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Bagan – City of Temples

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Under jagged mountains and across winding rivers, the red plain of Bagan is surreal. Against this majestic backdrop, over 2,000 ancient Buddhist temples dot the landscape. From piercing stupa spires to stone pagodas and graceful domes, Bagan is a mesmerizing sight. A tailormade Bagan tour will take you across this wondrous plain, inside temples to admire colorful shrines, and face to face with the farmers and artisans that call this dreamy landscape home. With Backyard Travel’s local expertise, you get the freedom to discover Bagan as you like.

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Feb ’15 “Located in Myanmar’s central west, Bagan is serviced by flights, buses and trains from Yangon. Accommodation is centered in the surrounding villages of New Bagan and Nyaung Oo. Tours are available with Backyard Travel.”

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Sep ’14 “Luxurious Myanmar from Backyard Travel, a bespoke travel outfitter that creates insider experiences across Asia. The Deal, six nights at upscale hotels in Rangoon, Inle Lake, and Bagan. The Highlight, a guided tour of colonial Rangoon in a 1945 Chevrolet.”

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Venture through the area’s gorgeous temples and beyond to discover the daily life of villagers in this sacred site. Bagan’s history is recorded on its monumental pagodas, but its present, carved into terraced fields and fine handicrafts, is no less of an attraction.



CHARACTER

Especially in small rural villages like those around Bagan, the Burmese are a welcoming and engaged people, known to address visitors as “brothers” and “sisters” shortly after meeting them.



CLIMATE

The months between November and February are the driest and coolest time to visit. Rains are common between May and September, while temperatures can be very hot in spring.



ENTERTAINMENT

While you’ll find some bars and restaurants around Nyaung U, Bagan is a quiet temple town. Catching the sunset atop a golden pagoda makes going to bed early more than worthwhile.



CULTURE

Unlike archeological sites like Angkor, the Bagan plain is home to several small farming and artisan villages. These traditional, rural Burmese towns add to the local color and photographic charm of the region.



LANGUAGE

Burmese is the official language in Myanmar, the most widely spoken as well. In small villages around Bagan, you’re likely to hear some local dialects. English and Chinese are common in tourist areas.



HISTORY

The surviving 2,000 temples of Bagan were once part of a 10,000-temple compound! Most of the temples date from height of the Kingdom of Pagan from the 11th to 13th century.

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