Old Bagan is mostly the Bagan Archaeological Zone that requires a valid entrance ticket. New Bagan doesn’t and the distance between two would be about 10 mins on an e-bike. Further on the Bagan itinerary, today I will be continuing with Day 2.

3 days in Bagan Myanmar – Day 1

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Day 2 of Bagan itinerary

Let’s start with some FAQ about Bagan, Myanmar.

Bagan is an ancient city in central Myanmar (formerly Burma), southwest of Mandalay
Currency – Kyat
Language – Burmese, hardly anyone spoke English except the hotel staffs
Hello – Mingalabar
Thanks- Kyay Zuu Tin Par Tal (formal), Kyay Zuu Par (informal)
Bye- Tata

Getting around– I recommend discovering Bagan by hiring a bicycle (3000 Kyat p/d +), e-bike (5000 Kyat p/d +) or a private car from your hotel, or shops around town

Accommodation –
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I booked the Kumudara hotel in Bagan via Airbnb. Decent wooden decor but beautiful window view. I am not sponsored by them but I genuinely liked the area and the hotel. However, food wasn’t that great but there is a number of restaurants nearby. The best thing about this hotel was – you could see temples from the balcony, pool and even from the dining area! And the cherry on top was they maintain one of the nearby temple and guests can come and go for sunrise and sunsets without a crowd! How good is that!

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3 days Bagan itinerary – Day 2

1. Visit Mount Popa

Mount Popa Resort is about an hour away from Old Bagan. For this trip, I recommend hiring a private car that comes with your private driver. He will pick you up, wait for you and drop you off where you need to go. Don’t forget to carry rain or windproof jacket as it could get foggy, rainy and windy up there. You can make it a day here if the weather is nice, with the pool and the Monastery view on top of the hill. If you look closely, you can even see the stairs of the Monastery!

An alternate and more exciting way is to drop by and check out the view from the deck, grab a tea or something then hike to the top of Mount Popa and back. However, I don’t recommend coffee here, I’m holding a latte and it was out of a sachet and tasted horrible! Good thing though – the view from the terrace is worth $3 they ask at the entrance which is refundable when you exist. Just remember to keep the receipt.

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2. Hike around or to Mount Popa

It’s an interesting fact Mount Popa is actually a volcano 1518 meters (4,980 ft) above sea level. Google advised 4 hours hike from Mount Popa resort to the top of Mount Popa and back. Make no mistake, it is exactly 4 hours and more if you are a slow hiker or take a lot of breaks. It wasn’t physically demanding but the weather reminded me of the time when I trekked Mount Everest Base Camp.

I recommend carrying a bottle of water and other essentials like snacks and mosquito sprays. The hike started out okay but as you can see in the picture, it got way too foggy quickly! At times, I couldn’t tell if I was on the right track but it was an adventure which is why this is one of my favourite thing to do on this 3 days Bagan itinerary.

It might seem never-ending after almost 2 hours hike but if you are on the right track and hiking in a good phase you should see the green-colored house on your right. From there, it is another 25 minutes to the top. Lunch is available at the resort if you want.

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You can see the greenhouse and the temple at the summit.

This is the view of Mount Popa from Mount Popa Monastery

3. Mount Popa Monastery, Taung Kalat

Before you get confused, Mount Popa Resort, Mount Popa and now Mount Popa Monastery are all located in the same area, about an hour’s drive away from the flat landscape of Bagan. I did all this in a single day because I didn’t want to spend 2 hours each day in a car. I had lunch at the base of the Mount Popa Monastery and had a good laugh watching monkeys being dramatic.

After the 4 hours long hike, if you are up for the next challenge. Here it is! From the base to the top where the Mt Popa Monastery lies, there are precisely 777 steps to climb, lots of monkeys and a steep walk. This would be one of the sweaty exercises in this 3 days Bagan itinerary. You have to take your shoes off at some point, there are cabinets to keep them or if you have a bag, you can also carry it yourself. If you can brave it all, then the climb to the top is a bit of a thrilling experience!

Throughout the walk, you will meet people asking for a donation to keep the place clean. If you have extra kyats, the donation is good but the cleaning part is questionable. There were many shops on both side of the stairs and more and more monkeys as you go up. I’ve heard about monkey attacks in the past and was bit worried. The trick that worked for me was to not look at them straight in the eye and go steady with my steps. The climb near the top was dangerous with just iron stairs but once you make it through all of this, a nice view of Mount Popa welcomes you. A holy and historical place with 360 views of the surroundings.

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4. Have coffee at Bagan Regalia, Nyaung-U

After an action-packed day, you may want to ask the driver to drop you off in Nyaung-U to explore before the day ends. Nyaung-U has more choice when it comes to coffee shop, bars and restaurants. I recommend Bagan Regalia if you are after a boost of coffee energy. It is the local’s and travellers favourite coffee shop in town. They also offer freshly baked cakes, cookies and more.

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5. Relax at the ACACIA Spa and Salon, Nyaung-U

You deserve a good massage after hiking all day! There are not many options in old Bagan but I found a good one in Nyaung-U called ACACIA Spa and Salon. It was only $10 for 1.5 hours of Swedish massage! Plus the place was peaceful and nice. I felt relaxed and was ready for dinner after this. They also offer shower and towels if you prefer a shower before or after your massage.

6. Eat at the Black Rose Restaurant

What better way to end a busy day than with another local’s favorite spot. During dinner time, Black rose restaurant in old Bagan was crowded with travelers and locals. Decent food, friendly staff and they have a big map of Bagan on their wall. So, pretty handy if you want to plan your temple-hopping while you eat! Or you can just read about the Bagan temples that offer the best view here. Free WIFI is available in the restaurant.

