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“Visit before it's too modernised”
Review of Bagan Temples

Bagan Temples
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Private City Day Tour of Bagan
Ranked #1 of 105 things to do in Bagan
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Owner description: An area of 42 sq km houses thousands of richly decorated pagodas & temples.
Singapore, Singapore
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“Visit before it's too modernised”
Reviewed 20 July 2014

We flew to Bagan from Yangon. It's supposed to be off season during July, and indeed the roads were scarce of traffic and people. We rented a electrical bicycle for Kyat8000 which was practically for the entire day, and zipped around dusty roads in search of the biggest (and touristy) temples to visit. Sun was hot and we felt the burn after doing this for 4 hours on a stretch. Note that the streets were not brightly lit, so might not be such a good idea to be cycling on the roads at night.

There were many lacquerware shops to be found and we managed to find some really unique designs not seen in the other shops and bought a few items. Most shops will be happy to show you how the lacquerware are made. They are usually bamboo or teak, and all painstakingly hand carved. Excellent souvenir for the holiday.

We went to the temple to see the famed sunset (buy the ticket at the airport on arrival @ USD15) but was too early and had a drink at the site. There were many kids following us and trying to sell postcards and stuff, and they spoke a multitude of languages. I tried German, Japanese and Mandarin, and they can at least tell me their names and age. They can be quite persistent, but really harmless. The climb up the temple was a little daunting, as the slope was nearly 90 deg vertical. If you are scared of heights, may be challenging. Sunset was beautiful, and the landscape seemed to change as the sun rays extended the shadows of the thousands of temples. Note that the rules about wearing pants and covering up was not strictly enforced when we were there. I saw many western tourists in shorts and straps. Ask the locals what time the sun would be setting that day, so it wouldn't be too long a wait.

Overall a lovely trip, and I felt the city is on the cusp of modernisation, still unspoilt by tourism. Highly recommended to go have a look if you are in Myanmar.

Visited July 2014
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“Serene beauty”
Reviewed 17 July 2014

There's over 2000 temples scattered between Nyaung U and New Bagan and they're all pretty beautiful. If you enjoyed the temples in Bali, Siem Reap then you'll definitely love the sheer size and mesmerizing history of the temples in Bagan. Also one of the most tranquil places to be sat on a temple taking in sunrise/sunset

Visited June 2014
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“A little "Indiana Jones" / "Lara Croft" adventure”
Reviewed 16 July 2014

Being able to go from one temple to another - and for a great number of them, to be able to get inside and step on ancient stones, touch cold walls, and study the murals, sculptures and structures - would be a "dream" come true for many a "dreamer" ... or a novice / amateur adventurer. The dreamer could then drift into his/her own "movie in the mind" entitled:

(One's Name) and the 2000 Temples of Bagan.

Adjectives abound for this wondrous site. For an "adventure-seeking traveler" Bagan is - needless to say - a place that HAS to be explored. To make the experience even more riveting, one might also want to take the much talked about train ride from Yangon to Bagan... (Google "Virtual Train Ride: Yangon - Bagan, Myanmar" for the video story of this other part of the adventure...)

Indiana Jones / Lara Croft fans could easily make this site a thrilling ride...

Visited August 2013
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“DON'T BUY A TICKET!”
Reviewed 15 July 2014

We went to Mandalay, Monywa, Rangoon, and here. I think this and Rangoon were the only worthwhile stops. We did a private tour with our hotel from 8-12 and 2-sunset. I thought it was plenty of time. You certainly could be satisfied with one day - two days at tops!

There is NO reason to buy tickets for Bagan. We bought them at one Pagoda and were NEVER asked for them at any others, plus the inside of the Pagodas are not that great as compared to the outside.

Visited July 2014
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“Extraordinary sight, not too many tourists”
Reviewed 14 July 2014

Beautiful sight with thousands of temples and pagodas scattered around the area. It's a must for anyone visiting Myanmar/Burma as a tourist. Even though most of the temples and pagodas have been rebuild or repaired, you'll still find several remnants from the original structures. The area still isn't able to fully accommodate modern tourists, but that's part of the charm.

Visited July 2014
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