Visiting Bagan - Beyond Pagodas and Stupas


Bagan owns over 2,200 pagodas and stupas. Apart from learning religious and ancient architecture, there are numerous active activities for travelers to find out other sides of burma country such as culture, citizen and sight.

1. Ballooning ride

This is the best, funniest way to catch the panorama of Bagan. Unparalleled aerial landscape from hot air balloons will actually carry fantastic moments to travelers as contemplating this majestic construction ensemble. Balloon journeys usually departs on early morning, the special time in a day to observe luxurious sunrise, when primary sunbeams shine down roof of old stupas. Surely this way will captivate photographers. With a location on a balloon, you be able to possibly capture splendid shots and create fantastic photos.
Myanmar Balloon ride
Important note: Balloon ride is not avalable from April to Sep due to weather conditions. The most beautiful time in day for ballooning is early morning (from 5AM)

2. Biking on semi-dessert, sandy paths or up to mountains

A new way to admire quaint pagodas and stupas, on two wheels, as breezes drift over you. By pedaling, you could stop at anywhere you want to talk to locals you encounter, who can be in way to pasture, visit market or farm. Your cycling trip be able to be interrupted by herds of cows or goats ambling on roads.
For travelers who indulge in tour go to, you may take a mountain biking trip, heading to Mount Popa and its spectacular hilltop temple, the best holy site for meditation in myanmar. This exotic mountain used to be a volcano, which is 1518m high and located 50 km from southeast of Bagan. On the cycling tours to Mount Popa, you will notice jungles, green fields and golden temples spires. Pedaling around the mount, you could discover rustic villages and palm gardens.
Bagan biking tours

3. Amazing Cooking class

If you like to understand partly Burmese cuisine (soup, salad, curry), let attend a cooking class. The teachers will performance you different types of herbs and vegetables which are typical food materials in Burmese cooking. You can travel market with the teachers to select and purchase ingredients as well as spices. On the class, the chef will performance you the traditional preparation and cooking methods. Habits of eating and traditions of the Burmese are explained as well.
Toddy juice, which is gotten from the buds in early morning, is a special nice of food in Burmese cuisine. The favorite white-liquor, palm sugar and a local afternoon Sky Beer are made from this juice. A cooking class will carry you to meet toddy palm climbers, observe their simple life and daily routine in palm gardens.
Cooking class in Bagan

4. String Traditional Puppet performance

Puppetry is called “yoke thé” in Burmese. “Yoke thé” performances originated from the royal art and were gradually adapted for the wider populace. Bagan is an old capital so it is also the land of puppetry. Burmese marionettes are greatly intricate and delicate as they inclue 18 or 19 wires for male and female characters in turn. Every puppet is controlled by only one puppeteer.
You could realize puppet show in Bagan at restaurants or hotels.
String puppet show in Bagan

5. Touring by ox-cart or horse-cart

Ox-cart and horse-cart are the traditional modes of transport in Bagan. You should try traveling as a real Burmese by a horse-cart or ox-cart ride. It is truly fun which surely take you a new experience. A cart ride can lead you to off-beaten-track temples and plain villages for authentic discovery.
bagan horse cart ride

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