Buddhas in the many temples of Bagan
Buddhas in the many temples of Bagan

Bagan

Follow our 24 hr smash and grab of Bagan (February 2016), or do it slower yourself...

 

Bagan, oh wow! This ancient land of a thousand temples and pagodas must be seen to be believed. Sunrise over the pagodas has to be a top experience of my life and I've lived a darn crazy life! However, next time I'm taking a balloon ride (c. $300) at sunrise, it's my next mission on this wonderful planet. I took the night bus from Yangon, spent the day on site and then took the night bus back to catch a flight back in Yangon, though I'd recommend a slower approach! You should only pay 8000 k for a cab to Bagan from the bus station and then 25000 k for entry, and 1500 k for a bike or c.7000/10000 k for an e bike or moped and, some people, like me, managed to not pay the entrance fee by negotiating a full rate with a cab or being lucky with the entrance you chose!  

 

I recommend negotiating a full rate with a cab driver, they drive you around to the best sites and they let you choose places too. A respectable place to stay, so you can get a sunrise and sunset, is Winner Guest House. I must say that the 10hr bus drive to Bagan was hard but it is actually more comfortable than a Thai bus and a lot more than a Cambodian one and should cost 18,500 k for a vip one, one way. Bagan really is magical for one or two days, so whichever way you go, make sure you go!

 

Andrew

 

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Bagan

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