Bagan travel tips for first-timers

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Bagan has been the capital of Myanmar for 230 years. Now the city is home to more than 2,000 temples and pagodas which have great value in culture and architecture. If this is the first time you visit Bagan, hope that with these useful tips below, you will have a perfect and memorable trip.

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Time to visit

Bagan’s weather is quite hot, so the best time travel to Bagan is from October to February next year, of which January and February are peak season. At this time, it is less rainy and a bit cold that very suitable to watch the sunset and sunrise. However, you also can visit Bagan in October, the weather is quite convenient for sightseeing and the service costs are not too expensive as in the peak season.

Some etiquette tips

  • Remember to dress politely while visiting temples. Men can wear t-shirts and jeans; women are not allowed to wear short skirts or clothes too short like crop top or tank top,…
  • Take your shoes off before entering the temple
  • You should bring jackets, sports shoes, sunscreen, hat, …
  • The currency of Myanmar is Kyats (MMK). Dollars or other payment methods are only acceptable at the big shopping malls or center market so you should convert into kyats if you want to shop in Bagan.

Bagan travel tips

Transportation

Getting to Bagan

Tourists usually get to Bagan by bus or domestic flights:

  • Airline: Air Bagan, Air Mandal, Airship KBZ, Yangon Airways and Asian wings … are some domestic airlines of Myanmar offering flights to Bagan.
  • Bus: Most of tourists take the bus from Yagon, Mandalay or Inle Lake to go Bagan. You can choose any buses but we recommend you to choose the JJ Express or Elite Express buses, the ticket price is about 16,000 kyats.

Getting around Bagan

Horse carts, cars and bicycles are three main means of transportation to getting around Bagan:

  • Bicycle: is the most popular vehicle visitors often choose. You have to pay about 1,500 Kyats per day for a normal bicycle and 7,000 Kyats for electric bicycle.
  • Horse carts: The most favorite form of transportation of many travelers in Bagan. The rent cost for a day is 25,000 Kyats, and a half day is 15,000 Kyats.
  • Car: is suitable if you travel in the large group, the rent cost for all day is 40,000 Kyats.

Getting around Bagan by horse cart

Where to go

Mingalar Zedi Temple: is the first destination you should go where you can enjoy the panoramic view of Old Bagan.

Sulamani Guphaya Temple: is famous for its frescoes on the wall. The temple was severely damaged and didn’t retain original architecture but it was always the most attractive destination in Bagan.

DhammaYangyi Temple: It is the largest temple in Bagan having the unique architecture which is very different from other temples in this city. It looks like an Egyptian pyramid and no one knows why it has such architecture.

Ananda Phaya Temple: The temple grounds are surrounded by a high wall, in which four large gates topped with a stupa provide access to the grounds. The Ananda was damaged during the 1975 earthquake, and has been extensively restored since then.

Shwesandaw Shrine: is the best place to see the sunset and sunrise in Bagan.

Ananda Phaya Temple

Where to eat

Enjoying Myanmar’s cuisine is an indispensable part of your trip. To taste specialties in Bagan, you can go to some restaurants below:

  • Queen Restaurant – The best restaurant in Bagan, Myanmar. Address: Bagan-Nyuang U, Bagan – Tel: 6160176 – Opening hours: 8:00 am – 22:00 pm.
  • Golden Emperor: Address: Bagan-Nyaung Oo Main Road, Wet Kyi Inn Qr, Bagan – Opening hours: 8:00 am to 22:00 pm.
  • BBQ Harmony – BBQ restauran. Address: Bagan, Myanmar – Tel: 09444004288 – Opening hours: 9h30 am – 22h00 pm.
  • Golden Myanmar – A budget restaurant to eat in Bagan, Myanmar. Address: Nyaung Rd, Bagan – Opening hours: 9am – 10pm.

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