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Bagan, Myanmar
The Stunning Plains of Ancient Bagan

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icon9 hours  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
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Prepare to be amazed by the more than 2,000 pagodas, temples and monasteries of Myanmar’s Bagan archaeological site on this 9-hour private tour. Feel like Indiana Jones as you ‘discover’ highlights like local markets, Shwezigon Pagoda and Bu Lei Thee Pagoda, and finish with a sunset view of the entire site. Lunch, private guide, site entrance fees, and private vehicle are included.
  • Explore the temples of the Bagan archaeological site on a private tour
  • Feel like Indiana Jones exploring more than 2,000 ancient Buddhist temples
  • Investigate key Bagan structures like Shwezigon Pagoda and Bu Lei Thee Pagoda
  • Marvel at sunset views of the entire temple complex as it turns golden orange
  • Get a sense for daily life in Bagan at the local produce market
  • Private guide ensures personalized service and attention
  • Includes a set-menu lunch and site entrance fees
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A full day tour with a professional English-speaking guide.
Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver.
All applicable taxes and service charges
Lunch at a local restaurant is included (food only)
Bagan Archaeological zone fees
Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees
Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
Single supplement charges for single travellers, where applicable
Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

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9:00 AM
Hotel pickup is available from most centrally located in and inside Old and New Bagan. Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation outside this area such as Mount Popa, river cruise ports and Bagan’s Airport are excluded.
Receive a morning pickup from your accommodations in Bagan. Before proceeding to the archaeological site, make a short stop at a local market to explore the fruits and vegetables typically grown in the region. Some of Bagan’s produce comes from areas further north, offering additional insight into the country’s agricultural products.

Head from the market to your first Bagan temple stop at Shwezigon Pagoda, an 11th century religious shrine built by King Anawrahta. You’ll also get to investigate Ku Byauk Gyi Temple, a religious structure renowned for its murals of the “Jataka” scenes. Proceed from there to Lei Thee Pagoda, one of the best-preserved of the area temples and also a great viewing location to enjoy vistas of the entire archaeological site. Finish your morning by visiting the Ananda Temple, known for its four standing Buddha figures.

After a break for an included set-menu lunch, spend the afternoon doing some shopping and, of course, discovering more temples. Head to nearby Myinkaba village to check out a laquerware workshop and perhaps even purchase a souvenir of your own. Then continue to Manuha Temple, built in 1059 using the “Mon style,” and then on to Nanbaya Temple, a sandstone palace that was once the home of King Manuha.

