CLIMATE

Like other regions in Myanmar, seasons are categorized into the cold/dry season, the hot season and the rainy season in Bagan.

Winter is climatically the most comfortable and preferable to travel in Bagan. But be aware of the high occupancy rate in hotels, as well as inevitable high room rates.

Moreover, be careful of the traffic congestion especially when you drive e-bikes, and overcrowding of tourists to climb up pagodas and temples to see the sunsets.

In the dry season the maximum temperature rises up to 30 degrees, while it falls down to 10 degrees at night. On the contrary, in the hot season, much less tourists visit Bagan. At that time tourists can enjoy hotel stay at much lower rate than in the dry season. However, temperature can go up to 43 degrees in the midday.

So it is advisable to avoid visiting the monuments in the midday and exploring in the early morning and evening.

 

GREEN SEASON

Rainy season is also called Green Season.

In Bagan and its surrounding region, even in the rainy season (from late May to October) there isn't much rainfall. Travelling in this period is cheaper, cooler, less dusty and much greener. So, Rainy or Green season is recommended to travel to Bagan to enjoy breathtaking emerald landscapes.

Furthermore, hotels are less busy, so you have more choices and are less likely to encounter fellow tourists when exploring temples.

However, be careful of odd heavy downpour and thunderstorm, which occasionally hit in this region. In case of these conditions, find places to take shelter from the rain such as restaurants and shops, or even inside temples and wait for the rain to cease.

ZONE FEE

To all foreign tourists coming into Bagan, Zone fee of 25000 MMK is applicable.

This fee is used for the preservation of cultural heritages and surrounding environment. It is collected either at the arrival lobby of Bagan airport and checkpoints between the bus terminal and Nyaung U town.

Please keep the receipt with you when you're out. It'll be checked randomly at some of the temples and pagodas. We thank you for your understanding and kind cooperation.

EMERGENCY CONTACTS

Nyaung U General Hospital

Location: Nyaung U Main Road, Nyaung Oo Tsp

Contact no: 061- 60508

 

Royal Bagan Clinic

Location: No.(3), Anawrahta Road, Zayawaddy Tsp, Nyaung U

Contact no: 061- 60060/61

 

Nyaung U Tourism police office

Location: on Nyaung U Main Rd, near Shwesigone Pagoda

Contact no: 061- 65111

Nyaung U District Police Office     061 60505

Nyaung U Township Police Office  061 60504

Nyaung U Police Station              061 60503

Bagan Police Station                   061 605199 / 09 253877557

Nga Tha Yaurk Police Station       09 775554475

Singu Police Station                    09 2174139

Taung Zin Police Station              09 402500256

Let Pan Chi Paw Police Station     09 4025259193

 

Immigration Department

 

Focal person: U Tun Win (Staff officer)

Location: Nyaung U

Contact no: 061- 60940/41

Money

Budget and money tips

KBZ and CB banks have opened international ATMs throughout Myanmar as of January 2013. Both Visa and Master cards are accepted, and a fee of 5000 kyat be charged. ATMs save the trouble of carrying thousands of pristine US dollars into the country to change, or budget their cash load for the entire trip. Western Union also began accepting international funds transfers in January 2013.

Despite the presence of ATMs, you should still carry some US cash with you, especially in smaller notes. There are a few hotels and other venues that either only accept US cash or will give you a poor exchange rate if you pay in kyat. As always, your US bills need to be perfect and made no earlier than 2006.

It is still very rare for credit cards to be accepted, though some top-tier hotels will take them.

The accommodation prices listed in nearly every guidebook have doubled or tripled. So, be sure to include the new rates in your budget.

Banks, ATMs and credit cards

It's necessary for the visitors to exchange some of their dollars into Myanmar Kyats to pay for their meals at the mid-range and small eating outlets, for snacks and necessary items at the local stores. The following banks in Nyaung U, New Bagan and Old Bagan have money exchange counters and money can be changed there.

NoNameAddressRemark
Nyaung U
1KBZ

13/C, Anawrahta Rd, Cor. of Nyaung U - Kyaukpadaung St, Nyaung U

+95 61 61 065, 061 60773, 061 61089

+ ATM Mahcine
2AYA

Lanmadaw 3 Rd, Nyaung U

09 43190855

 
3Tun Foundation

Lanmadaw Rd, Nyaung U

061 61197, 061 61198

 
4Myanmar Apex

Lanmadaw Rd, Myo Ma Ward, Nyaung U

061 60057, 061 61136, 061 60028,60029

 
5CB

Lanmadaw 2 Rd, Nyaung U

061 61210, 061 61221, 061 61212

 
New Bagan
6MOB

KyawSwaQt, Kyansittha, New Bagan

061 65463, 061 65464

 
7AYA

Kha Yay Street, Anarahta Ward, Near Chauk-Nyaung U junction.

061 65489, 061 65490, 061 65491

 
8KBZKha Yaw Street, New Bagan 

 

AGD Bank and AYA Bank are the providers of ATMs in Bagan and also have ATMs in the hotel, resort, bakery and the restaurants in Old & New Bagan and Nyaung U.

 

NoNameAddressRemark
Nyaung U
1

AGD Bank ATM

@ Thande Bakery House

Nyaung U 
2

AGD Bank ATM

@ Aureum Palace

Nyaung U

 
3

AGD Bank ATM

@ Queen Restaurant

Nyaung U

 
4AYA Bank ATM

Anawrahta Rd, Lanmadaw Rd, Nyaung U

 
New Bagan
5AGD Bank ATMNew Bagan 
6AGD Bank ATMKha Yay St, New Bagan 
7

AGD Bank

@ Myanmar Treasure Resort

New Bagan 
8

AYA Bank ATM

KhwaNyoRt, New Bagan 
9

AYA Bank ATM

@Thazin Garden Hotel

5th St, New Bagan 
Old Bagan
10

AGD Bank ATM

@ Sarabha II Old Bagan

Old Bagan 
11

AGD Bank ATM

@ Golden Palace Old Bagan

Old Bagan 
12

AGD Bank ATM

@ Mya ThitSar

MyinKa Bar 

For ATM cash withdrawals, there is a K5000 transaction fee, and a withdrawal limit of K300, 000 per transaction. Depending on the conditions set by your own bank at home, you may be allowed multiple withdrawals per day.