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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)
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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

Mandalay Market

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

Gokteik Viaduct

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

Sunrise over Mandalay

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

Kuthodaw Pagoda

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

Sagaing Pagodas

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

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.

Accommodation

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

Aureum Palace Hotel, Bagan £££££

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 £££££

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 £££££

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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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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