Why you should visit Bagan
- See the best of the impressive 4,000 temples
- Explore and discover more about the centre of Lacquerware
- Cycle to Mount Popa and onto Sale to visit its wooden monastery
Our specialists ‘Must Do’
Get an aerial view of the city and its surroundings by taking to the air in a hot air balloon, finish your day with dinner by the river, set against the setting sun. Take the journey from Bagan to Mandalay by boat for the chance to watch rural river life fun a different perspective.
A little more about 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 remain of a 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.
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.
When to go
The best time of year to visit is between November and March when the weather is warm and dry.