With only one day to visit all the temples of Bagan, I decided to rent a e-bike from the hotel. Most places I inquired at sold a full-day rental of e-bike for MMK 8,000-10,000. But my hotel (Shwe Nadi guesthouse) had one for MMK 7,000 (approx $5).
After breakfast at the hotel, I headed out to visit the temples of Bagan. There are multiple itineraries on the web (example: WikiTravel) that you can follow – take the north to south route or vice versa, depending on where you are staying. Follow the two main roads that run north-south and you will come across pagodas and temples along the way.
I followed the north to south route (starting from Shwe Nadi Guest House in New Bagan area) and some of the sights I visited (in the order of visit) were:
- Shwezigon Pagoda
- Htilominlo Temple
- Upali Thein Pagoda
- Ananda Temple
- Maha Bodhi Phaya
- Shwegugyi Phaya
- Thatbyinnyu temple
- Mahazedi Pagoda
- Bu Phaya
- Mingalar Zedi Pagoda
- Gu Byauk Gyi pagoda
- Shwesandaw Pagoda (closed for repairs)
- Shwenanyintaw Monastary
- Bulethi Pagoda
- Lunch break
- Winido Temple
- Thambula Temple
- Pyathetgyi Pagoda
- Sulamani Temple
- Dhamman Gyi Temple
- Ta Wet Hpaya temple
Here’s a route you can follow:
- It is very important you carry your ticket with you. It will be checked at a lot of temples, but not all. If you haven’t purchased a ticket before entering the area, then you will be charged MMK 25,000 mandatory fee. There are not penalties.
- The north to south, and back north loop shown above is the one I took, and you can freely visit most of the sights in one day. I stopped by for lunch at Aroma 2 restaurant, before continuing my south-east loop.
- Sunset – There are quite a few temples from where you can see the sunset, but I picked Ta Wet Hpaya Temple because it was the last on the list and not frequented by a lot of people. The climb up the temple to the dome is not difficult and can be done by kids as well.
|Bus from Bagan
There are limited buses that travel from Bagan to Mandalay, so it is always best to reserve a seat at least a day before if you are on a schedule. Buses are either 18-seater or the luxury ones.
It was about 7pm by the time I was back at the hotel. After a shower and dinner, I called it a day as I had to be up at 4am for the Balloons Over Bagan tour.
Note: All values in USD, unless otherwise mentioned, are approximate and based on the exchange rate of USD 1 = MMK 1,350 at the time of publishing. Each cost is for one adult.
|E-bike Rental||$5.18||MMK 7,000 from Shwe Nadi Guesthouse.|
|Lunch||$6.66||MMK 9,000 at Aroma 2 restaurant.|
|Guava||$0.37||MMK 500 from one of the road-side stalls.|
|Souvenir||$5.92||MMK 8,000 for a hand-made Buddha head in stone.|
|Fridge Magnets||$3.70||MMK 5,000 for 5 magnets.|
|Snacks & water||$1.18||MMK 1,600.|
|Bus to Mandalay||$6.66||MMK 9,000. One way.|
|Dinner||$2.96||MMK 4,000. At Cheri Land restaurant.|
|Total Daily Costs||$32.63||Per person|
|Overall Costs||$852.63||Per person|
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