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Bagan Highlights

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     One of the "must see" sites of the world. 

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     Poverty and exorbitant prices! 

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     See it before you die! 

Bagan Things to Do

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  • Ananda Temple

    The stucco and other features of the temple were restored in the late 18th century in the Middle Konbaung Era style and on the temple's 900th anniversary in 1990, the temple spires were gilded. The exterior is whitewashed from time to time. ix terraces rise pyramid-like to the central tower. The lower terraces have a complete numbered set of 537...

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  • Gubyaukgyi temple

    Gubyaukgyi Temple (Wetkyi-in)Close to Wetkyi-in village, this 13th-century 'cave temple' has an Indian-style spire like the Mahabodhi Pagoda in Bagan. It is interesting for the fine frescoes of scenes from the jatakas. There is another temple of the same name in Myinkaba, and to distinguish between theses two, this monument is sometimes called...

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  • Shwesandaw Paya

    And finally Shwesandaw, the most famous viewpoint of Bagan. A pyramid-style pagoda with five terraces leading to the circular top. King Anawratha built this temple in the middle of it´s kingdom. Be prepared to meet all the hawkers of Bagan, also lots of tourists, but besides that the views are great.

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  • Sunset

    When to go: I stayed in Nyaung U, the most distant of the three possible places to stay, but with just 5 km from Old Bagan still manageable. I always got up at 4:00, that leaves plenty of time to get to nearly every sunrise spot by bike before sunrise. Actually on the second day, it was even enough time to walk to Shwesandaw Paya, since, yes, I...

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  • Gaw Daw Palin temple, Old Bagan

    This large temple was built by King Nantaungmya in 1218. The temple is known to be the last Myanmar Style temple built in Bagan. The name is a misreading of the Pali word for 'Blessings of the Three Worlds'. King Nantaungmya erected the temple on this spot because it was here that he was chosen, from among five brothers, to be the crown prince....

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  • Shwezigon Paya

    The king built Shwezigon to be a massive reliquary to enshrine a collection of relics, including the Buddha's frontal and collar bones, a copy of the tooth relic at Kandy, Sri Lanka, and an emerald Buddha image from China. Legend has it that the site of Shwezigon was chosen by a white elephant. Probably the most significant aspect of Shwezigon's...

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Bagan Hotels

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Bagan Restaurants

  • Haung Htet

    I was travelling around by bicycle and has found this good local restaurant. They have a menu, so it is not a problem to order a dish.Besides me, a couple from Austria was also havind dinner. The food was very good, but a little bit salty.

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  • Tasty Food

    This is a kind of restaurant oriented for tourists, but the food is very tasty.The problem I have found in the restaurants was desserts. They only have fruit salads and pancakes.I agree with them when they say, in French language, "Ici on ne parle pas français, mais on se mange bien". In Portuguese should be "Aqui não se fala francês, mas come-se...

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  • Fresh barbecue

    This restaurant is located one leg from Winner Guest House and it is a great place to eat barbecue. It popular among both locals and foreigners. It is also good for vegetarians. There are many options, including grilled fish.

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Bagan Nightlife

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  • Ride on a Horse Cart

    During the day we splurged on an air-con car with a guide to take us around to the sights. Dusty roads during the hot day are not my style. At night, we walked out of the Bagan Hotel and there were a number of horse cart "taxi"s right there. Make sure you find a driver who speaks English. Then take a quick ride, costs a couple of dollars at most....

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  • Night Life doesn't exist here

    Well, sorry to inform you that, night life seems doesn't exist in Bagan. You probably can enjoy a cool nice beer at one of the restaurant only after the sunset.

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Bagan Transportation

  • Round Bagan, Horse and Cart

    BAGAN The mode of transport I chose in Bagan was The horse and cart which I hired from my hotel .After looking at the various means of transport this seemed to be the most practical mainly because of the extreme heat and the vast distances that I had to cover.. I did look at hiring a bicycle from the hotel as they were cheap and they had many. I...

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  • Round Bagan, Cycling

    Renting an electric bike is a good option to travel around Bagan, especially for visiting the temples. I have rent my electric bike in the restaurant besides Winner Guest House. Fare per day 6000 Ks

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  • Bagan, to and from, Overland

    There is a regular bus connection between Mandalay and Bagan (several buses a day). For the roughly 300km it takes about 8h - that says it all about the road condition. Additionally to the common exchange of bodyfluids with you seatneighbour, I was lucky to have a kid next to me, that got sick and had to throw up several times...the juicy bags...

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Bagan Shopping

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  • The Traditional Lacquerware

    As I was in Winner Guest House, I have decided to visit this shop. I have found it a very interesting place to learn, from the beginning, the art of traditional lacquerware. Besides the bamboo, this factory also uses horse hair. There are many interesting things we can be. I bought a box.

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  • Traditional Clothes

    When I was visiting Nyaung U Market, I stopped here just to have a look. At the end, I liked very much the traditional cotton shirts and I bought three of them. The owner, a very kind woman, likes to chat with the clients.The shirts are of good quality, but some inks can be a problem when you wash them. Avoid the blue one. Traditional cotton...

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  • INTERESTING WOOD CARVINGS HERE

    Many times while walking through the local market in the main street in Bagan I used to stop and watch the woodcarvers with great interest while they turned a block of plain wood into a work of art..The items were well made and very inexpensive.I was amazed how they just worked on the ground...The friendliness of the woodcarvers was evident even if...

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Bagan Local Customs

  • Stock Exchange Lottery.

    All villages have a small tea shop where people gather to see television and play a kind of lottery using the Thai stock numbers as wining numbers. The Burmese ‘two-digit’ illegal lottery scheme is based on the last two digits of the closing price of the Thai stock exchange index and is released four times a day on Thai TV channels, which is also...

