Bagan Temple Marathon

23 Nov 2019

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.
21-26 Nov
6 days
1 098 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.

The 6-days tour can be booked either as a standard hotel tour or as a comfort hotel tour.
On the STANDARD package tour we use 3* hotels (The hotel in Bagan will have a swimmingpool while we can’t guarantee swimmingpool in Yangon).
On the COMFORT package tour we use 4* hotel in Yangon and 3* PLUS in Bagan. (All hotels offer swimmingpool).

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!

21 Nov 2018Welcome 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.

22 Nov 2018Yangon sightseeing, panoramic helium balloon flight 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.
If weather permits, we will see a panoramic view of Yangon from a helium balloon flight taking you up to 50 meters above the ground. The balloon will take up to 15 persons on each ride. It’s attached to the ground with steel cables.
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.

PLEASE NOTE - PROGRAM CHANGES:
Due to renovations on the balloon and the site, Mingalabar Balloon in Yangon has closed temporarily. This excursion has been substituted with a new activity, the Colonial Yangon Walking Tour. Following your tour of colonial Yangon, all guests will enjoy High Tea.

23 Nov 2018Bagan sightseeing

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. In the evening we carbo-load with a pasta dinner in the hotel or a nearby restaurant.

 

24 Nov 2018Race 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.

25 Nov 2018Explore 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 and the rest of the evening is dedicated to celebrating our achievements of yesterday. A festive dinner and awards ceremony will lead to an unforgettable evening.

26 Nov 2018Departure

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.

Excursions

Balloons over Bagan

25 Nov | 3 hours | 340 USD
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Your day will begin with an early ride from your hotel on one of the vintage buses dedicated to the journey, and upon arrival to the location, snacks, coffee and tea will be expecting you. As you enjoy the refreshments, you will be able to witness the preparation process of the balloons being inflated. This is followed by a safety briefing and then, at dusk, it is time for take off!

The balloons are piloted at no more than 15mph by skilled professionals with years of experience, who also enjoy to narrate the speed/direction strategies of steering the balloon. This experience provides an ever-changing  perspective of the archeological sites and beauty of Bagan you won’t be able to seize otherwise. Please note that due to the limited space in the basket, there are weight and height requirements. After a graceful landing of the balloons, staff will be waiting for you with fresh pastries, fruits, and a glass or two of sparkling wine to conclude this excursion with a celebration of your flight.

  • Weight, height and age requirements

    Minimum height 4.6 inches .tall (137 cm ). No children under 8. Children under 16 must be accompanied by adult.
    We will need height and weight of each passenger when booking. Additional ticket surcharge for passengers whose weight exceeds 125 kg / 280 pounds, due to the weight and volume requirements of the balloon baskets. Please contact us for details. 

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Extensions

Ngapali: Glorious Beach Escape

26-29 Nov | 4 days | 498 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 - 26 Nov 2018: 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 - 27 Nov 2018: 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 - 28 Nov 2018: Another day in paradise

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

  • Day 4 - 29 Dec 2018: 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 498
    Single room supplement: USD 278

    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

26-29 Nov | 4 days | 598 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 - 26 Nov 2018: 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 - 27 Nov 2018: 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' - the Intha fishermaen. Using a special technique, they 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 - 28 Nov 2018: 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. Take a 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 - 29 Nov 2018: Departure

    After breakfast, transfer to Nyaung Oo Airport depart for Yangon by morning flight. 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 598
    Single room supplement: USD 218

    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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Mount Victoria and Chin Villages

26-29 Nov | 4 days | 698 USD
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This extension includes a visit to the Nat Ma Taung National Park, rich in rare and beautiful fauna and flora, which earned it a status of Outstanding Universal Value by Unesco… Quiet and relaxing walks on the small town of Kanpletelet and surrounding villages through small churches and homesteads, where the older local women of the Dai, Upu and Ya ethnic tribes sport intricate tattooed patterns on their faces...
And a 3-hour hike up Mount Victoria’s upper path, with an incredible sight once exiting the forest!
 

