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New Bagan or Old Bagan?

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New Bagan or Old Bagan?

Could someone please enlighten me as to the differences between these towns, which would you prefer to stay in and why?

Throw in a hotel/Guesthouse recomendation if you like!

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1. Re: New Bagan or Old Bagan?

All the buses, and boats, arrive in New Bagan. It's not a big town, but it is where most of the people are and this is relatively busy.

Old Bagan is far and away our preference. Quieter and a little bit of a journey further away but there is a small town/village with places to eat and there are several places to stay.

We arrived by bus, from Mandalay, and stayed on right to the end. Here there was one taxi and several horse and cart drivers. One of the latter agreed to take us to Old Bagan at no charge provided we hired him for the next day. We ended up using him for at least three days. The ride was maybe an hour, but we were chilling and enjoying the novelty, the views, and the nice weather.

We splurged a bit and stayed at Kumudara - but still paid less than $30 in 2010. You can swim in their pool and see temples across the plain from the pools edge.

We moved back to New Bagan for our last night as we had a very early bus leaving from New Bagan taking us eastward.

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2. Re: New Bagan or Old Bagan?

Thank you for your reply, are there plenty of places to eat in Old Bagan?

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3. Re: New Bagan or Old Bagan?

Hi AnnG62

We stayed in Old Bagan and were glad we did as we could walk to lots of local places to eat and were surrounded by the temples - we could walk our front gate and were right in the middle of it. That said I think there is cheaper accommodation options in New Bagan but it is further to travel. We paid $70 a night for a huge room

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Suzi

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4. Re: New Bagan or Old Bagan?

I think #1 is confusing New Bagan with the town of Nyaung U which is where the boats and transport links are situated. Close to Nyaung U is Old Bagan, by far the most centrally located part of Bagan for viewing the majority of the main temples and the ideal choice, although hotel prices are far more expensive in this part.

New Bagan is more remote and was built more recently to house the local population who were removed from Old Bagan to form this new village. There are plenty of temples here too, but the area lacks the atmosphere of Old Bagan.

We stayed in hotels both close to Old Bagan and also in New Bagan. We did not like New Bagan at all, finding it remote and characterless, despite getting more for your money with regards to the accommodation. A good compromise would be an hotel like Golden Express which is situated in between Nyaung U and Old Bagan, ie well located for the temples, but cheaper than the hotels of Old Bagan. There were several decent restaurants within a couple of minutes walk of the hotel too.

If you are touring with a car and driver, it makes little difference which area you stay in, but if you are hoping to do the main temples by bike or horse and cart, and especially at sunrise or sunset, then the area around Old Bagan is far better located.

Sue

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5. Re: New Bagan or Old Bagan?

Thanks guys, old Bagan is sounding like our type of place, except for the high prices, but looking like this trip is double what we usually pay for accomodation.

But cannot wait!

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6. Re: New Bagan or Old Bagan?

We stayed in Nyaung U. It's before you arrive in New and Old Bagan. The bus has station there + there's an airport if you arrive by plane. Low prices (double rooms from 15 $/night), It's close to the temple area, about 1 mile and if you hire a bike it's cheaper and much funnier than with the carriage with horses.

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7. Re: New Bagan or Old Bagan?

I agree #1 sounds like they are talking about Nayung U - the airport is on the edge of town and the boat departed from the other side of town and I saw plenty of buses going through. I wouldn't stay in Old Bagan - if felt like a rich tourists ghetto, while NU was a real town with real locals, restaraunts, shops selling non-souvenirs and banks. Old Bagan felt like a ghost town, while New Bagan was kinda weird and souless.

All are very close and unless you are hiring a bike, it doesn't really matter where you stay as there are plenty of horse carts and taxis to be had. Prices have gone up a lot we stayed at Inn Wa - nice GH, lovely people, adequate rooms, $20/double. The place with the pool was more like $70 (but you could use the pool for $5 day pass - we didn't it rained the whole time we were there in Nov).

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