Nyaung U (Bagan)

The ancient temples and pagodas of the Bagan dynasty form what is arguably the most globally-recognised landscape in Myanmar, and for good reason: they have been dazzling visitors since Marco Polo came through in 1277. Back then he wrote it was a “gilded city alive with tinkling bells and the swishing sounds of monks’ robes”, and despite centuries of turmoil much remains the same in old Bagan.

Explore 800-year-old ruins and shop in temple markets for antique crafts and original artwork. Most accomodations offer e-bike rentals at affordable rates, offering intrepid travellers complete autonomy as they rove around the 42 square kilometre plains. A US$25 archaeological zone fee is charged upon arrival at Nyaung U airport, but the view of sunrise from Sulamani Pagoda is truly priceless.