Bagan Temple Marathon

25 Nov 2017

Bagan Temple Marathon 6-day package

The Bagan Temple Marathon six-day package offers an unforgettable tour of the cultural hub of Yangon and the mystical plains of Bagan. Join us on an epic voyage of Myanmar.
22-27 Nov
6 days
1 198 USD

Set in the ancient city of Bagan, the marathon route takes runners on a scenic tour through the stunning pagoda-studded landscape. The holiday package includes social events, tours of Yangon and Bagan, and hotel accommodation. The holiday package does not include the race package which must be purchased separately. It is not possible to purchase the race package without the holiday package.

Six incredible days will be spent in a country laden with sacred temples, pagodas and magnificent natural beauty. Starting in Yangon, the highlight of the journey will be the marathon event in Bagan. From there, we travel back to Yangon where you can either extend your stay in Myanmar with tours to Inle Lake or Ngapali Beach or explore the rest of this beautiful country on your own.

Runners can choose between three distances: marathon, half marathon and the 10K race.

Itinerary

The itinerary is detailed below. This is what you'll be doing during your stay!

22 Nov 2017Welcome to Myanmar

Arrive in Yangon International Airport and make your way to the hotel for check-in. Transportation from the airport is not provided, but there are plenty of taxis and the distance is not far. If assistance is needed a Meet and greet guide will be present after customs have been cleared.

At the hotel your tour leader and local guide will assist with the check in and give information about the coming days. The rest of the day is free to explore Yangon on your own.

23 Nov 2017Yangon sightseeing and flight to Bagan

The day will begin with a city tour of Yangon in an air-conditioned coach. Our first stop will be one of the most iconic symbols of Yangon, the Shwedagon Pagoda which is considered by many to be the 'heart of Myanmar'. The pagoda is believed to be more than 2,500 years old and the central stupa is surrounded by dozens of intricately decorated buildings and statues. Next we’ll pay a visit to the Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda to see the magnificent reclining Buddha. From here we go to the floating Karaweik Royal Barge and enjoy the quiet settings around the lake. We'll enjoy lunch at a nearby restaurant where you’ll taste the exquisite Myanmar cuisine. 

After lunch, we’ll head to the airport to catch our flight to Bagan. Flight time is approximately one hour and twenty minutes and via a short stopover in Mandalay we will arrive at Nyaung U Airport just outside the Bagan Archeological Zone. After checking into the hotel, the rest of the day is free for you to become acquainted with the magnificent landscape of Bagan.

24 Nov 2017Bagan sightseeing and pasta party

Today we'll explore the ancient area of Bagan. We’ll start with a visit to Old Bagan, the centre of the ancient kingdom. Here we take a closer look at the Bupaya pagoda, which offers great views to the Ayeyarwaddy River and nearby mountains. We continue to the Shwezigon pagoda, built in the 11th century by King Anawratha. Still an active place of worship it stands today as one of the most astonishing and well-kept pagodas in all of Bagan. We finish our sightseeing with a visit to the lesser visited pagodas at Tayok Pyi Paya and the village of Minnanthu, both part of the running course tomorrow.

Back at the hotel the rest of the afternoon is free to relax and prepare for tomorrow’s race before we load up on carbs at the pasta party in a local restaurant. Start number pick up will take place during the evening and a race briefing by the race organisers will provide final information for tomorrow’s run.

25 Nov 2017Race day

Today’s the big day! After an early breakfast at the hotel, we hop on a coach to Hti Lo Min Lo Temple where the marathon, half marathon and 10K race start and end. Running amid the pagoda-studded landscape, we’ll experience Bagan in all its glory and pass by small picturesque villages and farmland. After the race, we’ll enjoy some snacks on the steps of the iconic Hti Lo Min Lo Temple. Shuttle busses will take all participants (runners and spectators) back to the hotel where the rest of the day and evening can be enjoyed as you prefer.

Find out more about the race.

26 Nov 2017Explore Bagan on your own, sunset tour and celebration dinner

Today is free to relax, enjoy and explore at your own pace. Whether you want to relax at the hotel with a cold drink or rent a bike and explore more of Bagan is up to you. If your legs can carry you why not pay a visit to Ananda Temple, a whitewashed masterpiece of Mon architecture. With its four standing Buddhas and adjacent brick monastery with well-preserved 18th century murals, this temple is one of Bagan's most significant. Close by is also the Thatbinnyu Temple dating from 1144, also known as the temple of omniscience. Or why not pay a visit to one of the local villages or follow the running course to the majestic Dhammayangyi Temple for a closer look.

In the late afternoon we’ll meet for a sunset excursion and enjoy another magical moment reveling in the stunning beauty of the area as the sun casts its dusky glow over the gilded plains.

After this golden moment the evening is dedicated to celebrating our achievements of yesterday. A festive dinner and awards ceremony will lead to an unforgettable evening.

