Bagan, Myanmar

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Txconnection

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What to See

Bagan Archaeological Zone

Avoid Popular Pagodas and Just Explore
by Txconnection about 5 years ago
Avoid Popular Pagodas and Just Explore

For most of the morning, we explored the ruins by biking up to any pagoda that looked interesting. Sometimes we would run into other travelers but not often. At one stop, a little boy unlocked the gates for us and led us up the stairs to a veranda overlooking the impressive landscape that surrounds Bagan. We loved it! Seeing the ruins this way is more charming and personally satisfying than visiting only the popular pagodas, which are full of touts and the occasional beggar.

Bagan Entrance Fee 10,000 MMK, Good for 1 Week
by Txconnection about 5 years ago

If you take a tourist bus into Nyaung U (Bagan), your bus will stop at a government post where you'll be asked to pay the entrance fee. You are never asked for the ticket ever again, but you should probably keep it on you just in case.

What to Do

Biking

Biking, Best Way To See Bagan
by Txconnection about 5 years ago
Biking, Best Way To See Bagan

Biking is cheap and allows you to go at your own pace. Full day bike rentals will cost you 1500 kyat. If you only plan to bike half the day, negotiate a half day rate. From Nyaung U to Old Bagan and the city wall is about a 15-20 min bike ride. If you're getting in for sunrise, bring a headlamp as the streets aren't lit. Many of the paths between the pagodas are quite sandy, so make sure that you'll be able to finish the day on a bike. It does get tiring! If you decide to horse cart it, the full day rate is something like 15000 kyat.