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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

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

Inle Lake’s Five Day Market

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

Marine National Park

Stay at the sublime Wa Ale to visit Burma’s only marine national park.

Red Mountain Wine Estate

Cycle to the Red Mountain Wine Estate and enjoy a sundowner.

Mergui Adventure

Walk through pristine rainforest, snorkel in azure waters, kayak through mangroves.

Inle Lake by Hot-air Balloon

Float across the serenely beautiful lake by hot air balloon.

Local Sea Nomads

Meet and talk with the local sea nomads who sail the waters in dugout canoes.

Traditional Handicrafts

Watch the traditional silk and lotus weaving and dying process.

Wa Ale Lampi Foundation

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

Inle Lake Leg Rowers

See the famous Inle Lake leg rowers, iconic to this region.

Shan State

Discover little visited rural villages, monasteries and palaces.

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Aureum Palace Hotel, Bagan £££££

  • Boutique

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 with Myanmar and Thai cuisine or for Italian food and wines, dine at Casa D’Enzo. Casual cocktails and lighter fare are available at the resort’s many outdoor terraces and cafes and poolside dining are available throughout the day.

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Bagan Lodge £££££

  • Boutique
  • Unusual

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. It is the perfect bolthole to return to after a day exploring the temples. The friendly staff ensure you are made to feel welcome from the second you arrive.

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Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Hotel £££££

Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort is on the banks of the Irrawaddy and is 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 resort in keeping with the region and offers a true sense of place.

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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

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. Later, my father’s postings took us to Nepal where we had to transit Delhi and Kathmandu where we were sometimes stranded for days and Hong Kong from where I travelled in 1983 through China for two months.
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Deborah Brock-Doyle

My first journey for Steppes was in 1999 when I set off to explore Thailand to gather those little details that constitute Steppes Travel’s trademark knowledge. I have since been lucky enough to travel extensively in Southeast Asia, China, the Middle East and India. A few special memories include being joined at dinner by an otter in Laos, proudly being shown an illicit picture of the Dalai Lama in Tibet and diving with manta rays on Christmas day in Indonesia. I’m pretty sure I always leave a country wishing I had done more, seen more, learned more ….. but I also always hope to return …
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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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