I hope this 3 days Bagan itinerary helps you with your own trip. Below are some more of how I spent day 1 and day 2 in Bagan, Myanmar.

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Day 3 of 3 days Bagan itinerary.

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29 thoughts on “3 days Bagan itinerary (With photos – Day 2)

  • August 23, 2018 at 3:13 pm
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    Amazing review, you definitely take trip to make one jealous and inspire

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  • August 24, 2018 at 10:35 am
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    I loved walking through your travels with you! Thanks for sharing!

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  • August 24, 2018 at 11:04 am
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    These photos are incredible! I’m loving the ‘hair flip’ ones too, so fun! I’d totally visit here after seeing how much fun you seemed to have!! And you’re probably burning off all the calories you eat by biking and hiking so much!

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  • August 24, 2018 at 11:13 am
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    First off I want to say, a bit hesitantly, but I had NO idea where Myanmar was! I had to look it up. But it looks like your 3 days there were absolutely lovely! The photos are stunning!!

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  • August 24, 2018 at 12:09 pm
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    wow, these views are gorgeous! even though the fogginess. love the shot of the temple on top of the mountain!

    – cassy

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  • August 24, 2018 at 12:45 pm
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    WOW! Those shots at the temple are STUNNING!

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  • August 24, 2018 at 3:35 pm
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    Great photos! How is it like with the food in Bagan? Want to visit Myanmar sometime too. I’m just a little bit worried of the transportation and food.

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  • August 24, 2018 at 3:50 pm
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    I’ve never even heard of this place before but it looks so amazing! You got some really incredible photos, especially on those trails! I guess I have to add this to the bucket list now!

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  • August 24, 2018 at 4:46 pm
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    I would love to try the massage in New Bagan. I have never tried Myanmar massage before. Tried the Thai massage but was kind of shock at the experience.

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  • August 24, 2018 at 5:03 pm
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    This place looks so gorgeous. Never been to Myanmar, would love to visit someday.

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  • August 24, 2018 at 5:07 pm
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    That’s a shame that it got so foggy on your hike, the same thing happened on my family’s trip to Hawaii last year. Gorgeous views though!

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  • August 24, 2018 at 5:35 pm
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    I love that you’re traveling I think that’s amazing. I’m not sure that I could stay somewhere they didn’t have good food however it looks like you did find a good meal along the way so that’s great LOL. It looks like you had a blast it also looks very calm and relaxing there would love to visit.

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  • August 24, 2018 at 7:16 pm
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    I would love to travel someday. Except the Monastery part. I really don’t like going to temple. But it has so much, that actually makes your view the worth of a price.

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  • August 24, 2018 at 7:32 pm
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    I have been to Myanmar but could not travel extensively. But visited wonderful monasteries. Like all your pics immensely.

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  • August 24, 2018 at 9:01 pm
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    These pictures are so good. I would love to travel there one day. Thanks for sharing ♥️ ♥️ By any chance you are interested on doing collaborations, you can check out the collaborations portal of Phlanx.com and connect with amazing brands!

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  • August 25, 2018 at 2:05 am
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    I have never been in this place but I would love too. I will definitely add this to my bucket list for my next tour!

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  • August 25, 2018 at 2:32 am
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    Beautiful and wonderful experience. How was the food?

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  • August 25, 2018 at 5:02 am
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    Myanmar looks so beautiful and exotic! looks like an awesome trip!

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  • August 25, 2018 at 4:41 pm
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    I’ve never heard of Bagan, but it looks like a perfect spot to visit during holidays. I’m amazed with the richness of Mont Popa Monastery, I’ve never been to such a place before. Ending the day with such a meal must have been a great experience. 🙂

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  • August 25, 2018 at 5:59 pm
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    Having read each one of your three days itinerary I am so impressed at the natural beauty and Historic buildings and monasteries of Bagan! It’s been a great trip!

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  • August 25, 2018 at 8:51 pm
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    Incredible views even with the fog! The food at the Black Rose Restaurant looks tasty.

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  • August 25, 2018 at 10:39 pm
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    Oh my goodness, the view from up there! Walking in the clouds!! What an amazing experience, thank you for sharing, absolutely breathtaking photos! I spent 5 years in Japan and travelled around Asia a lot but never made it to Myanmar. Not sure why, probably the flight costs? Or I just didn’t really know anything about it back then. What a shame! Hopefully, we’ll go with our kids someday soon!

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  • August 26, 2018 at 1:00 am
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    Wow this looks like a gorgeous place, just amazing views indeed. It sounds like you had a fantastic time!

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  • August 26, 2018 at 1:45 am
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    What a beautiful place! Look at all that fog! The view from way up there is just stunning.

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  • August 26, 2018 at 3:55 am
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    It looks like your day started out quite foggy. The sites are still amazing though. I wish I could travel like this.

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  • August 26, 2018 at 8:55 am
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    Love your pictures, great shots. I would love to visit Myanmar one day, it is on our bucket list 🙂

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  • August 26, 2018 at 1:52 pm
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    Oh my goodness! Such a beautiful and great place and I love pictures you captured! It really make me feel that I’m there too.

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  • August 27, 2018 at 3:07 am
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    I can’t always travel to places I want to go due to health problems, so seeing your trip through photos is the next best thing to being there. What a fun day and the views are crazy amazing.

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  • August 27, 2018 at 4:05 am
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    Wow, Began, Myamar looks an amazing place to visit. From the things to do and see to the lovely food. I am adding to my travel list!

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