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Bagan, Myanmar

Bagan

Bagan, situated in central Burma (Myanmar), has many temples that rival those of Angkor in Cambodia and its surroundings offer simple sublime solitude and an enriching travel opportunity.

The 4,000 temples which lie scattered across the plain at Bagan are all that remains of the once important capital. Some are small, some are huge, and some are in ruins while others remain in use.

It is an extraordinary sight and needs a couple of days to fully appreciate the sheer size of it all. Wander around on foot or, for a more relaxing day, by horse and carriage.

Mount Popa, Myanmar (Burma)
Myanmar

Mount Popa

Nearby is the volcanic plug of Mount Popa which rises 200ft vertically out of the fertile plain. Climb the endless stairway to the summit and visit the temple dedicated to the mischievous Nat spirits which permeate the everyday life of the people. The reward is a fine view across the plain.

Bagan definitely offers an exploration opportunity beyond belief for those who wish to travel and discover the history and cultures which surrounds it.

Experiences

What do you really love doing? We curate your itinerary especially for you.

Sunrise over Mandalay

Get up at dawn to watch the sunrise over the cityscape.

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Kuthodaw Pagoda

Spend a peaceful hour exploring the ornate shrines of the graceful Kuthodaw Pagoda in Mandalay.

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Sagaing Pagodas

Explore the hundreds of golden pagodas and mingle amongst the pink and saffron clad monks of Sagaing.

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Inle Lake’s Five Day Market

Visit the five-day market, which travels from village to village based on the lunar calendar.

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Mergui Adventure

Journey into the remote Mergui archipelago for a stay at Wa Ale Island Resort. Walk through pristine rainforest, snorkel in azure waters and kayak through mangroves.

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Red Mountain Wine Estate

Cycle to the Red Mountain Wine Estate on the shores of Inle Lake and enjoy a sundowner.

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Wa Ale Lampi Foundation

Spend some time with the local communities, supporting social and environmental welfare via Wa Ale’s Lampi Foundation.

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Inle Lake by Hot-air Balloon

Float across the serenely beautiful lake by hot air balloon.

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Shan State History

Explore this eastern province of Myanmar bordering China and Laos – discover little visited rural villages, monasteries and palaces and delve into the history of the last Shan Princess.

Traditional Handicrafts

Learn more above the traditional silk and lotus weaving process, from cultivation to dying and weaving.

Where to stay

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we have recommended for this journey.

Aureum Palace Hotel, Bagan £££££

  • Myanmar

Set amongst 27 acres of lush, tropical gardens, The Aureum Palace Hotel is a tranquil retreat in the heart of Bagan. Spacious villas lace the resort’s expansive gardens and are lavishly appointed with hand-crafted teak furnishings, antiques and local artefacts. Dining options are extensive, the Spa offers aromatherapy treatments and massage by appointment plus there is a swimming pool and fitness centre.

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Bagan Lodge £££££

  • Myanmar

Bagan Lodge has a boutique feel with its glamping safari-style tents. The lodge is located in a quiet position but close enough to the main archaeological sites of Bagan for sightseeing. Set in extensive gardens, each of the 85 rooms have private balconies overlooking the grounds. Additional facilities include a large swimming pool, and spa.

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Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort £££££

  • Myanmar

Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort sits on the banks of the Irrawaddy and offers panoramic river views with glorious sunsets. The hotel is set in 24 acres of landscaped gardens full of mature tropical trees and flowering plants and is home to several species of bird. A former guesthouse for VIP government visitors, the style of the resort is in keeping with the region and offers a true sense of place.

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View from a Pagoda, Bagan, Myanmar
Bagan, Myanmar

Highlights of Myanmar

Over 12 days explore the beautiful scenery and fascinating sites of Yangon, Mandalay and Bagan. Venture out of the cities, visiting forests and lakes and meeting the people that make this country so special. The perfect trip for a first-time visitor to Myanmar.

12 days

from £2,800 pp

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Paul Craven

Paul is the Conde Nast Traveler chosen Specialist for Central Asia and the Silk Route.

Being from a family with Army connections I can from an early age remember travelling. From camping in Europe and then later being sent to boarding school when we lived in Germany at the age of eight, complete with shorts, long socks, a cap and my suitcase. In appearance not too dissimilar to the children evacuated to the countryside during the blitz.

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Your expertise helped us with our choices of activity, and we were often pleasantly surprised by some of the things arranged - the boat building at Inle was fascinating, we loved eating in the Burmese houses and thought that a real highlight and adored the ballooning in Bagan.

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