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Day tours around Bagan

Day Tours around Bagan

Day Tours on the Irrawaddy River & the dry zone

Tours around Bagan
Visiting central Myanmar means not only pagodas and temples there is more for sure. Although this is the driest part of the country with all the negative effects there are plenty of attraction.

Here are a few of the major short trip


And again use a guide, the local people are quite poor and you as a tourist can bring them a respectible event to earn money thats their job so everyone will earn some money from the foreigners. Keep in mind they dont have any other source of income. When you hire any of them ask to show some paper or ID from the state MTT to make shure that you get a qualified person and not one of this guys who dont know anything and only will beg you for money.

Bagan websites and books are a nice reference but the only ones who let you discover what you expect on a day tour are the qualified professionals and as indicated elsewhere they have the key avaible to open the door on many temples and pagodas in Bagan. Keep in mind that most of the brick structures are ruins only they also would make sure that the bricks fall on your head and more.

The city of Bagan is a marvelous travel destination

So better try to get it right and use local knowlegde to do so.


A tour to the Sale Monastery, this is one of the most popular because it's not to far (about 40 km) and the road is also not so bad. Whatyou get in return? A great insight into one of the most interesting Buddhist teak construction in Central Myanmar. When you are around give it a try, it's worth it.A tour to the Sale Monastery, this is one of the most popular because it's not to far (about 40 km) and the road is also not so bad. Whatyou get in return? A great insight into one of the most interesting Buddhist teak construction in Central Myanmar. When you are around give it a try, it's worth it.







  • Mount Popa the Abode of the Nats
  • An Irrawaddy / Ayeyawady Cruise
  • Visiting some workshops of the famous cottage industry
  • Hire a horse coach or bicycle for a pagoda and temple trip
  • Or just laze around the swimming pool
  • Visit a local market
  • In the evening enjoy dinner in a restaurant at the river banks
  • Some places offer acrobatic shows and puppet theater.




  • Maybe just climb up the Shwenandaw Pagoda in the late afternoon and watch the sunset behind the Irrawaddy.








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A tour to the Sale Monastery, this is one of the most popular because it's not to far (about 40 km) and the road is also not so bad. Whatyou get in return? A great insight into one of the most interesting Buddhist teak construction in Central Myanmar. When you are around give it a try, it's worth it, read more.
Irrawaddy cruise in the afternoon on turbulent water

A Irrawaddy Cruise either with a sail boat or a bigger one with an engine is one of the best turns around. The most interesting is to move along the banks in a distance and watch the people. Their live is dominated by the stream with lots of surprises and colors, give it a try.

Day Tour to Mt Popa abode of the Nats a short trip to Mount Popa, during that drive you can get a good insight into the countryside and the real spiritual life of the local people. Because although Buddhism is the official religion in the country since at least more than 1000 years the believe in the ghost and spirit system is just as strong as it was thousand years ago. Interestingly it is identical in Thailand, no difference including the spirit houses in front of every building, read more.

This is a detour into the past and gives an idea what happen in the country before Buddhism, when the Nat Spirits where the ghosts the people prayed to.

Nat Spirits are still very popular in Myanmar similar to Buddhism

About Myanmar Buddhism


The Burmese version of Buddhism is a very conservative one since they even wont allow women to get ordinate similar to monks. Considering that thishappen in the 21th Century it's a bit strange.

Shwenandaw Pagoda
Shwenandaw Pagoda