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...
Burma Classic Deluxe
See Burma's highlights staying in some lovely hotels along the way at a relaxing slow pace.
Burma in Depth
Take your time to discover the magic of Burma in this full, 3 week holiday. Once in a lifetime opportunity.
Burma: Off The Beaten Track
An extensive 3 week tour covering some of Burma's most off the beaten track locations as well as the main sites.
Burma Seasonal Special
This brilliant special offer makes expensive Burma affordable - even including a luxury cruise. Save £500 per person!
Classic Family Myanmar
An exciting family trip with cycling, train rides, plenty of hotels with pools and lovely sandy beaches.
Classic Myanmar and 4 day Luxury River Cruise
Explore the highlights of Myanmar with ease; this holiday combines a luxurious river journey with the sites of Bagan, Mandalay, Lake Inle and Yangon.
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.
Luxury Burma with Irrawaddy Cruise
A luxury holiday in Myanmar with a private guide, staying in the best hotels and enjoying a cruise on the Irrawaddy.
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.
Special Offer on Sanctuary Ananda Luxury Cruise in Burma
Book before 1st February 2015 for our exclusive introductory special offer with Sanctuary Ananda luxury cruise in Burma.
The Colours of Southeast Asia
Discover the most stunning cultural highlights of Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia.
Our guides in Yangon, Bagan, and Kalaw / Lake Inle were wonderful. They struck the right balance of explaining the history and importance of the sights we were seeing without over-doing it, they knew where to get the best view/experience at what time and could rearrange experiences so we got the most out of them. A standout was our guide in Kalaw / trek / Lake Inle. He was as keen to learn from us as he was to teach us, he bent over backwards to make sure we were happy and comfortable, and he was just plain fun too!
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