreover, the ancient city also leaves a good impression in visitors mind thanks to easy-going and very friendly locals, who still kept a lot of interesting traditional customs after a long time of non-integration.





Bagan is known as the most exotic destination in Myanmar, a must see in all Myanmar tours, both budget and luxury Myanmar tours. It was once named Pagan, the former capital of the Pagan Kingdom, from 9th to 13th AC century





Tourists travel to Bagan by plane or on road. It is located 600 kilometer from Yangon (the biggest city in Myanmar – former capital of Burma country), and 180 kilometers from Mandalay (the second largest city)





Bagan, with the total area of 104 square kilometers, dotted by up to 3000 monasteries and temples that were built from the late 11th to 13th century.

The temples and monasteries built within this time marked the start of new Buddha tradition in Myanmar. Most of them are just ruins and destroyed a lot by the time and war.

The old Bagan people didn’t build these temples by any cement but they maintain their incredibly strong structure. The scientists have a lot of research on the construction method of the old builders, but it is a secret until today.



In Bagan, tourists have many choices for transportation means such as horse-cart, cow-cart, bicycle, electric bicycle, etc. Many biking tours in Bagan are designed very interesting for travelers to approach many secret monasteries for further discovery. 

Among all, the most special way to experience the pristine beauty of Bagan is hot air balloon in Bagan. Most of the Bagan hot air balloon rides are scheduled at the early morning, the best time to catch spectacular sunrise over thousand of temples in Bagan plain.



The typical weather in Bagan is hot and sunny, but in January and February, it would be cooler, you’d better arrange some warm clothes as you may need them for night time strolling.



In Bagan, people love the rustic and pristine beauty of a sandy plain and the peace of slow local life. They feel as if they were lost in a different world in the past.



The New Bagan has unique lacquer villages, where tourists would love to visit to buy some small souvenirs and watch the skillful hands of the handicraftsmen.



For 2 – 3 days in Bagan, your minimum budget is USD 200 (include basic food, accommodations and transfer). For Luxury Myanmar Trips, there are also some luxury choices of five star hotels, restaurants and special services.

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