Spreading along a beautiful plan, filled by Buddha temples, pagodas and peaceful monasteries, Bagan is one of the biggest archaeological site in Southeast Asia. The rich history of Bagan dated back to the period from 11th to 13th century.
Located in the central part of the country, Bagan is known for its thousands of ancient temples that are found in a fairly small and condensed area. Whilst individually there are not many of the temples that are likely to blow you away, collectively they really are a sight for sore eyes. You will likely have seen many temples already throughout Burma, and indeed, throughout Asia, but Bagan is a special place, sure to satisfy even the most templed-out of travellers. The city is home to the biggest collection of Buddhist buildings on the planet, with many pagodas, temples, stupas, and statues to feast your eyes upon.
The ancient city sits on the banks of the mighty Ayeyarwady River. Whilst it is possible to access the city by road, arriving by boat is simply magical! Biking around the historical area is a great way to see the sights, and you can also go around by bumpy horse and cart. Plenty of taxis are also available. Taking a hot air balloon flight over the area is an incredibly popular, and romantic, activity to do. Watching sunrise or sunset at the temples is a memorable experience, although make sure that you have a torch because the roads are not very well lit at all.
If you do wake up early you will also be rewarded with the sight of maroon clad monks collecting their morning alms. Unlike many other places in Asia, it is also fairly common to see Buddhist nuns too.
An injection of life is found with the beautiful flowers and trees that grow around the ruins and you can see oxen in the fields, children playing in the dust, people chewing betel nut, and wildlife scampering through the remains.
The night market is a great place for seeing how the local population creates fun and entertainment, and there is also a good selection of souvenirs and food available. There are many restaurants and cafes around Bagan as well as a wide selection of places to sleep.