Thousands of temples, stupas and pagodas strewn across a river plain…this is Bagan – once one of the most significant ancient religious cities in Southeast Asia, matched only by Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Indeed, many say this is even more impressive, and with less crowds and its stunning river-side setting its easy to agree. Bagan must be considered one of the richest archaeological sites in the world, yet it allows you un-fettered access to the most impressive relics of the first period of Burmese greatness.
Situated on the eastern bank of the Irrawaddy River, Bagan covers more than 16 square miles. Either in the misty early mornings, scorching midday heat or during a spectacular orange sunsets the atmosphere on the plain keeps changing – just make sure you have your camera and plenty of memory cards as Bagan is the ultimate photographer’s delight.
Bagan is also famed for its unique lacquer ware and travellers can visit the workshops to watch craftsmen produce these beautiful handicrafts.
Many hotels are located close to the old city walls or in Bagan New Town just a few miles away; the government having forcibly evicted the many thousands of residents from inside city walls.