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  • Lacquerware workshop at Bagan,Myanmar

    Myanmar traditional Lacquerware is one of the ten different flowery arts and crafts of the Golden Land, it is the constant source of fame and Bagan is the Lacquerware heart-land of Myanmar. The art of traditional Lacquerware dates from 11-th Century A. D, the golden period of Bagan. The lacquerware technique starts with a wickerwork of woven,...

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  • Life of Minnanthu Village, Bagan,Myanmar

    Minnanthu VillageMinnanthu is situated in the south of Nyaung U. The monuments in this region are of a later period than thoses in the Central Bagan. The followings are listed to be in Minnanthu region.Sulamani Pagoda and Four Faces Pagoda

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Bagan Warnings and Dangers

  • ALWAYS BEWARE OF SNAKES IN BURMA!!

    MYANMAR (BURMA) .. Like all of South east asia Beware of snakes when "out and about". Burma has one of the biggest snakes in the world along with many others that are widely spread over SouthEast Asia.The biggest of course is the Burmese python. This particular snake can grow large enough to swallow a small child. Just be careful around waterways...

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  • VENDORS ...SELLING AT DIFFERENT SITES

    BAGAN. Upon arriving at the many sites there are to visit in Bagan be prepared to be overwhelmed by vendors...These vendors selling various clothing,especially T shirts, leatherware ,other craft items or the many children selling postcards it surely is difficult to say no...but I found out that this is a neccesity just a pleasant " no thank you"...

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  • MAKE SURE THAT YOUR FINANCES ARE...

    When travelling in Myanmar ALWAYSmake sure that you are carrying US currency as this is the only currency that is accepted by the Myanmar Government for Entry and Departure taxes in all regions visited.. IMPORTANTLY make sure that ALL notes are new and crisp bills otherwise they will not be accepted.,.also make sure that you have smaller...

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Bagan Tourist Traps

  • MAKE SURE THAT YOUR FINANCES ARE COVERED

    When Arriving in different Burmese cities there is usually a foreigners tax on arriving or departing or both..All taxes must be paid in US dollars .MAKE SURE THAT YOU ALWAYS HAVE WHAT IS NECCESARY. and preferably the correct amount needed.Also make sure that you have plenty of US dollars for your journey through Burma. There isn't any ATM's . banks...

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  • "Currency Collectors" are Scams

    Visiting the stupas you will meet nicely dressed locals that speak English well. They will strike up a conversation and eventually show you their collection of currency from all around the world. They will display it proudly and talk about how they dream of going to these places one day. DON'T BE FOOLED. The goal is to get you to give them a...

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  • Monos Monkeys

    Cuando vas a Monte popa ves monos por todas partes y como tienes que subir la colina descalzo yienes que ir haciendo zig-zag para evitar las necesidades de los monos, aunque los olores no lospuedes evitarEstoy convencido que que cojí una pulga cuando se me acercaronWhen you go to Mt Popa you see monkeys every where and as you go up the hill with...

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Bagan What to Pack

  • ALWAYS CARRY A STRONG SUNSCREEN 30+

    I always use a small backpack as some daily small items are necessary also deters theft. The most IMPORTANT item to carry is lots of fresh bottled Water.. The tropical climate can be harsh so make sure that you always have ..good Walking/Hiking Boots. A wide brimmed hat for sun protection,also sun glasses.Also I ALWAYS carry a small rolled up...

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  • For your viewing pleasure.....

    Pack your binoculars. Getting to almost any vantage point in the Bagan historical park, affords you an opportunity to look over the vast area, and there are temples dotted as far as the eye - and lens - can see.

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  • Shoes for visiting the temples at Bagan

    There are hundreds of temples to visit, and shoes must be taken off before entry to every one. This is often required when walking in the area around the temple as well. So, even though its very dusty, its wise and practical to take footwear that is easy to get on and off.

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Bagan Off The Beaten Path

  • A day trip to Salay - best experience of...

    Though there is a lot to see in Bagan (2500 temples...), we made a day-trip with a car to a place called Salay (36 km from Bagan) which is a more important religious centre for the Burmese than Bagan. The main attraction in Salay are the monasteries - especially an old wooden monastery Younqson Kyaung. The place does not get many visitors, partly...

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  • Bagan Airport

    As you can see Bagan airport is quite "kitschy" but I guess is Ok in context.Unlike Mandalay and Heho it actually has a shop where you can buy last minute souvenirs etc. I guess this is because it does have a fair bit of traffic going through it.

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  • Lay Myet Hnar temple.

    Many people will include a visit to the Nagayon Guphaya in their itinerary of Bagan, and rightly so (see seperate tip), but if you travel just a couple of hundred yards further on you will come upon this little gem whch seems to be totally devoid of tourists.Rather prosaically known as temple 1185, alternatively Lay Myet Hnar temple, it is not...

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Bagan Favorites

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  • My two new friends

    Please meet my new friends (only for a few minutes, hehe) the long neck ladies in Bagan. I read they are the people of Padaung tribe, I think they looked lovely wearing brass or silver rings on their neck, it is their tradition to wear the rings on their neck when one reaches 10 years old or even younger, and each year another ring is added until...

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  • ALWAYS CARRY A TORCH HERE

    Here in Myanmar the electricity is cut off anytime of the day or night without notice..ALWAYS carry and have a torch handy with you after dark...Most bigger Hostels hotels etc have big generator backup but the poorer places don't..There is minimal street lighting and walking at night can be hazardous..when inside large Temples and Payas never be...

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  • Stop and Read the Signs

    This one raised a chuckle from us! It was in the grounds of the hotel. Needless to say, we consulted with the weather forecaster each day.

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