Lost temples of bagan


from $159USD/person
Aircon 12+ Hours 1+ Guests

Off-the-Beaten-Track Temples of Bagan

This tour is for those who really want to explore off the beaten track places and experience the true hidden gems of Bagan. This exploration includes Bagan’s secret temples and many sites not listed on tourist maps and rarely visited. Includes small functioning monastery, cave and cliff meditation areas. Highlights include magnificent murals, sandstone carvings, high viewpoints and a temple dedicated to the family of the historical Buddha.

"Bagan contains an extraordinary ensemble of Buddhist monumental architecture, reflecting the strength of religious devotion of an early major Buddhist empire. Within the context of the rich expressions and traditions of Buddhist architecture and art found throughout Asia, Bagan is distinctive and outstanding."

Discover Authentic Bagan

Uncover the little-known secrets of Bagan on this private guided tour. You’ll begin by watching the sunrise over the ancient monuments of Old Bagan, away from the buses and crowds. Learn traditional crafting from local artisans on a village walking tour in the morning, and visit an amazing secluded monastery on the Irrawaddy riverside in the afternoon. You’ll visit temples and villages off the tourist track and discover authentic Bagan through its people. Enjoy sunset from hidden temple, along the riverside, or with locals in a rural village rarely seen by outsiders.

Tour Highlights

  • After sunrise, a fresh breakfast served outdoors near our “secret pagoda” and gardens among the ancient pagodas. 
  • Try walking meditation around the temple gardens where flowers bloom year round.
  • Explore secret and little-known temples and ancient ruins. 
  • The highlight of the day is a private sunset cruise with views of Bagan’s temples. Here you will have the opportunity to experience local life on the river in spectacular golden light at a relaxed pace away from other tourists.
"Ian promised me an off the beaten track experience- and this is exactly what I've got. During the whole two days we saw maximum 10 other tourists. Instead of the touristy places we visited incredible landscapes in the middle of nowhere, hidden pagodas, took a boat trip to a lost beach, watched the sunset on our own, got some new photography skills and had the chance to meet local people respectfully (not this zoo like watching of people in an emerging country). Plus- the food was gorgeous!"

Experience Bagan with Insiders

Uncover hidden sites and secret temples on our Bagan temples tour. Let our team of professional guides and photographers show you the secrets of unforgettable Bagan. We live here, and we know the optimal times of the day to see the temples in the best light with the fewest crowds—and we’re sharing our secrets with you!

Sample Itinerary

Your day begins before sunrise as your guide and driver pick you up from your hotel. You’ll begin by watching the sunrise over the ancient monuments of Old Bagan from a less-crowded viewpoint.

After sunrise (around 7:30am) we continue to our own “secret pagoda” where you will enjoy a local breakfast served outdoors with fresh fruit and organic coffee/tea while observing local rural life.

We’ll continue with a walking tour of a rural village (from 9am) where you will learn the secrets of bamboo crafting from a family of local artisans. In the late morning heat we will retreat to the cool temple interiors to view one-of-a-kind murals and golden shrines from the historical Bagan period of 9th-13th centuries.

Around noon you will enjoy lunch at an hygienic local restaurant of your choice.

After lunch we will visit more off-the-beaten track sights within the Bagan monument zone by air-conditioned taxi before making our way beyond Bagan to a secluded riverside monastery nestled among ancient pagodas and stupas with amazing views of the Irrawaddy river from the clifftops.

As the sun begins to ease in the late afternoon, we journey by taxi to remote village location on the Irrawaddy, a cluster of pagodas situated on an isolated clifftop. Visit remote sites and areas on foot, including many not listed on any map or guidebook. Amazing murals and panoramic views, visit to magical meditation caves and cliff monasteries. Fantastic late-period temples with murals and stone carvings, expansive views, and small monastic community.

Return to Old Bagan by private sunset cruise, including cold drinks and snacks. Views of mast notable Bagan monuments along riverside.

18:30-19:00: Return to your hotel or drop-off at local restaurant by private taxi

Price includes:

  • Air-conditioned private taxi and driver
  • Experienced English-speaking licensed tour guide
  • Outdoor breakfast
  • Chilled drinks all day

Price excludes:

  • Bagan Archaeological Zone fees
  • Lunch

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