Stunning Bagan Myanmar [photos]

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Stunning Bagan Myanmar [photos]

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Bagan is best seen at sunrise and sunset. But really it’s spectacular at any time of day. In the early and late hours you’ll get the shining glow from the sun and tremendous cloud show that only enhances Myanmar’s number one travel destination.

 

Bagan Myanmar is a series of Buddhist temples, pagodas, and monasteries, most dating from the 11th to the 13th centuries, spread out over a dusty plain of some 40 square miles. At its height, Bagan possessed over 10,000 structures. Today an impressive 2,200 still remain.

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Visiting Bagan Myanmar

You should reserve at least three days to explore Bagan. It’s best to visit after November in the cooler season. Still you might find it hot. Due to the vast distances, electric motorbikes are a popular way to visit the site. Bicycle is also a good way to get around, but sometimes the sandy paths are difficult to peddle over. The most romantic way to see Bagan Myanmar is by horse cart or hot air balloon, the former costing about $20 per day, and the latter a few hundred.

 

Photos from Bagan Myanmar

 

The temples of Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

The temples of Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

The temples of Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

The temples of Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

The temples of Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

The temples of Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

The temples of Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

The temples of Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

The temples of Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

The temples of Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

The temples of Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

The temples of Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

The temples of Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

The temples of Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

The temples of Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

The temples of Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

The temples of Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

The temples of Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

The temples of Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

The temples of Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

The temples of Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

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Stephen Bugno
Stephen Bugno
Stephen Bugno has been traveling the world and writing about it for the better part of 20 years. His articles and essays have appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Seattle Times, and Transitions Abroad magazine. He blogs at Bohemian Traveler and edits the independent travel magazine GoMadNomad.com. He most recently set up a tour company offering authentic, small group tours at Unquote Travel. Follow him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

10 Comments

  1. Maria says:

    Your site is perfect for such beautifully rich photos as these Stephen.
    Bagan looks like something out of a fairytale.

  2. Vanya says:

    Great pics, Bunyo. Several are strikingly similar to ones that I took when I was there almost 10 years ago

  3. Rebecca says:

    these photos are amazing! very impressive!

  4. Stephen Bugno says:

    Thanks, Greg! Means a lot coming from a photographer like yourself!

  5. Greg Goodman says:

    Wow. Just wow. This is an epic collection from Bagan. I just spent 4 days there and you got some shots I couldn’t have even imagined. This one is my personal fav. http://photos.bohemiantraveler.com/Travel/Myanmar/Bagan/i-BTH87bR/0/1025×1025/Bagan%20sunset%20grass-L.jpg

    Thanks so much for sharing.
    Greg

  6. Dustin says:

    I totally missed out on the full moon and the start of the festival. Great candlelight shots Stephen.

  7. Noel says:

    Wow! A wonderful collection of photos to showcase how amazing Bagan is. My favourite is the grass shot!

  8. Thanks for these photos. You’ve just brought me back to Bagan.

  9. Stephen Bugno says:

    Thanks, Julie! I didn’t see any snakes while I was there, but I was looking out especially for them. But it’s good for readers to know.

  10. Julie K. says:

    Watch out for snakes – that became my golden rule when in Burma:) On my first day I already had contact with two of them crossing my way, and then once again in Bagan few days later. But the pictures are ethereal! Wish I could be more patient and learn to take pictures like that.

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