Category: Bagan

Bagan Travel Guide

Bagan Travel Guide

 

I made a graphic Bagan travel guide hoping that it might help someone who is planning or curious about travel to Bagan, Myanamar. I really enjoyed my time in Bagan and it has probably the most authentic place I’ve been to so far. It’s very raw and not crowded at the time I visited, that also means the usual conveniences are not there but that also adds charm to the place.

 

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Golden Cuckoo Lacquerware Workshop

Golden Cuckoo Lacquerware Workshop

 

There are a lot of Lacquer ware shops in Bagan. I didn’t actually think I would have time to visit one. You will see a lot of them on the road from Old Bagan to New Bagan and since I was going back to the hotel, I thought that I might as well see a shop if it’s still open in the late afternoon. Luckily, it still was. I looked up a few places I wanted to go to. There was this one that I really wanted to check out but I couldn’t find the address. This was also on my list as I read some really good reviews.

 

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Be Kind To Animals – The Moon vegetarian restaurant in Bagan

Be Kind To Animals – The Moon vegetarian restaurant in Bagan

 

After taking a nap at my hotel and visiting a few more random temples, I decided to look for Be Kind To Animals – The Moon. It is number 2 on Tripadvisor for restaurants in Bagan. It is North of Ananda Temple and was not too hard to find. It is on a street where there were a lot of stalls that sold different kinds of goods. Expect to be haggled by kids selling things. 🙂 It is funny that it says “Original One” on their menu because there really is a copycat a few meters down the road. They copied it exactly even printing a Tripadvisor sign. I should have taken pictures of it.

 

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Weather Spoon restaurant in Bagan

Weather Spoon restaurant in Bagan

 

Since I was already in Nyaung-U, I decided to go to Weather Spoon for lunch. I think it’s the number one restaurant on Tripadvisor for Bagan so might as well check it out.

 

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Shwezigon Pagoda

Shwezigon Pagoda

 

Shwezigon Pagoda is located near Nyang-U which is near the main town of Bagan. It is really an amazing and impressive structure. I parked my bike at the parking lot and initially, there were people outside approaching tourists about their store and merchandise. They were courteous enough to let you check it out after you visit the pagoda instead of pushing you head on.

 

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Temples in Bagan

Temples in Bagan

 

Temples in Bagan are scattered but most are located in Old Bagan. I made sure to see the main temples. We paid for the Bagan Archealogical Zone fee valid for five days which gives access to all the temples in Bagan. They said that the ticket will be checked but it was only checked once at the Shwesandaw Pagoda and that was it. It was not checked since then. The first one I went to for the day was the Thatbyinyu Temple. It is said to be the tallest temple in Bagan. I didn’t go inside the temple. I just took pictures from outside but I saw people at the top of the temple.

“The name “Thatbyinnyu ” is an original name. It is one of the attributes of the Lord Buddha., “Thatbyinnyu” means “Omniscience” which the Lord Buddha attained on becoming enlightened. In the Temple are circumambulatory vaulted corri-dors, four-terraced devotional stupa, vihara (monastery) and the library. It is a big complex structure with seven terraces in all facing east. To read more about it, you can check this site.

 

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Sunset in Shwesandaw Pagoda in Bagan

Sunset in Shwesandaw Pagoda in Bagan

 

On my first day, I only had time to see one or two temples. I just decided on seeing the sunset in Shwesandaw Pagoda as they recommend this for sunset viewing. I had a map application on my phone and it took me to a back road that no one really passes through except maybe locals. It was slightly scary since I saw one truck with all guys pass by and that was it. Just go through the main road if you’re alone. Haha.

 

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Renting an e-bike in Bagan

Renting an e-bike in Bagan

 

I came to Bagan in the afternoon. After checking in and settling in a bit, I only had time for one or two temples to visit. I just decided to go to one for sunset viewing. The first order of business is to rent an electric bike or an e-bike. Foreigners are not allowed to drive motorcycles or vehicles so you either get an e-bike or a bicycle. Renting an e-bike in Bagan is very easy. From across our hostel, there were two groups that were renting them out. E-bikes are everywhere, I’m sure you will find one in a hostel near you.

 

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Ostello Bello Bagan

Ostello Bello Bagan

 

Ostello Bello Bagan is a hostel located in New Bagan and I did not like it. It seemed really good when I was booking and it had really good reviews so I decided to go ahead with it. It is very popular with backpackers so that is the crowd of the hostel, mostly young groups in their 20s backpacking through Southeast Asia. I think for a dorm room stay, it would be great value. I booked a private room and I wish I had booked elsewhere.

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OK Van Express from Mandalay to Bagan

OK Van Express from Mandalay to Bagan


When I was researching for this trip, I read about OK Express and that it was a good service. They do door to door so they pick you up from your hotel in Mandalay and drop you off at your hotel in Bagan or vice versa. If I had known this, I could have traveled at night without any worries. Anyway, it costs 9000 kiats or $9. They have maybe 3 trips a day. I took the earliest one at 8am.

 

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