Bagan is an ancient city and since July 2019a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the Mandalay Region of Myanmar. From the 9th to 13th centuries, the city was the capital of the Pagan Kingdom, the first kingdom that unified the regions that would later constitute modern Myanmar. During the kingdom's height between the 11th and 13th centuries, over 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries were constructed in the Bagan plains alone, of which the remains of over 2,200 temples and pagodas still survive to the present day.
Great to visit at any time
Among all the cities in Myanmar, Bagan is the most ideal destination for tourists to visit regardless of the time of the year. Unlike cities in the lower part of Myanmar, Bagan does not experience a rainy season and it is the perfect climate of Bagan that enables tourists to discover and explore the ancient city with ease all year round.
As of 2018 you will need to pay a 25,000 Kyat entrance fee which will give you access to the area for 5 days. We had to pay this fee on entering the zone by taxi to our hotel – so make sure you have enough cash on you when you arrive here!
Where to stay
In Bagan it is easy to get around with car and bike. Where you stay will depend on your budget. Nyaung U has the most budget accommodation and restaurants, plus it’s nearer the transport coming in and out of Bagan; Old Bagan, which is mostly high end hotels built in between the historic temples; and New Bagan, which was built for people relocated from the Archaeological Zone and mostly caters for mid-range visitors.