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Just as magnificent as the world’s most famous archaeological sites, but with distinctly less visitors, Bagan is an astonishing ancient city and one of Myanmar’s top highlights. Its green plains are strewn with thousands of temples and pagodas, the spires of which rise majestically above the tree tops.

Built by kings during the 11th and 12th centuries, these age-old wonders which sit by the Irrawaddy River, are unforgettable when experienced from a hot air balloon as the sun rises over the temple spires and the rural villages come into view below.

Discover the temples’ Buddha statues, frescoes and carvings, before climbing Shwesandaw Pagoda to watch the sun set behind the silhouetted temples.

Bagan is a city rooted in bygone days, a world away from modern life. Our private guides will help you explore the best of the area, unlocking the secrets of its history for you.

What to do

  • Witness the extraordinary temples and pagodas on bike or by horse and cart.
  • Cruise along the Irrawaddy River on an idyllic sunset boat trip.
  • Take a day-trip to the mountain-top monastery, Mount Popa.
  • See local artworks of lacquer ware and bamboo.

Talk to one of our experts today and start creating your once-in-a-lifetime trip to Bagan (Pagan).

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