Guide for Visiting Temples in Myanmar

Myanmar is unrivalled for the numbers of temples and pagodas in Southeast Asia. A trip to the iconic and picture perfect Bagan is a must do during any Myanmar adventure. Our memories of the pagoda and temple filled landscape, the endless sunrises and sunsets and the early morning bike rides on the dusty Bagan roads will stay with us forever. From sunrises and sunsets, to what to pack for a Bagan adventure, here’s our temples visiting guide to help plan a perfect Bagan visit!

6 Must-See Temples in Bagan with Historical Story Background

Fervent believers in Theravada Buddhism, the Bagan kings and their subjects built over 10,000 stupas throughout their metropolis between the 9th and 13th centuries CE. It couldn't last, however, the Kingdom crumbled under Mongol attack in the 13th century. The temples that remain — only a fifth of the original number — only hint at the riches and grandeur of Bagan's heyday.

10 Must-Try Foods in Myanmar To Truly Experience The Local Life

Myanmar is not often thought of as the culinary capital of South East Asia. Food in Myanmar is delicious and very healthy, with a big variety of curries, soups, snacks and salads. The cooking is strongly influenced by its neighboring countries; Laos, Thailand, China, Bangladesh and India. The great variety of different ethnic groups in the country makes the cooking diverse. As you travel from Yangon, to Bagan to Mandalay you will experience a range of unique and creative dishes as below.

Myanmar's Top 3 Bike Rides

Exploring cities on foot can be exhausting, taxis expensive, and public transportation confusing. There's one device, however, that allows visitors to explore with ease. Myanmar's roads are a wonderland for cycling enthusiasts. The country's tourist industry may be nascent, but for adventurous travelers keen to see historical ruins, beautiful scenery and culturally diverse communities few destinations are better. Grab your helmets as we reveal the most spectacular places to cycle in Myanmar.

Your Temple Hopping Options in Bagan

The soft shades of light shine through the tall, prickly trees, dropping shades of orange and yellow along the dusty road. The warm air breezes past my face as I ride my electric scooter. Traditionally dressed farmers with baskets balancing impossibly atop their heads, push cattle and goats through the fields beside me. In the distance, hundreds of temples dot the horizon. I stop my bike, and close my eyes. The only sound is the odd bleating of a goat or moo from a cow. This place is magical.

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