Bago: a gem overlooked by most tourists



So after having passed through the tourist hubs of Bagan and Inle Lake, I was looking forward to exploring the south of Myanmar, which is, apparently, not covered on the usual circuit of Myanmar visitors and therefore was supposed to be a bit more quiet. I did not expect though to be the only tourist visiting Bago on that given day! However, from the beginning…

When I started my research on my trip to Myanmar, I came across the website from Jenny and Basti. They had spent a month in the country previously, so they had valuable information on transport and other logistics. When composing my itinerary, I knew that I wanted to see the pagodas in Bagan and do the trek to Inle Lake, but after that, I wasn’t sure where to turn, since two weeks is a very short time for a country as large as Myanmar. So when I read on their blog that I could cover Bago and Kyaikhto on the way south to Mawlamyine, I was sold.




In the very early morning, I jumped on a local bus from Yangon to Bago, spent two hours on a motorbike visiting the most important temples and pagodas of Bago and then hopped on another bus to Kyaikhto where I arrived in the late afternoon, early enough to catch a truck up to the Golden Rock. But that’s a different story…

In Bago, I had a really nice driver taking me around town and explaining the must-knows about the major sights to me. During the whole time, I did not come across a single other (Western) tourist. The people were incredibly nice with me and even offered me a present at some point. Since all the buses heading south from Yangon cross through Bago, I can only recommend jumping off for a few hours to see Myanmar’s most beautiful lying Buddha and some really charming temples.













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