3-Day Bagan Highlights Stopover

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Tour type

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Superior

Tour Period: 3 Days


tour highlights

  • Explore the old Bagan with its ancient temples and pass through the charismatic Tharaba Gate
  • Visit Mount Popa, home for traditional spirits and learn about the ancient stories
  • Discover the finest arts and wooden carvings at Yokesone Monastery in Salay
  • Explore through a rural village by a typical horse cart

tour details

Magic Bagan with its numerous Pagodas and Temples. Explore the full range of Bagan’s attractions, ranging from glorious temples to quiet countryside scenery. Enjoy a relaxing time where you also visit the countryside and the mighty Mount Popa from where you have stunning views up to the Ayeyarwady River.

Pick up from the airport and start your full day Bagan sightseeing tour with a visit to see the golden stupa of Shwezigon Pagoda, Bagan's most important reliquary shrine - look out for images of the 37 'nats' (spirits) housed in a small hall. See 12th Century frescoes adorning the corridors of Kyansittha 'Cave' Temple, before continuing to Gubyaukgyi (Wetkyi-Inn village), another 'cave' temple with fine frescoes of the 'Jataka Tales' (scenes from the life of the Buddha). Next stop is Htilominlo, the last Bamar-style temple built in Bagan, with old murals and friezes. Pass through Tharaba Gateway into Old Bagan. Continue to Ananda Temple, a whitewashed masterpiece of Mon architecture with four standing Buddhas, with an adjacent brick monastery with beautiful, well-preserved 18th century murals. Make a photo stop at the tallest temple measuring 61 metres - Thatbyinnyu, known as 'temple of omniscience' and dating from 1144 AD. Lunch at Ayeyarwaddy River Terrace Restaurant.
In the afternoon, continue your visit to Dhammayangyi, a massive temple dating from 1170 AD that is famous for its interlocking mortarless brickwork. Next, visit Mingalazedi, the last of the large pagodas built in the 13th Century, representing the pinnacle of Bamar pagoda architecture. Late afternoon, stop at a lacquerware workshop to watch craftsmen skilfully making this most famous of Bagan handicrafts. Enjoy sunset at one of the monuments near the Ayeyarwady River.
Accommodation at Villa Bagan (Superior Room Without View) or similar, Bagan. (Period until 30 April 2019)
Accommodation at Villa Bagan (Superior Room With View) or similar, Bagan. (Period 01 May 2019 - 30 September 2019)
There is no better or more spectacular view of the ancient kingdom of Bagan than from a hot air balloon. This world-famous archaeological site of more than a thousand Buddhist temples scattered over a plain is at its best when seen from a bird's eye vantage, as the sun comes up gently over the Ayeyarwady River.
You will be collected from your hotel by Balloons' Teams, and provided with a light breakfast and safety briefing while the balloons inflate, before enjoying a dawn flight lasting just under one hour. Flights operate daily from October through March.

There is a full day to explore the countryside around Bagan (exact itinerary is subject to road conditions). Drive out of Bagan to visit Mount Popa, home to Myanmar's intriguing 'nats'. The steps and path wind steeply up Mount Popa - an energetic climb rewarded by fabulous views from the top. Continue to Kyaukpadaung visit the local market, and stop at a local village. Lunch at local restaurant.
In the afternoon, drive to Salay. Visit Yokesone Monastery (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays) built on 154 teak posts and known for its 130-year-old beautiful wooden carvings of the 'Jataka Tales' (stories from the Buddha's life) which decorate the outer walls. Continue to Payathonzu, a complex of three brick shrines with mural paintings from the Bagan period, and see Man Paya - a large lacquer Buddha image, said to date from the 13th century. Return to Bagan through Chauk (53km, about 1hour), where you will see old Burma Oil installations ('nodding donkeys').
Accommodation at Villa Bagan (Superior Room Without View) or similar, Bagan. (Period until 30 April 2019)
Accommodation at Villa Bagan (Superior Room With View) or similar, Bagan. (Period 01 May 2019 - 30 September 2019)
This morning you have time to explore the Myingaba village area by horse cart. First visit Gubyaukgyi Temple admiring the fine stuccowork. Continue to Nanpaya temple, built in the Mon style with intricate stone carvings, and said to have once been King Manuha's residence. See the huge Buddha images in Manuha Pagoda and later, visit 11th century Pyatsashwegu, showing frescoes with ancient Mon captions on the interior walls. Stop at Myazedi stupa to see Myanmar's 'Rosetta Stone', bearing inscriptions written in four languages. Lunch at Sunset Garden Restaurant.


Our tour prices are included of:

  • All sightseeing tour and transfer services with private air conditioned car/coach as detailed in our itinerary
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary (B=Breakfast and L=Lunch)
  • All entrance fees for the places as mentioned in the programme
  • Transfers and tours with English-speaking locally-stationed guides
  • Service charges, room tax and baggage handling
  • Horse carts in Bagan
  • Accommodation at hotels as above mentioned or similar
  • Filtered drinking water and wet towels during the tour


Not included are:

  • Domestic airfare
  • Myanmar visa fee
  • Surcharges for throughout guides (English and other languages)
  • Optional Balloon flight at sunrise in Bagan
  • Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
  • Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
  • Drinks with meals
  • Surcharges for water festival 13-17 April will be advised at the time of booking
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the programme
  • Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident or illness)



  • Hotel prices for packages are quoted bases on hotels as mentioned or similar. Higher or lower categories can be requested and the price will be adjusted. The hotels featured in the package tour are subject to availabilities at the time of booking.
  • Meals at respective hotels are also included in the hotel prices if the itineraries mention lunch or dinner at hotel.
  • Additional charges during Festive Season: Christmas, New Year and the Water festival period may apply.
  • Supplements for compulsory Gala Dinners will be advised at the time of booking.
  • All hotels have special booking and deposit conditions and will be indicated at the time of booking. Nonrefundable deposits may be required.
Tour code: PKNBBHSB

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