Bagan Extension

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Trip code: 
XKM
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Cultural Wonders
Min age:
16

Extend your holiday with a trip Bagan, one of the world's greatest archeological sites.

Bagan is Myanmar’s most wondrous attraction and is rightly considered as one of the best archaeological sites in the world. Over a 25 square mile plain, Bagan is home to thousands of temples of varying size and shape that are the product of Buddhism, Hinduism and Nat worship coming together. The largest temples are truly awesome with some allowing incredible views of the area.

On this 5 day/4 night extension you will be able to explore many of the highlights of Bagan including Shwezigon Paya, which is both a Buddhist temple and a Nat shrine, and Shwe Sandaw Temple where we can enjoy it’s 360 degree views at sunset.

Highlights

  • Shwezigon Paya, one of Bagan's most famous temples
  • Stunning 360 degree views at  Shwe Sandaw Temple
  • Optional balloon ride over one of Asia's holiest cities

Key information

  • Pre tour extension to 'Southern Myanmar (Burma) Revealed' (AKM)
  • 4 nights standard hotels with en suite facilities (2 nights Bagan and 2 nights Yangon)
  • Travel by bus and internal flights
  • Guide provided in Bagan
  • A minimum of 2 people are required on the extension otherwise a single traveller supplement will be applied.
  • Countries visited: Myanmar (Burma)

What's included

  • All breakfasts
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Guide in Bagan

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request or compulsory if less than 2 people travelling)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
1 800 267 3347
Call for tailor made trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Yangon.

    The day is free to recover from the flight or to explore the teeming city of Yangon.

    Grand United Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 2

    Fly to Bagan; free time until sunset tour.

    This morning we leave early for our short flight to the ancient wonder of Bagan (Pagan), where we will do a short orientation walk on arrival. There are over 2000 temples and pagodas in many shapes and sizes to explore amongst the 25 square miles of brick that compare to the Angkor kingdom of Cambodia, Chichen Itza and Machu Picchu as one of the world's most spectacular archaeological sites. This is where Buddhism, Hinduism and Nat worship come together in an array of different shrines. There is free time to explore the area by bike or on foot (optional) before this evening's visit to Shwezigon Paya one of Bagan's most famous temples. This is the only temple which is a Buddhist Temple as well as a Nat Shrine in the same compound, and reflects the local beliefs here which combine both religions.

    Su Tine San Royal Palace Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Full day at Bagan's temples.

    A full day spent exploring the temple complex spreading out as far as the horizon with its peaks of brick stupas that dot the skyline in many shapes and forms. After the former Kings of Bagan introduced Theravada Buddhism in the mid‐11th century building commenced, a string of Kings followed building temples to worship their gods. Ananda Pahto with its bejewelled umbrella (hti), Dhammayangyi pahto and Shwesandaw Paya are the largest and most impressive sights we will visit along with the smaller hidden gems well away from the main tourist route which offer unique opportunities to delve deeper into the history. We will finish the day with sunset at Shwe Sandaw Temple with its stunning 360 degree views, don't forget to look behind as the sun hits the many temples nearby, a truly magical experience and a photographer's paradise.

    For those that would like to do the optional balloon ride on day 3 or 4, please consult the Optional Extras section.

    Su Tine San Royal Palace Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Morning sightseeing at Bagan; fly to Yangon.

    Returning to the huge site of Bagan this morning we will visit more temples including Manuha Paya and the bas relief figures at Nan Paya. Away from the other temples we'll also see the 13th century temple of Wetkyi‐In‐Gubyaukgyi with its impressive frescoes. Later we'll visit a traditional lacquerware artisan, as this area is famous for these beautiful products. This afternoon we will have some free time before leaving for our return flight to Yangon.

    Grand United Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    End Yangon

    The extension ends after breakfast. The main tour begins on this day.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Myanmar (Burma)

Nearly all nationalities require a visa to enter Myanmar (Burma), and this must be obtained prior to departure. Passengers without a visa will not be allowed to enter the country. For further information please see our Myanmar Visa Information Sheet. For nationalities where there is no Burmese embassy please contact the Exodus office for assistance.

Vaccinations

Myanmar (Burma)

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements for this trip.

Recommended vaccinations for this trip are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Yellow Fever.

Malaria prophylaxis is essential and we suggest that you seek advice from your GP or travel health clinic about which malaria tablets to take.

Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited on this trip. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Zika fever is a mosquito‐borne viral disease and a known risk in places visited on this trip. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available, we therefore strongly recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts included.

Myanmar’s food is a diverse blend of Chinese, Indian and South East Asian influences, with many regional variations of their 'standard' dishes. Rice is at the core of most Burmese food, and although vegetarian food is available the choice of dishes is often limited. Curries are very common as are noodles and soup. In the bigger hotels and cities and at Inle Lake some Western food is available. Please note that in Myanmar the availability of certain specialised products for restricted diets, e.g. gluten-free or dairy-free, is minimal or non-existent and we strongly recommend you bring these specialised dietary items from home. You should inform us of any special dietary requests before
departure.

Is this trip for you?

When visiting Myanmar you will find a country with a colonial past but that has changed very little and is still relatively new to tourism. Thus the tourism infrastructure is fairly underdeveloped. Internet connection is now available at lot of the accommodation, but can be intermittent. Mobile coverage is generally adequate and you should be able to use your phone in most areas. Accommodation standards can vary and overall the standard should not be compared with hotels in neighbouring Southeast Asian countries such as Vietnam and Cambodia. Please note that you will be required to remove footwear and socks before entering temples in Myanmar.

Call for general departures:
1 800 267 3347
Call for tailor made trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels

We stay in standard hotels on this extension. Because of the surge in tourism since 2011 some areas are experiencing a shortage of hotels. This has increased the price of hotels and the quality may vary. Overall you should be prepared for the service and quality of hotels to be less than in neighbouring south east Asian countries such as Vietnam and Cambodia however most hotels are still of a good tourist standard. There is mesh on the hotel windows where needed. Internet connection is now available at most of the accommodation, but can be intermittent. Single accommodation (available on request).

Call for general departures:
1 800 267 3347
Call for tailor made trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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