Info : Bagan
Bagan is perhaps Myanmar's best known historical and archeological site. Built between the 9th to the 13th centuries and today over 2200 temples remain. At the peak of the Bagan kingdom's power the Bagan kings ruled much of lower "Burma", spreading into Kachin state and to Mergui in the very south of the archipelago, covering much of the territory of what is modern-day Myanmar. The Bagan kingdom collapsed around 1287 after repeated Mongol invasions led by Kublai Khan. Unlike Angkor Wat, which is a huge religious structure, the Bagan temples are a series of smaller complexes spread out across the dry plains and forests. This area of Myanmar sees relatively little rainfall and so escapes the tropical humidity of other areas.
At least a full day is needed here to see the main temple sites and get a feel for ancient Burma through the magnificent array of different temples and different architectural styles that evolved over the 5 centuries of the Bagan kings.
Popular Holiday Itineraries including Bagan
You can book this experience on its own, with flights or as part of an Experience Travel Holiday Itinerary.
Here are some of our popular holiday tours or we can create bespoke itineraries specifically tailored to you...
Classic Family Myanmar
An exciting family trip with cycling, train rides, plenty of hotels with pools and lovely sandy beaches.
Culture & Beach with 3 day river cruise
Myanmar's highlights in trademark Experience Travel Group style including river cruising, beach time and cultural adventures.
Family Myanmar Adventure
This itinerary perfectly combines the highlights of Myanmar with something a little extra special!
Insider Highlights and Luxury River Journey
14-17 day's exploring Myanmar. Fantastic hotels and a once-in-a-lifetime experience aboard the luxurious Sanctuary Ananda boat.
Myanmar Classic Highlights
The ideal introduction to Myanmar, insider tours of the main highlights and comfortable accommodation throughout.
See it all on this 4 week adventure. Soak up the magic and atmosphere of the tropical south, the northern hills and the main cultural highlights.
Myanmar Highlights with 3 day Trek
As well as the main sites, this holiday includes a wonderful 3 day trekking experience from Kalaw to Lake Inle.
Myanmar Highlights with In-Depth River Journey
3 weeks exploring Myanmar's highlights and getting a little further off-the-beaten-track along the Irrawaddy River in comfort.
Myanmar to Thailand via the Mergui Islands
Explore the highlights of Myanmar before veering off-the-beaten-track by boat through the remote Mergui Archipelago to Thailand.
Relaxed Myanmar in Style
A slow-paced itinerary taking in the cultural highlights, beach-time, a hot-air balloon ride and some of the best hotels.
Simply Myanmar And Thailand
Captivating cultural sights followed by a relaxing stay at one of our favourite hidden Thai Islands. Ideal for couples or families.
The Colours of Southeast Asia
Discover the most stunning cultural highlights of Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia.
Two of our guides invited us to their/a relative's home which was fascinating.