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Travel Guide

Once an ancient city, Bagan is a sensational collection of over 2,000 Buddhist monuments that is spread out for miles. Rivalling even the highest regarded archaeological sites in the world, Bagan is a must for any traveller going to Myanmar (formally Burma). Hop on an electronic scooter and ride across the impressive landscapes, view the hot air balloons at sunrise, and more than that - appreciate the real and authentic feel of Myanmar. Don't expect to party here - Bagan is more of a place for travellers who want to soak up the culture and fully appreciate their surroundings.

Top things to do in Bagan

  • Ananda Temple
    Shimmering gold on the horizon, Ananda Pahto is one of the best preserved temples in Bagan.
  • Shwezigon Pagoda
    Shwezigon Paya is the town's main religious temple. The temple is most famous for its link with the 37 nat.
  • Shwesandaw Pagoda
    This is Bagan's most popular viewpoint for sunset. Climb up the steps to the top of the white pagoda to get stunning panoramic views.
  • Balloon rides at sunset
    If you fancy getting an aerial view of Bagan's temples, you can book a balloon ride for early evening and sunset. 
  • Dhammayangyi Pahto
    This huge 12th-century temple was built by King Narathu to atone for his murderous sins. A dark history, but a fascinating structure, this is a must on the temple trail.
  • Sulamani Guphaya Temple
    Climb the steep steps of this pyramid-style stupa and be rewarded with beautiful views. An alternative sunset spot to Shwesandaw Pagoda. 

How to get to Bagan

How to get to Bagan depends on where you're travelling from. There's no international airport in Bagan, only a domestic airport in Nyaung U. If you're flying from London, you can fly into Yangon and then fly into Bagan. Alternatively, you could travel the length of Myanmar (and hop off where you want) via bus or train, which is easily accessible.
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When is the best time to visit Bagan?

Bagan is a year-round destination, however the best time to visit is between November - February as this is the cooler season. Bear in mind that temperatures still hit around 30C, however there's less rainfall during this time. This is also the middle of the hot air balloon season, so whether you're looking to hop in one yourself or just view the balloons rising over the temples at sunrise, this is the time to do it. If you can, try and visit around a full moon so you can experience the village celebrations.

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