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Review of Bagan Temples

Bagan Temples
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Private City Day Tour of Bagan
Ranked #1 of 108 things to do in Bagan
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Owner description: An area of 42 sq km houses thousands of richly decorated pagodas & temples.
Reviewed 23 July 2014

There is a reason why Bagan has no poor or terrible reviews at all! It is amazing, nothing like I have ever seen before.
We went during rainy season which I think was the best time to go since there were way less tourists. The view from Shwesandaw at sunset was spectacular, but even in low season it was busy, although we did go there when the festival for the beginning of Buddhist lent was so there were a lot of monks from around Myanmar there. I recommend going to lesser known temples as well which you can climb for sunset and any other time! The disadvantage of going in rainy season is that the sunsets aren't as you see in the postcards, however I thought the clouds actually gave Bagan a mystical feeling and they made the temperature cooler. There was rain but it only rained for a very short time and very little.
The pony and trap ride we took for a short time was fun.
Make sure you go before it gets too modernized, as then it won't be so good, and there will probably be a large 'M' on Ananda temple! There is already a large watch tower which spoils the view and the large museum was annoyingly under the sun when we went in July.
Where ever you go there will always be souvenir sellers trying to get you to buy, and some use very effective techniques; you might have to use 'no thank you' a lot of times before they give up.

Thank chrissy118
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Reviewed 22 July 2014

It's tough to rem all of their names, even with the sign up infront. We just gave it nick names so as to remember them. Lot's of photos to be taken and spend time understanding the paintings and the cravings. Some of them are easily accessed, hence, the paintings aren't preserved very well. Our horse cart driver brought us to the other route down to nearby the resort where they've held the ASEAS summit 2013 and those pagodas are very very very well preserved. No photos are allowed though.
Try to find some that you're able to climb, the view from the top is amazing! Do take as much time as you want to take photos. Many of the pagodas aren't allowed to climb due to the safety concerns. Otherwise, head in the cooler season from Oct onwards, the peak season there'll be hot air balloon and you can enjoy the post card scenery!

Bring along mosquito patch and buy water whenever you see shops! The heat and humidity weren't going to let you off! PS there's an archaeology zone fee that cost 6000 kyats per person (if my memory didn't fail me) They'll charge you once you enter Nyang U

Thank YunLingS
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Reviewed 22 July 2014

Aside from the picturesque view that everyone has already mentioned, I love the people of Bagan very much! Never have I been anywhere that showed genuine happiness that you are there to see what they have. I have chatted with most of the locals when I visited some temples. All are unique, but all of them are lovely. Will definitely go back!

Thank gripjho11
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Reviewed 21 July 2014

Indeed the temples in Bagan are worth visiting. Mind the proper etiquettes when going to the temples - shoes off, no socks, no shorts.

We visited the Bagan Archaeological Zone, which has the most temples and ruins. We ran for the sunrise and it's worth the temple run. We hired a rickshaw (more of a bike w/ sidecar) to get to it on time.

Thank bloodydel
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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.

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