Bagan is a magical place that you need to add in your Myanmar travel plan! This ancient city was founded in the second half of the 9th Century and attracted students and monks from India, Ceylon and Khmer empire to study here.
Can you imagine a place with thousands of temples and stupas in 100 km2 area?! You will find some of them hidden, others abandoned and the most important temples with more people.
It’s not a crowded place if you compare with Thailand’s temples per example. To be honest, Myanmar it’s not a touristic country but it’s totally safe.
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1. ENTRANCE FEE
Since 2018 there is a entrance fee for the Bagan Archaeological area that you have to pay before entry in the city.
The fee is 25000 MMK (approx. €15,00) per person.
Travel Tip: You can pay with credit card which they charge a 5% commission OR you can pay with US Dollar or Euro. However, if you pay with US dollars or Euro the price is around $19,95 / €18,00 per person.
BUT HOW TO AVOID TO PAY THIS FEE
- All tuk-tuks or taxis will stop in this check point and you have to pay the fee. But you can ask to the driver to skip the check-point, if you give him an extra money, it will not be a big deal for him. Make sure to agree this before jump to the car.
- You can walk from the Bus station or Train Station to Bagan center and try to past the checkpoint. After that just grab a cheap taxi.
- If you stop in one check-point tell them that you want to pay at a temple entrance. They will say that is more expensive but is NOT. Most of the temples you don’t need this ticket to enter only in the main ones. So you can make a decision if you want to pay to enter one temple or explore others that are for free.
You will find many options of accommodation in Bagan. Most of them are in Nyaung U that is the more affordable. Other places to stay are in Old Bagan and New Bagan.
If you don’t know what kind of accommodation that you prefer, just click here, where you have a lot of excellent options.
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3. EXPLORE BAGAN
For us the best option to explore Bagan is with a e-bike. It’s like a scooter but it’s electric and really easy to drive. If you have your bike you can go wherever you want and spend the time you want. It means that you are not depended from nobody else.
You will find a lot of places that rent it but for sure that in your hotel or guest house they will help to find one. The price is around 10000 MMK (approx. €5,90) per day.
There are other options like a tour in taxi, bus or explore the temples by cart.
Travel Tip: Like in almost all the temples in Asia you need to cover knees and shoulders. You need to dress appropriately.
4. TEMPLES YOU MUST VISIT
It’s gonna be impossible visit all the temples because there are more than 2000!!! Make sure you visit the main temples and then explore by yourself. Most of the times we found some temples that we were the only ones there.
The temples you must visit are:
– Shwesandaw Pagoda;
– Shwe Nan Yin Taw Monastic Complex;
– Law Ka Ou Shaung;
– Myauk Guni sunset;
– Dhammayan Gyi Temple;
– Sulamani Temple;
– Ananda Temple;
– Thatbyinnyu Phaya;
– Shwezigon Pagoda;
Bagan is really famous for the views during the sunrise and sunset! You probably already saw Instagram photos of people climbed on the temples with amazing views. Nowadays is forbidden to climb the temples and most of them are closed and are not possible to go up!
Travel Tip: You will find some kids that will take you to some temples where you can enjoy amazing views but you need to pay them.
Be aware that the hot air balloon season is from October to March!
5. MT. POPA
Mount Popa it is a sacred monastery perched atop an extinct volcano, with 777 steps and 1518 m above sea level. Is located about 50 Km southeast of Bagan.
At any accommodation in Bagan they offer half day or 1 day tours to Mt. Popa. The half-day tour is around €45,00 per person.
Hope that you enjoy your time in Bagan and share with us your experience!
Safe and Happy Travels Everyone ✈
SARA & JORGE