There are three distinct accommodation bases around Bagan. Old Bagan has only high-end hotels, while New Bagan and Nyaung U have a mix of midrange and budget choices.
- Old Bagan Closest to the big-time temples, most of Bagan’s high-end hotels cluster in and around the riverside and the old palace walls. It’s a central location (particularly good for quick visits to Bagan), with plenty of daytime eating options but less nightlife than Nyaung U. Doubles start around US$100.
- New Bagan Only founded in 1990, New Bagan has by far the best midrange choices, with rooms from around US$30 to upwards of US$200. There's also a couple of enticing riverside restaurants – though it's best to come for the view, not the food.
- Nyaung U The budget heart of Bagan, with the liveliest restaurant scene and the bulk of the transport connections, Nyaung U is a real town, with guesthouse rooms from US$20. On the downside, it’s about 2 miles from the temple zone.