How to get to Bagan MyanmarWhat is the best way to get to Bagan Myanmar?
Is it the best way to get from Mandalay to Bagan by cab? What is the best way to get from Bagan to Siem Reap/Phnom Penh? There are Bangkok connections, but they seem to cost a lot (200 Euro each way!).
BAGSAN WITH A BUDGET: Guidebook & itinerary
It may be in the centre of a huge, almost sparse country, but it is full of natural beauties, there is hardly any room for disillusion. In the shadow of the shores of the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) River lies the antique town of Bagan in Myanmar's Mandalay area 688 km north west of Yangon. Once home to over 10,000 buddhistic buildings erected during the Pagan Kingdom's rule from the 9th to 13th century, Bagan was spread across the 42 square kilometre area.
Today, however, only 2200 of these Stupa and Pagoda are left, which form today's archaeological zone of Bagan. They both contain innumerable Buddhaist memorials covering a hectare and hectare of ground. Situated in a rain forest, Angkor is a dry, desert-like area. Angkor's towers look like corn cobs, large and slim; Bagans look like pineapple and ice-cream cone, broader and round.
Angkor is larger and more artistic; Bagan is smaller and easier. However, what Bagan cannot supply in terms of space is balanced in terms of volumes. The Bagan is regarded as the biggest and most dense Buddhist ruin group in the whole wide globe. As Myanmar is predominantly Buddhist and the entire Bagan site is holy to them, there are certain regulations.
The relatively cold November to January is the best season for many to come to Bagan. For many Myanmar's dryest area. When you want to ride a balloon (as I was), come and see us between mid-October and mid-March. You can get to Bagan from Yangon Airport by one of the following routes:
All you have to do is take another plane to Nyaung U International Airfield. You can drive from the Aiport for 7000 to 10,000 kyats to New Bagan. From the Aung Mingalar station in Yangon take a coach to Bagan Nyaung U. The normal prices are between 12.
The journey takes about 8h. You can take a taxi from Bagan Shwe Pyi Highway bus station to New Bagan for 7000 MMK. Take the number 61 rail, get off Yangon at 16:00 and arrive in Bagan the next morning at 10:00. Regardless of your means of transport, you must cover the obligatory tourist tax of $20 (MMK 25,000) for Bagan.
New Bagan, Old Bagan and New Bagan and New Bagan U. Which one you pick will depend on your budgets. New U is where most budgeted travellers live because of the many inexpensive accommodation and board. In New Bagan there are inexpensive to medium sized accommodation. The old Bagan sounds like the best place to stay the whole day, but it is home to the most prestigious properties and resort.
Because of the available space we spent the day in a 4-bed room in Ostelo Bello Bagan (Kayayayay St, New Bagan). It was $22. 5 per overnight, not the lowest price in Bagan's expanding network of hostel boutiques. Bagan is from the top of the universe. It can be quite frightening to see Bagan.
andalay is a few inches from Bagan. People are generally kind and nice, but like many other places, Bagan has its part to play in fraud. It was to be valid for five whole archaeological zones of Bagan. 10,000 MMK (10 USD) for accidental bottle feed.
You will of course spend more if you make a detour to Mandalay after your stay in Bagan.