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Myanmar
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Bagan
Mandalay
Ngapali & Ngwe Saung
Popa
Shan
Yangon
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Myanmar
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5 Days / 4 Nights
6 Days / 5 Nights
8 Days / 7 Nights
12 Days / 11 Nights
20 Days / 11 Nights
Yangon City Package
4 Days / 3 Nights
Extension Tours
From Yangon
Kyaiktiyo
The Golden Rock
Mawlamyaing & Pa An
Sittwe & Mrauk U
From Mandalay
Monywa - Po Win Taung & Shwe Ba Taung
Maymoo - Lashio & Pyin Oo Lwin
From Heho & Inle Lake
Kyaing Tong
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Bagan
Beach Extensions
Inle Lake
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Mandalay
Rakhine
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Bagan
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 overpowering beauty.

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

Mount Popa
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.

Salay
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
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.

Pyi
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 and Bagon.

"RV Pandaw"
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.

"Local Ferry"
There is no other convenient ferry service to Mandalay.

 

 
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