Union of Myanmar
The World Heritage Site of Bagan is one of the
most spectacular sights in Asia. Bagan rivals the great sites of
India and Tibet as a former center of Buddhist spirituality and
leaning and ranks alongside the other great Buddhist centers of
Angkor in Cambodia and Borobudur in Indonesia as a manifestation
of dynamic and original architecture.
It is hard to imagine that Bagan was the center
of a culture which created 10,000 temples between the 11th and 13th
centuries. Many of the temples and pagodas are constructed of brick
but no two monuments are the same. The structural techniques, similar
to the gothic forms of Western cathedral architecture, were in advance
of contemporary engineering in Europe. Technologically daring in
concept, and exquisite in execution, the temples of Bagan are of
BAGAN in your ITINERARY
Bagan is, of course, a highlight of any trip to
Myanmar and a minimum stay of one night is essential in any itinerary.
Clients wishing to include a trip to Mount Popa should open on 2
nights in Bagan, a third night would allow time to go across the
river or to visit Salay.
OVERLAND TRIPS FROM BAGAN
60 kilometers south-east of Bagan is the spectacular 1500 meter-high,
extinct volcano of Mount Popa. At the foot of this mountain is a
perpendicular rock formation with almost vertical sides, home of
the "nats" (spirits). Mount Popa can be visited on a half-day
trip from Bagan, or you can choose to stay overnight on the mountain.
A stop at Mount Popa will be included on a overland trips from Bagon
to Mandalay or Inle Lake.
A short drive from Bagan takes you past the "nodding donkeys"
at Chauk to the charming town of Salay, home to Myanmar's oldest
surviving wooden monastery. 154 teak posts with beautiful wood carvings
decorate the outer walls of Yokesone Monastery. The Payathonzu consists
of a complex of three brick shrines with mural paintings from the
Bagan period, while Nan Paya is the shrine if a large lacquer Buddha
image, said to date back to the 13th century. Salay is visited on
a day-trip from Bagan, including a visit to Mount Popa.
Pakokku is located at the other side of the Ayeyarwady River and
is famous for it's extensive weaving industry. This town can be
visited on certain overland trips from Bagan to Mandalay or as an
excursion from Bagan.
Mandalay or Shan State
It is also possible to travel overland from Bagan, with a stop at
Mount Popa, to Mandalay or to Inle Lake or to Pyi (Prome). The trip
takes 6 hours to Mandalay and or 7 to 8 hours to Inle Lake.
A full day's drive from Bagan, following the Ayeyarwady River, takes
you to Prome, passing the city of Magwe.
TRAVELING FROM BAGAN BY AIR
There are daily flights to Mandalay and Yangon.
It is usually possible to fly from Bagan to Heho, but this is not
always a good connection. There are also flights from Bagan to Ngapali
Beach during winter.
RIVER TRIPS FRPM BAGAN TO MANDALAY
"The Road to Mandalay"
The Road to Mandalay operates 3 and 4 - night cruises between Mandalay
and Bagan (starting on Saturdays from Bagan and on Wednesday s from
Mandalay). The cruise program includes sightseeing in both Mandalay
RV Pandaw operates regular, one and two - night cruises between
Bagan and Mandalay during the winter season. These short cruises
are a great way yo experience life on the mighty Ayeyarwady River.
There is no other convenient ferry service to Mandalay.