Lawkananda Pagoda, Bagan. Mike Aquino.
From the 11th to the 13th century, the settlement of Bagan was the core of the massive Pagan empire that ruled over much of present-day Myanmar. Its echoes can still be heard and felt today within any of the thousands of Buddhist temples left over from the glory days.
Spread out over an arid plain abutting the Ayeyarwady River, about 2,000 surviving temples of all sizes permit guests to visit and contemplate the Pagan civilization that built them. Hire an ox-cart, bicycle or car-and-driver to make your rounds of the temples, and don't miss out on the most popular ones:
You'll need to buy an entrance ticket ($20) at the airport that permits access to all temples in Bagan; inspectors in Shwesandaw and Htilominlo temples ensure compliance. As ancient as the temples are, they remain Buddhist places of worship: visitors are expected to take off their footwear before entering any of them.
Buddhist novice monks in Bagan. Ministry of Hotels & Tourism.
Balloons in the skies above Bagan. Ministry of Hotels & Tourism.
Shwezigon Pagoda, Bagan. Mike Aquino.
Similar Southeast Asia Experiences
Bagan is often compared with Cambodia's Angkor temples in terms of scale and visual impact. But you can also check out other temple complexes in Southeast Asia if you've got miles to go yet: we recommend you travel to Vietnam's Citadel and the nearby My Son temple complex, and for a different religious tradition, the Philippines' UNESCO Churches.
The Philippines' Baroque Churches reflect the spirituality of the Filipinos – embodied in limestone and rock, encom...
Tour transports you through Laos and Thailand's highlights via a multitude of transportation options, boats and railways ...VIEW DETAILS
Enjoy a 50 percent discount on cabin fare for two, applicable on selected two- to three-night cruises that explore the jewels...VIEW DETAILS
Journey from Viet Nam to Laos that will take you on all local modes of transportation in pursuit of the region's amazing ...VIEW DETAILS
Arrive in Style in Bali via a Helicopter to Alila Soori. Surrounded by UNESCO’s world heritage protected rice fields, g...VIEW DETAILS
Enjoy Chinese and international cuisines in Langkawi, MalaysiaVIEW DETAILS
Rate includes breakfast for two (add RM35++ per child per day), WiFi, daily morning Sucimurni exercise, scheduled traditional...VIEW DETAILS
Go on an epic Asean journey with AirAsia Asean Pass, a travel pass that allows you to book our base fares at least 14 days or...VIEW DETAILS
Rent a car for 2 days or more at participating locations in Asia and enjoy up to 15% offVIEW DETAILS
Experience your time at Tara Angkor Hotel by our multiple options are offered to suit all ages fun even your few days to rela...VIEW DETAILS
Experience the culture, beauty and history of Indonesia's capital city at the new Days Hotel & Suites Jakarta Airport...VIEW DETAILS
Hotel Location: PhilippinesVIEW DETAILS