27 Nov 2017Departure

After an early breakfast and checkout, we head to the airport for our morning flight back to Yangon. Flying time is approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes and arrival in Yangon is estimated before noon. However, flight times are not yet confirmed and delays do occur, so it is NOT recommended to book your onward flight out of Yangon earlier than 15:00 today!

You can also choose to extend your stay in Myanmar and book the tour to the idyllic Inle Lake or go to the perfect beach retreat at Ngapali Beach.

Extensions

Glorious Beach Escape

27-30 Nov | 4 days | 495 USD
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Although it is a popular retreat for locals, Ngapali has retained its lazy, fishing town appeal for decades. Spend four glorious days basking in the sun and give your body a well-deserved break from the exertions of the marathon at the Amata Resort.

Rustic fishing settlements are scattered around the area, making Ngapali a perfect base for exploring other small towns and villages. Or why not go snorkelling and discover the underwater world off the shores of the beach? Whatever your interests, Ngapali is the perfect destination for the end of your Myanmar journey.

  • Day 1 - 27 Nov 2017: Bagan - Ngapali

    After breakfast, we fly to Thandwe and drive to the village of Ngapali. Check in to our hotel, the Amata Resort, and spend the rest of the day at your own leisure. 

  • Day 2 - 28 Nov 2017: Ngapali

    Go for a stroll in the village and enjoy delicious local dishes, swim in the crystal clear water or have a nap under the swaying palms. Just relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings!

  • Day 3 - 29 Nov 2017: Another day in paradise

    Snorkel, swim or just laze on the beach. Enjoy your last day!

  • Day 4 - 30 Dec 2017: Departure

    After breakfast and checkout we head to the airport for our flight to Yangon and your onward journey. Flying time is approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes and arrival in Yangon is estimated before noon. However, flight times are not yet confirmed and delays do occur, so it is NOT recommended to book your onward flight out of Yangon earlier than 15:00 today.

  • Price information

    Shared double room:       USD 495
    Single room supplement: USD 245

    Inclusions:

    • 3 nights’ accommodation
    • Domestic flights
    • Transportation as per itinerary
    • Breakfast

    Exclusions:

    • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
    • Beverages
    • Personal expenses
    • Cancellation insurance due to illness prior to departure
    • Travel and health insurance (we strongly recommend you to take out sufficient insurance)
    • Anything not mentioned under “Inclusions”
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Magical Inle Lake

27-30 Nov | 4 days | 630 USD
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Famous for their special leg rowing technique, the Intha people are one of several hill tribes living on and around Myanmar’s second largest lake. The beautiful floating gardens dot this vast lake and make up for a meditative landscape to sail around. On shore crumbling stupas at the foot of the mountains enhances the dreamlike scenery and it is almost as if you are on a different planet. If the included guided tours aren’t enough, you can rent a canoe and paddle through the calm waters or take a bicycle and explore the lush countryside. Either way, Inle Lake is balm for the soul.

  • Day 1 - 27 Nov 2017: Heho and Inle Lake

    After breakfast and checkout, fly to Heho. En route to Nyaung Shwe, we visit the Shew Yan Pyae Monastery. Then we stroll through the local morning market before sailing to Inle and check in to our hotel. 

  • Day 2 - 28 Nov 2017: Inle Lake

    Wake up to the serene surroundings of the lake. Today we enjoy a full-day boat tour on the lake. Its calm waters are dotted with floating vegetation and fishing canoes. Experience the lake's unique 'leg rowers' - Intha fishermaen who row standing up with one leg wrapped around a single oar, leaving their hands free to work the conical fishing net. We stop at Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the holiest religious site in southern Shan State. Visit a traditional silk-weaving workshop which uses wooden handlooms and a blacksmith's forge. 

    Pass endless floating gardens, where Intha lake dwellers grow fruit and vegetables. Continue by boat to visit Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery, one of the oldest on the lake, where you can see exquisite Buddha statues which are more than 200 years old.

  • Day 3 - 29 Nov 2017: More Inle

    Explore a 5-day rotating market (if your visit coincides with the schedule) which offers an insight into the life of the ethnic Pa-O, Danu and Intha people who come to these markets to sell and buy goods. long-tailed boat across the lake to Indein , at the western end of Inle, for one of the most scenic trips on the Lake.   Passing through the busy village of Ywama, the largest on the Lake, with many channels and tall teak houses on stilts; enter a long, often tree-lined canal, either side of which farmers  cultivate their land against the backdrop of the Shan Hills. Disembark at the jetty and walk for 15 minutes through Indein village to reach the 14th - 18th century pagoda ruins of Nyaung Ohak. . A covered walkway popular with souvenir stallholders leads up to Shwe Inn Thein Paya, a complex of weather-beaten 17th - 18th century zedi; some newly reconstructed. 

