Scores of exotic Buddhist temples are scattered across a vast dusty plain making Bagan one of the most remarkable sights in Southeast Asia. Sitting on the banks of the Ayeyarwaddy River, the temple-filled plain contains over 4400 temples, pagodas and stupas, rivalling the magnificent Angkor in Cambodia and dating back to the same period, almost 800 years ago. The shape and construction of each building is highly significant in Buddhism with each component part taking a spiritual meaning. Today around 2200 are still complete. Part of the original area has been washed away by the river Irrawaddy, earthquakes and general erosion and thieves stealing parts have all contributed to the crumbling remains of the other temples, pagodas and stupas that are a pile of rocks.
The brilliance of Bagan is in the wonderful collective views of stupa upon stupa dotting the plain and filling the skyline. Climbing to a temple lookout for sunset is an important part of the Bagan experience though it is best seen from a hot-air balloon at dawn. Coast over the temples with a bird’s eye view of the morning activities.
To get you started with planning your holiday to Bagan, we have showcased below some popular itineraries requested by our clients which we hope will inspire your visit to Southeast Asia