Exploring the depths of Bagan with The Regency Hotel
If you’ve read our other Myanmar posts then you’ll know that our time travelling the beautiful country was short but sweet. Starting in Yangon and moving on to Inle Lake, followed by Bagan and finishing in Mandalay.
Our longest stay out of the 4 locations was in the very beautiful and very vast Bagan. From previous readings we were fully aware that Bagan was a great Burmese site and as we are both very interested in Temples / Pagodas and the Burmese history, we thought it important to take our time to explore the perpetual land of Bagan and broke it up over 3 days.
Knowing that we were exploring a lot, with a lot of early mornings and late nights (because sunrise & sunset in Bagan is second to none!). We had to find accommodation that really had us well rested and well fed.
The Regency Hotel in Bagan-Nyaung oo is located only a 10 minute drive away from the first cluster of pagodas or a 10 minute drive away from shops and the main town market. Oh yeah, we should probably mention that you don’t really walk in Bagan. The main mode of transport used by tourists are bikes (peddle bikes or electric bikes – Tourists are not allowed to drive scooters). Alternatively, you can hire or rent a car, so that is why we say a 10 minute drive away.
The Regency Hotel is also located right next door to the coach station. This was a massive advantage because after our 8 hour night bus from Inle Lake (and even further if you come from Yangon or Mandalay) the last thing we wanted to do was get another bus or taxi to try to find our hotel. We simply walked. What’s more, we arrived at the hotel doors at 4am and they had a room ready for us within minutes. Meaning we were in bed watching tv by 4.30am.
The first thing we noticed about the room was the size. To have the freedom to throw our bags down wherever we saw fit was a real treat. Then followed the clean-cut interior with a pallet of greys, whites and beige, leaving a simplistic, yet modern feel to the room. Other than the bed, the room was equipped with a simple coffee table and 2 surrounding chairs, a wardrobe with Regency robes inside (obviously they were used. A lot), tea and coffee making station and a TV. Alternatively, they Bathroom had a large bath, clean towels every day and provided toiletries.
Oh the food! A breakfast buffet that offers a wide variety of options, from traditional Burmese noodles to French pastries, and even full English. To top it off, the buffet selections change slightly each day. This was obviously heaven to us as we spent about an hour or two constantly eating. To the point where we were the only people left in the dining area. Luke had about 5 / 6 meals each morning. With a free flow of coffee or tea, the breakfast was second to none.
- Asian / Burmese meals e.g. rice/noodles, fish/chicken, vegetable, tofu
- Western meals e.g. beans, sausages, potato wedges etc.
- Fruit Salad
- Pancakes, waffles & pastries
- Toast w/ jam and butter (different types of bread)
- Tea and coffee
Most of our time in Bagan was spent exploring the 2,000 temples & pagodas. Sadly, this meant we didn’t find time to enjoy The Regency’s swimming pool (which looked amazing and had an onsite bar!) or hire a bike. That said, if / when you visit, then these are both amenities the hotel offers and we highly recommend doing.
The Regency has the perfect level of comfort for busy days exploring pagodas. Likewise, it seems like it has an endless supply of breakfast goods to fuel your busy days. And if you find the time, rent a bike, take a stroll or jump in the pool (providing the weather holds up!). We thoroughly enjoyed our time at The Regency Hotel and highly recommend it to anyone visiting the beautiful Bagan.
If you have questions about The Regency Hotel, feel free to get in touch.
The Regency Hotel Bagan
Beside Nyaung Oo – Kyauk Pa Taung Road,
Near by Bagan Shwe Pyi Highway Bus Terminal,
Bagan – Nyaung Oo, Myanmar.
+ 95 61 24612 66