Bagan in Myanmar.

Bagan in Myanmar is an old Southeast Asia travel destination with ancient roots.

Bagan let you sniff through ancient times and you feel like a time machine has turned you back into the old times reflecting mystic Burmese Buddhism enclosed with incredible monuments an ancient place where people lived for around 1800 years in an urban environment.

The city is probably much older but due to the architecture and the mainly used brick material there are no visible tracks beyond the 12 Century anymore. Older traces exist only as ruins.

Transportation is easy, either via air from Yangon and Mandalay which is around one-hour flight time or by road (not a good idea because roads are very bad) in 7 hours. The Weather is fine and sunny except during monsoon times from around June to November. Climate is tropical means hot all the time, wear very light cloth only otherwise if you visit the icy mountains of the north there is ice and snow throughout the year.

Visiting central Myanmar means not only pagodas and temples there is more for sure along with the legendary Irrawaddy River (Ayeyarwady River) although the center of Myanmar is the driest part of the country with all the negative effects there are plenty of exotic see and experience.

Here are a few of the major day trips in Bagan

And again use a guide the local people are quite poor and you as a tourist can bring them a respectable event to earn money that's their job so everyone will earn some money from the foreigners. Keep in mind they don't have any other source of income. When you hire any of them ask to show some paper or ID from the state MTT to make sure that you get a qualified person and not one of these guys who don't know anything and only will beg you for money.

In Bagan Myanmar.

Bagan websites and books are a nice reference but the only ones which let you discover what you expect on a day tour are the qualified professionals and as indicated elsewhere they have the key avaiable to open the door on many temples and pagodas in Bagan. Keep in mind that most of the brick structures are ruins only they also would make sure that the bricks fall on your head and more.