Discover Bagan Temples
Central, Myanmar (Burma)
Central, Myanmar (Burma)
Bagan, Myanmar’s ancient capital is one of the world’s greatest archaeological sites. Located in central Myanmar (Burma), it is known for its pagodas and temples, including the world’s largest reclining Buddha. Spread over roughly 50 sq km, on the eastern banks of the Ayeyarwady River, it is known as “Bagan Archaeological Area”. Amongst the famous, the Ananda Temple, built in 1091 and topped with a golden stupa, is considered the masterpiece of Bagan’s surviving Mon architecture.
Dhammayangyi Temple, that dates back to the 12th-century is the largest and best-preserved temple in Bagan. The Sulamani Temple shows influence from the Dhammayangyi Temple, and was the model for the three stories, 46m high Htilominlo Temple. Day tours include a trip to Mount Popa, a solitary peak topped by gold stupas or visit Mrauk U, a medieval town and archaeological site in Rakhine State. A popular sport in the area is hot air balloon ride at sunrise.
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Also, take an introductory tour of Yangon.
Begin in Yangon, the capital city. With your private guide and driver, tour cultural highlights such as the glittering Shwe Dagon Pagoda – Kipling’s “golden mystery... a beautiful winking wonder”. Perched on a hill like a gold beacon, huge and bell-shaped it dominates the city and the surrounding countryside. Also, visit Bogyoke (Scott) Market, which has a vast selection of traditional Burmese handicrafts. Travelling through the city you will realise the British, Burmese, Chinese, and Indian influences; it is studded with its past colonial architecture now mixed with high-rise buildings.
However, Yangon continues to be a city of the past, as seen by its longyi-wearing pedestrians, its street vendors, and its pungent smells. Travel in a horse-drawn cart to pottery workshops and markets, and see the town’s landmark Shwesandaw Pagoda. One day, enjoy a privately guided boat excursion along the waterways of the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) Delta to Twante, a renowned pottery village.
Next, fly to awe-inspiring Bagan, where thousands of pagodas and temples nestle within an eight-mile curve of the Irrawaddy River. This site of the royal capital of the first Burmese Empire once held 5,000 pagodas, built by rulers and subjects alike to gain merit in future lives. The high tide of construction began in the 11 century, then ebbed within 250 years as Mongol invasion and internal conflict ended Burma’s golden age.
Take an optional cruise by private boat on the Ayeryarwady River, enjoying views of pagodas and daily life. Visit workshops that specialize in regional handicrafts such as lacquer and wood carving, and stop by a morning market where locals buy their daily necessities. One evening ride in a horse-drawn carriage among the temples of Bagan at sunset. Another day, take a private excursion to Mount Popa, an extinct volcano that’s considered the home of Burma’s most powerful nats (animist spirits). Upon request, AwimAway can book a memorable hot air balloon ride over the temples as the sun rises.
Return to Yangon for overnight and connect with onward flight.
Discover Bagan Temples Experience the awe-inspiring temple complex of Bagan with an introductory tour of Yangon.
(6 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Day 1 – Arrive Myanmar
Yangon Private arrival transfer to hotel for overnight. Afternoon private city touring.
Day 2 – Transfer
Bagan Transfer and flight to Bagan for three-night stay. Full-day private touring of ruins. Horse-drawn carriage ride at sunset.
Day 3 – Tour
Bagan Full-day private touring in Bagan. Optional excursion to Mt. Popa.
Day 4 – Tour
Bagan Continue private touring in Bagan and nearby villages.
Day 5 – Transfer
Yangon Transfer and flight to Yangon for overnight. Continue private city touring.
Day 6 – Depart
Yangon Private airport transfer.
Make this your holiday
Getting There Myanmar has two international airports: In the capital Yangon and at Mandalay. Due to the lack of travel services in Myanmar most airlines fly to Yangon via Bangkok, Kaula Lumpur or Singapore. Also, there are flights connecting Chiang Mai (in Thailand) to Yangon and Mandalay. It is best to check prices for flights to Bangkok and from there to Yangon return as buying two tickets can be cheaper. We suggest that you book in advance to get the best rates for flights.
Visa British citizens travelling to Myanmar can get a Myanmar visa on arrival. The new e-visa application service allows applicants to fill in the e-form and submit the payment through a secure payment gateway with a credit card. This takes about 3 days to receive a visa approval letter that you can print and take with your passport to a designated airport.