Wanderlust Wednesday: Bagan, Myanmar

Since we are all still stuck at home, this week for a beautiful virtual getaway we have Bagan, Myanmar! This is an exquisite location where you truly will feel you are in another world, from the historic temples, to the sunsets, the views the air balloon rides, the food and the overall experience it is a place we can not wait to visit one day!

About: Bagan is an ancient city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Mandalay Region of Myanmar. From the 9th to 13th centuries, the city was the capital of the Pagan Kingdom, the first kingdom that unified the regions that would later constitute Myanma.

When to go: November - February: This is the best weather with sunshine, not too hot and dry, but they are the most popular months, with the highest rates.

March - May: Still popular but already considered shoulder season. Very hot!

June - September: Rainy season. Lowest prices, less tourists.

Eat: Yar Pyi Vegetarian Restaurant is a vegetarian food restaurant in the tourist area of Old Bagan. Run by a local family who speak English.

A dish from Yar Pyi Vegetarian Restaurant pictured above

San Thi Dar Restaurant serves meat and has many vegan options available. Like most places in Myanmar, you'll need to explain this in Burmese or point to it written down, though the owner's son speaks English and is sometimes present. Large portions. Try the shan tofu.

Sleep: Bagan Lodge This lodge sits on the edge of an archaeological wonderland, Bagan Lodge is the gateway to some of the world's most magnificent temples and pagodas. There are rooms and suites available which are extravagant and all are air-conditioned for comfort. There are restaurants and bars, and the stunning swimming pool and spa are an oasis any time of day.

Heritage Bagan Hotel This Hotel is located nearby Bagan - Nyaung U Airport and a 5-minute drive from the monument area. It is Eco friendly and offers open dining, landscape with native plants and trees. Heritage Bagan offers 12 Temple style buildings which symbolize the 12 Dynasties of Myanmar. It welcomes you with Sky-high pillars giving the splendor of an ancient royal mansion assembled with teak wood and traditional hand-crafting artworks.

Heritage Bagan Hotel Entrance pictured above.

Heritage Bagan Hotel Suite pictured above.

Heritage Bagan Hotel Pool pictured above.

Heritage Bagan Hotel restaurant pictured above.

Play: Bagan Full Day Temple Tour

Explore the ancient temples of Bagan on this private excursion. Visit the key landmarks of the city including the Shwezigon Pagoda, Gubyaukgyi Temple, and Ananda and learn about the history and culture of Myanmar. After lunch, visit the Mon-style Manuha Temple and the Nanpaya Temple and watch the sunset at the Bupaya Pagoda on the banks of the Irrawaddy River.

Full Day around Bagan (Private Tour)

After a hotel pick up, you will be whisked off to the Nyaung Oo Market, the town’s largest outdoor market, filled with vendors of produce, textiles, handicrafts, and various knick-knacks. Then off to the Ananda Temple, nicknamed the "Westminster Abbey of Burma,” for its style which fuses Mon and an Indian architecture. Adjacent is the Thatbyinnyu Temple, or "the Omniscient", a massive built in the 12th century by King Alaungsithu. Then the Nat Lyaung Kyaung Temple, though the date of construction is unknown, it is believed to be one of the oldest wooden monasteries in Bagan. After, to nearby Myinkabar Village to visit local craftspeople in their workshops. Here, artists for centuries have been perfecting and making their own, the Chinese art of lacquerware. In the afternoon, we'll head over to Manuhar Temple, a centuries old temple built by King Anawrahta, the first king of the Pagan Dynasty. Then to Gubyaukgyi Temple, which was built shortly after by his son, King Kyansittha. Then visit the Nanpaya Temple, the most famous of all the Hindu temples of Bagan. A day of exploration and discovery ends with a serene sunset from atop a hill.

You can book all tours and hotels mentioned above through www.tripadvisor.com

This article was written by Pilar Weigel - Blogger for Root River Realty

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