Bagan

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Known as the city of four million pagodas, Bagan (or Pagan as it used to be called) is the cradle of Myanmar civilisation, the first capital of the once mighty Bamar kingdom. Although Bagan's early history is shrouded in mystery, chronicles recount that the city grew out of 19 villages.

The city's "Golden Era" was between 1044 and 1287 during which time thirteen kings left their signature on the area in the form of temples, pagodas, palaces and the introduction of Theravada Buddhism to the region and ultimately the country. As with most ancient civilisations, when the end came it came abruptly with the brutal sacking of the city by Genghis Khan's grandson, the enigmatic Kublai Khan. Its history unsure, all that is certain is that Bagan is a sight to behold. Unlike its more illustrious cousin, Angkor Wat, Bagan receives very little in the way of visitors making a visit to this ancient wonder doubly special.


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Best time to be there

Myanmar (Burma) has three clear seasons: from March to May are the very hot summer months, the wet and humid monsoon runs from May to October and the cold dry winter lasts from November to February. The best time of year to visit is late November early December when the rains have gone, the landscape is lush and green and the skies are crystal clear. However any time from late November to March is a good time to travel.

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Yangon (Thai Airways via Bangkok)

flying time

12 hours 55 minutes via Bangkok

time difference

GMT +6 1/2 hours

Visas

Required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area

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Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

Sanctuary Ananda 3 Nights Bagan – Mandalay

Nights: 3 | from £695pp

Enjoy 3 nights aboard the luxurious Sanctuary Ananda, exploring beautiful pagodas, bustling markets and the ancient capital of mystical Myanmar. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Classic Myanmar

Nights: 11 | from £5,953pp

Virtually off-limits for decades, Myanmar is back with a bang, as stay-away travellers realise the delights they’ve been missing in this wonderful, warm,... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Hilltribes of Myanmar (Burma)

Nights: 13 | from £2,995pp

Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, distils the best of South-East Asia – golden pagodas, fascinating hilltribes, lush mountain scenery, pristine beaches... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Adventure & Culture

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Sanctuary Ananda 4 Nights Mandalay – Bagan

Nights: 4 | from £795pp

Hop aboard the Sanctuary Ananda for a 4 night cruise from Mandalay to Bagan, viewing magnificent monasteries, ancient cities and colourful markets. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Highlights of Myanmar (Burma)

Nights: 8 | from £2,114pp

Discover thriving Yangon, explore the Bagan temples and relax at enchanting Inle Lake. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Below are some of our suggested places to stay:

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Aureum Palace Hotel & Resort

The Aureum Palace Hotel is a tranquil paradise, set in 27 acres of tropical gardens. Adjacent to the Bagan Archeaological Zone, the 114 rooms, 72 of which... Find out more

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Bagan Lodge

Ideally set on the edge of the archaeological zone, Bagan Lodge offers convenient access to over 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries. The... Find out more

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The Balloons over Bagan

Known as the city of four million pagodas, Bagan (or Pagan as it used to be called) is the cradle of Burmese civilisation, the first capital of the once... Find out more

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The Hotel @ Tharabar Gate

This stylish hotel is set in lush gardens overlooking the famous Ananda Temple. Tharabar Gate's 86 guest rooms are tastefully furnished with teak wood... Find out more

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