Described by explorer Marco Polo as ‘one of the world’s finest sights’, Bagan tours take travelers across an iconic holy plain of prodigal pagodas that evokes a sense of history like nowhere else. Ancient Bagan was the capital of several mighty Burmese Kingdoms who constructed around 10,000 religious structures between the 9th and 13th centuries. Today the 2,200-plus original temples and stupas still standing form one of Southeast Asia’s richest archaeological zones and a designated World Heritage Site.
Stretching into the horizon, each one of Bagan’s majestic temples has its own unique story to tell, but all are superb examples of ancient Burmese architecture. The interiors of many can be freely explored, revealing extraordinary and well-preserved intricate detailing. However there’s only one way to appreciate the true scale of the thousands of temples and pagodas clustered across its vast riverside plains – a thrilling hot air balloon ride over Bagan.