Best Bagan Pagodas – Which To Visit & Why

Best Bagan Pagodas – Which To Visit & Why

Capturing that iconic photo from the Bagan temples is going to be at the top of your Myanmar to-do list. So here’s our full best Bagan pagodas guide.

Best Bagan Pagodas – Which To Visit & Why

Entry Fee To Bagan

The archaeological zone costs 25,000 Kyat per person and grants access to every pagoda within the area.

Bagan E-Bikes

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!

Which Bagan Temples To Visit & Why

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.

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Our Bagan Sunrise at Buledi Pagoda – also a good spot for Bagan sunset

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.

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Our favourite view of the best Bagan pagodas from Shwegugyi Pagoda

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.

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Lauren’s legs got tired at Sulamani Pagoda

& The Rest…

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.

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The beginning of a Bagan sunset

Where To Stay In Bagan

Nyaung-U – We recommend Nyaung-U as it was significantly cheaper than Old or New Bagan.

One straight road from our accommodation lead to all the temple entrances. There are also plenty of restaurants and souvenir shops to scout around in in the evening.

For other place to stay in Bagan you can check the latest prices here.

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This trip was sponsored by Myanmar Tourism

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  1. Julie Van Camp
    November 18, 2018 / 7:50 pm

    Hello, I’m planning a trip to Myanmar and your blog is a reference for all my travels. I was wondering how many days would be ideal to stay in Bagan? What do you recommend?
    Thanks a lot,

    • November 18, 2018 / 11:01 pm

      Hey Julie that’s awesome to hear, thank you! We stayed like 3 days I think to give us enough sunrises to see everything we wanted to. Have a safe trip!

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