Bagan is an area in Myanmar which is full of temples. What makes it special are the thousands of ancient temples still standing. In an area of about 40 square kilometers, you’ll find thousands of temples, pagodas, and monasteries. The one is more magnificent, bigger or more unique than the other, be it inside or outside. The atmosphere around is magical. Visiting all temples in Bagan is simply impossible and I already wrote about my top 5 temples in Bagan. Are you looking for a travel guide to Bagan?
How to visit Bagan and what do you need to consider when travelling to it? The ultimate travel guide to Bagan!
How to visit the temples?
It is advisable to take at least 3 full days to visit Bagan, as there is so much to see.
• Exploring by e-bike is the most fun way to do it! And e-bike is an electrical scooter. You can explore the whole area and go off road to drive on dirt roads. There is no need for gasoline, but it’s important to watch the battery. When its empty you will be left standing near the road! The e-bike has a telephone number written on it and after you called the renter, he’ll bring you a new battery for free.
• The bicycle is also a great way to explore Bagan. But the heat and vastness of the area, does make for a tiring method of transport.
• A scooter is another great e-bike alternative.
• You can go old-school and visit Bagan per horse and cart. You might not be able to reach all far ends of the area, but the drivers are ample guides.
• The least authentic and most expensive way of exploring is renting a taxi.
• Bagan can also be watched from a balloon.
What are the costs?
• E-bike: 5000 Kyat per day, € 3,60. Practically every hotel/ guesthouse rents out e-bikes.
• Bicycle: 2500 Kyat per day, €1,80. Practically every hotel/ guesthouse rents out bicycles.
• Scooter: 10.000 Kyat per day, €7,20. Practically every hotel/ guesthouse rents out scooters.
• Hot air balloon: 320 Dollar, read more about this great way to explore Bagan from the air.
• Horse cart: 20.000 Kyat per day, €14,60.
• Taxi: 35.000 Kyat, €25,-.
Other information regarding a visit to Bagan
• You need to pay a one-time $20,- fee before entering the area. You’ll pay the fee when you enter the area with bus or boat at the Nyang-U village. You need to keep the receipt, because some temples will ask you for it.
• You are not allow to have bare shoulders or knees inside the temples. That’s why it’s advised to take a sarong with you. driving around on an e-bike or bicycle with shorts or shirt is allowed. but when you stop to enter a temple, a shawl or something else to cover yourself with could come in handy.
• All temples require you to take of your shoes, and thus flip flops would be the footwear of choice.
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A great place to stay is The Bagan View Hotel. The location is great in New Bagan. It’s easy to walk around and it’s just a 10-20 mins cycling/ebiking distance to beautiful pagodas. The rooftop has amazing early morning views! The staff is extremely nice and helpful and the breakfast included many delicious options. It’s a very pretty hotel, inside and out.
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