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Explore Bagan

- Burma

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Resting on the banks of the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) River, Bagan is home to the largest and densest concentration of Buddhist temples, pagodas, stupas and ruins in the world, with many dating from the 11th and 12th centuries


Once the capital of the Kingdom of Pagan, over 4,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries were constructed during the height of the reign, of which the remains of over 2200 temples and pagodas still survive today.

Known as ‘The Bagan Archaeological Zone’, this heritage-steeped area is a main draw for Myanmar’s nascent tourism industry, attracting thousands of visitors to the palm-fringed plains every year. The area’s most active town and chief transport hub is Nyaung U, a bustling river town where most travellers hang their hats to explore the handful of temples to see, including the Shwezigon Paya, and the lively market. Old Bagan forms the heart of the Archaeological Zone and contains several of the main temple sites, city walls, a museum, a reconstructed palace, restaurants, a few shops and a cluster of top-end hotels, such as the Aureum Palace Hotel. Resting between the two is Myinkaba, a village boasting a long-running lacquer ware tradition.

Aside from the spectacular spire-fringed skyline and plethora of stupas crowned with glitter-studded golden mitre-like sikaras, Bagan offers a languid serenity that seems to resonate the Buddhist way, from the sleepy moving bullock carts meandering along the dust-choked trails to the horse-drawn carriages lazily carrying drop-jawed tourists and longyi-clad men chewing betel nut in the shade of scented bougainvillea.

A Few of Our Favourites in Bagan

Aureum Palace Hotel cta
Aureum Palace Hotel
The beautiful gardens and landscape of this luxurious spa resort offer a unique experience.
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Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort
The Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort is a luxurious and convenient base from which to explore the delights of Bagan.
The Hotel @ Tharabar Gate
The Hotel @ Tharabar Gate invites you to indulge yourself in sheer luxury and succumb to their superb Burmese hospitality for an unforgettable stay.
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Burma Regions

G1 - Lake Inle scenery
Lake Inle
Watch the local Intha fishermen at work with their strange one legged rowing technique and take a leisurely stroll around the colourful fishing villages on market day.
Mandalay Hill cta
Clustered around Mandalay are former capitals of Burma with the most wonderful settings and architecture.
G2 - Ngapali beach with small pagodas
Local fishermen still outnumber tourists and the beaches are pure white fringed by palm trees and lapped by translucent waters a dozen shades of blue.
1 - Shwedagon Pagoda
The 2500 year old Shwedagon pagoda is a magnificent golden symbol of the country’s Buddhism and the first of many marvellous cultural sights.
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