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Bagan Holidays

Your holiday in Bagan will take your breath away, with its sight of over a thousand magnificent red brick temples and pagodas scattered across a vast plain beside the mighty Ayeyarwady River. In their shadow, Burmese people drive oxen through the fields and have fun playing the national sport of chinlone (cane ball), just as they have for centuries.

These ancient Bagan temples are the great legacy of the Paukkan kings, the first capital of Myanmar (formerly Burma), and were built between 1057 and 1287 AD. The temples are an enormous testament to the Buddhist faith and each pagoda displays impressive architecture, as well as interiors of colourful murals and exquisite statues.

Experience Bagan holidays your way

Travel from Yangon to Bagan with a short flight; or take the boat from Mandalay to Bagan for an unforgettable slow travel experience. Once there, you can choose to tour the Bagan temples by e-bike or bicycle, with an epic hot air balloon ride, by horse and cart, or by private car.

From the top of the pagodas the temple-dotted views of the city are spectacular, especially in the golden light of sunrise and sunset. Get here early for a good vantage point at the more popular sunset sites, or choose a more out of the way pagoda to climb for your sunset view. However you experience it, the magic of Bagan has inspired visitors to Myanmar for nearly 1,000 years and that’s not going to change any time soon.

During your time in Burma, combine your Bagan holiday with a trip to Inle Lake or Mandalay, the cultural capital of Myanmar. Of course, you’ll want to explore vibrant Yangon and perhaps extend your travels in the Far East with a few days in neighbouring Thailand.

Destination Highlights
  • Don’t miss the Shwezigon Pagoda, a huge gilded golden temple built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century.
  • One of the finest Bagan temples is Ananda, with its 170ft shimmering gold spire and four huge standing Buddha images.
  • Visit a local lacquer craftsman's workshop to learn how this delicate artform is created.
  • Explore authentic villages during your Bagan holidays, in the land of the first Burmese Empire.

Frequently Asked Questions

You must dress conservatively when visiting temples and pagodas by covering your shoulders and knees. 

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