Bagan is like a fairytale. With 2200+ temples (pagodas) it feels like something out of a film set! I would definitely recommend staying at least 2 or 3 nights. We don’t normally do guided tours unless it is part of a package but we decided that to get the most information and enhancement from our experience, we would get the information from someone local.
We researched on TripAdvisor etc and decided to use the services of ‘One Bagan Tours’ as they had very good reviews.
Our guide, MuMu and driver, picked us up from our hotel and so began our amazing day packed full of information and insights into the history of the Temples of Bagan.
MuMu gave us lots of information about the Temples and about life in Myanmar in general. She spoke about her early life, her family and the Buddhist culture and beliefs. She spoke about the individual Temples and which ones were most popular and not so popular amongst the local people.
She took us to the best spot to view the sunset, arriving before the crowds to get the best photos.
Recommendations for visiting the Temples of Bagan:
See the Temples at sunrise or sunset.
Hire an ebike or pushbike.
Bring lots of water and wear plenty of sunscreen.
Be respectful and wear appropriate clothing.
Do not climb the sacred Temples.
I would recommend spending a few days in Bagan to get the most out of your experience. It is truly amazing.
Where we stayed in Bagan
We spent four amazing nights in Bagan and wanted a couple of days to relax after visiting the Temples. We stayed at the Amazing Bagan Resort. It was within walking distance of the main Temple. The hotel was one of our favourites it Myanmar and of the trip in total. The staff were very attentive and the hotel facilities were second to none. It has a lovely pool and tropical gardens. Our room came with a lovely private balcony and, more importantly, a free minibar with water, soft drinks and beer! They provide a free bamboo hat and free slippers to keep as souvenirs. It was a pity we couldn’t keep these due to shortness of space.
Be aware you need to pay $US19 to enter the park but that covers all the Temples in the park with nothing else to pay.