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Bagan is an UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the Mandalay Region of Myanmar. You can explore myanmar by car, railway, biking, hiking and backpacking – enjoy our Myanmar travel guide: things to do, see and explore.  

Bagan, also called Pagan and is an ancient city in the Mandalay region of Myanmar. The capital of the Kingdom of Pagan from the 9th to 13th centuries. During the kingdom’s golden age between the 11th and 13th centuries, over 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries were built in Bagan.

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The best things to do, see and attractions YOU need to visit in Myanmar 

The Bagan Archaeological Zone is filled with ancient and breathtaking temples, our favorites include; Shwezigon Pagoda among others, Thatbinnyu Temple, Htilominlo Temple, Myinkaba Gubyaukgyi Temple, and Ananda Temple.

  • Shwedagon Pagoda
  • Sule Pagoda
  • Inle Lake
  • Kyaiktiyo Pagoda
  • Mandalay Palace
  • Inya Lake
  • Mandalay Hill 
  • Macleod Island
  • Ananda Temple
  • Kandawgyi Lake
  • Kuthodaw Pagoda
  • Botataung Pagoda
  • Shwezigon Pagoda
  • Dhammayan Gyi Temple
  • Mahamuni Buddha Temple
  • Mingun Pahtodawgyi
  • Thatbyinnyu Phaya
  • Shwesandaw Pagoda
  • U Bein Bridge  
  • Mya Thein Tan Pagoda
  • Mwe Taw Kakku Pagodas
  • National Kandawgyi Gardens
  • Mount Victoria
  • Sanda Muni pagoda
  • Laykyun Sekkya
  • Bagan Nan Myint Tower

Our favorites things to do, see and attractions in Myanmar are the following:

  • Mya Thein Tan Pagoda
  • Mandalay Hill 
  • Nyaung Oo Phee Island

BEST TIME TO VISIT MYANMAR: NOVEMBER TO MAY 

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Tours and experiences to have in Myanmar: Golden Eagle Ballooning in Bagan 

The most exciting way to explore the temples in Bagan is to go on a hot-air balloon journey. 

The program begins with a pick-up at a trip to the launch website plus your hotel at about 05:00 -05:30. 

This program, more than just a hot-air balloon ride is a special experience you won’t soon forget! Experience the magic of Bagan and a thousand years of history from a balloon. You’ll find a look at some of the vast array of pagodas of Bagan. Head to the heavens since the sun rises slowly from behind distant mountains, and float over the Ayeyarwaddy River and pagodas.

On arrival, you’ll be served a light breakfast whilst watching as the hot-air balloon is inflated and ready for flight. Once airborne, you’ll have mesmerizing views of Bagan because you fly from treetop level up to a few thousand feet, wherever the wind carries you going.

During the flight, your pilot will tell you about pagodas. You will enjoy a chilly sparkling wine toast upon your landing and get a flight certificate in the pilot. Once the adventure is over Bagna, there will be a shuttle bus for the ride back to your hotel.

Experience Highlights 

  • Explore the ancient temples of Bagan during sunrise from above
  • Enjoy the fantastic views of Bagan’s most majestic sites
  • End your adventure with a celebratory glass of sparkling wine

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CAPITAL: YANGON  
AREA: 678,500 SQ KM 
OFFICIAL LANGUAGE: BURMESE


Travelbook Explorers Community Top 10 Favorites Experiences Myanmar travel guide: things to do, see and explore.   

  • From Mandalay: Irrawaddy River Cruise to Bagan
  • Balloon over Bagan, where thousands of ancient temples rise spectacularly
  • Explore Kyaiktiyo, a shining golden boulder stupa perched on a mountaintop cliff
  • Visit the pristine Inle Lake, home to monasteries, floating villages, abd water gardens 
  • From Bagan: Take a guided tour: Mount Popa and Salay
  • Ava & U Bein Bridge Sunset Bike Tour

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MYANMAR  — YOU WILL LOVE TO TRAVEL TO BAGAN AND MANDALAY BECAUSE…

Bagan Cuisines is considered to be one of the best in Asia. A mixture of Indian, Chinese, and Thai culinary ingredients produces exotic flavors to entice your taste buds.  

Myanmar is a gorgeous country with spellbinding charms, located to the east of Thailand. When you explore Myanmar, you will have a fantastic time discovering a combination of oriental cultures belonging to a great diversity of minorities, sumptuous beaches and Buddhist traditions. 