Finish the day with an amazing sunset view from the top of either Bupaya Pagoda or Shwe San Daw Pagoda, marveling at the golden orange light that sets the temple complex aflame in the late-afternoon sun. Please note that climbing these two temples involves sets of steep stairs. After sunset you’ll receive a drop-off back at your Bagan accommodations.
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Our guide and driver will pick you up at around 8 am for guiding you along with the most significant pagodas and temples of Bagan. Start with a stroll through the colourful local market, a beehive of activity. This daily market gives each visitor a short insight of the fruits and vegetables which are grown around Bagan or have been transported from high up north of Myanmar. Depending on the season, a variety of seasonal, fresh produce is for sale and gains an insight into the bustling market atmosphere in Bagan
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Shwezigon Paya
Our first temple stop will be at the Shwezigon Pagoda, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century. The Shwezigon Pagoda's name was derived from Ground of Victory Jeyyabhumi and was associated with the two great kings Anawrahta and Kyansitta for their backing of the Buddhist religion.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Gubyaukgyi Temple
Following this visit, we head out to the Gu Byauk Gyi temple, known for its superb murals of Jataka scenes. As the Bagan temples are dotted on this plain, visuals from the immense site are some of the features we cannot pass by.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Ananda Temple
The Ananda Temple is one of the more recognizable ones in the region with four magnificent standing Buddha images.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
New Bagan Market
After lunch, we continue our exploration tour with a visit to one of Myanmar’s most treasured handicrafts, a lacquerware craftsmen’s workshop in nearby Myinkaba village.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Manuha Temple
Next will be Manuha Temple, constructed in Mon style in 1059 and the Nanbaya Temple, a unique sandstone monument said to have been the palace of King Manuha. We end the day at the Bupaya Pagoda, a riverside temple with an outstanding golden dome as its spiritual centre piece. Sunsets across Bagan are spectacular, taking in gently-rolling hills and the winding Ayeyarwaddy River. After the sun has set, we comfortably bring you back to your Bagan hotel.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in and inside Old and New Bagan. Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation outside this area such as Mount Popa, river cruise ports and Bagan’s Airport are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant.
  • Guests are advised that some walking is required during this excursion; we always ensure that we take the most comfortable ways from the entrance of the sight to the sight itself.
  • To respect local customs and respecting the religious sites and temples on this tour, it is customary for guests to take off their shoes before allowed entrance. Your guide will inform you in advance for which of these sites this is applicable.
  • Royal temples and palaces uphold a very strict dress code: it is essential that you dress appropriately during this excursion by wearing clothes that cover shoulders and fall below the knees. Customers wearing shirts with obscene and disrespectful prints and pictures and brightly-coloured clothing may be refused entrance.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Please note pickup and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It is the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • The protection of the country’s flora and fauna is of immense importance for us. We will not pursue any activities for guests that are not in line with our animal, wildlife and environment protection principles.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Asian Trails LTD
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during The Stunning Plains of Ancient Bagan?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during The Stunning Plains of Ancient Bagan?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during The Stunning Plains of Ancient Bagan?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during The Stunning Plains of Ancient Bagan?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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Bagan Temples
, Jan 2020
Very interesting and well organized. Our tour guide, Ms. Khin Thin Swe has been very helpful and knowledgeable and it was a pleasure to spend the time together.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Dear nicolab Thank you so much for your great review on your experience across the vastness of the Bagan plains with us to guide you through the temples and history of one of Myanmar's most valued treasures. With hundreds of (still actively used) temples, pagodas and stupas dotted across the horizon, you have made the right decision to book this tour in advance as you may have lost out on the overall picture of the stories behind the Bagan temples. We will certainly bring over the message of your positive feedback to all concerned and who knows, may we see you again in the near future in this amazing destination? With kind regards Asian Trails Myanmar
Our guide Khin Thin Swe was an...
, Apr 2018
Our guide Khin Thin Swe was an absolute delight. We had such a wonderful time Thanks to Khin. She was extremely knowledgable, patient, polite and so kind and thoughtful! I truly believe it would not have been the same without Khin! We visited Shwezigon Pagoda, Ananda Temple and the gorgeous Htilominlo Temple. We also visited the 1000 year old reclining buddha and had a wonderful experience walking through the old market. Lunch was at a very beautiful restaurant with very tasty food. We ended our tour watching the sunset but sadly it was a hazey evening. Be sure to request for Khin Thin Swe from Asian Trails. You can customize the tour to your liking. She was very open to suggestions. I highly recommend this tour.
von Bagan das Wichtigste kennengelernt
, Nov 2019
Reiseführer sprach gutes akzentfreies Englisch,war pünktlich, erklärte die Sehenswürdigkeiten mit fundierten Kenntnissen. Das Restaurant für das Mittagessen war gut ausgesucht. Jedoch war mit 3 Stunden Mittagessen und Relaxen im Hotel zu viel Zeit verloren ! Die Zeit hätte noch für weitere Sehenswürdigkeiten genutzt werden können. Da seit dem Erdbeben in 2016 die Pagoden nicht mehr bestiegen werden dürfen , sollte der Sonnenuntergangsplatz irgendwie in der Zukunft erhöht werden, damit man auch ohne Ballonfahren mehr Überblick über die Gegend hat. Ein Tourist mit Drohne war natürlich im Vorteil für tolle Bilder. Insgesamt ein gelungener Tag trotz Regen.

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