A lot of answers to commonly asked questions can be found below. If you don’t find the answer to a specific question, Bagan Tour will encourage you to get in touch with us via the Contact Us section of the menu.
All our guides are competent English speakers but you need to remember that English is a second language for Burmese people. Provided you speak clearly, they will be able to understand you well.
When asked how many days should you spend in Bagan area, we would suggest like 3 days was enough, two days may be too little but any more than 3 days and you might start getting bored with exploring pagodas!
A significant portion of Bagan adventures happen around sunrise and sunset. So, to put it more bluntly, in the DARK . A torch or headlamp is essential to successfully navigate the pre sunrise and post sunset Bagan roads and sidewalks as well as the dark temple stairways. Put a flashlight on the top of your packing list!
Bagan is warm and dry and sunscreen and water are essential for any sunrise and sunset jaunts. Unless you prefer the bright red, gasping for a drink look! Mosquito bites were a frequent occurrence so be sure to invest in a good bug spray to protect your limbs.
Rain is quite common, especially during the rainy season (from end of May to at least end of October).
If it rains very heavily, we will pull over and wait for it to stop and then continue. If it is a light rain, we will put on our rain ponchos and continue the tour.
Bagan was hit by an earthquake in 1975 and 2016. You can still see the damages in some of the temples and this is also a reason why you can’t climb them anymore. After the earthquake, some pagodas with viewing sites were damaged, leading authorities to disallow sightseeing. There have been serious concerns that the old pagodas in Bagan are not strong enough to support the large crowds that go there to watch sunsets and sunrises. In fact, you can still see nowadays the damages this earthquake made in several Pagodas. Some of them still have their tops covered for works.
Ballooning season in Bagan runs from the beginning of October to the middle of April. Sunrise is when most rides are offered, as the cooler morning temperatures allow balloons to float closer to the ancient stupas for a more detailed glimpse. Daybreak also tends to bring with it more dramatic layers of haze, dreamily blanketing the landscape for a perfect photo .
Bagan balloon ride is not-to-be-missed experience once travelling to Myanmar and that will last forever in your memory .The beauty of these destinations in Bagan is so beautiful from bird’s eye view.
Please contact us for our advice on which operator to use in Bagan. We will arrange everything and offer you the fees we have negotiated with these operators. For price details , Please contact us .
Bagan Tour always use licensed guides from the local areas, most of whom have graduated from university and already passed Tourist Guide Training Course mainly conducted under the management of Ministry Of Hotel and Tourism Myanmar.
Weather in Bagan
In Bagan, there are three seasons: cool, hot, and rainy.
The cool season is from November to February. As the weather is comfortable and rainfall is decreasing, the cool season has become the peak tourist season and the best time to visit Bagan.
It’s advisable to bring a thin coat or long-sleeved shirts and pants for this period, as it’s pretty cool. Please also be aware that you should book your hotel ahead of time, as the hotels are busy in this season.
The hot season is usually from March to May, when the weather is unbearably hot and dry. In this period, visitors should bring sun hats or UV protection umbrellas, mosquito repellent and moisturizing spray, to protect skin from sunburn and mosquito bites.
From 12:00 to 16:00 hrs, when the weather is super-hot, tourists should probably arrange indoor activities at their hotels.
The rainy season is from end of May to October. During this period, the temperature is relatively comfortable, but rainfall increases a lot and roads are wet and slippery. So non-slip shoes and raincoat or umbrella are necessary.
Thin coats or long-sleeved shirts can help to keep you warm in the chilly evenings. With the increased rainfall, traveling around outside is undoubtedly more difficult.
Most of the locals dress conservatively and cover their shoulders and legs despite the high temperatures. Knee length shorts, long skirts, elephant pants and t-shirts were our attire of choice. These are strongly encouraged and often enforced for entering the temples and pagodas.
Every temple and pagoda requires bare feet from its visitors and flip-flops are the easiest option. You’ll notice that the every Burmese persons feet are adorned with flip-flops: probably because it’s no fun messing with shoelaces in the dust and heat! Cleansing wipes are also useful to clean off said feet after a barefoot visit to the pagodas!
start getting bored with exploring pagodas!
Driving in Bagan is actually safe. Despite the chaotic driving conditions, everyone follows a rhythm and you will see, nobody wants to hit nobody so they we hand and turn to avoid accidents.
Some artificial mounds have been built around the plains, and some of them offer pretty good views.
As of now, they tend to be packed with tour-package travellers who arrive in dozens, but it seems like a great alternative to further discourage travellers from climbing temples.
The Taung kalat monastery (meaning pedestal hill) is a Buddhist temple like no other.
Without getting too much into the details of the Buddhist derivations around Asia, the particular type of Buddhism we experienced there was strikingly different compared to anything you have seen before.
The first thing you will need to learn is that many Burmese Buddhists believe in spirits called Nats. In their traditions, Nats are able to influence terrestrial lives and are worth of worship, so they can bring luck and prosperity if treated “right”, which means that people who don’t believe in them can suffer from misfortune.
Nats are actually malevolent ghosts, taking forms such as demons and goblins which evolved from male and females who died from unusually painful deaths, sometimes caused by alcoholism.
In this sense it is correct to say that the center of the Nat worshiping in Myanmar is Mount Popa and if you dare to risk a trip to the place, you may see some pilgrims bringing offerings (such as flowers, money or alcohol) that supposedly appease the evil creatures.
Balloons company can sometimes put on evening flights on a standby basis only. Unfortunately because of the tropical location in Bagan, evening weather conditions tend to be less favourable and less reliable than in our scheduled morning flights. We believe therefore that a morning flight affords a more enjoyable and superior experience. Bagan is normally at its most beautiful early in the morning from Balloons , and temperatures are pleasant and cool. That’s why we can’t see sunset with Balloons.
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