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Where in the world: Asia  /  Myanmar  /  Bago Region  /  Bago

Top 15 things to do in Bago

1. Shwemawdaw Paya

Admire the tallest pagoda in Myanmar at Shwemawdaw Paya, a glistening gold stupa that reaches an amazing 114 m (375 ft). Originally built in the 10th century, the structure has collapsed and been rebuilt numerous times due to earthquakes, each time being rebuilt a little taller. In 1930, a devastating earthquake reduced the pagoda to nothing more than a mound of rubble, and it remained that way for around 20 years. Legend has it that the original 21 m (70 ft) tall structure was built to hold two hairs of the Buddha. Explore the grounds and find a peaceful shady spot to admire the view. Arrive early to beat the crowds and the midday heat.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $85 › Learn more about Shwemawdaw Paya

2. Kyaik Pun Pagoda

Discover the four sitting Buddhas at Kyaik Pun Pagoda, who sit 27 m (90 ft) tall facing different directions. Although seemingly the same, the four Buddhas have different facial expressions, decorated nails, and other small details to look out for. The legend says that the four statues were connected with four Mon sisters, who made a vow to never get married. If any broke the vow, the pagoda would collapse. An earthquake in 1930 did destroy one statue, but reconstruction brought the pagoda back to its previous glory.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $85 › Learn more about Kyaik Pun Pagoda

3. Shwethalyaung Buddha

Once overgrown with jungle, Shwethalyaung Buddha now lies intricately decorated with mosaics 54 m (180 ft) high-- easily one of the largest reclining Buddha statues in Myanmar. Admire the design, or learn about the history of how the Buddha was built from the ten murals behind the large statue. Look out for numerous vendors selling souvenirs and other trinkets nearby.
Suggested duration: 30 minutes
Tours from $51 › Learn more about Shwethalyaung Buddha

4. Golden Rock day trip from Yangon

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This is an excellent day return trip to Golden Rock from Yangon. Perfect for those who wanted to get away outside Yangon only in a day and particularly interested to see why this place is so special, famous and important Buddhist's site. Leaving Yangon at 7:00 a.m and we'll be passing through Bago city, Htauk Kyant Allied War cemetery, beautiful countryside of Myanmar, Sittaung River and finally get into Kyaikhto Township. A truck car ride up and down hills from Kimpun Base Camp together with local pilgrims will be a great fun. Golden Rock is located about 3600 feet above the sea level. Entrance fees, simple breakfast, lunch, a private A/C car, guide and truck car fees will be covered.
Suggested duration: 10 to 12 hours
Tours from $174 › More about this tour at viator.com ›
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5. Kambazathadi Golden Palace

Step back in time at Kambazathadi Golden Palace, a replica of a royal residence from the 16th century. In the 20th century, the palace underwent renovations, and builders discovered 16th-century teak pillars adorned with about 2,000 Buddha images. Visit the reconstructed great audience hall, where you can admire its gold-painted ceiling and a replica of the throne. Continue on to see the king's bed chambers and private rooms. Here you can get a glimpse of the wealthy royal lifestyle, while also admiring a copy of the king’s couch.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $85 › Learn more about Kambazathadi Golden Palace

6. Mya Tha Lyaung Reclining Buddha

See the huge statue of Mya Tha Lyaung Reclining Buddha, which lies in the open with no temple or pagoda surrounding it. According to local legend, every time they wanted to construct a building over the statue, a storm brewed, preventing their efforts. Built in 2001, the statue reaches an incredible 82 m (269 ft) long. Stand next to the divine statue of the huge Buddha for a great photo opportunity, then move a bit further back to capture the whole monument in one shot.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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7. Kyaly Khat Wai Monastery

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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8. 5-Day Bagan and Inle Lake Tour from Yangon

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Explore two main famous attractions regions such as Bagan and Inle Lake in 4 nights and 5 days. Bagan, the heart of archaeological zone offers convenient access to some of the world's most magnificent temples. Enjoy Bagan temples sunrise and sunset from Ayeyarwaddy River. Explore Innthar villages around Inle lake and visit ancient ruined temples, floating villages, gardens and tasting wine in Vine yard. Tour includes domestic flight between Yangon, Bagan and Inle Lake.and all transferred are private air-conditioned sedan car.
Suggested duration: 5 days
Tours from $897 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

9. Snake Pagoda

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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10. Mahazedi Pagoda

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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11. Hintha Gon Paya

Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $105 › Learn more about Hintha Gon Paya

12. Private Bago Full-Day Tour from Yangon

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Bago, formerly known as Hanthawaddy of Mon Kingdom in 15th century. Your professional English speaking guide will bring you to some popular landmarks and attractions of Bago such as Kyakhat Wine Monastery, Shwemawdaw Pagoda, Reclining Buddha of Shwethelyaung, the four Giant Buddha images of Kyaikpun Pagoda and the excavation site and restoration work of Kanbawzathadi, the palace of famous King Bayinnaung.
Suggested duration: 9 hours
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13. Shwe Gulay Pagoda

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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14. Winga Baw Elephant Camp

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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15. Kyaikhtiyo Day return Trip

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- practice being a responsible traveler by being mindful of local cultures- provide sustainable options with amenities- give complete services from starting point to ending point- take care of each guest personally along the trip.- organized tours with patient staffs and experienced guide. - comfortable transportation - reasonable price- guide offers complete information on Myanmar rules and regulations, local cultures, histories and traditions.- can get the suggestions from company and ask us everything you want to know concerning with the trip.- explore locations with enjoyable, traditional experiences
Suggested duration: 12 hours
Tours from $147 › More about this tour at viator.com ›