Pagan Travel Guide

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Pagan Things to Do

  • Small Pagodas

    There are many smaller Pagodas all over the Bagan area. These can be seen in the Old Bagan area. You could easily spend days or weeks checking them out.

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  • Mahabodhi Paya

    This Paya was very unique as it is based off the Mahabodi Temple in Bodhgaya India were Buddha attained his enlightenment. I hadn't been to that one but I thought this one was based off the Temples of South India. I didn't see any other Payas done in this style here in Bagan. The main spire is like a pyramid and has small icons placed top to...

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  • Shwesandaw Paya

    Shwesandaw Paya is one of the most Popular Temples to take in the beautiful Sunsets of Bagan from. I didn't go here for sunset but I could see quite a few people up there. This is one of the rare Temples that has the outside stairs going up from to the upper levels. Most of the time there is a very narrow,dark passageway to gain access to the upper...

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  • Gawdawpalin Pahto

    Gawdawpalin Pahto is just down the road from Antizigon Pahto. It is a very beautiful Paya! It was built in the 12th and 13th century. The upper levels to this place are also closed!! I guess they are preserving the stair ways by not letting tourists go to the top. It is sad that we can't enjoy the upper levels of these ancient Temples. But at the...

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  • Atwinzigon Paya

    Here at Atwinzigon Paya there isn't anything to special to see. We happened on it as there is a place to eat lunch right across the street so we wandered over and check it out. There is a main entrance hall then the Chedi is behind that. It's worth a few minutes though.

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  • Thatbyinnyu Pahto

    Thatbyinnyu Pahto is one of the highest Temples in Bagan. This is another of the Temples that I was disappointed to discover that tourists are not allowed to the upper levels. But the lower level is fun to explore. There is a souvenir stand and a small "restaurant" located outside the main entrance. We were cooking in the afternoon heat and our...

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  • Dhammayangyi Patho

    Dhammayangyi Patho is a pretty cool place. It was built somewhere around the 12 th century! It is built with mortarless brick which is very cool upon close inspection. The upper terraces were off limits when I was there so you can only enjoy the outer beauty of the place. You are allowed to walk around inside on the lower levels. You can reach this...

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  • Ananda Pahto

    The Ananda Pahto could be photographed a hundred times and it still wouldn't be enough for me! I was quite fascinated with this Pagoda. If you can get to the second level of one of the nearby lesser know Pagodas you can get superb views of Ananda Pahto for Sunrise. As the sun sweeps right across the front of it. I had a little bad luck on this...

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  • Ox carts and Paya's

    In rural Myanmar is a common form of transport. Some of the scenes that I saw just looked like ancient times to me. I just loved watching the ox carts make their way down dusty roads.

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  • Sunset in Old Bagan

    The Sunset against the temples is really beautiful. Much more than I've captured in my pictures. It was so peaceful just sitting up on a Pagoda watching the sun go down. Then the darkness came fast! I'm glad there were street lights because we still had a 20 minute bicycle ride back to our guest house.

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  • Temples of Salay

    rent a car and drive to Salay, location of one of the oldest wooden monasteries.. On your way back to Bagan, visit one of the small villages near by.

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  • Cycling around the temples at...

    Cycling around the temples at Bagan. It really was a special place, hence the number of photos posted here.4 thousand of the things in about 4 square miles.

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Pagan Transportation

  • Horse Carts from Nyaung U to Bagan

    If you are staying in Nyaung U taking the Horse cart to Old Bagan could be quite fun. I'm sure you could hire a cart for the whole day. It might not be the most comfortable way to travel for a day but it certainly would be interesting!

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  • Wake up the horse cart driver

    I don't think the horse cart drivers keep really busy. As most of the time they were just lounging and sleeping while waiting for a customer.

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  • Horse carts

    Horse carts were used by alot of locals to get around. I'm assuming that they are quite inexpensive. Because the locals used them quite a bit. You will have to establish where you want to go and the price before you get in.I did'nt ride in any in Bagan because we had our bikes. One day while we were riding our bikes my son found a horse shoe in the...

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Pagan Local Customs

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    by herzog63 Updated Jun 11, 2003

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    If you get up early you can enjoy beautiful sunrises from some of the Pagodas in Old Bagan. There are a few Good spots to choose from. It is good to scout out the Paya you want to visit at sunrise the night before and make sure the upper level is open to the public. It would suck to waste time in the morning and miss the sunrise.

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Pagan Warnings and Dangers

  • Snakes, scorpions and killer bees!

    Exploring Pagan by bike and entering remote, deserted temples and pagodas is probably the best way to expierence this magnificent place.However, be extremely careful walking around and especially entering the temples. One time we saw a snake in a temple, the day after we got attacked by a swarm of extremely violent killer bees, after one of our...

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  • Sharp objects and thin tires!

    If you rent a bike beware that the tires will be weakened from the heat of the pavement and they may be thin anyways! My son had 4 punctures in his tires. Luckily there are a plenty of little fix-it shops set up under the trees and they are positioned so you wouldn't have to far to walk if you had to. It is very inexpensive to get patches put on....

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  • Bicycle Accidents

    Travellers like to rent a bicycle in Bagan to go on a sight-seeing tour to the temples. I saw many accidents and some bikes are not very safe. Wounds on legs and arms hardly dry in the humidity and only slowly recover. So take care and wear long trousers.

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Pagan Off The Beaten Path

  • The Ox cart isn't really an off the...

    Well the ox cart isn't really an off the beaten path tip in Myanmar as they are quite common. I just loved watching these slow moving ox carts hauling there loads of straw and other materials.

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  • Kings Throne??

    When I saw this sitting outside of Atwinzigon Paya I told my son it was an old Kings Throne! He was excited about it. Then he looked at it curious and said I don't think so. But we took a picture of him sitting in it anyways.

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  • A picture of the plain of Pagodas

    When you are in Bagan you can look in any direction and see Pagodas and more Pagodas! There are around 5000 Pagodas here in the area! It is amazing!

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  • Small Buddha

    At many of the Pagodas you can find small Buddhas inside. Some are old and some are not so old. I'm guessing that the ones that are not super sacred are out on display as I did see some that were kept under lock and key.

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  • Zedi

    On the grounds of most all of the Payas you will see Zedi's similar to this one. They usually contain Buddha relics such as a hair or a tooth. Although the relics are impossible to see they play an important part in the Paya's importantance. That is only my observation and it could be off by a mile.

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  • Atwinzigon Paya restoration

    When you walk behind the main building of the Atwinzigon Paya you will see this stupa. It was being restored while I was there. I found the scaffolding to be quite interesting. It was a style of scaffolding that I hadn't seen before.

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