Things to see and do
If you take all the larger and better known ‘important’ sites, then you’ll still have a pretty unwieldy list, and sometimes it’s the smaller sites that makes for the most rewarding visits anyway — a stop at that forgotten, unrestored chedi or the unassuming brick stupa offering stupendous ... read more
The starting point is Tharabar Gate, but we'd suggest actually kicking off about 150 metres to the southeast of there at either Star Cafe (orgasmic cheese baguetes) or at the mohingya stall under the tree in front of Abeyadana Pahto. Either way, once you're sated, walk up to the main road, take a ... read more
As with the Old City excursion, we commence near a moningya/cheese baguette filling station across from Ananda Pahto (monument 2171). Along with Shwe-zigon in Bagan and Shwedagon in Yangon, Ananda Pahto is one of Burma's most venerated shrines and has been a site of religious worship more or less ... read more
You will need your own transport -- be it bicycle, pony or taxi. If you're doing it by bicycle, do as we did and start from New Bagan -- it means you're riding uphill the entire time but then it's an easy roll home at the end of the day. First stop is the fairly minor (in the scheme of things) ... read more
Hpetleik Ashe and Hpetleik Anauk Paya (monument 1030 and monument 1031) are set near the southwestern extreme of Bagan and sit on the road that runs down to Lokananda Paya on the bank of the Ayeyarwady River. From the road the temples look unremarkable, with a modern exterior wall and a super ... read more
The following monuments are spread out by considerable distances. You'll be needing at least a bicycle and most certainly a hat and a good supply of water -- the trails can be a little confusing at times. First stop is Shwe-San-Daw (monument 1568), one of the very few monuments at Bagan that ... read more
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