  • Day 4 - 30 Nov 2017: Departure

    After breakfast, transfer to Nyaung Oo Airport depart for Yangon by morning flight. (1hr 20min) and your onward journey.

  • Price information

    Shared double room: USD 630
    Single room supplement: USD 230

    Inclusions:

    • 3 nights’ hotel accommodation
    • Domestic flights
    • Transportation as per itinerary
    • Inle Lake sightseeing
    • English-speaking tour leader
    • Lunch day 2 & 3
    • Breakfast

    Exclusions:

    • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
    • Beverages
    • Personal expenses
    • Cancellation insurance due to illness prior to departure
    • Travel and health insurance (we strongly recommend you to take out sufficient insurance)
    • Anything not mentioned under “Inclusions”
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Price information

Have a look at package prices below. Please note that prices does not include the race package.

Prices

All prices are per person in USD.

Shared double room: 1198 USD
Single room supplement: 348 USD

Inclusions

  • 5 nights’ accommodation
  • Domestic flights
  • Transportation as per itinerary
  • Yangon sightseeing tour
  • English speaking tour leader
  • 4-days entry to Bagan
  • Bagan sightseeing
  • Lunch day 2 & 3
  • Snacks after the race
  • Dinner Day 3 & 5
  • Celebration dinner
  • English-speaking local guide
  • English-speaking tourleader from Albatros Adventure Marathons

Exclusions

  • International flight to/from Myanmar
  • Transportation from/to the airport
  • Visa to Myanmar
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Beverages
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for local guides and drivers (3-5 USD pr. person pr. day is recommended)
  • Cancellation insurance due to illness or injury prior to departure
  • Travel and health insurance (we strongly recommend you to take out sufficient insurance)
  • Anything not mentioned under “Inclusions”

Race entry

Race entry (250 USD) includes:

  • Entry to Bagan Temple Marathon, half marathon and 10K
  • English-speaking race officials
  • International medical team
  • Time taking and results service
  • Supplies on the route
  • Running T-shirt
  • Medal

Extra hotel nights

If you would like to extend your tour in Yangon, or need a place to stay in between flights, we can help you arrange additional nights at the Rose Garden Hotel in Yangon on 20, 21, 27 and 28 November.

Note, these dates are most appropriate for those looking to extend their tour package with extra nights in Yangon before or after the standard tour package, or for those who have selected an extension to Inle Lake or Ngapali Beach and would like an extra night (or more) in Yangon.

Extra nights may be added to your reservation during the booking process.

Shared double room: 75 USD per night

Single room: 150 USD per night

Important Info

We've put together a list of important information about travel in Myanmar. Have a look below.

Visa

All travellers are required to have a valid visa for entering Myanmar. Apply for an electronic visa online. Please note that it is your responsibility to be in possession of the necessary travel documents before travelling to Myanmar.

Travel insurance

All Bagan Temple Marathon participants must have appropriate travel insurance. Please make sure you have taken out appropriate coverage before travelling to Myanmar.

Vaccinations

Please consult with your physician regarding inoculation recommendations for Myanmar.

Electricity

The voltage in Myanmar is 220-240 volts. Mostly, electrical sockets are one of two European standard electrical outlet types. We recommend that you bring a travel plug adaptor along.

Currency

Myanmar’s currency, the kyat, can be exchanged for US dollars in banks or hotels. Bring crisp and new US dollars / old and folded notes are likely to be rejected. We recommend that you bring US dollars instead of Euros. Credit cards are generally not accepted in Myanmar and there are no ATMs. It is advisable to bring enough cash for the duration of your stay in Myanmar.

Time zone

The time zone is GMT + 6:30.

Internet

Most hotels provide Internet access, although the connection is slow.

Visiting religious sites

Respect and courtesy is expected when visiting temples and other religious sites. Shoes and socks must be removed before entering Buddhist temples (sandals or flip flops are a good alternative to laced shoes as they’re easier to slip on and off!) and shorts and dresses must cover the knees. Touching Buddha statues and posing in front of them are not allowed. Please respect possible ‘no photo’ signs.

Registration is currently closed

The 2017 Bagan Temple Marathon is currently sold out and registration is closed, however, additional space may become available. 

If you are interested in this event, click here to put your name on the waiting list for the race.



Registration is currently closed

The 2017 Bagan Temple Marathon is currently sold out and registration is closed, however, additional space may become available. 

If you are interested in this event, click here to put your name on the waiting list for the race.

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What others thought

Beautiful country with great people guided by nice guides. Well-organised race with a fantastic route through the Burmese countryside.

Inga,
2014 Bagan Temple Marathon finisher

Amazing adventure!

Rob,
2014 Bagan Temple Marathon finisher

Really well organised. A beautiful place. Nice at the moment as the numbers are low for the race and the area is 'unspoilt'.

Bethan Dunnet,
2015 Bagan Temple Marathon finisher