Restaurants in Bagan
Finding good food in Bagan is easy. A good meal here costs from MMK6k to MMK8k (4-5 USD) per person. These are the restaurants I have tried and found satisfied:
Weather Spoon's: This restaurant and bar is a very popular place located in the Nyaung U restaurant area. Many people think that it serves the best chicken burger in Bagan!
La Terrazza: Also located in the Nyaung U restaurant, this Italian restaurant makes yummy pizzas and pastas. The wines here are not bad either.
Aroma 2: This is an Indian restaurant with very romantic space, suitable for dating. The curries here are well-flavored and delicious.
The Moon: This restaurant claims to be the first vegetarian restaurant in Bagan. I do not know if it's right or not important. The food here is delicious. It is located near the Ananda Temple in Old Bagan.
7 Sisters: This is an outdoor restaurant in New Bagan, run by 7 sisters! This restaurant serves Burmese, Thai, Chinese and even European cuisine. I recommend you try the golden pig curry which has a very impressive taste!
What to buy in Bagan?
One of the great things about Bagan is that there are not too many tourists, so you can buy cheap and beautiful souvenirs of Myanmar (instead of locks and magnets). These are the things I find most suitable to buy as souvenirs or as gifts:
Sand Painting: You can find elaborate sand paintings sold outside the temples or pagodas of Bagan. A small sand painting costs MMK5k (3.5 USD) while larger pictures range from MMK15k to MMK30k (10 – 15 USD ). I bought a painting from a painting artist outside a small temple. I like the way he works, no insisting me to buy, but gentle talking to me. He told me he did not finish high school, so I guess selling sand paintings is his main source of income. I'm happy to be able to buy him a painting. Moreover, his paintings are really beautiful.
Pathein umbrealla: These handmade umbrellas are from Pathein, a small village in Ayeyarwady. They are made of cotton, silk or satin, and are decorated periodically. I see many shops selling this type of umbrellas in the restaurant at Nyaung U.
Tamarind candy: For the first time, I tried little tamarind candies like a coin at Weather Spoon. They are very sweet and addictive. You can buy sweets in grocery stores or markets for only MMK1k (less than 0.8 USD per package).
In Myanmar you will find many places selling gems (such as ruby). But if you are not well versed in gems and do not know how to distinguish fake and real ones, I advise you not to buy.
This is the tax that normally added to the airfare already. However, from July 2016 Myanmar increased the tax rate, so anyone who bought air tickets before 1/4/2016 will have to pay $ 5 cash (do not accept the card) when check-in.