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Highest accessible viewpoint in bagan currently ?

Kerala, India
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Highest accessible viewpoint in bagan currently ?

Hello friends,

I read that shwesandaw pagoda has the best viewpoint in bagan for a panoramic sight of main temples. I also read that it is now closed for visitors to go up. So what is the next highest option in bagan to get a bird's eye view of the temple scape ?

PS : Hot air balloon is not an option since the prices are too high for our budget.

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Warks.England
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1. Re: Highest accessible viewpoint in bagan currently ?

It is,unfortunately, this

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Rev…

SS

Kerala, India
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2. Re: Highest accessible viewpoint in bagan currently ?

Hi SS,

This is new info. Thank you. I checked it out. But the map location puts it a bit far from the main temples. Is it still good enough to get a nice view of the temples over the trees. Is this the best accessible viewpoint in bagan currently ?

Den Haag
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3. Re: Highest accessible viewpoint in bagan currently ?

Yes this is the best accessible viewpoint in bagan, and yes it is a bit far from the main temples. Use a zoomlens or go to one of the small places that are still open, but not as good as the Shwesandaw. Which one? Ask your taxi driver, or do the research.

Kerala, India
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4. Re: Highest accessible viewpoint in bagan currently ?

One clarification required regarding the nan myint tower. Two different websites says different things about its opening time. One says 06.00 am. Other says 08.00 am. The difference is significant because it decides whether we can see the sunrise view of hot air balloons from the tower or not.

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…htoohospitality.com/nan-myint-tower

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https:/…bagan-viewing-tower-1912507

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So which one is true ? Can we climb up the nan myint tower at 06.00 am to see the balloons over the temples ?

Edited: 17 September 2018, 16:20
Saskatoon, Canada
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5. Re: Highest accessible viewpoint in bagan currently ?

It's open at 6am for sunrise

…htoohospitality.com/nan-myint-tower

Kerala, India
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6. Re: Highest accessible viewpoint in bagan currently ?

I came across this news from last month which mentions the possibility of reopening of shwesandaw pagoda by september. Did this come in effect or is shwesandaw still banned for travellers ?

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https://www.mmtimes.com/news/experts-conduct…

Den Haag
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7. Re: Highest accessible viewpoint in bagan currently ?

"The results will come out very soon." That usually means months rather than weeks so keep reading the local news. Could be somewhere in 2019 or maybe not at all, because ASSK and the government want them closed but the local Bagan authorities want a few temples opened for sunset. Wait and see.

Myanmar
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8. Re: Highest accessible viewpoint in bagan currently ?

Sunrise view recommend ShweGuGyi Pagoda.

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