Bagan GuideThe Bagan Guide
I' spent eight full-hour with him and the cab. He took me to the Nyaung U temple, which lay to the south on the rocks with a view of the Mt.
Beautiful gorge with high palm trees between hillsides. So I started on a PM, started some temple, did 12 hrs the next morning with my guide, cooled until 2 pm the next morning and then went until sundown, then at midday until 4:30 pm the last morning with the guide. It felt like I had it quite well wrapped up and got a lot of pictures.
Wish I could stay another night in Nyaung-U and enjoy some free and easy access to the town.
Ultimate travel guide to Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)
Bagan, Myanmar is a vibrant town in the midst of an unbelievable culture like few other places in the inland. Bagan is a vast plain with temple cover, small and large, with bricks and gilded, ageing gypsum and radiantwhites. As most people in Myanmar, it is difficult to know what to expects from Bagan until you get there.
There is little information available on-line, travel guides about the land are out of date once they are published, and despite the rucksack tourist rushes through neighbouring lands, Myanmar stays off the beaten track and few can give you first-hand advice. During the last few weeks we showed up in Bagan, knew almost nothing, stripped every centimetre and collected everything we could to keep prospective travellers informed.
Treat yourself to our ultimate Beginner's Guide to Bagan. You can imagine that the goal of Bagan's buckets is hardly inexpensive. So we have sketched the ideal Bagan route for backpacker tourists or other travellers with a reasonable price. We' re usually low-speed travellers, but Bagan was a fast one.
We don't think the town itself had much to show for it, and as unbelievable as the temple is, you can only see one by one for so many nights (unless you have a particular interest). Permit 1-3 working nights. For those who have a limited budgets, everything can be soaked in 2 full day, 1 if you really don't want to spend it.
3 and a half nights if you enjoy temple (many will be" all alike" at the end of the second day). The ideal way is to take the overnight coach (this way you can jump over an overnight stay in the hotels and still spend a whole afternoon in the temples).
This way you may only be able to spend one day in Bagan, but get two full day (or two and three full day, etc.). Get the overnight coach. It is recommended to take a overnight coach to Bagan. Coming to Myanmar, take a flight to Yangon and continue from there.
Overnight busses leave Yangon around 6 pm, you will (hopefully) stay on the coach and be arriving in Bagan the next day around 4.30 am. For those who are already in Myanmar, take a overnight coach to get there at 4:30am. Since a lot of coaches often get to Myanmar early (sometimes around 2am), you should consider making Bagan your first stop in Yangon so you can plan your trip in a strategic way (or wherever you know you will be there before dawn, but not at 12am - get enough of one "night" on the bus).
Arrival at 4:50 am. Once you get to your accommodation and register, all you have to do is heat up with some hot tee, maybe have some breakfasts and go to a dawn sanctuary on foot or by cab (how to get there will depend on where you are - saving your fare for expensive cabs by remaining within easy reach of the sanctuaries, see below recommendations).
Irrespective of how tired you are, the first thing about Bagan should be the dawn, and it is so simple to do it right when you get there, then it is to get out of your beds the next mornings. Experience a fantastic dawn and then go back to your hotels to get changed, take a bath, take a refreshing meal, make your reservations and get ready for the work.
They usually have you checked in quite early, as many come and leave at uneven times. Motorcycles are 7.000 kyats per man per day, 10.000 kyats for two persons. A lot of folks have rented one for" one person" and hit the other around the edge. During the first part of the trip, use your motorcycles to protect the most important and best places.
Grab lunches and relax in New Bagan, where eating is cheaper, and then explore further until sundown, if you can. Watch the sun set from one of the beloved temple of sundown around 6:00 pm, then go home and fall into it. There' s no night life in Bagan and you will be grateful after dawn and dusk.
When you are able to do the sun rise a second times, do it. Capture the gaze from another Dawnstamp. Enjoy the days of visit all the monasteries you miss on your first visit or stop at the place you are interested in. It is possible to rent a vehicle for 7.000-9.000 K yat per passenger (cheaper if you have more people).
When your next stop is a midnight coach, depart on the second afternoon (check out during the midday interval on the second day). When you are not a midnight ride from your nearest stop, you should take a 5 or 6am next time. You' re paying a second overnight, but many early dawn transportation to other towns is between hotels, as opposed to coach terminal to coach terminal (you usually save 10,000 kyats or so at two coach stations to get taxi to hotel).
If you have a busy timetable without a flexible timetable, buy your coach ticket on arrival at the school. Either take a V ip-nightbus to see the sun rise on the first dawn (as described above in the itinerary), or come in the early mornings ( or evenings) by plane so you can make the most of your time.
When you fly, look at the flight that will arrive at dawn or dusk. For a more comfortable journey, you should plan 2-3 working nights in Bagan. It is recommended that you hire an oxcart or horse-drawn carriage to take you to the temple on the first morning, or a motorcycle if you feel adventure. Discover the major temple on the first morning.
