What to do in Mandalay, Bagan, and Naypyidaw
Mandalay and Bagan are two of the most essential stops on any Myanmar agenda. Regarded as one of the world’s most spectacular temple complexes, Bagan deserves its status as arguably Myanmar’s top draw. Located on the banks of the Irrawaddy River, it is home to the largest and densest concentration of Buddhist temples, pagodas, stupas, and ruins in the world. The former royal capital of Burma, Mandalay is one of the country’s most storied cities and is one of the most evocative names in Asia.

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Balloons Over Bagan

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Hot air balloons sailing over the plains of Bagan, Myanmar.

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by Jon Sheer
AFAR Local Expert
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