Bagan was once a knigdom and of around 8000 Pagodas and temples only about 2000 remain today. Many have perished over time in natural disasters. Most of them are now old relics, but some new ones are painted in gold color. The scenic view of the city is breathtaking with greenery and pagodas all over.
The Ayeyarwady River which turns around the corner in Bagan.
It is best to focus on visiting four or five of the bigger temples/pagodas, and the finest sight to see Bagan is at sunset from the viewing platform of the Shwesandaw temple. It’s a difficult climb and alternative viewing sites can be explained by the guide.
Most pagodas and temples date back to between the 11th and 13th centuries. There is a hot air balloon ride but very expensive which provides a spectacular sunrise view.
This is a sacred mountain which is the core of an extinct volcano that rises 1,518m above the surrounding hills. This mountain is believed to be the home of the Nats (spirit gods). There is a beautiful resort which allows you to sit and watch the scenery from far and is best for those of you who can’t climb. Mount Popa can climbed using 777 steps to the shrine at the top. Beware of monkeys on the way up.