Photo: Don't forget your torch.

Things to see and do

A three- or four-day itinerary

Being home to some 2,000 to 3,000 separate temple sites, Bagan is the largest concentration of Buddhist religious monuments on the planet. If you have an aversion to Buddha statues and pagodas stop now. Otherwise, what to do and how best to do ... Read more about A three- or four-day itinerary .

Old Bagan

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. ... Read more about Old Bagan .

Old Bagan to Nyaung U

Compared to our Old Bagan Walled City loop, this trail is lower on monuments but higher on kilometres and is best done by bike. The starting point is the fabulous Ananda and the circuit finishes at spectacular Shwezigon, two of the most prestigious and celebrated Bagan ... Read more about Old Bagan to Nyaung U .

Old Bagan to New Bagan

This temple tour is high on sites but short on distance, with a mere four kilometres or so separating New from Old Bagan. If you’re coming from New Bagan then bicycle power is ample though the route does undulate more than the Nyaung U to Old Bagan route, but if you’re doing it from Nyaung U, an e-bike may be a better option. ... Read more about Old Bagan to New Bagan .

A south of New Bagan detour

A few temples of interest on the south side of New Bagan town itself can be done in an hour or as a stroll. This route takes you down to the waterside, so it's particularly good at the end of the day. ... Read more about A south of New Bagan detour .

Central Plains of Bagan

Our suggested central plains circuit begins close to Old Bagan, covering numerous sites on the wide ... Read more about Central Plains of Bagan .

Where to head for sunset and sunrise

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. ... Read more about Where to head for sunset and sunrise .

Balloon trips

The popular hot air balloon trips over Bagan don’t come cheap, but that doesn’t stop them getting booked up well in advance during peak periods. Three companies offer the flights as of high season 2016/17: Balloons over Bagan, Golden Eagle and Oriental Ballooning. All seem to have similar rates of $380 per person for a premium package, while the two former operations also offer standard ... Read more about Balloon trips .

Mount Popa

If you’ve had your fill of ancient stupas on a dusty plain, then how about a volcano-top monastery surrounded by forest instead? We reckon a half-day side trip to spectacular Mount Popa is a good reason to stay another day in Bagan. ... Read more about Mount Popa .

Boat trips

If you fancy a change from sand and acacia thorns and need a break from cycling then try a river cruise. Some upscale resorts offer short sunset cruises on their own craft but you can head down to the Nyaung U jetty, or Fantasia Cafe in Old Bagan, and you’ll see boats for hire for inexpensive short trips up or down stream. At the Nyaung U jetty you’ll find boatmen hanging around offering ... Read more about Boat trips .


The main traditional handicraft you’ll come across in Bagan is the very attractive lacquerware, which boasts between eight and 16 coats of lacquer. Lacquerware production is centred on Myinkaba village, between Old and New Bagan, where you’ll see a host of workshops and attached retail outlets. The workers are usually more than happy to provide demonstrations of the interesting and hugely ... Read more about Handicrafts .

Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Bagan? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Burma_myanmar.

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