Bagan From a Local Perspective

Bagan From a Local Perspective

Bagan’s drawing power lies with its vast collection of hundreds of temples and pagodas, often
skipping how its residents actually live day by day. This morning-only tour highlights
the authentic essentials without entering Bagan’s Archaeological Site.


Beyond the Bagan plains lies a world of an almost provincial simplicity. Guided by the principle that local exploration touches the true heart of Myanmar, it is the daily business practices and deeply-rooted Buddhist believes that has not yet seen a slither of modernisation included in it.

Void of emphatically contrasts, this morning tour from your Bagan based overnight address captures the authentic side as a perfect balance between the historical side of one of Myanmar’s most enthralling destinations and that part which is often left aside in favour of pagodas and stupas. Markets and monasteries – we lift the veil on what daily life in Bagan really looks like.


Bagan From a Local Perspective

08:00 - 12:00

You will meet your English speaking guide for the morning at your hotel in Bagan right after breakfast. Mornings are by far the best way to see what life is really like around Bagan. First stop will be the lively market of Nyaung Oo, located a short drive away from Bagan. On market days, a coming and going of locals and traders from across the region gather around and buy their daily fresh ingredients, household good and clothes. Guests can freely wander around over the partially covered market, take pictures and catch a glimpse of what’s happening in the lives of these locals. We leave our horse-drawn carriage behind and hop in a trishaw (bicycle taxi), one of the popular means to get around town. The end station will be a cheroot factory – skilled cigar makers still put their skills of rolling the perfect Burmese cigar. Perhaps you may give it a go whilst you are surrounded by the smell of cheroot filling up the work place.

Being a monk in Myanmar gives status to the family, and from a very young age, young boys are taught in the ways of following in the footsteps of the Lord Buddha and often spend the rest of their lives in a monastery. Their presence in Nyaung Oo and any other town in Myanmar often come with social responsibilities such as leading the mantras of good fortune during weddings and cremations. Life inside a monastery comes with rules, regulations and moments of serenity in reaching nirvana. At the end of this morning, it is this spiritual encounter with the saffron-clad residents in their ‘home’ that will show you the monastic life of a monk / novice.

Before the time of their final meal of the day has arrived, we make our way back to your Bagan-based hotel by horse-drawn carriage, marking the end of an insight of local Bagan.




  • A half day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by trishaw and horse-drawn carriage
  • All applicable taxes and service charges


  • Bagan Archaeological Site entrance fees
  • Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)


  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply. This tour is only operated in the morning.
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in and inside Old and New Bagan. Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation outside this area such as Mount Popa, river cruise ports and Bagan’s Airport are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions.
  • Due to the nature of this tour, we regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users.
  • It is of the greatest importance to follow the guide’s instructions during this event in paying respect to the local customs. This includes approaching the monks, taking photographs and obeying the unwritten rules and regulations of this deeply-spiritual encounter.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Sand, dust and water have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.


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