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Bagan is in many ways, one of the most remarkable religious cities in the world. Today, Bagan’s glory days may be over, but what remains are fantastic temple ruins, definitely one of the most amazing sights in Myanmar and a genuine contender for wonder of the world. Covering an area of about 40 square km are approximately 2300 identifiable pagodas, monasteries, ordination halls, libraries, and caves of all shapes and sizes. What Marco Polo will have seen in 13th century when he discovered this sacred land was certainly more dramatic than what can be seen today, but much of the glory of Bagan still remains. There is much to be enjoyed in Bagan, whether you choose the comfort of a drive around the thousands of ruins by car or prefer to explore in a more leisurely fashion using either a horse drawn cart or bicycle. Whichever method of transport you settle on be sure to choose a favourite temple to sit beside and experience an unforgettable Bagan sunset, or perhaps relax over a cool drink by the bank of the great Irrawaddy River. And if you wish, an exclusive hot-air-balloon riding on the magical sky above this magnificent plain, and it’s sure to be an incredible experience of your lifetime! If you base yourself at Bagan for several days you will be able to experience many day trips to see the surrounding wonders such as Mount Popa, home to the famous Nat Spirits or the archaeological site in Salay – not as imposing as Bagan but certainly worth a visit.

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