Photo: Sunrise from Old Bagan, looking towards the central plains.

Old Bagan

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Old Bagan can be toured on foot or by bicycle. Lying between Nyaung U and New Bagan, the old city is easily reached by bicycle from either. Here's our suggested itinerary for a half-day or so spin around, seeing the major highlights.

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Since the carpark just outside Tharabar Gate is where the best cafes are located, that’s where to begin, and end the tour. You can do this route on foot though pedal power’s the easiest. The brick gate would have originally been one of four entrances to the old walled city, though the entire western half of the walls has long since subsided into the swirling waters of the Ayeyarwaddy. Tharabar Gate is most notable today for its pair of adjacent nat (spirit) shrines added in the late 18th or early 19th century and consecrated as brother and sister nats. Custom has it that whenever you drive through the gate you should beep your horn out of respect, though we’re a bit sceptical about how many horns there would have been in the late ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 1,500 words.)

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