Attempt to arrive at dawn, exploring for a few hour and then make a midday snack at your hotel/hotel. Continue your exploration in the afternoons and don't miss the setting sun in one of the beloved sunsetstempels. Think of a midday tsiesta and go to another sanctuary for yourselves.
For those who have more free and want to see something other than a temple, consider a dusk boat trip on the lake, a trip to Mount Popa for sundown, or a ballooning trip. If you have a larger price, you should definitely consider a ballooning at dawn on the last possible date.
Trips are $400 US dollars per passenger and are definitely something you can strike off your pailroll. Hey, it's all personal, but these were the most beloved monasteries and a few others we really like. It was one of the most beautiful temple, our first and most beloved. The best sunrise and sunset temples:
Beludi: The smallest, this one is the nearest for those who live in Nyuang O (ideal to see the sun rise on the first morning of arrival from a overnight bus). Big sunup or sundown, not so full. There was also an indoor area to walk through and it was one of our favourite places in Bagan.
Leave the well-worn paths and you will find them by walking into or around the temple without a tourist (the really, really accidental ones). Believe, join us and see the best of Bagan's mysteries. New Bagan stretches from cheap (but more than Nyuang U) to middle class, and Old Bagan is the most pricey (no boarding houses here).
The Nyuang U commercials vary from $10-20 per capita, New Bagan ranges from $20-40ish, and Old Bagan is nearer to three numbers. As we travel Southeast Asia on a low cost, our accommodations for Bagan are only for others who go the same way looking for the least expensive place to relax their heads.
When you can bubble a little more, you'll get a place in New Bagan with a swimming pool for lunchtime pauses at the temples and you won't be sorry. So where are the best places in Bagan? The guides to the area are completely out of date. So we came to a "Budget Hotel" of Lonely Planet, which was promoted for $8 for a singles.
We were insulted when we asked if it was a "budget hotel" and said that the price for a doubleroom was 35 dollars (fyi- that was Eden Hotel). Pan Cherry still seems to be the lowest priced guest house in Bagan, about $7 per guest and per room (in one night), but he was full when we got there.
These are one you have to show up and venture it for and maybe stay for somewhere else for a overnight and come back later in the morning to examine for an open room. It was the ideal place, right in front of the temple roads. The breakfast was fantastic and they will have you checked in really early when you arrive in a midnight coach (we arrived at 5am and could then take our room).
$10 USD per capita seemed like a sound business, most other "budget" commercials were at least $15 per capita. The New Bagan is a great place to have lunch while you explore the sanctuary and has the city' s lowest cost meal. As everywhere in Myanmar you can go to Bagan by plane, coach or rail.
While Myanmar is certainly an adventure and inexpensive (some long-distance moves costs only $5USD, while the similar coach costs about $12), they often take twice or three times the travel times of the busses. It is best to arrive early in the day or at night so you can maximise your day in Bagan and minimise your night in one of the lustreless but expensive properties.
Backpacker and budgets travellers (or really everyone travelling within Myanmar) will find the best price if they travel to Bagan by coach. You can also reduce the costs of one overnight stay in an expensive Myanmar resort with a overnight coach - always a plus. Normally only 2,000-5,000 kyats more than non-VIP busses are charged for luxury busses, and the differences are unbelievable.
Between Yangon and Bagan the coach is over night (10 hours) and can be between 10.000 and 20.000 Kie. One of ours costs 15,500 kyats. Hard-core backpack tourists can buy their coach tickets to Bagan directly from businesses for about 10,000 kyats. It is a good option if you are arriving from elsewhere at the coach terminal or are in the area anyway.
When you are already in the centre of Yangon, the costs of transportation to and from the coach terminal to buy a train pass outweigh the costs, and you are better off purchasing from one of the small tourist offices. From Yangon to Bagan in a tourist office, a coach should be about 15,000 kyats for a regular fare, 18,000 kyats for VIPs.
Remember that you must prepay for transportation from the centre of Yangon to the Yangon central train and coach terminal, which is more than an hours away. A taxi usually costs 8,000 kyats, but you can also take a "bus" (a 4-passenger coach in each row) for 1,500kyats each. Hard-core backpack tourists can buy their 10,000 Kya coach tickets directly from the company.
It is a good option if you are arriving from elsewhere at the coach terminal or are in the area anyway. When you are already in the centre of Yangon, the costs of transportation to and from the coach terminal to buy a train pass outweigh the costs, and you are better off purchasing from one of the small tourist offices.
From Yangon to Bagan in a tourist office, a coach should be about 15,000 kyats for a regular fare, 18,000 kyats for VIPs. Remember that you must prepay for transportation from the centre of Yangon to the Yangon central train and coach terminal, which is more than an hours away. A taxi usually costs 8,000 kyats, but you can also take a "bus" (a 4-passenger coach in each row) for 1,500kyats each.
Bagan, here you come. All you need to plan your journey to Bagan, Myanmar (Burma) and remove this astonishing goal from your travel itinerary. Do you have any further queries or ideas on how to get to where you are staying overnight or what you can do in Bagan? Please divide everything in the commentaries below so that we can make this Ultimate Guide to Bagan even better for prospective travellers.