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Don’t leave Bagan without …

The Bagan archaeological site - the pride of Burmese people
Bagan is reputed as the Land of Pagodas par excellence, and for good reason. With around 2,000 temples, pagodas, and monasteries built between the 11th and 13th centuries, there seems to be built-in grandeur everywhere you turn. All these elements can combine to make for a truly memorable experience in this staggering ancient city. No wonder so many people those fond of Buddha statues and pagodas choose the city tucked away on a curve of the Ayeyarwady River for a day trip.Let’s talk about awesome, cool and fun things to do Bagan! And what else would be better than a big list of genuinely worthwhile things to do on any day trip from Bagan? Keep on reading!

Exploring as many pagodas as possible

The Bagan archaeological site - the pride of Burmese people

The Bagan archaeological site – the pride of Burmese people

Bagan is filled with impressive Buddhist religious monuments. From Sein Nyet Sister Temples to Shwesandaw Pagoda, these temples, pagodas, shrines, and wats in just a 20-mile square radius at the Bagan archaeological site are as different as they are beautiful. Such is the amount of world-beating sights that both Burmese and foreign travelers all know and love, there will never be a shortage of ideas to enjoy your full-day trip in Bagan. In spite of the K25,000 (USD $18) entry fee valid for up to 5 days, don’t expect to get time to visit every single monument.

Some are worldwide famous for being home to the rare double Buddha statues, others are a secret with no name on Google Maps. But no matter their name, age, position, or architecture, these Buddhist holy places are some of the most splendid in the world. Each has its own story to tell and is best discovered on a bicycle tour.

Visiting Ananda Pagoda – One of Bagan’s most beautiful temples

Ananda Pagoda – One of Bagan’s most beautiful temples

Ananda Pagoda – One of Bagan’s most beautiful temples

One of the first great temples to be built in Bagan and most visited pagoda in the area, Ananda Pagoda has more than enough material for an article of its own. Believed to be built according to the plan furnished by Indian Buddhist monks, Ananda Pagoda is the finest, most beautiful and venerated one out of 2,000 holy monuments in Bagan.

This pagoda was first built in 1090 – 1105 and extensively restored in the 20th century after Ananda was destroyed in an earthquake in 1975. The distinctive single-storey design of the pagoda showing Mon and North Indian influence always appears at one with its environment over the Bagan plains, the pagoda’s greatest treasure, however, is the gilded sikhara, the tower like a spire on its top.

Waking up early for the sunrise

Sunrise in Bagan – a memory to remember

Sunrise in Bagan – a memory to remember

You cannot compose a list of “ Where to go on any Bagan day trips” like this without having tried and trusted favorites like the amazing Bagan Archaeological Zone, but when is the best time to visit these sites designed to connect earth and heaven? Any day trips in Bagan would not be complete without a morning climbing a pagoda and seeing the sun peak over the mountains and dye the sky a rainbow of colors.

Bagan affords several great spots for romantic panoramic sunrise views. Some of them are Thitsarwadi Temple, Ta Wet Hpaya, Shwesandaw Pagoda, Law Ka Ou Shaung, etc. Imagine getting a spot high up on one of the higher levels without anyone’s head (or camera) in your way and overlooking the entire Archaeological Zone of sunlight with someone you love! This is reason enough to get up early enough and brave the crowds.

Sampling authentic Burmese cuisine – a great way to become a local

Sample authentic Burmese cuisine – a great way to become a local

Sample authentic Burmese cuisine – a great way to become a local

People may tend to associate Bagan day trips either with these amazing ruins dot the city or hot air balloons over the Bagan Archaeological Zone, but the truth is that there are plenty of experiences to be had that fall completely outside those common cliches. So if you are into Burmese food scene, culture, and tradition, there’s something for you out there. To get more information, you can click: Indochina tours and travel

The Burmese’s food is rich in flavors and fascinating exotic, local ingredients especially a variety of meat, fish, and vegetables. Bagan day trips open your eyes and your taste buds to a whole new range of authentic flavor profiles and foods – the mix of Indian, Chinese, Thai, and original Burmese influences – that you might have otherwise been missing out on.

If you have traveled to Bagan, you should know mohinga – one of the country’s national dishes – a bowl of rice noodles covered in a fragrant, hot, and sour fish-based soup and sprinkled with deep fried fritters; pickled tea leaf salad named Laphet Thohk – tea leaves combined with peanuts, cabbage, tomatoes, broad beans, sesame seeds, thinly sliced ginger, chili, and more; Burmese fish curry, etc.

Insider: Go to the many eateries found around Bagan to find the best local dishes.

Bagan is known as the largest concentration of Buddhist religious monuments on the planet, but it has much more to offer! There is so much more to experience apart from the famous Ananda Pagoda, Dhammayangyi Pagoda, Thatbyinnyu Pagoda, and Shwezigon Pagoda.


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