Our trip to Burma included 4 days in Mandalay, and 6 days in Bagan. We booked our internal flights with TripAdvisor for ease of booking everything all in one, and this is one of the two hotels in Myanmar we stayed at.
Bagan Thande HotelThe Bagan Thande Hotel was an easy choice of hotel for our stay at Bagan. It sits in the middle of The Bagan Archaeological Zone in a region called Old Bagan, on the banks of the Ayeyarwady ( Irrawaddy ) river. A bonus at this hotel is the ATM machine outside the hotel office alongside the bicycles for hire are.
We had plenty of hotels to choose from through TripAdvisor . We picked this hotel because of its location and colonial atmosphere. The area is wonderfully safe, we loved the sign outside the local Tourist Police station saying words to the effect if you have a problem and want it resolved call in and see us. I wish I had a photo of it.
The Bagan Thande’s claim to fame is The Prince of Wales stayed there in 1929 and this has been reflected in the old colonial feel of the buildings.
We had such a great time there. Wonderful food at a restaurant on the rivers edge and exceptional service. Welcoming little bungalows by the garden or right next to the river were just the thing to return to after a hot day out.
Squirrels leap along the fences, and little owls learn to fly in the huge acacia trees above the riverside restaurant.
A bonus is that you are staying in the Bagan Archaeological Area, and have the Archeological Museum 5 mins walk away, the huge Gawdawpalin Temple to visit, and it’s only a 5-10 mins drive in your car from various temples, pagodas, monuments, monasteries, restaurants and markets.
New Bagan is 10 mins drive down the road one way, and the town of Ngaung U 10 mins up the rd the other way. With shops, mobile phone and sim card places, pharmacy, a hospital, local eating places, handicraft shops, local market, restaurants, temples, pagodas, atmosphere and more….
And if you are us, visit the local temple just on closing time (8pm) and get locked in much to our delight. We laughed about it walking back to the hotel. Not many explorers have that experience we said.