Your visit to Bagan would not be complete without seeing the most magnificent sunrises and sunsets, which 100% are some of the best in the world.
And I guarantee, if you find a secluded location with awesome view, it will give you the feels. Something you’ll remember for the rest of your life.
Problem is, practically all information you’ll find online are out of date, telling you about the major temples like Shwesandaw Pagoda that you 100% cannot climb anymore (since 2017!).
The information isn’t fully clear, but from what I saw, climbing (including going upstairs) is banned and strictly enforced on all major temples/stupas (i.e. pretty much anything that has an actual name and found on Google Maps).
So imagine my joy when I was super lucky and got personally shown a few awesome spots to view sunrise and sunset in Bagan, including not 1 but 2 secret ones. They’re all good for different reasons, but every single one of them took my breath away.
Check out my blog post here to read all about the 3 amazing sunrises and 2 sunsets I experienced in my trip to Bagan at the end of December 2018.
You know what? I’ll even bet that they’re the best sunrise and sunset locations in Bagan.
Want to experience these amazing views for yourself?
In case you need more convincing (or a reminder), here are photos I took in each location (end December 2018). If you’ve only got time for one, then you can take your pick based on the photos below.
There’s really nowhere else you can have a feeling like on top of one of these.
And here’s the sunrise view.
When we were up here for sunrise, a Bagan official came round to check we had paid our admission fees for the Bagan Archaeological Area, but didn’t tell anyone off for climbing, so I believe they have (un)officially deemed this one ok for climbing.
If climbing isn’t your thing, no worries. Here’s a nearby spot with a terrace. There are internal staircases leading up, which they have lit with small tealight candles, so it’s very atmospheric when you get there.
This one is obviously a little less secret, so just go a little earlier for prime position (i.e. sitting on the edge of the terrace wall). But still amazing to catch the sunrise over the hills.
Now we’re getting to the most awesome one.
For the views and how few people know about it, this 360-degree terrace is the best place you can watch sunrise and sunset in Bagan.
I basically had to buy a guy’s painting for a decent amount in return for him showing me this place. Once you go there and see it you’ll understand why it’s not somewhere you’ll stumble across without spending serious exploration time.
I was there twice, and each time there were only 3 other visitors there, all of us brought by locals.
Gorgeous at sunset (with a view of Dhammayangyi Temple).
Nothing short of perfection at sunrise.
This alone is reason enough why Bagan’s sunrises beats Angkor Wat. But then there are also the balloons, which you’re much nearer to than Sunrise Spot 1.
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