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Old Wednesday 28th January 2015, 17:12   #1
Jeff hopkins
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Organized Tour

All,

I'm starting to consider tour options for next year and one of my thoughts is Myanmar, since Bagan is definitely a place I've wanted to see for a while. I'm getting to the point in my life where trying to organize a trip on my own is less exciting than having someone do the legwork for me. What can I say - I'm lazy! Doing a full guided birding tour to all the key sites in Myanmar can also be damned expensive as a single traveller. But based on previous group tours, I'm concerned that the birding tour companies won't spend enough time at Bagan to do it justice.

For example, I did a tour to Cambodia a few years ago that visited Angkor and we spent all of 5 hours within the Angkor complex in 2 days based in Siem Riep (fortunately I'd been before on a non-birding trip). Given the cost and difficulty of getting back to SE Asia, I wouldn't want that to happen in Bagan.

Most of the birding tours seem to spend only two nights there, but the actual amount of daylight spent in Bagan varies from 1 day to 2 days. And at least half of one day is occupied by a river trip. So assuming that all of the remaining daylight is spent in the temple complex, that leaves anywhere from day to 1 days (at best) at the archeological site.

Is that enough time in Bagan? Should I do Bagan independently and tack it onto a bigger birding tour elswhere in SE Asia? Or should I do the birding tour and tack on a couple extra tourist days on my own in Bagan?

Any thoughts from those who've been there would be great.

TIA,

Jeff
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