Bagan is located on the banks of the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) River, a couple of miles south of Mandalay and north of Yangon. During its golden years as the centre of the Pagan Kingdom, now known as modern-day Myanmar, over 10,000 Buddhists monuments were constructed in its vast plains. However, only around 2,000 of these monuments remain and can be seen today. These monuments tend to be the main reason why travellers flock to Myanmar.
Bagan has a tropical climate so it only has 2 seasons — wet and dry. The months to avoid are March to May, when Bagan is scorching hot, and June to October, when you’ll most likely get drenched. November to February is the ideal time to go as temperatures become a lot more pleasant. However, since this is peak season, you’ll have to book everything — transportation, accommodation and tours — in advance.