Cruises to Bagan

8 Reviews
Bagan (Photo:Jakob Fischer/Shutterstock)

About Cruising to Bagan

Bagan is a frequent stop on Irrawaddy River cruise itineraries. The city was once the capital of Myanmar, and is the birthplace of Buddhism in the country. More than 2,000 religious monuments -- stupas, temples and pagodas -- still stand today; you can see their spires dotting roughly 16 square miles. With its proximity to a small airport, Bagan serves as an embarkation/debarkation port.

A port stop in Bagan will likely include a visit to Ananda Temple and the Shwezigon Pagoda, which are among the best-preserved religious monuments in the city. You'll also see hot-air balloons flying over the temples, particularly at sunrise.

Bagan is a bigger city than many of the small villages along the Irrawaddy, and it has a bustling crafts market where you can pick up handmade souvenirs and art, often for a great deal. Expect to haggle: An offer of 60 percent off the first price is a good starting point.

If you're not buying items from markets or shops, you'll have plenty of other options. Prepare yourself: You will be followed by local peddlers looking to strike a bargain with you from the minute you step off your riverboat. They'll follow tour buses to the various locations and will not back off when they hear the word "no." Prices can be great, and many of the sellers are children or young women.

  • More about Bagan

  • Why Cruise to Bagan?

  • Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

Loading...
Loading...

We're sorry no itineraries matched your search. Please update your search criteria and try again.

More about Bagan

Why Cruise to Bagan?

Pros:

You'll find thousands of religious monuments and archeological treasures, as well as a lively market within this wondrous ancient city

Cons:

The country's second-largest city, Bagan has poor infrastructure (think squat toilets) and can be difficult to navigate

Bottom Line:

Book a guided tour of the impressive archeological sites in this historical, bustling metropolis

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

The currency in Myanmar (Burma) is the kyat.

Language?

The language spoken in Myanmar (Burma) is Burmese.

--By Colleen McDaniel, Senior Executive Editor


Bagan Cruise Reviews
Unmissable - the extent and age of the area is fascinating and the Balloons over Bagan worth every cent with a professional and informative Aussie pilotRead More
User Avatar
Robyn Mac
Temples very interesting and travel by horse cart was an experienceRead More
User Avatar
SusanTowle
Bagan is Myanmar's archaeological treasure trove with its incredible temple circuit.Read More
User Avatar
Russell Stephens
The old town of Bagan is polluted and overcrowded with visitors, however if you take a tour through the back roads to the many Pagodas it is cleaner and less crowded. A horse-drawn carriage tour is bumpy but lots ofRead More
User Avatar
tritto

Related Cruises

Cruises to Newport

Cruises to Newport

261 Reviews
Cruises to Amsterdam

Cruises to Amsterdam

1,060 Reviews
Cruises to Nice

Cruises to Nice

147 Reviews
Cruises to Rouen

Cruises to Rouen

121 Reviews
Cruises to Saint John (New Brunswick)

Cruises to Saint John (New Brunswick)

449 Reviews
Cruises to Gdansk (Warsaw)

Cruises to Gdansk (Warsaw)

120 Reviews
Cruises to Izmir

Cruises to Izmir

187 Reviews
Cruises to Lima

Cruises to Lima

110 Reviews
Cruises to Rangiroa

Cruises to Rangiroa

30 Reviews
Cruises to Labadee

Cruises to Labadee

2,138 Reviews
Cruises to Ponta Delgada

Cruises to Ponta Delgada

243 Reviews
Cruises to Santos (Sao Paulo)

Cruises to Santos (Sao Paulo)

42 Reviews
Cruises to Phuket

Cruises to Phuket

149 Reviews
Cruises to Catania

Cruises to Catania

64 Reviews
Cruises to Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)

Cruises to Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)

387 Reviews
Cruises to Tournon

Cruises to Tournon

36 Reviews
Cruises to Cinque Terre

Cruises to Cinque Terre

355 Reviews
Cruises to Regua

Cruises to Regua

Cruises to Mohacs

Cruises to Mohacs

1 Review
Cruises to Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve

Cruises to Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve

294 Reviews

Get special cruise deals, expert advice, insider tips and more.By proceeding, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

© 1995—2024, The Independent Traveler, Inc.