The massive pagoda in Yangon is famous for Myanmar and attracts pilgrims from around the country. You can marvel at this gold plated complex in the capital’s centre. When you visit, you can understand why it’s so precious. Over 60 tonnes of gold protect the outside of the pagoda. And if you appear on peak you will notice a giant diamond sat inside the hti. This is a real 75 carat (or 15 gram), almost flawless diamond in addition to the pagoda. And not forgetting the thousands of others who decorate the statues and pavilions.

Yangon experience highlights:

Shwedagon Pagoda: called the most sacred religious site in Myanmar. 

National Museum of Yangon: This museum has a collection of historical objects, works of art, ornaments, historical memorabilia and inscriptions, linked to the Burmese’s history, culture, and culture.

Sule Pagoda: A two thousand years pagoda, located in the center of Rangoon.

Mandalay experience highlights: 

The town is the last capital of the Kingdom of Myanmar. 

Mahamuni Pagoda: A top holy place for Buddhism in Myanmar.

Shwesandaw Pagoda: The largest book in the world. 

Zegyo market: The oldest Myanmar marketplace.

Shwenandaw Monastery: A top monastery in myanmar. 


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Do I need a visa to travel to Myanmar? 

Travellers from Brunei, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Macao, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam don’t need a visa to visit Myanmar for a period of 14 – 30 days depending on nationality.

Chinese and Indian passport holders can pick-up a tourist visa on arrival at Yangon or Mandalay International Airports for USD 50.

The majority of other nationalities can obtain an E-visa here at least 3 days before your intended date of arrival. The cost for a 28-day tourist visa is USD 50 and port of entry includes a number of border crossings by land or air.

What kind of currency is used in Myanmar? 

The official currency of Myanmar is the Burmese Kyat (MMK), which has the value of 1560 MMK = 1 USD. Please note MMK are virtually useless outside of Myanmar, so make sure to change the majority of your local currency back to USD, EUR, or GBP before exiting the country at either the airport or reputable exchange shops with a good rate.

What is the national language of Myanmar?

While there are over 100 languages spoken in Myanmar, the official language of the country is Burmese. Compared to other Southeast Asian countries, English speakers are more difficult to find in Myanmar outside of big cities and luxury hotels and resorts. Here are some basic Burmese phrases you may find useful on your up-coming trip to Myanmar.

Hello/ Goodbye: Min ga la ba
Thank you: Chay tzoo tin bah teh
Sorry: Wun neh ba deh
Yes: Ho de
No: Ma ho bu
Help: Keh ba
How much: Be lau le
So expensive: Zei mya de
Can i have a discount: Nae nae htat shot pay par oo 
I don’t understand: Na ma le ba bu

What should I eat while visiting Myanmar? 

Mohinga soup — Myanmar’s signature dish is usually eaten for breakfast. A hearty herbal-based broth is filled with round rice noodles, the crunchy pith of the banana tree, and served with optional toppings such as fried fish patties, boiled eggs, and crispy fried fritters. 

Laphet Thohk —  Tea-leaf salad is made by tossing tea leaves, shredded cabbage, minced tomatoes, deep-fried beans, nuts and peas with garlic oil, chili and lime juice. This snack is often served at friend’s houses when visiting or in local tea shops along with of course, cups of tea.

Is Myanmar a safe destination?

Generally speaking, yes, Myanmar is a safe destination to visit. However, it is advised that you have a full and comprehensive travel insurance as the quality of medical care can be quite basic in case of accident. 

There are some road safety issues like dodgy pavements, pot-holes, and chaotic traffic patterns, so be careful when you are walking, cycling or driving, and under no circumstances drink the tap water. Make sure the water you buy is in a sealed bottle or boiled for tea. 

What to wear?

Myanmar is a very conservative country so care must be taken to respect the local culture. Men should avoid wearing shorts and slippers while women should not wear short skirts, see-through outfits, sleeveless shirts, skinny jeans or heavy make-up, especially when visiting temples, pagodas, and other sacred areas. This is a great time to try out the local longyi tradition! 

Remove your shoes whenever you enter a temple, pagoda, house, or business

Do not wear anything depicting violence, anti-government, or religious, especially when it comes to Buddha.

Why should you visit Myanmar?

If you’re wondering if a trip to Myanmar is right for you, check out our top reasons why this country should be on your bucket list right away.

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