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We were so excited to arrive in Bagan. I had seen pictures online and it looked pretty special. Bagan has more than 2,000 Buddhist monuments. The hotel recommended for us to rent a scooter and go around to see the temples. The scooter only cost $6 for the entire day. You could also hire a driver to take you around, it will probably cost around $10-$15 USD.

Bagan is split into three different areas: Nyuang U, New Bagan, and Old Bagan. These three towns are all fairly close to each other. Our hotel was located in New Bagan and it was only a 15 minute car ride from the airport which is located in Nyuang U. Old Bagan is where most of the temples are located.

Bagan sunrises are truly iconic. If you’re lucky enough to experience it on a hot air balloon then do it. Unfortunately for us, our balloon ride was cancelled due to strong winds, so instead, we watched the sunrise on top of the Shwesandaw Pagoda. It was beautiful.


Rent a scooter to see the temples

Try and arrange a hot air balloon ride

Wake up early to see the sunrise on top of a Pagoda

What to bring:

Very crisp US bills, the Burmese will not exchange your money if the bill has creased marks, is torn, written on, etc. Money needs to be in perfect condition

Sunglasses—can also be used for the scooter ride because of the dirt roads


Bug spray

Little packets of tissues to be used as toilet paper

Hand sanitizer


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