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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

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Traditional silks and sarongs, Bagan market, Myanmar

Traditional Handicrafts

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

Dokthawaddy river sunset

Dokthawaddy River

Cruise on the pretty Dokthawaddy River, a peaceful alternative to the Irawaddy.

C.MM.Fishermen, Inle Lake, Myanmar

Inle Lake Leg Rowers

See the famous Inle Lake leg rowers. Their iconic one legged stance allows them to wrap one leg around the oar to guide their boat while keeping both hands free to cast their conical net into the water

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Gokteik Viaduct, Pyin Oo Lwin, Myanmar

Gokteik Viaduct

Journey by train over the staggering 250 metre high Goteik Viaduct. Shipped from America to Myanmar and built by the Pennsylvania Steel Company in 1900 it expanding the British Empire’s influence in the region.

Village, Sancturary Anada, Irrawaddy River, Myanmar

Irrawaddy River Villages

Visit seldom seen villages on the shores of the Irrawaddy, accessible only by boat.

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Sunset on the Irrawaddy River, Myanmar

Upper Irrawaddy Exploration

Travel deep into remote areas of the Upper Irrawaddy on board Pandaw to explore remote locations such as Katha, included in George Orwell’s Burmese Day.

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Mandalay Market, Yangon, Myanmar

Mandalay Market

Stroll through the towns bustling market, a place few visitors reach, for an insight into real daily life.

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Irrawaddy River, Belmond Road to Mandalay, Myanmar

Sunrise over Mandalay

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

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Kuthodaw Pagoda, Mandalay, Myanmar

Kuthodaw Pagoda

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

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Sagaing Hill, Myanmar

Sagaing Pagodas

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

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Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

Aureum Palace Hotel, Bagan £££££

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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.

12 days

from £3,220 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 Traveller 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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