Bagan is one of the richest archaeological sites in Asia. The remains of the ancient city extend over an area of 42 km² and it is filled with more than 2,000 pagodas. The numerous monuments recall an age of former greatness and evidence of the country’s deep-rooted faith in Buddhism.
Take to the skies with a balloon ride for a breath-taking bird’s eye view of some of 2000 temples that remain standing in this area over the city of Bagan. Take part in the oil lamp lighting ceremony, a sombre and distinguished event that is steeped in Buddhist belief. Enjoy a cold drink while enjoying the spectacular scenery of the ruined temples while savouring a delicious Myanmese dinner.
Head to the Shwezigon pagoda to take part in the oil lamp lighting ceremony, a somber and distinguished event that is steeped in the Buddhist belief in earning merit through performing good deeds. Sit on the floor and observe the Buddhist monks who chant ancient Pali scriptures as 1000 oil candles are lit around the pagoda. You will feel the genuine warmth and sincerity of these blessings.
In the late afternoon, transfer from your hotel to the jetty for a beautiful sunset on the private wooden boat. It’s a perfectly relaxing after a full day exploring the hot and dusty plains of Bagan. You’ll float leisurely along the river, observing local life from a different perspective. The cruise will sail about 30 minutes upstream then turn to glide downriver while watching the sun lowers towards the horizon and sets peacefully over the Ayeyarwady River. Cool drinks including soft drink or beer with light Burmese snacks will be served on board. Afterwards, arrive at a sandbank where a private and exclusive dinner awaits. Enjoy the spectacular scenery and capture the changing colors of twilight over the ruined temples while savouring the delicious meal before heading back to your hotel.