Bagan is an ancient city, dating back thousands of years and still charming everyone who sees it today. From the banks of the bustling Ayeyarwady River, to the intricate artwork of the pagodas and temples scattered across the plains, to the workshops selling woven goods, rattan furniture, and other handicrafts, the city of Bagan will leave you in love with the magic of Myanmar.
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Our tour guide in Bagan was outstanding! Zaw Htcan was extremely knowledgeable about Bagan, the history, the temples and the culture, and had a worm, friendly personality. As a local guide, he was careful to insure that we saw the sunrise over Bagan and the sunset over Bagan. His selection of local places for meals and snacks provided tasty food at low prices. Since I had injured my foot, he took particular care to take my arm and insure that I was safe and steady at each and every stop, Our driver, said to be the "best driver in Bagan" was very safety conscious. He was immuculate and so was the car. From the moment we stepped off the Express bus at 5 AM, until we returned to the bus that evening, every need was taken care of. He even found a working ATM for us. We were pleased with the tour, and delighted with both our guide and driver. Wonderful to be with someone who is so passionate about their hometown, Bagan. Not to be missed. Best day of our entire 5 week SE Asia expreience!
I have just returned from absolutely amazing community tour with my fantastic guide Wutt Yi Phyo!
We first went by a very cosy van to a thanacar market in a town half an hour drive from Bagan,where Wutt explained everything about this Burmese cosmetic product. Then she took us to a traditional food market nearby where she kept buying various goodies for us. We continued to a street tea house for amazing tea and more snacks (yammy!!!).
Then we drove through countryside into a village I would have never found on my own (and I'm quite an adventurer...). We were welcomed by local people eager to show us all their fields and plantations, have us taste all fruits, and teach us Burmese. I only regretted I didn't have any chocolate/ sweets from my country or an old English text book with me that I could give them- so definitely bring something like this with you when you visit.
I loved how proud they were of all their achievements and how passionately Wutt was explaining everything and translating for us. She is such a greater guide! You can tell she loves her job, she spoke perfect English, was very caring, witty and genuinely interested in giving us the "best day ever".
After amazing lunch, the villagers took us by oxen-dragged carts to the river and we ended our day by a boat cruise.
If you want to truly understand how people in Bagan live TODAY, don't just stay amongst the temples. Take this tour and you will be leaving the area with much better understanding of where they shop, how their schools work, how much people earn,etc. + there's of course no wifi or even reception (unless you have a Burmese since card), so it is the perfect food for your heart and soul.
Thank you, Wutt, for a day I won't forget and thanks a million to Phyoe, the UA manager, I emailed with, who helped me with the booking. Keep up the greater work, ladies!
Excellent tour, did much more than we expected. Lovely end on a sunset cruise. Zaw (our guide) was friendly and very knowledgable, he made our experience one to remember. Tour started 30 mins before the indicated time, email to confirm this.
An absolutely fantastic evening with a great guide!
The guide was really great and he made sure we had a nice time. This was a lovely experience and I would do it again.
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