three words and I was sold: hot air balloons.

A simple mention of Bagan conjures up an image of hot air balloons floating above an ocean of temples at dawn. If that wasn’t enough to convince me to someday pay a visit, I don’t know what could. even when I had to endure a total of 10 hours on the plane (I was flying from Dubai) and another eight hours on the bus from Yangon, I was a happy traveler. too bad, there were no hot air balloons when I arrived because, uhm, I didn’t plan this trip well. (And you should learn from me. That’s why I’m creating this guide. LOL.)

Still, I was not complaining. Bagan may be smack at the heart of a vast, almost barren land, but it is brimming with beauty, there’s hardly any place for disappointment.

यस गाईडमा के भयो?

Understanding Bagan
Best Time to check out Bagan
How to get to Bagan from Yangon
Where to stay in Bagan
Search for hotels here: Bagan Hotels
Getting around Bagan
Temples to See
Tips for the poor Traveler
Things to watch Out For
Sample itinerary + Breakdown of Expenses

यूट्यूब पोस्टेड पोष्टहरूमा थप सुझावहरू:

Understanding Bagan

Shading the banks of the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) River, the ancient city of Bagan in Myanmar’s Mandalay region is located 688km northwest of Yangon. Bagan was once home to over 10,000 Buddhist structures, built during the reign of the Kingdom of Pagan from the 9th-13th centuries, scattered throughout the 42 sq. km plain. Today, however, only 2200 of these stupas and pagodas remain standing, making up what is now called the Bagan Archaeological Zone.

Bagan just after dawn
Most visitors could not help comparing it to Cambodia’s famous Angkor site. Both harbor countless Buddhist monuments spread across hectares and hectares of land. but the similarities stop there. Angkor is tucked in a rainforest; Bagan rises above an arid, desert-like territory. Angkor’s spires resemble corncobs, tall and slender; Bagan’s look like pineapples and ice cream cones, wider and rounder. Angkor’s temples are grander and more ornate; Bagan’s are smaller and simpler. but what Bagan can’t deliver in size, it makes up for in volume. Bagan is considered the largest and densest collection of Buddhist ruins in the world.

Myanmar is predominantly Buddhist and the whole Bagan site is sacred to them, hence there are rules in place. most importantly, if you’re entering temples or monasteries:

Cover your knees and shoulders. Tees are okay. Shorts are okay as long as they cover knees.

Remove your shoes. and your socks, while you’re at it.

Locals are very non-confrontational that they don’t usually call out visitors even when their behavior offends them. Still, it shouldn’t be an excuse to disrespect their culture. always follow the rules especially when entering temples and monasteries. Locals are very friendly and helpful. even when they don’t understand English, they just smile and point you to someone who does. Let’s show them some respect.

The official currency is the Kyat, typically shortened as MMK or Ks.

Best Time to check out Bagan

For many, the relatively amazing months of November to January are the best time to check out Bagan. It isn’t that hot, the skies are clear (perfect for wide landscape shots of the stupas), and hot air balloon companies are operational. However, this is also the peak season, so expect to share the sites with hordes of other tourists.

Bagan is situated in what many regard as Myanmar’s driest region. It is generally hot year-round, but March-April temperatures can be brutal, sometimes playing around 43 degrees Celsius. exploring is unbearable.

August and September are months to stay away from too. These are the wettest months and the peak of the monsoon season. June, July, and October are also monsoon months, but they are generally okay. A bit risky because of the chance of rain, but it is after the rain that the temples are best photographed, when there’s no dust to muddle the view and colors are more vivid. prices are also at their lowest.

If you’re after hot air ballooning (like I was), check out between mid-October and mid-March. Don’t make the mistake of not researching before your trip (like I did).

How to get to Bagan from Yangon

Nyaung U airport is the closest air gateway to Bagan, but it is not directly connected to any city abroad. It serves flights to and from Yangon, Mandalay, and a few other domestic destinations. If you’re coming from another country, you’re most likely to enter the country via Yangon because it has Myanmar’s most connected airport. below is a list of cities that you can fly to or from Yangon (as of July 2016)

