The Towns of Bagan
The Bagan Archaeological Zone, as the larger area is formally known, comprises the temples of Bagan and four main settlements – Nyaung U, Old Bagan, Myinkaba and New Bagan; you can find information about them below. Visitors are required to buy a $15 entry pass for the zone, and have to show this when checking in to accommodation.
Bagan (Pagan) with over 2000 Pagodas and Temples in upper Myanmar and you can visit Bagan all year round as there is no actual rainy Season like in the lower parts of Myanmar therefore we called it Summer Season.
Daily flights from Yangon to Bagan and from Chiang May via Mandalay also a direct flight from Seam Rap (Cambodia) by Air Bagan.
Bagan (Pagan) has a variety of Hotels, and offers from economical Rooms to 4* Hotels with all the comfort you expect, and with a wide culinary variety which includes Western, Asian, Chinese and the traditional Myanmar cuisine.
Bagan (Pagan) with their Pagodas and Temples dating back more than 1500 years of history is the most fascinating place for visitors and you arrange your sightseeing Tour by Car, Horse Cart or on your own on a Bicycle. Also you can have an idyllic Sunset Boat trip on the Ayeyarwaddy River to observe the beautiful Sunset over Bagan while enjoying a cold Drink.
Bagan (Pagan) is also a great place for beautiful local Art, such as Lacquer ware, Bamboo works and beautiful local made Cloth.
Other attraction is a day trip to Mount Popa, 50 Km from Bagan to view the Monastery built on top of a Mountain, 1518 mt.( 4981feet ) which you can visit, you only have to climb 777 steps to the top. Come to Bagan and be enchanted by the beauty of the ancient City.
Nyaung U (Nyaung Oo)
Most people’s arrival point in the region is Nyaung U; it is where buses, trains and planes from around the country, as well as boats from Mandalay, arrive (for information on getting to Bagan, go here). Of the settlements in Bagan, Nyaung U has the most charm and the best range of things to do; the centre of the village is atmospheric, with some colonial architecture and a market which is a hive of activity.
The attractive ‘Restaurant Row’ (Yarkinnthar Hotel Road) has clearly been developed with tourists in mind, but it has a laid-back atmosphere and a wide range of cuisines on offer at most establishments – as well as plenty of spots to relax with a drink after a hard day of temple exploration. A number of local tour operators can be found here, and most restaurants have free wifi and offer bicycle hire.
Nyaung U has the best range of accommodation in Bagan, particularly in the budget range.
There are Mastercard and Visa ATM facilities in Nyaung U, which can be found in the centre of town near the market.
Nyaung U is the furthest settlement from the biggest concentration of popular temples, but there is so much to explore in the whole area that in reality this makes little difference; there are temples to be found everywhere.
If you want to be in the thick of the temples, Old Bagan is the place to be, sitting as it does within what remain of the city walls of the ancient capital (some gates still remain). Old Bagan has some of the most beautifully appointed – and expensive – hotels in Bagan, several of which have great views of the temples or the Irrawaddy River. Between the stunning white-walled Ananda Pagoda and Tharabar Gate, you can find a selection of pleasant outdoor restaurants, including a wide variety of Asian cuisine (and puppet shows).
The Ananda Pagoda Festival takes place in late December or January (depended on the Lunar calendar) and features traditional performances and a market that boasts local produce of woven baskets and lacquerware. Farmers also come from the surrounding countryside with carts full of offerings for monks. To find out more about festivals across the country, go to festivals in Myanmar.
Myinkaba, a village just to the south of Old Bagan, is famous for its traditional Mon-style lacquerware, the manufacturing of which dates back to the time of King Manuha, the last king of Thaton, who brought his artisans with him into exile here in the 11th century. Myinkaba is a centre for bamboo weaving (for use in construction) and has several family-run lacquerware workshops, including the Golden Cuckoo; if you want to take a memento home with you, it offers the best range of shopping in Bagan.
The furthest south of Bagan’s settlements (but still closer to the most popular temples than Nyaung U), New Bagan has a good range of budget and mid-price accommodation. It was built in 1990, when the government relocated the villagers from Old Bagan, and so lacks the colonial charm of Nyaung U. New Bagan does, however, retain a pleasant atmosphere, it offers opportunities for local handicraft shopping and has some lovely riverside restaurants with great views – perched as they are on the high banks of the Irrawaddy.
Tuyin Taung Pagoda
Tuyin Taung or the Tuyin hill is located on the eastern side of the Ayeyarwaddy River bank of Bagan. Similar to Tantkyi Taung Pagoda, another famous pagoda in the Bagan region is the Tuyin Taung Pagoda. Tuyin Taung Pagoda was built during A.D 1059 by King Anawrahta. King Vizaraba from Sri Lanka donated one of Buddha's tooth relic and King Anawrahta duplicated with another one and embedded in the sacred place inside this pagoda. There are 32 statues of elephants made in ratio to different directions at the base of the pagoda. It is an octagonal shaped designed platform on which the pagoda resides. Many years passed by but still the pagoda is maintained by time to time. There is a saying that if one could go and pay homeage to Shwezigon pagoda, Tantkyi Taung pagoda, Tuyin Taung pagoda and Lawka Nandar pagoda in a single day, a wish comes true.
Salay is a colorful old religious center in Central Myanmar it is about 1 ½ hours south of Bagan. In between visiting the numerous ancient monasteries, adorned with beautiful woodcarving, you can enjoy the beauty of this compact city of colonial buildings, monasteries and pagodas.
Visit the famous monastery "Yoke-Sone-Kyaung'' which is a cultural heritage site in Salay, which in situated on the eastern bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River. It is famous with its spectacular woodcarvings and also it is the native town of the famous writer Salay U Pone Nya during the time of the Myanmar Kings.
Salay Yoke Sone Kyaung was built in AD 1882. There are very beautiful artistic work woodcarvings around it and also ancient Buddha image, utensils of Yadanabon 19 century period, and the museum of Myanmar famous writer U Pone Nya in Salay Yoke Sone Kyaung.
Pakkoku is also known as Pakhangyi. It is slightly upstream of Bagan, but on other bank about 42 kms, the old town of Pakkoku was contemporary of Bagan. It preserved monuments of time and in particular its walls. The two old pagodas of Shwegu and Thiho-Shin are also centers of local arts and crafts where are held of many festivals. Many old tombs on both sides of the walls can be seen. There is also a small museum of the place. One will discover the sites Buddhist of 13th and 14th centuries post Bagan period. In the city close to Pakangyi of the large monasteries are in activity, Kyaungdawgyi and the monastery of the 254 pillars.
Magway is the capital city of Magway Division in Central Myanmar, is situated on the eastern bank of the Ayeyawaddy River, the main artery of our country.
Magway, and another prominent town, Minbu are situated side by side on the Ayeyawaddy River. You can travel by car, by air or by boat, whichever means you prefer to travel. By waterway, it is 378 miles from Yangon by road it is 330 miles.