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Written off by many, we think Bago is worth a day. There are some impressive Paya’s and stupas and you can easily dodge the $10 ticket places. Consider it as day trip from Yangon (early train there and back late afternoon) or as a stop-over on your route north or south. Even with the large volume of tourists (Saga Louts) that we saw in February, Bago was still relatively peaceful and welcoming to the tourist.

Bago City Map

If you’re coming to Bago for a good night’s sleep, then bring the ear plugs! The popular hotels are all close to the train station and on a busy through road. We were lucky enough to get the back room at the top of the building… and it was still noisy! But for one night its ok and the prices are better than most other towns in Myanmar.

     Bago Star
Address: 11-13 Kyaikpon Pagoda Road
Prices from:
Includes: breakfast, en-suite, AC, swimming pool
Tel: +955 223 766 Email: 
Situated near kyaikpun pagoda, so a little further out than most places. If you want to take your time in Bago then this is a solid option. Hotel has restaurant/ bike rental. 

     Emperor Hotel
Address: Main Road
Prices from: Single $15, Double $20
Includes: TV, AC, Minibar
Tel: 052 213 49 Email: Web:
Situated close to the train station this is one of the established backpacker places in town. The rooms are a little aged, as are the staff, but for one night it’s ok. ATM on one side, bar on the other and a tea room opposite. What more could you want? Bike hire can be arranged for 2,000Ks per day.

     Mya Nanda Hotel
Address: 10 Main Road
Prices from: Single $15, Double $20
Includes: AC, en-suite, breakfast
Tel: 052 197 99 Email: Web:
One of the newer hotels close to the train station and you can see it too! The entrance to the first flow reception is off of the side street on the opposite side of the road to Emperor.

     San Francisco Motel
Address: 14 Main Road
Prices from: Single $10, Double $15
Includes: breakfast, en-suite, fan
Tel: 052 222 65 Email: Web:
Basic, but if you’re struggling with hotel prices, this is more than satisfactory for the price that includes a breakfast!

Travel – local travel, arriving and leaving
Bike tour of the city 8,000Ks

Bago to Yangon 
This is on the main line from Mandalay, so there are ample trains in the afternoon. Expect to pay $2 for a standard ticket.
Bago to Mawlamyne 
$4/ $10 (ordinary/ upper) Depart 0902 Arrive 1612

You can see most of the sites in Bago in a single day by bicycle. Here's our guided tour starting from near the train station and the hotels that we’ve got listed. By bike, this will take you about 4 hours with a few short breaks along the way.

Bike route
Head west away from the train station and take the right-hand turning at the split in the road. Your first stop is at the Maha Kalyani Sina temple, a living temple which houses many monks and is also home to the Sacred Hall of Ordination. Back on the bike and carry along the road for a few minutes until you reach the next junction where you turn right. On your right-hand-side of the junction you will see the Four Figures Paya and behind this is a group of seated Buddha statues. Across the road you have the Naung Daw Gyi Mya Tha Lyaung which the first part of its name tells you that it is an emerald reclining Buddha. Carry on north towards Shwe Tha Lyaung Buddha; another reclining Buddha that is housed under a roof. This is part of the $10 ticket and considering it is 70ft shorter than the first, not worth it. Shwe means gold, making this a golden reclining Buddha. At the junction, take a left towards the un-miss able Maha Zedi Paya. There’s a donation box for tourists that want to climb to the top of the views of the rest of Bago. Follow the dirt-road around the south of the Paya and head south on the rough road towards Shwe Gugale Paya. It’s worth getting off and having a walk around here and if you want to cool off, then hire a rubber ring and lounge in the river with the locals. Back north to the junction and then east back to the main road. Back by the train station up towards the clock tower. We stopped at Hadaya Café for a cold drink, warm tea and a chicken-dumpling snack (opposite Emperor Hotel). At the clock tower, take the right-hand fork and continue for about 10 minutes until you reach a concrete archway/ doorway over a side road to your right. The arch is adorned with a white elephant and you will have already ridden by the Shwe Mawadaw Paya. Through here you can get to the Snake Temple and a rather drab Zedi that does offer amazing views over the city. For the temple take the first left along the lane as you head south. For the Shwe Taungyoe Zedi follow the road along. It’s just a few minutes between the two. From the Zedi you will get some fantastic shots of the Kanbawzathadi Palace and Shwe Mawdaw Paya both of which should fall under the $10 ticket that you may or may not have already purchased!

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