Old Bagan Tourism & Travel Guide

Trips and Itineraries for Old Bagan

Sporting attractive helmets we headed out in the general direction of Old Bagan to see what we'd stumble upon....

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The most distant is Beng Mealea, 80 kilometers away.Bagan: The plain is wrapped by a main road that links three accommodation centers, Nyaung U, Old Bagan and New Bagan....

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Old Bagan, Bagan
Exploring Bagan's Archaeological Zone by foot is a no-no. Other travel arrangements are necessary as it sprawls over 26 square miles and sports more than 2,000 pagodas. There are five main modes of transport to choose from. Push-bike, e-bike, horse and cart, rented car and hot air balloon. Push-biking looked too much like hard work - hot, sweaty and dusty. The horse and carts looked to slow, bumpy and uncomfortable and a rented car was out of our budget. A hot air balloon ride had been high on my wishlist. It would give the best views of Bagan, but at over $300 per person for only a couple of hours we just couldn't justify it! After considering all our options, we decided e-bikes it was! It would still be dusty just like the push-bikes but we could live with that.
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Old Bagan, Bagan
We came across the Golden Palace next and were in two minds whether to go in or not as at $5 per person it was quite pricey. We decided to go for it but in all honesty it wasn't worth the money. It's a government reconstruction of the original aimed to attract tourists. I doubt if it shows much resemblance to the original. Soon we'd seen all there was to see and were back outside ready to set off on our e-bikes again.
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Weekend Getaways from Old Bagan  

Day 4: Bagan Breakfast at hotel. Bagan is the main historical site in Myanmar. We will visit the great Shwezigon Pagoda, which was donated by King Anawrahta; Ananda Pahto, which is 170 feet high, with its shimmering gold, and a symmetrical masterpiece of Mon architectural style and considered to be the most beautiful among all the temples of Bagan; Ananda Ok Kyaung: Ananda brick monastery, one of the few surviving monastery buildings from the early Bagan era. The interior of the building is lined with well-preserved murals with everyday scenes from the Bagan period; Thatbyinnyu Pahto, a famous temple built in the mid-12th century, covered in white stucco, and located at the corner of the old city wall. Then we will enjoy the stunning sunset from one of the temples. Overnight in Bagan Day 5: Bagan – Mt Popa – Bagan Breakfast at hotel. In the morning, visit the Nyaung U market and you can explore the countryside around Bagan. Then, 2 hours drive to Mt. Popa, where you will walk up the huge volcanic rock on a staircase to see shrines for nats (celestial spirits of Burmese mythology) and small temples for Lord Buddha. It will take about 20 minutes to reach the top of Mount Popa and you will pass by many small food stalls and small stalls selling herbal medicine. Return to Bagan. Just in time for another spectacular sunset. Overnight in Bagan. More photos here: - The Temples of Bagan: http://www.myanmartravelessentials.com/religious-sites-and-temples/the-temples-of-bagan/ - Sunset at The Temples of Bagan: http://www.myanmartravelessentials.com/religious-sites-and-temples/sunset-at-the-temples-of-bagan-myanmar/ - Balloons Over Bagan: http://www.myanmartravelessentials.com/religious-sites-and-temples/ballooning-over-bagan-ancient-temples-from-the-sky/

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This day, we booked a photo trip with a local travel agency in Yangon. We got up early at 5.30am for the sunrise shooting. Mr Kyaw, our guide was very knowledgeable about the shooting points. Our first shoot was really out tourist track. After sunrise, we came back for breakfast then continued our tour at 9.00am. We shooted in different temples with novice arrangement and some hidden points where we can capture the light. When it became hot, we returned to our hotel for a break. Though we already checked out, the hotel staff were very welcoming and let us use their bathroom.In the afternoon, Kyaw took us to more temples for shooting until 17.30. The trip finished at the airport where we took the flight back to Yangon.( Details of this photo trip is here : http://www.touryangon.com/bagan-photography-tour.html)

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Best time to visit Old Bagan is from March to July
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