Visit Bagan Myanmar

Tips to Visit Bagan Myanmar (Bagan Burma) and Tips to Travel to Bagan–  Bagan (also Pagan) is in central Myanmar on the banks of the Irrawaddy River.  It is 400 miles north of Yangon.

An archeological marvel, Bagan has the largest area of over 4,000+ Pagodas, Buddhist temples, Stupas and ruins in the world, some dating back to the 11th and 12th centuries.

visit bagan myanmar, bagan myanmar, bagan burma, travel to baganAll visitors entering Bagan pass through a ticket booth where you are required to show your passport and pay a Bagan Archeological Zone Entrance Fee by buying a ticket (US$10) valid for your stay, which you also use to show to get accomodation at hotels and hostels.

On the Ferry to Visit Bagan Myanmar

We wake up at 4am to catch the ferry to Bagan – $10 leaving at 5am every Wednesday and Sunday.

Our hotel very sweetly has a packaged breakfast for us.

Once again the tourist have their own special price and special lawn chairs in their special corner of the deck.

The rest of the deck is sprawling with locals stretched out on woven mats.

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What a peaceful way to travel!

Our boat drifts gently down the muddy waters of the broad Ayeyarwaddy River.

We stop along the way to off-load/on-load the locals and their wares.

Every village along the riverbank has its specialty: bananas at one, watermelons at another.

I am having a delightful time sitting and “chatting” – more like miming – with the locals.

I actually receive several offers to get off the boat and go home with several of the passengers – if I was not on a time crunch I think I would have seriously taken them up on their offer.

We arrive at around 7pm into the Bagan dock.

We decide to refuse the many, many offers of transportation and boarding which hits us at the docks and head to town on foot.

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visit bagan myanmar, bagan myanmar, bagan burma, travel to bagan

visit bagan myanmar, bagan myanmar, bagan burma, travel to bagan

It is about a 20 minute walk to town and there we find the Zar Chi Win 2 Hotel (Lanmadaw St. Nyaung Oo 061-60206) – cheesy green Christmas lights welcome from the outside.

The staff is super friendly and they give us double rooms for $10 w/breakfast and they also arrange the $20 ticket fee that is required to visit Bagan – $20 straight to the governments pocket.

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visit bagan myanmar, bagan myanmar, bagan burma, travel to bagan

We sleep in the next morning and then take a tuktuk around Bagan.  To tell you the truth I am a little disappointed with Bagan.

It was one of the top things I wanted to see in South East Asia and it is not quite what I built it up to be.

That being said it is -still- quite spectacular.

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It is not so much the individual pagoda’s that attract – the architecture is quite plain – but rather the view from the top of the pagoda’s.

Hundreds of pagodas rising out of a landscape of green – the dark staircases and tunnels are an adventure as well.   Sunset and sunrise are one of the specialties of Bagan – red ball of fire rising and falling behind the pagoda’s.

Cloud cover unfortunately prevented us from seeing either. I loved biking around the mystic morning with the fog clinging to the pagodas.

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