Photo: The best times of day in Bagan: sunrise and sunset.

Where to head for sunset and sunrise

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The most stunning features of Bagan are the overall views rather than any specific temples. These are obviously at their best at dawn and dusk, and usually from a vantage point on an upper level of a pagoda.





Local regulations about which temples visitors can climb and which are prohibited change at short notice. Authorities cite the main problems as being damage to the sites as well as tourists behaving badly by drinking alcohol, dancing or being inappropriately dressed. In March 2015 authorities introduced a blanket ban on climbing any of the pagodas, but this was relaxed in February 2016 to provide exemption for five sites. Here’s a rundown of where they are. We’re not covering privately owned Nan Myint viewing tower, which is an eyesore.

It's standing room only at Shwe San Daw during high season. Photo taken in or around Where to head for sunset and sunrise , Bagan, Burma_myanmar by Mark Ord.

It's standing room only at Shwe San Daw during high season. Photo: Mark Ord

Shwe San Daw Pagoda Located just off Anawrahta Road, to the southeast of Old Bagan, Shwe San Daw is easily accessed and hugely popular. Its location makes it good for morning and evening views though in high season it can be standing room only at both and incidents of tripod-rage are not uncommon. Get there early on a low season morning and it might just about be okay otherwise we’d be tempted to find another or even stay in bed.

North and South Guni. or Taung Guni and Myauk Guni This pair of adjacent pagodas lies approximately one kilometre to the southeast of Shwe San Daw, not far from Dhammayan-gyi, and access is permitted to these relatively low temples. That’s a kilometre of dirt track to be travelled in the dark, which can prove tricky, so there will be considerably fewer people here. With a central location, this vantage point provides excellent sunset or ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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