Bangkok – Bangkok Airways, Myanmar Airways, Myanmar national Airlines, Nok Air, Thai AirAsia, Thai Airways, Thai Lion Air, Thai Smile
Beijing – Air China
Chengdu – Air China
Chiang Mai – Bangkok Airways, Myanmar national Airlines, Qatar Airways
Delhi, India – Air India
Dhaka – Biman Bangladesh Airlines, NovoAir
Doha, कतार – कतार एयरवेज
दुबई, युएई – एमिरेट्स
गया, भारत – एयर भारत
Gaganghou, चीन – चीन दक्षिणी, म्यानरर वायुसेरो
हनोरी, भियतनाम – एमिरेट्स, भियतनाम एयरलाइन्स
हो ची मिन्ह, भियतनाम – भियतजोेट हावा, भियतनाम एयरलाइन्स
ह Hong क Kong – ड्र्याग्रायरर, म्यानरर राष्ट्रिय एयरलाइन्स
कोलकाता, भारत – एयर भारत
Kuaauma gupunur, मलेशिया – अरिदिया, मलेसिया एयरलाइन्स, म्यानरर वायुसेरो
Kunming – एयर चीन, चीन पूर्वी एयरलाइन्स, म्यानमार वायुसेरो
Nanning – चीन पूर्वी एयरलाइन्स
पेनांग, मलेसिया – अरिदिया
सियोल-इनहेनन, कोरिया – कोरियाली एयर
सिंगापुर – जेटस्टार एशिया, म्यानमार एयरवेज, म्यानमार राष्ट्रिय एयरलाइन्स, सिंगाउरोयर एयरलाइन्स, टेनेरायर
ताइपेई-टोयवाआन, ताइवान – चीन एयरलाइन्स
टोकियो – सबै निप्पन एयरवेज (Ana)

या ang ्गन एयरपोर्टबाट, तपाईं तल कुनै पनि द्वारा बागनमा पुग्न सक्नुहुन्छ:

विमान द्वारा। तपाईं केवल अर्को उडान u nyung u एयरपोर्ट मा लिन सक्नुहुन्छ। (सब भन्दा कम राउन्ड्रिट भाडाको वरिपरि 200 अमेरिकी डलर हो।) एयरपोर्टबाट, तपाईं 000000 सम्म 10,000 KYAT द्वारा अटोमोबाइलमा नयाँ बागनको यात्रा गर्न सक्नुहुन्छ।

बसबाट। तांग्युभिटरको आरोपमा या ang मि ing ्गर बस स्टेशन मा एक बस एक बस एक बस एक बस को दौड 12..9 देखि 1 17.22 अमेरिकी डलर को दायरा मा। यदि तपाईं सहज हुन चाहनुहुन्छ भने, एक VIP बसमा सीट बुक गर्नुहोस्, जुन कतै 1 17..4 and र 1 19.999 USD बीचमा छ। हामी यसलाई सिफारिस गर्दछौं किनभने दरहरू मा धेरै भिन्नता छैन तर धेरै सान्त्वना लिन्छौं। VIP सिटहरूले एक विमानमा व्यावसायिक वर्गको रूपमा महसुस गर्छन्: स्फूर्ति, चलचित्रहरू, एक कम्बल, एक कम्बल, एक कम्बल, सीट र पर्याप्त खुट्टा कोठा। यात्रा समय खरिद गरिएको hours घण्टा छ। यस वेबसाइटमा बस तालिका वा पुस्तक जाँच गर्नुहोस्।
बागान द्रुत पाई पाई राजमार्ग बस टर्मिनलबाट, तपाईं 000000 मिंसनको लागि क्याबलाई रोक्न सक्नुहुन्छ।

रेल बाट। ट्रेन नं। 1 111 मा यांगोन र अर्को दिन 10 बिहान 10 बजे सम्म जानुहोस्। टिकट लागत 45 4500 MMK (4 USD) साझा सीटको लागि; 12,000 केएस (12 अमेरिकी डलर) एक माथिल्लो वर्ग सीटको लागि; वा 1,50000 MMK (17SSD) माथिल्लो क्लास स्लीपरका लागि।

तपाईको यातायातको मोड जे भए पनि, तपाईंले अनिवार्य अमेरिका 20 (MMK 25,000 लाई भुक्तानी गर्नु आवश्यक छ, बागान पर्यटन शुल्क। यो days दिन को लागी राम्रो छ। तपाईंको टिकट नलगाउनुहोस्। पर्यटन प्राधिकरणहरू साइटमा रोइरहेका छन् र उनीहरूले पहिले नै पर्यटन शुल्क तिरेर भुक्तान गर्नेछन् यदि तपाईंले अहिलेसम्म पर्यटन शुल्क तिर्नुभयो भने।

