Bagan Myanmar two temples sunset

Bagan – Myanmar’s famous temple city

After ten hours in night bus from Yangon, we finally reached one of the world’s greatest archaeological sites, Bagan in Central Myanmar.⁣ This ancient Bagan Kingdom had over 10 000 temples, of which over 2000 have survived to our days.

Our first small obstacle was figuring out how to get our hotel (we stayed at Crown Prince Hotel in New Bagan area) from Bagan Highway Bus Terminal, made famous by harassing taxi drivers.  Teaming up with a Swiss and French couple, we bargained for 30 minutes and got finally quoted 3000 kyat (1.8€) each for a shared minivan, and thus got a ride to our hotel.⁣

We “enjoyed” extreme heat during our stay in Bagan. The hottest day was +42 °C /108 °F , which is not exactly the best weather for a temple marathon. We were drinking as much as possible but still are feeling exhausted and dehydrated every day. At least it rained one day in Bagan and it was actually the first time we got “rain” in Myanmar, but it was only like a few drops, which instantly dried up.

Bagan was really surreal place to visit and it had more than enough temples to visit for our four days stay.

Here are some of the pics we took during our stay at Bagan.

Risto on e-bike in Bagan
E-bike was the only valid mode of transportation in the heat of Bagan.
Cows in front of temple
We came to Bagan for temple hunting. Didn’t guess that there are lots of cows as well.
Laura & Risto watching sunset in Bagan
A perfect ending to the first day, a beautiful sunset.
Sunset at Gawdawpalin Temple
Gawdawpalin Temple is one of the largest shrines in Bagan. It was built by King Narapatisithu during the 12th century.
Two Tuk-tuks in Bagan after dark
The E-bike wasn’t the only way of moving around in Bagan after all. You could hire a driver for the day and visit as many Temples as you Like.
Sunrise from above in Bagan
It was worth it to wake up early in the morning. The views after climbing up a temple were amazing.
Clouds above a temple in Bagan
When the temperature rises to over 40 degrees Celsius, the clouds become your friend. And sometimes they are beautiful as well.
Gawdawpalin Temple in the afternoon
Gawdawpalin Temple was very large compared to most other of the few thousand temples in Bagan.
Laura the courtyard of a temple in Bagan
Ancient Bagan Kingdom had over 10 000 temples, of which over 2000 have survived to our days. Driving around you start to wonder, how did the place look like during its glory days.
Tourists at Dhammayan Gyi Temple
Dhammayan Gyi Temple is also one of the big ones. Many tourists got a horse ride around the area.
Man and two cows
Cow is still important vehicle for locals and over 50 % of cattle in the country is used for draught animal power.
Thatbyinnyu Phaya temple
Thatbyinnyu Phaya temple was built in the mid-12th century.
Ko Mouk Pond Viewing Mounds
Laura is watching the sunset at the Ko Mouk Pond Viewing Mounds.
Cows running in Bagan
We had no day without seeing cows. This is actually only a tiny portion the herd that was moving somewhere else.
Man and a dog
We just fell in love with this sight of a man and his best friend.
Bagan temple sunset
Risto showing his temple posing skills 🙂
Bagan Myanmar two temples sunset
We almost drove past this temple area, but luckily we got to experience this amazing orange sunset – and the best there was no other people.
Somingyi Pagoda in Bagan, Myanmar
Somingyi Pagoda was closed due the renovation but we got to admire view from a little pagoda next to it.
Bagan palmtrees at the sunset
Farewell Bagan!



    All this means you should think carefully about travelling independently and that if you take a package (the recommended course), you book early with a company that has long experience of working in Burma. Most tour operators offer Bagan as part of a longer Burmese itinerary, usually approaching Bagan by air, by river from Mandalay (recommended), or overland from Inle Lake. A minimum of one full day (two nights) is required. Alternatively, combine tours elsewhere with a shorter, self-contained river cruise between Bagan and Mandalay (or vice versa).

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