Bagan will be a life changing experience for avid and newfound travelers alike. The ancient land is a juxtaposition between the temples of the past and the beautiful sunrises and sunsets of the present day. Over 2,300 temples and stupas still remain from the 11th - 13th century; you will be in awe at the intricate beauty that represents Myanmar's history.
Weather: The best time to visit Myanmar is from November – February. From March – June, the temperature soars to 100 degrees. The monsoon season ranges from July – October.
Basic Style Etiquette for Men and Women: Women should dress conservatively; short or tight clothing is not appropriate. Pants and short-sleeve shirts are most appropriate if you plan to ride a bike through the stupas of Bagan or if you plan to tour the temples. Men should dress conservatively. Causal clothing involves t-shirts and jeans, khakis with appropriate walking shoes. Men and women must wear clothing that covers their shoulders and legs when visiting a religious site.
For other suggested activities: Pack hiking/workout attire
Culture: The people of Myanmar are sincere and friendly. They openly welcome tourists and are happy to share their culture with visitors. The Tourism Board of Myanmar has published DOs and DON’TS for tourists as seen below so you can visit Myanmar responsibly.
Shopping: The traditional attire, the longyi (long skirt) is worn by many locals, however many people are influenced by western fashion. Papilia will provide you with shopping recommendations prior to departure.
Some Suggested Activities:
Balloons Over Bagan: A chance of a lifetime: ariel views of Bagan's ancient landscape by sunrise. Having the ability to experience this priceless moment reminds you about how preciousness of life.
Bike Rides Around Temples: If you would like to absorb the true essence of Bagan, rent a motorized bike for the day and ride around the temples and stupas at your own pace. Take a break at one of the many local restaurants for a refreshing avocado smoothie.
Watching the Sunset: The optimal location to watch the sunset is at the Shwe Sandaw Pagoda. You must arrive at least 30 minutes before the sun sets.
If you’re a foodie: The specialties of Bagan include the "Be Kind to Animals" restaurants (aka vegetarian restaurants). Eggplant, pumpkin, and a variety of seasonal vegetables of the Shan State are cooked fresh for you to savor with a smile.
Safety Tip: It is difficult to find a taxi in Bagan; arrange transportation with your hotel if you plan to tour the city by car. Never walk outside of the city center at night.