The Jewel of Myanmar – Bagan

bagan-1Travel Tips:

• You can buy tickets to Bagan Archeological Zone before entering the city. The admission fee is Kyats 25,000 valid for 5 days. This gives you access to all pagodas and temples all around Bagan, but does not include entry to the museum.

• In Bagan, and in Myanmar in general, you must take off your shoes and socks before entering the main gate. You can leave your shoes on a rack, or just next to the door, or put them in a plastic bag and bring them with you.

• For more efficiency, I suggest you use sandals instead of shoes. Also bring wet tissue to clean your foot after your pagoda visits.

• Dress appropriately. You’re not allowed to wear low cut tops and your shoulders need to be covered. It’s not like in Bangkok where some temples provided sarongs, you must bring your own shawls or sarong.

• You may take photos in almost all areas, but must be respectful of those worshipping during your visit.

• The best time to visit temples is in the morning from 5.00 to 10:00. You can rest at the hotel then continue the journey from 3.00pm until sunset time. You’re going to have a hard time when pagoda hopping at noon because the temperature is around 40°C-45°C.

• There are no toilets in the pagoda areas.

• In some pagoda there are souvenirs shop but they are quite pricey. Feel free to bargain.

• Ask a map from the hotel or download from the internet. With thousands of temples, it could be confusing when searching for your destination. Make sure you download the temple’s photos also because many temples look alike.

• For fun exploring, riding an e-bike or electronic bike is highly recommended. A little more expensive than a bicycle, but then you don’t have to pedal. Make sure the battery is fully charged.

• For a different experience, take a day tour with a horse cart. For $20-$25 per day, you can sit and relax, enjoy the view while the driver explains the story behind the temples and takes you to hidden spots that you won’t be able to find by yourself.

• Some travelers expect spectacular views and there is no better view than high up in the sky on a hot air balloon. For $275 per person, you can experience the exhilaration of seeing everything! You should book in advance and remember the schedule well.

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