one of the most captivating sights in South-East Asia

The view across Bagan’s temple-strewn landscape is one of the most captivating sights in South-East Asia. Perched on the banks of the Irrawaddy River in central Myanmar, this ancient city is dotted with thousands of atmospheric pagodas and intricate stupas.

Bagan’s jaw-dropping collection of Buddhist monuments is considered by many to be on a par with Cambodia’s Angkor Wat. Rising high above the trees, many of the temples were constructed during the height of the Burmese Kingdom between the 11th and 13th centuries, with over 2,000 of the originals still standing today.

Some of the more famous pagodas include the Ananda, Mingalazedi, Thatbyinnyu and Dhammayangyi, but if you have a keen interest in history our experts can point you in the direction of some of the oldest and most revered temples in the complex.

The easiest way to explore Bagan is by car, but why not rent a bicycle to roam freely through this sacred city and find its hidden treasures. For something even more special, take to the skies in a hot air balloon and peacefully drift over the temples of Bagan. Heading out in the early morning, you will witness the sun rising over the distant hills, colouring the countless spires and domed pagodas a deep gold.

If you’ve been inspired to explore Myanmar’s ancient capital, then get in touch with us to start creating your own tailor-made trip.

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