BAGAN IN MYANMAR

TOP THINGS TO DO IN BAGAN

HOW LONG SHOULD I VISIT BAGAN?

Most people visit Bagan for 2-3 days during their Myanmar trip. However we are more the kind of travelers that try to stay longer at the same destination, so we get a more intense feeling about the place, the culture and the people. So in the end we stayed in Bagan for 5 nights. If you want to fully explore this beautiful place we think 4-5 nights is a perfect period of time for your visit. 

WHERE TO STAY IN BAGAN?

If you want to visit and explore the historical area of Bagan with more than 2000 Pagodas and Temples you can either book a room in New Bagan or Old Bagan. From both villages you will need around 10-15 minutes by E-Scooter. We stayed at Bagan View Hotel which is located in New Bagan. It´s famous for the nice roof terrace from where you can also see Bagan´s beautiful sunrise and sunset. So if on one day you don´t want to drive to the Pagodas at 6AM for watching sunrise, you can easily watch it from the terrace and enjoy a delicious breakfast afterwards. If you want to rent an E-Scooter (we highly recommend!) you can also rent one in the hotel. 

THINGS TO DO IN BAGAN

Of course the main attraction in Bagan are the historical buildings. You have more than 2000 beautiful pagodas and temples to visit. From our experience we can say that these pagodas fascinated us so much that during our 6 days visit we didn´t really have the feeling to explore other things in our outside of Bagan. One afternoon we went to the Bagan Archeological Museum but to be honest it wasn´t as interesting as we expected. On another day we booked a minivan to Mount Popa (1,5h drive). The Sunset view of course is quite nice, but for us there were definitely too many monkeys. So we wouldn´t go there again :) The rest of our stay we stayed in Bagan exploring new places with our E-Scooter. 

BEST WAYS TO GET AROUND IN BAGAN

If you plan to visit Bagan and want to explore as much as possible we recommend doing it by:

  • E-SCOOTER

This was our absolute favorite way of transportation in Bagan. Most hotels in New Bagan and Old Bagan rent E-Scooters and you pay between 5000 - 9000 Kyat (3€ - 6€) per day, depending on the size. You can drive 40 - 45 km/h and the best part, it´s absolutely silent! One full battery lasts around 60 km, so it´s more than enough for one day. 

  • BICYCLE

Another common way of transportation is by bike. As for the E-Scooter you can rent a bike in most hotels. We preferred using the E-Scooter all the time, but it can be a nice way of exploring Bagan a bit more slowly. For us the sun was just too hot during our stay, otherwise we would have rented a bike sometimes.