Originally we didn’t intend to visit the fourth largest city in Myanmar. But Bago is ideally located on the route to Golden Rock . So we decided to spend the night in Bago. In this blog article we tell you which sights and temples you can visit in Bago, even if you – like us – only plan one night here.
1. Bago Temple Tour We arrived from Yangon at noon so only had time until sunset to visit the Bago Temples. While that sounds stressful, it was easily doable thanks to a private driver in the car. Altogether we were about four hours on the road and were able to head for six destinations of our choice in the time . Even though there are of course many more impressive temples in Bago, we still had the feeling that we were getting a very good insight into the city.
Apart from the large number of temples and sights, which are undoubtedly impressive, Bago himself didn’t particularly excite us. This is simply because the fourth largest city in Myanmar is naturally very chaotic.
2. Who is Bago suitable for? If you are interested in Buddhist Temples and Pagodas If you are interested, then we can definitely recommend a stopover in Bago. As I said, there are a lot of them in Bago and a lot of them are really worth seeing.
However, we also have to admit that the spark between us and Bago somehow didn’t 100 percent skipped. Maybe it was because we were already a little oversaturated with temple sightseeing. Anyway, after more than three weeks in Myanmar, we both agree that Bago was the place of our itinerary that we most likely would have missed. (Which doesn’t mean that we didn’t like Bago at all – quite the opposite!)
3 . Temples and Sights in Bago Kyaik Pun Buddha The four Buddhas of Kyaik Pun were the first stop on our Bago temple tour and we definitely recommend you to visit them. Four huge Buddha statues look back to back each in a different compass direction. With 27 meters high are the Buddhas quite impressive to look at.
Mahazedi Pagoda With their combination of white and gold we also really liked the Mahazedi pagoda. However, we find it a pity that it can only be climbed by men. As with many shrines in Myanmar, women are also disadvantaged here. So only Romeo could climb the steep stairs and enjoy the – very impressive – distant view in all directions.
Shwethalyaung Buddha Incredible: With his 55 meters in length, the reclining Shwethalyaung Buddha is the second largest reclining Buddha in the world. The dimensions are really powerful and for that reason alone a visit is definitely worthwhile. The only thing we personally don’t find attractive is the corrugated iron roof, but well, of course we understand that this very special Buddha needs to be protected from wind and weather. Be prepared for the Shwethalyaung Buddha to be quite crowded.
Mya Tha Lyaung Buddha The reclining Mya Tha Lyaung Buddha is relatively little frequented compared to the Shwethalyaung Buddha . Together with a few other people, we were the only guests and got overwhelmed the rest very happy. However, the Mya Tha Lyaung Buddha is not nearly as impressive and less well-kept. A stopover is still worth it, we think.
Shwemawdaw Pagoda What Shwedagon Pagoda is in Yangon, Shwemawdaw Pagoda is in Bago – namely, the most important shrine in the city. Hard to believe, but Shwemawdaw Pagoda is even taller than its sister in Bago Yangon – overall it towers 114 Meters in the sky. We were there before sunset, but we also imagine it would be nice to wait for the sunset.
Hintha Gon Pagoda The last stop of our temple tour was suggested by our driver. Luckily we agreed, because from the Hintha Gon Pagoda we could actually marvel at the sunset over the Shwemawdaw Pagoda. Unfortunately, we found the Hintha Gon Pagoda itself to be quite unkempt and unimpressive. The highlight here is definitely the view of Bago – although the view is a little impaired by some trees and houses.
4. Our hotel tip for Bago The hotel offer in Bago is manageable, but there are now there are some hotels that are really comfortable. We stayed for one night at Kanbawza Hinthar Hotel, which we can recommend. Unfortunately, the cheapest room category was fully booked, which is why we had to switch to a higher category. With 66 per night, the Kanbawza Hinthar Hotel was one of the most expensive hotels of our trip to Myanmar.
The room itself was very comfortable – can’t really fault it. However, we weren’t too impressed with the restaurant. There is still room for improvement.
You can book the hotel here: Kanbawza Hinthar Hotel
Our accommodations in Myanmar You are interested where we stayed in Myanmar? You can find our collected accommodations in Myanmar in this article: Itinerary Myanmar.
5. Getting to Bago Many travelers – including us – travel from Yangon to Bago. Before we traveled to Myanmar, we knew that we wanted to take the train at least once. (Not least because we had such great memories of our first train trip around Yangon 5 years ago.) Well, on this trip it was exactly the one time, namely the route from Yangon to Bago.
Train travel in Myanmar is an experience, we can promise you that. It rumbles and jerks along at a snail’s pace, but you can watch the scenery go by wonderfully and get a glimpse of the life of the locals on and off the train.
If you also want to take the train, you have to go to Central Railway Station. There you can buy a ticket directly before you start your journey. We were there the day before because we wanted to confirm the travel times. However, we were not able to buy a ticket the day before. So it should be enough if you are there about half an hour to an hour before the train departs.
The ticket for the Upperclass (i.e. the best category) costs exactly 1.000 Kyat – a bargain, then. You shouldn’t expect luxury by far, but for two hours (that’s how long the journey takes), you can bear it well.
Alternatively, you can also take the bus from Travel Yangon to Bago. This takes a little under 2 hours and costs a little more. However, we already knew we would be spending many, many hours on buses, so the train was a welcome change.
6. Myanmar Travel Guide Are you looking for a comprehensive Myanmar Travel Guide? Then we can recommend the Stefan Loose travel guide. As we are used to from the publisher, the travel guide is very extensive and well researched.
You can buy the travel guide here: Stefan Loose travel guide Myanmar
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Have you been to Bago? How did you like it? We look forward to your comments and experience report!