Capital of the first Myanmar Empire, is one of the main tourist destinations in Myanmar and one of the richest archaeological sites in South-East Asia. Situated on the eastern bank of the Ayeyawaddy River . The magic of Bagan has inspired visitors to Myanmar for nearly 1000 years.
Getting to Bagan
Nyaung Oo Airport in Bagan is accessible to land not only international flights by charter basic but also daily regular domestic-flights. During peak season there are flights between Yangon and Bagan that operate twice a day take roughly one hour and ten minutes. Express trains from Yangon are also accessible to Bagan and take 12 hours. There are regular express coach services to Bagan from Yangon, Nay Pyi Taw and Mandalay.
Transportation In Bagan
The motor vehicles of the licensed tourist transport services are able to take for travelling and sightseeing. The taxis with the red numbers plaques are also available on the way to the tourist sites, licensed hotels can arrange for car rental service. Tourists enjoy travelling in horse and Bullock carts around Bagan.
One of the best ways to see Myanmar is by gliding down its legendary river, the Ayeyarwaddy (Irrawaddy). With a length of 2170km, it is the longest and the most important river in Myanmar. Cruising on the Ayeyarwaddy river is a popular experience among international visitors, as it offers a relaxing, cool and comfortable ride. Traditional River Boats and Luxury River Cruises operate along the Ayeyarwaddy and Chindwin rivers.
Between Mandalay and Bagan (vice versa, visitors can take in the natural beauty of the Ayeyarwaddy and explore the fascinating view of Mt. Sagaing, Pakokku, Myingyan and other well-known cities by cruising. Day trips are available by express boats: Malikha Express and RV Shwe Keinnery. Cruise boutique hotel and luxury cruise liners such as RV Paukkan ,RV Pandaw, RV Randabo and Road to Mandalay operate 2,3 and 4 night trips.
A Riverine boat trip in the evening near the Ayeyarwaddy River Band offers the panoramic view of Bagan, the local fisherman and a pleasant Sunset.
The ancient monuments of different periods cover Bagan, the most important historical site in Myanmar. Bagan is situated in the Irrawaddy River bend. The monuments stand on the land stretching from the river bank to the Turintaung range .
A panoramic view of Bagan can be seen from the top terrace of the Bagan viewing tower. A finger pointed in any direction will not miss a monument . At present, there are over 2,000 ancient monuments in the Bagan area, according to the list of the Archaeological Department. Although there are many monuments in Bagan, they are different in plan, elevation, decoration and architectural elements. Only three or four monuments are of the same type. Some are one-story buildings and others are three or four-story buildings.
Some have a bell-shaped section or a sikhara section on top. In those days Ancient Myanmar Races built their buildings according to their own ideas like the construction of houses nowadays. They designed their buildings to be as beautiful as possible and made them more elaborate to boast of their power and wealth.
Credit; Ministry of Hotels & Tourism