जहाँ बागनमा रहन

त्यहाँ तीनवटा क्षेत्रहरू छन् जहाँ तपाईं बस्न सक्नुहुन्छ: पुरानो बागान, नयाँ बागान, र निया ung ्ग यू। छनौट गर्न तपाईंको बजेटमा निर्भर गर्दछ।

Nyuung U छ जहाँ धेरै संख्यामा यात्रुहरू धेरै कम लागत लडिरहेका र भोजन विकल्पहरूको कारणले वा भोजन विकल्पहरूको रूपमा बस्छन्। यो सबैभन्दा महत्त्वपूर्ण हो र स्थानीय ‘जीवनको मार्ग मार्गमा एक peek प्रस्ताव गर्न सक्दछ। बजारहरू पनि क्षेत्र भित्र छन्।

नयाँ बागान हो जहाँ मध्य-दायरा होटेल र होस्टेलमा बजेट अवस्थित छ। यहाँ हेर्नको लागि धेरै कुरा छैन, इमानदार हुन, केही रेस्टुरेन्टहरूको लागि बचत गर्नुहोस्।

पुरानो बागानलाई रात बिताउने सर्वश्रेष्ठ स्थान जस्तो लाग्न सक्छ तर यसले सबैभन्दा महँगो होटलहरू र रिसोर्टहरू पराजित गर्दछ। यदि तपाईं आफ्नो वालेटलाई चोट पुर्याउनबाट बच्न चाहनुहुन्छ भने, यो तपाईंको लागि ठाउँ होइन।

यहाँ होटलहरूको लागि खोजी गर्नुहोस्: Boagt होटलहरू

उपलब्धताका कारण, हामी ओस्टेल्लो बेलो बागनमा 4-ओछ्यानमा डुब्यौं (कायय st, नयाँ बागमा)। यो सुखद घर थियो: मैत्री स्टाफ, गृह, सफा साझा बाथरूम, मानार्थ ब्रेकफास्ट, र असीमित कफी। मैले प्रति रात $ 22..5 भुक्तानी गरें, बागण्डको बढ्दो सूचीमा सस्तो होइन।

बागन वरिपरि पुग्दै

संभावनाहरू हुन्, तपाई यहाँका हजारौं मन्दिरहरू हेर्नका लागि यहाँ राख्न इच्छुक हुनुहुन्छ। तर यस असाधारण साइट अनुभव गर्न त्यहाँ धेरै तरिकाहरू छन्।

बाइक द्वारा। अझै पस्नको लागि सस्तो तरीका। निश्चित गर्नुहोस् कि तपाईं राम्रो अवस्थामा छ कि छ भनेर निश्चित गर्नुहोस्। 1000-2000 MMK (1-2 अमेरिकी डलर)।

ई-बाइक द्वारा। के हामी सिफारिस गर्छौं किनकि यो धेरै दुर्भाग्यपूर्ण तर भन्दा कम थकित छ तर होइन। 5000-7000 MMK (-6-। अमेरिकी)।

कार / ट्याक्सी द्वारा। माथिको: वातानुकूलित! Heohoo। 20,000-600,000 MMK (20-50000 अमेरिकी डलर)।

घोडा गाडीमा। घोडा गाडीहरू प्राय: सूर्योदयको लागि उपलब्ध छन्। यो धुलो, बम्पि सवारी हो, र धेरै थकाइलाग्दो हुन सक्छ, तर यो चाखलाग्दो तरीका हो कि कम्तिमा भन्नुपर्दा। लागत: 20,000 MMK (1d USD)।

तातो हावा बेलुन द्वारा। बागन हेर्नको लागि सब भन्दा जादुई तरीका संसारको शीर्षबाट हो। दरहरू जुन एजेन्सीमा निर्भर गर्दछ जुन तपाईं यसलाई बुक गर्दै हुनुहुन्छ र प्रति हेक्टर कति यात्रुहरू, एक 12-1-16-यात्रुवाहक बेलुनको लागि प्रति हेक्टर प्रति हेक्टर, र 380–390 अमेरिकी डलर।

जे तपाईं छनौट गर्नुहोस्, सूर्योदय र सूर्यास्त समात्न नबिर्सनुहोस्। तपाईलाई कहिले पछुताउनु पर्दैन।

