Bagan Travel Guide

Among all the cities in Myanmar, Bagan is the most ideal destination for tourists to visit regardless of the time of the year. Bagan is one of the world’s greatest archaeological sites, a sight to rival Machu Picchu or Angkor Wat but – for the time being at least – without the visitors.

 

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Bagan (formerly spelled as Pagan) is an ancient city located in the Mandalay Region, on the banks of the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) River and is home to the largest and densest concentration of Buddhist temples, pagodas, stupas and ruins in the world, many dating from the 11th and 12th centuries.

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From the 9th to 13th centuries, the city was the capital of the Kingdom of Pagan, the first kingdom to unify the regions that would later constitute modern Myanmar. During the kingdom’s heyday, between the 11th and 13th centuries, Bagan was the capital as well as the political, economic and cultural nerve center of the Pagan Empire. More than 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries were constructed in an area of 104 km2 in the Bagan plains; which are hailed to be a precious heritage and epitome of ancient Burmese architectures and art, embodying the wisdom and creativity of the Burmese working class. The prosperous city grew in size and grandeur, and became a cosmopolitan center for religious and secular studies. The city attracted monks and students from as far as India, Ceylon and the Khmer Empire. Strong Irrawaddy River has washed away nearly half of the original city area, and thieves in search of treasures have torn apart many temples, while earthquakes and the ravages of time have reduced hundreds of other temples to piles of crumbling stones. The more than 2,000 pagodas and stupas still left standing on the site are of various shapes, colors and architectural styles.

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Bagan is fondly known as the 'sea of temples'. Nowadays the city has been roughly divided into the 'New Bagan', where the less than one million citizens mainly reside, and the 'Old Bagan', where the centre part of the Bagan plains is preserved, which is also named the Bagan Archaeological Zone, and extends an area of a little more than 100km2.

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The Bagan Archaeological Zone is a main draw for the country's nascent tourism industry. Most are superbly preserved or have been restored by UNESCO, among others, and many contain frescoes and carvings and statues of Buddha, big and small. Only a handful are regularly visited, and though tourist numbers are increasing and the hawkers are beginning to appear, this is still, by the standards of sites of a similar beauty and stature, a gloriously unsullied destination.

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Unlike cities in the lower part of Myanmar, Bagan does not experience a rainy season and it is the perfect climate of Bagan that enables tourists to discover and explore the ancient city with ease all year round.

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In general, Bagan is one of the cheapest tourist destinations. If you love photography, old sites, and religion, the only alternative as good as Angkor Wat in Cambodia is Bagan in Myanmar.

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Glance of Myanmar 7 days

Price Included:

Price Excluded:

  • Accommodation in twin OR double sharing room
  • Daily breakfast at hotel
  • Meals : Lunch and Dinner at local restaurant
  • Domestic flight fares mentioned in the program
  • Domestic airport tax
  • Transfer and transportation with private air-coned coach as per program
  • Entrance fees as per programmes (Except Museum)
  • Indein sightseeing boat fees
  • Inle Boat fees
  • Porter fees at the airport
  • Experience and fluent English throughout guide fees
  • Myanmar Traditional gift per pax
  • International Airfare & Tax
  • Travel Insurance
  • Balloon Over Bagan fees
  • Christmas & New Year Eve
  • Visa on Arrival fees
  • Extra tours not mentioned in the program
  • Tipping to guide and coach driver
  • Personal Expenses such as drinks, tips, camera fees, Laundry service, Phone charges
Amazing Mix of Myanmar Transportation 11 days

Price Included:

Price Excluded:

  • Hotel rooms based on twin/ double sharing
  • All domestic, regional flights
  • Train tickets as in the program
  • Boat cruise as in the program
  • Private transfer by A/C verhicles
  • English speaking guide
  • Meals indicated in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • Entrance fees where applied
  • Water and tissues
  • Service charges and taxes
  • Visa arrangement
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Drinks not mentioned
  • Tips & Gratitues
Myanmar Highlights & Beach Vacation 15 days

Price Included:

Price Excluded:

  • Accommodation in twin OR double sharing room
  • One purified drinking water and one refreshment tissue per day per pax
  • Daily Breakfast at hotel
  • Meals : Lunch and Dinner at local restaurant (Except from day 11 to day 14)
  • Domestic flight fare as per program
  • Entrance fees as per programs (Except Museum)
  • Transfer and Transportation with private air-coned coach as per program
  • Inle & Indein sightseeing boat fees
  • Domestic Airport Tax
  • Porter fees at the airport
  • Hill Truck fees for Kyaikhtiyo
  • Yasargyi Trekking fees
  • Experience and Fluent English Throughout guide fees (Except Ngapali trip)
  • Myanmar Traditional gift per pax
  • International Airfare & Tax
  • Travel Insurance
  • Christmas Eve
  • New Year Eve
  • Balloon Over Bagan
  • Visa on Arrival fees
  • Extra tours not mentioned in the program
  • Tipping to guide and coach driver
  • Personal Expenses such as drinks, tips, camera fees, Laundry service, Phone charges, etc…………..
Highlight of Myanmar 9 days

Price Included:

Price Excluded:

  • Hotel accommodation based on half twin sharing rooms with daily breakfast.
  • Meals as per itinerary.
  • All transfers and excursions with private air-conditioned vehicles with drivers
  • All zone fee and admission fee as per itinerary
  • Domestic air fare as per itinerary
  • Boat fare in Inle Lake & Indein
  • English station guide service (One city one guide ) except transfer day
  • Government tax & service charges
  • Visa arrangement and visa stamp fee
  • International air fare (from/to Yangon)
  • International departure airport tax (USD 10 per person at present)
  • Drinks, laundry , tips and other expenses
  • Travel Insurance
  • Surcharges if any (upon booking and increasing of fuel charges and admission fee with prior notice)
Bird's eye view Myanmar 7 days

Price Included:

Price Excluded:

  • Accommodation share in twin/double with daily breakfast
  • Domestic flights: Yangon - Bagan; Bagan - Heho; Heho - Yangon
  • Private transfer by A/C vehicles
  • Local English speaking guide (Other language guide, please request)
  • Meals indicated in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • Entrance fees
  • Water and tissues
  • Service charge and taxes
  • EARLY Check in & LATE Check out at hotel
  • Myanmar Visa
  • Balloon rides in Bagan value 310$/person
  • Balloon ride in Inle lake value 360$/person
  • Peak season surcharge & compulsory dinner in the accommodation.
  • International flights & departures taxes
  • Beverage
  • Personal expenses, tips and gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Other services are not mentioned above
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