If you’re visiting Myanmar then capturing that iconic photo from the temples of Bagan is going to be at the top of your list. So with over 2,200 Bagan temples to choose from, and of course the iconic Bagan sunrise and Bagan sunset, we’re going to help you narrow down your choices of which Bagan Pagodas to visit.
Which Bagan Temples To Visit
Let’s face it, nearly everyone’s seen the screensaver photos of hot air balloons taking off over the temples of Bagan. So if you have the opportunity to visit, you’re not going to want to miss it.
With tourists flocking to the ancient city by the hundreds, here are a few of our personal favourite Bagan pagodas to hang out at…
Buledi Pagoda – For Bagan Sunrise & Bagan Sunset
If it’s sunrise or sunset you’re looking for then Buledi Pagoda is the main place people head to. It’s not far from the main road and gives you the perfect 360 view of the Bagan hot air balloons.
Just be sure to get there early, around half an hour before Bagan sunrise, to grab a decent spot.
Shwegugyi Pagoda – The Best Views
Take a trip up this beauty in the day time and you’ll get your perfect photo opportunity from one of our favourite Bagan temples. There are a few others within the same grounds but Shwegugyi Pagoda overlooks them all.
Sulamani Pagoda – One Of The Coolest Temples Of Bagan
For some reason unexplained we just fell in love with Sulamani Pagoda. The grassy surroundings makes for a perfect place to hang out with friends in the evenings and its a change to the usual Bagan temples.
Other popular pagodas include Ananda and Shwesandaw, which was closed for renovation when we visited. Although with over 2,200 to choose from we recommend renting a bike and exploring for yourself, after all ‘bikes in Bagan’ is the thing to do.
Bagan Temples Costs
Entry Fee To Bagan
The archaeological zone costs 25,000 Kyat per person and grants access to every pagoda within the area.
You’ll hear it from everyone and it’s definitely worth renting them – Bagan E-Bikes! They are basically electric mopeds that max out at 40 km/h and will save your legs a lot of hard work (as we found when renting bicycles the first day).
They can be found at most places around town for 8000 Kyat for a full day, 4000 Kyat for a half day or if you only want them for sunrise then 1000 Kyat per hour. Although you will definitely want a full day to explore the temples of Bagan!
Bagan Hot Air Balloon
To take a ride over the Bagan pagodas a Bagan Hot Air Balloons trip will cost you around $300 per person. They charter 8 people per basket and weather dependent around 30 Bagan balloons go up each morning.
Be warned though – they sell out way in advance!
Taw Win Restaurant – We couldn’t finish the blog without giving a shoutout to our favourite Bagan restaurants.
The waitresses could not have been more enthusiastic. They were happy to switch up things on the menu and served a delicious variety of Burmese/Western food as well as giving us advice on all the best Bagan pagodas.
Nyaung-U – We recommend Nyaung-U as it was significantly cheaper than Old or New Bagan. one straight road from our hostel lead to all the temple entrances. There are also plenty of restaurants and souvenir shops to scout around in in the evening.
You can check out the prices of all the places to stay in Bagan here.
For more things to do in Myanmar and which route to take, make sure to check out our break down – Things To Do In Myanmar – Our Myanmar Itinerary
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