Ancient Temples of Bagan
Ancient Temples that were created in 100 /200 AD.
There are 9000 of these temples scattered in the area, but after the earthquake of 1975 only around 2000 are left standing.
I hope that in the near future, the world will recognise the historical importance of these ruins and classify them as a World heritage UNESCO site. (Update: Since this post the temples now have restrictions for preservation purposes. Read the signs!)
Guided tour of the ancient ruins.
8 am – 6 ish pm
75 USD including : a much appreciated air conditioned taxi + informative guide (in many languages!)
Worth getting a guide on the first day to get an insight into the rich history. Guides can be found everywhere. In fact, they will find you!
At sunset time, climb one of the less filled temples and take photographs from the top, where you have a beautiful vista over Bagan. Be mindful of the antiquated structure though as they are crumbing / being destroyed by negligence / unruly tourists at a rapid rate.
You need 3 or 4 days to visit the entire area if that's what you want to do.
After the initial day of the guided tour, it's recommended to hire an electric bike to happily get lost exploring the temples at your own pace.
Ladies: cover up shoulders + knees (very particular about knees showing so if you don't want to wear a long skirt or pants, pack a sarong that you can easily tie around your waist to cover shorts). Definitely no spaghetti straps accepted either.
There is also the option of flying over in a hot air balloon around 6 am to get some aerial shots of the ruins. This is a seperate tour which can also be arranged easily.