Welcome to Old Bagan

The core of the Bagan Archaeological Zone contains several of the main temple sites, city walls, a museum, a reconstructed palace, restaurants, a few shops and a cluster of midrange to top-end hotels. It’s right on a bend of the Ayeyarwady River and it's well worth wandering down to the waterfront to watch the comings and goings of the river trade

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Old Bagan activities

$35 Walking & Biking Tours

Guided E Bike Tour in Bagan

You will be picked up at your hotel in New Bagan or Old Bagan at 8:30am for morning departure or 2:30pm for afternoon departure and start this relaxing E Bike Tour.Explore the ancient ruins and temples scattered throughout the city of Bagan by Eco-friendly E Bike. E Bike requires much less effort than a normal bike and will make your sightseeing experience very relaxing. Hop on your bike and be guided by the local expert as you make your way around the temples and ruins, while learning about the history and stories behind these impressive monuments. With your own guide and mode of transport you have the flexibility of being able to stop for photos and take in the surroundings of the Bagan landscape. Ride through the Tharabar Gate and visit the 201 foot tall Thet Bi Nyu Temple and Dhamayangyi Pahto the largest temple in Bagan. Experience one of the most exquisite and revered Bagan temples knows as the Ananda temples a must visit on your E Bike journey through the maze of Burmese history. During your journey you will have a chance to sit down and relax as the locals do at a Burmese tea shop where you can try the local tea and snacks.In addition to the vast landscape of temples and ancient relics you will also visit a local village of Myinkaba. Here you can observe local artisans in their workshops creating impressive lacquer ware. Continue on your E Bike and take the opportunity to capture some photos to remind you of this memorable journey. When the tour ends, you will be transferred back to your hotel.

$77.50 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private Full-Day Tour of Bagan

Start your full-day sightseeing tour with hotel pickup in Bagan and travel in air-conditioned aboard your private vehicle. You'll see some of the highlights of Old Bagan with knowledgeable commentary from your personal guide. Visit well-known pagodas in the area, including Ananda Pagoda, Dhammayangyi Temple, and That Byin Nyu Temple, among others. Your guide will take you through the history of Bagan, showing you examples of the wonderful architecture and paintings from the 9th to 13th centuries, which are evident throughout the plains. Enjoy lunch at a handpicked restaurant, before continuing your explorations in the afternoon.You'll finish the day at the magnificent Shwesandaw Pagoda for some incredible sunset views, followed by hotel drop-off.

$15 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Private Boat Sunset Trip in Old Bagan Including Welcome Drink

Make your way to the jetty in Leya Village and enjoy the beautiful tropical garden on the riverbank of the Irrawaddy River (aka Ayeyarwady River). Board a classic teak boat for your 1-hour sightseeing cruise overlooking wondrous views of Old Bagan and its surroundings before dusk.The vessel and driver will be ready for you 45 minutes before the sunset. Arrive prior to departure and relax in the on-site garden cafe. You're welcomed with a glass of beer or a soft drink on arrival; additional beverages, including tea, are available to purchase.Once you're on your way, the riverboat floats around Bu Phaya Pagoda and continues down the middle of the river. Admire the golden spires of the Bagan temple and the watch the sun disappear while you drift silently downstream after the driver shuts off the boat's engine. Following the sunset, you will be transferred back to the jetty.

$1805.53 Classic

Classic Myanmar Adventure

As a relative newcomer to adventure travel, exploring the mysterious nation of Myanmar (also known as Burma) often feels like setting foot on a foreign, untouched planet. With few other travellers to contend with, the natural and man-made wonders of this underexplored part of Southeast Asia often feel like they’ve been placed here just for you. And what wonders they are: Inle Lake’s unique floating gardens, the staggering imperial ruins of ancient Bagan, the incomparable palaces of Mandalay, and enveloping forests throughout. Unknown pleasures await – come find them.

$4649 Yolo

Indochina In-Depth

If you think it’s impossible to cover all of Indochina in 41 days, well, we’d like to prove you wrong. This epic, fast-paced journey covers five countries in Southeast Asia (Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, and Myanmar), making it the perfect snapshot for both first-time visitors and those making a return trip. Your days will be packed to the gills with activities like visiting Angkor Wat, trekking with hilltribes in Myanmar (Burma), cruising on Halong Bay, and touring temples and markets. And with one overnight homestay, sleeper trains, and three included flights, you can rest easy knowing you’re getting the most out of your time in this mind-blowing region.

$3199 National Geographic Journeys

The Heart of Myanmar (Burma)

Try on a new kind of adventure and immerse yourself in the warm and mysterious culture of Myanmar (Burma). Cruise the mighty Irrawaddy River to the ancient city of Bagan, home to over 2200 beautiful temples and pagodas. Drift to the floating villages on serene Inle Lake. Visit Kyan Sithar Umin monastery to meet a Buddhist monk and climb Mandalay Hill to reflect on lovely views of the surrounding countryside. From its welcoming people to its exceptional sights, the time is right to discover this underexplored destination.