Sunset in Bagan

Notes by traveldiary007 on Sunday, March 6th, 2016 under Bagan
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We arrived at 3:45PM, 15 minutes earlier than expected at the Old Bagan Station. A boy approached me and the assistant driver told me that the boy will send me to Pann Cherry with his carriage. It was only a 3 minute ride, haha. I’d rather walk but to not to disappoint the young boy who drive the carriage, I just took the boy’s offer. I asked him how much and he said I can give any amount. This is the answer that I really don’t like. I asked him again and he said a thousand. Well, it’s only a dollar so I don’t mind. If you are taking bus, you can ask the driver if they can drop you to your hotel or at least near your hotel or guesthouse. Some of the buses or vans will go around Bagan. Bagan bus terminal is quiet far from hotels and guesthouses.

Pann Cherry gives me a rate of USD7, fan only, no breakfast, shared bathroom and shower. Aircon will be USD20 to USD30 per pax, not per room. I choose the fan room, single bed.

At the left side of the guesthouse, there is a bike rental. I wanted to rent an e-bike and when I tried it, I almost crash it so I settled for the bicycle. It costs me 2,500Kyat (USD2.00) for one and a half day. You can ask them if you can keep the bike with you and they will allow you to do that. Just pay the corresponding amount.

Going to Pann Cherry

Pann Cherry is near Shwezigon Pagoda. You can go in if you like to see Buddhas but be careful with the tourist traps. Locals asked you to go inside and tour you around. You can leave this area if you want. If not, from Pann Cherry, go to the main road to your right and cycle all the way. You will see Aung Mingalar Hotel, just go the road straight.

Road going to Shwezigon:

Road to Swizegon Pagoda

My Transportation to explore Bagan

You can see temples along the way.

Sunset viewing is famous in Shwesandaw Pagoda. It’s a distance from Pan Cherry, where I’d stay but you can always rent an ebike or bicycle near the guesthouse. Ride all the way until you will see “Bagan” sign at the left side. Cross the rough road.

Going to Shwesandaw Pagoda:

Road to Shwesandaw Pagoda

The sun sets at around 6:30 to 6:45 but be there earlier because there will be lots of tourist at this time. I was lucky because there was not much tourist but unlucky because because there was no sunset. It was cloudy.

Shwe San Daw Pagoda

Shwesandaw Pagoda

If you go higher, the steps are steeper. You have to leave your sleepers or shoes before you can go up.

View on top:


Tourists waiting for the sun to set.

The cloud changes its color when I reached down. The view was amazing here than upstairs.

I left the place at 7PM and it’s getting dark. There was no lamp post on the road so please bring a headlight if you intend to stay until late. It’s a must.

I stopped at Nanda’s Restaurant and Puppet Show. They have creepy (sorry, I don’t like dolls and puppets) show and out of curiosity and hunger, I ordered food and watched the show.

Nanda Restaurant and Puppet Show in Bagan

The best month to visit Bagan is from November to February where they also have balloons over Bagan.

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