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Reviewed 4 days ago

My wife and I spent an incredible two weeks in Myanmar, and one of the highlights of our visit was our time in Bagan. First, I must share how we got there. We took a four day cruise up the Ayeryewaddy river on the Sanctuary Ananda cruise boat from Yangon to Bagan. The Sanctuary Ananda is a truly five-star experience in every way. The boat itself is small and intimate - a maximum of forty passengers, and with a staff of 43, you are never lacking in friendly and gracious service. The décor is beautiful and evocative, the state rooms are luxurious and spacious, and the food was absolutely amazing. The chef on board was a former head chef at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Bangkok, which was rated the number one hotel in the world for many years. Not only was the food incredible, but you had many opportunities to meet this friendly and dignified gentleman, and even take an intimate cooking class with him on the third day of the cruise. The highlight for me was a torch-lit dinner on the beach of the river- a magical and memorable experience. The final destination of the cruise was Bagan, which should be one of the wonders of the world. Within a relatively small region, there are over 3000 pagodas, stupas and temples, some small, and many grand in scale and breathtaking beauty. These temples were built by the kings of Burma over a period of several centuries, with the oldest ones being nearly one thousand years old. Many of the temples and pagodas are worth a personal visit (cars have access to most of the larger temples, or you can rent a horse-drawn carriage if you don't mind bouncing a lot). However, the best way to see Bagan is by hot air balloon. I recognize that these trips are expensive, but the experience is well worth the cost. We recommend Oriental Balloons, but all three of the operating companies in Bagan offer very modern and professional balloon rides. Well, in closing, Bagan was spectacular, the Sanctuary Ananda was amazing, and we were truly fortunate to have had this chance to visit this wonderful country.

Thank GlobeTrekkerRM
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Temples in Bagan are not to be missed ! There are so many of them ! Best way to visit is to hire an electric motorbike to go around at your own pace. Early morning is the best to avoid the heat.

Thank EmsC_78
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Bagan is an hidden gems in South East Asia, that you must visit. Bagan has a thousand temples and pagoda that you must explore, 4 days 3 night is the best lengths of your holiday here. Sunrise and sunset time is must do here and to explore this area you can use an electric bike that you can find anywhere around Bagan.

Thank SofyanYudianto
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

While on tour with our group I knew the minute I flew into Bagan and left the airport that I loved it here. Beautiful beyond belief

Thank travelwithpam
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed renting electric scooters and riding around the hundreds of stupas and temples.

We stopped in about 10 of them along the way.

Best to wear flip flops as its easy to take them on and off as you go thru the temples.

Its amazing that you can walk up to 1100 ad artifacts and not be bothered by fences or ropes.

Great experience.

Thank MKReeder
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is interesting to see and if you have time in Myanmar and are not overly worried about budget , then maybe go to pass the time. But otherwise I'd skip it If you're a budget traveller. Most of the temples are closed for climbing so you're just driving around all day looking at temples that all look the same. We finally found one we could climb for sunset but was so crowded. Myanmar seems like it has a lot to offer but it isn't doing itself favours in the tourism department singling out foreigners and charging into cities. For example, we arrived in inle were 2 myanmese men hopped on the bus and came straight over to us demanding we pay 15,000 to enter the place. Then you've to pay for a boat ride on the lake for like 16,000? Not sure what the 15000 is even for. But if that's the way they're approaching tourism it's no wonder Thailand Sri Lanka and laos are way ahead in terms of tourism. Not sure I'd recommend bagan or Myanmar in general to family or a friend

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been in Myanmar for the past three days and we have been in Bagan for the past 2 days. We have seen so many temples and shrines that I am beginning to lose track of what we have seen . I know we have seen the tallest....the largest and that is about it.

Thank FL T
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Bagan is an ancient city in the Mandalay region. It was once the capital of the Pagan Kingdom and was later the unifier of the modern Bagan. At one time, there were over 10,000 Buddhist temples and a little over 2,000 are left today.
With the ancient history and enormity of the area, we were fortunate to have a guide as he explained the origin, the invasion of the Mongolians and how it survived today. They also refer to Bagan as the equivalent of Angkor Wat or they compared to Angkor Wat. But I have been to Angkor Wat and this place is much bigger than Angkor.

We were in the area for two days and we got to view the horizon at sunrise, daytime and sunset. Each gave a glowing and unique beauty. For sunrise, we were at one of the smaller temples next to the one that has gold. Stay for a while, have a well charged battery and a spare for your camera and an extra SD card.

We traveled as a group and paid 25,000 kyats for each person upon entry. Keep your ticket with you at all times because the workers come around and ask you to provide. Some people arrive during the day, watch the sunset and move on the next day. They are trying to earn money too.

It is worth it so come and visit. By the way, this is not a UNESCO site. Why? (according to our guide), when you look to the horizon, there is a tall building that was built by an investor and charges $5 per person to be used for viewing. The tall structure is not part of the ancient temple and ruins the whole view and disqualified this place to be included in the UNESCO list.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have travelled the world exploring ancient ruins and have to say Bagan is one of my favourites. Unlike the temples of Cambodia there usually is much room to walk around inside. Both are similar as you are free to explore, but Bagan is a little more restrictive than the temples of Cambodia. There are so many to see! Having a list or plan of temples is Nice, but the true delight is just going and exploring the area. Get one of the electric scooters, take a map, and become an explorer, you will love it! The energy here is amazing. The locals are nice. A large amount of the temples are in a five mile radius so they are all easy to get to. Explore and enjoy. Bagan is truly one of the world's hidden gems!

Thank Kenny C
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It had a similar feel than Angkor, although these temples can be in all sizes dotted around everywhere. Some had been restored to make them look almost new... that was not good. The older genuine ones are a gem. You get to go very close to them and hardly run into crowds.

Thank g p
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