  • Day 1 - On our way to Mindat - Nov 26

    We will begin this program with a brief meet and greet at the hotel and then begin our long drive on a small passenger car from Bagan to Mindat.

    Along the way, the path can sometimes be rocky and bumpy and cattle can often be seen running through crop plantations and meadows. Lunch will be provided along the way. We will briefly stop at Chin village.

    This day will be good for scenic photography and interacting with the local villagers, and will conclude with the arrival to Mindat, 4860 feet above sea level. Dinner will be provided at the hotel.

  • Day 2 - Mindat Market, Chin Villages to Kanpetlet - Nov 27

    For our second day, we will begin with breakfast at the hotel and then head towards the Chin Village. Here we get to meet the locals, including some of the Chin women who still dress in their traditional attires, smoke tobacco pipes, and, depending on their age, might even have their faces covered in intricate traditional tattoos, a rite-of-passage practice that signified their arrival to womanhood, with symbols representing identifying messages of each tribe, and which is now outlawed by the government.

    We will have lunch at a local restaurant and then leisure time to wander around the city center and local market in Mindat before heading towards Kanpetlet, where we will spend the night at a simple hotel.

  • Day 3 - The wonders of Mount Victoria - Nov 28

    After an early breakfast at the hotel, we will go through the town of Kanpetlet to visit some of the smaller villages, enjoying the sight of the churches and simple homesteads, decorated with buffalo corns.   This quiet rural backwater and tranquil environment will provide the perfect setting for a picnic before our next adventure.
    Afterwards, we’ll drive to the National Park’s upper base camp to head for the summit of the wondrous Mount Victoria, which stunning nature and biodiversity has earned it the title of ASEAN Heritage Park.

    Although the footpath is a little steep, the reward of this hike is the unbelievable view once we come out of the forest, rich with bird life and rare flora and fauna.

    After our 3-hr hike, we return to upper base camp and down to our hotel in the picturesque old town of Kanpletet.

  • Day 4 - Kanpetlet – Bagan – Flight to Yangon - Nov 29

    Today, we’ll have a morning breakfast at the hotel and then begin the drive to Bagan (150km), driving along the mountainous areas, through mist and quiet valleys. Arrival to Bagan, where guests will board domestic flight and fly to Yangon where the tour ends. We do not recommend you to book an evening flight out of Yangon because domestic flights often get delayed.

  • Price Info & Important Notes:

    A trip to Mount Victoria must be regarded as an adventure tour because of the prevailing travel conditions: substandard accommodation with infrequent electricity supply, roads in a challenging or poor condition. Itineraries may have to be changed on the spot because of weather, transportation problems, etc. It is essential that all guests visiting Mount Victoria are fully aware of travel conditions as described above.

     

    Shared Double per person: 698 USD
    Single Room Supplement: 238 USD

  • Inclusions

    - 3 nights accommodation at simple hotel
    - Sightseeing as per itinerary.
    - Daily breakfast
    - Lunch Day 1,2,3 & 4
    - Dinner Day 1, 2 & 3
    - Transfer And Transportation with Private Air-Con Car
    -  Entrances fees as per program
    - English Speaking local Guide

  • 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 the travel package price does not include race entry.

Prices

All prices are per person in USD.

Standard Hotel price

Shared double room: 1098 USD
Single room supplement: 268 USD

Comfort Hotel price

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 in Yangon on 19, 20, 26, 27, 29  and 30November
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, Ngapali Beach  or Chin State and would like an extra night (or more) in Yangon. Extra nights may be added to your reservation during the booking process.

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.

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Registration is currently closed

Registration for Bagan Temple Marathon 2018 is now closed.

If you are interested in the 2019 event, be sure to sign up for our newsletter and receive a secret early bird announcement before registration opens.

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What others thought

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

Amazing adventure!

Rob,
2014 Bagan Temple Marathon finisher

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