बाहिर मन्दिरहरू

Baban राम्रो डरलाग्दो हुन सक्छ। हामीले हाम्रो यात्रा सुरु गर्यौं। हामीले चाँडै नै नक्शा पायौं र विचार गर्यौं कि साँचो मन्दिरहरू चिह्नित भएकोले तिनीहरूलाई फेला पार्न सजिलो हुन्छ। तर सबै प्यागोडास र स्तूप नक्शामा छैनन्। जब तपाईं एकमा हुनुहुन्छ, तपाईं पहिले नै अर्को र यसको छेउमा देख्न सक्नुहुन्छ। यो हराउन सजिलो छ, एक अर्को संग एक भ्रमित छ। त्यहाँ 2000 भन्दा बढी संरचनाहरू छन् र तिनीहरू बराबर सिर्जना गरिएको थिएन।

हामीले भ्रमण गरेको मन्दिरहरू मध्ये कोही छन् जुन हामीमा धेरै चासो राख्छन्। For a more detailed description of each, check out: the best Temples of Bagan

Shwesandaw Pagoda (Sunset Pagoda)
Ananda Temple

Dhammayangyi temple entrance Gate
Thatbyinnyu TempleHtilominlo temple Gate
Shwezigon Pagoda

Sulamani temple Ground

Tips for the poor Traveler

Bagan local selling souvenirs. She actually helped us to get the perfect view of Htilominlo Temple.

Bring a liter of water when exploring. Don’t get dehydrated. While there are sellers in major temples, you might need to drink while still on the way to your next stop. There are also refilling stations at some sites.

Put on some sunscreen. The sun is your biggest enemy out there. A hat would help, too. Be sure to protect your skin.

Bring a dust mask. It can get really dusty!

Wear slip-on shoes or slippers. I still prefer wearing a good pair of rubber shoes especially when biking, but most of our companions found a pair of slippers more convenient because you will need to remove them at every temple you’re gonna enter.

Buy a tourist SIM at the airport. You may also get a Ooredoo SIM with 10MB data for 1500Ks. You can then simply top up depending on your browsing habit, but the price is 1000Ks per 100MB. If you’re a heavy data user, MPT offers a tourist SIM that costs 10,000Ks and it comes with a 1.5G data allowance. It’s valid for 10 days.

Make a sidetrip to Mandalay. Mandalay is a few hours away from Bagan. You might also want to spend a day or two or more here.

Things to watch Out For

Scams. The locals are generally friendly and lovely, but like many other destinations, Bagan has its share of scammers. You’ll find locals (often children) approaching tourists to ask for a foreign currency note to add to their collection, to sell them fake gemstones, or to insist to tour them around. just say no politely. They are hard to shake off sometimes, but just keep on refusing.

Paying for the entrance fee more than once. If you have already paid it as you enter the town, don’t pay again when you’re getting into the temples. The fee should cover the entire Bagan Archaeological zone and is good for five days.

Sample itinerary + Breakdown of Expenses

Here is a sample 4-day itinerary that you may follow (at your own risk, of course). also included are the costs of each item. note that this assumes that you are traveling alone and that you’re riding a hot air balloon. feel free to make changes to this itinerary to suit your needs.

Arrival at Yangon Airport
Get local SIM (10,000Ks, 8.5 USD)
Taxi transfer to Bus station (6000 Ks, 5 USD)
Overnight Bus travel to Bagan (20 USD)

Arrival in Bagan (25,000 MMK or 20 USD tourism Fee)
Check in at hotel (Dorm, USD 22.5 per night)
Lunch (6000 MMK, 5 USD)
Rent E-bike (7000 MMK or 6 USD)
Explore Bagan Temples
Watch sunset
Dinner (6000 MMK, 5 USD)

Hot Air Balloon ride (330 USD)
Breakfast (FREE)
Rent E-bike (7000 MMK or 6 USD)
Continue exploring temples
Lunch (6000 MMK, 5 USD)
More temples, watch sunset
Explore Nyaung U
Dinner (6000 MMK, 5 USD)

Breakfast (FREE)
Taxi to Bus station (5 USD)
Bus back to Yangon (20 USD)
Fly out

Additional expenses: 10,000 MMK (10 USD) for random bottled water purchases. Refill at your hostel.

If you follow the itinerary above and assuming you’ll spend only 5 USD per meal, you’ll end up spending 520 USD (24,500 PHP) excluding airfare to Yangon.

Note, however, that the bulk of it is the hot air balloon ride. cross that out of the itinerary and you’ll end up shelling out only 180 USD (8500 PhP). pretty cheap, huh?

You can still bring down the cost if you’re traveling with someone so you could divide the cost of some items (like taxi rides) with them.

Of course, you will be spending more if you make a side trip to Mandalay after your time in Bagan.

यूट्यूबमा थप सुझावहरू ⬇️⬇️⬇️

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