23 Nov 2021 - 01 Dec 2021

Bagan -- Bagan Temple Marathon
Trip duration
23 Nov 2021
01 Dec 2021
27 Nov 2021
01 Oct 2021

The race
Bagan Temple Marathon slide
Bagan Temple Marathon slide
Bagan Temple Marathon slide
Bagan Temple Marathon slide

The Bagan Temple Marathon can rightly be called a unique event. In the middle of Myanmar the beauty and historical value of Bagan is unprecedented. Participants in the marathon run along the temples and pagodas of the impressive temple complex in Bagan, which consists of more than 2000 (!) temples in total. The sky is colored by numerous hot-air balloons while the runners on a relatively flat course are on their way to a unique experience. Due to the warm weather conditions and the unpaved course, this adventurous marathon can justifiably be called challenging. Do you prefer a shorter distance? Then there is also a choice of the half marathon or the 10km.

Registration Bagan Temple Marathon 2021 offers you a package with a guaranteed runner’s bib and accommodation. Furthermore, we offer the possibility that family members or friends can travel with you as companions and together you can enjoy this event.

Take a look at our packages. We ensure that during your stay in Bagan Temple Marathon everything is arranged down to the last detail so that the athlete can fully devote himself or herself to the run. Whether individually or with a running group, with us you run around the world!

Book now directly and secure your entry with guaranteed participation!

  • Flights can be added upon request
  • We would be glad to put together a tailor made running trip for you
  • Part of a running group? Then we would be pleased to offer you a personalized package with group discount! Contact us for the options

Event details

Saturday, 27 November 2021
Start time
Start location
Nyaung-U, Myanmar (Burma)
Finish location
Nyaung-U, Myanmar (Burma)
Expo location
Old Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

Your goodie bag with bib number will be delivered to your hotel.

Time limit
The weather in November is hot and humid with temperatures around 30 degrees Celsius.

Because of the humidity and the hilly course, the Temple Run is a tough event. The first 15km are up and down but then follows a long climb of 7/8 km. The 2nd part is mostly descending.

T-Shirt, certificate and medal

The map below shows the locations of the start & finish, our hotels of choice and the expo location. Underneath the map, there are two buttons which show the course and elevation maps of the event.

  • Trip schedule

    Departure from home.

    Welcome to Myanmar! You arrived at Yangon International Airport and will go to the hotel for check-in. Transportation from the airport is not provided, but there are plenty of taxis and the distance to your hotel is not far. If assistance is needed, a reception guide will be present after you have passed customs. At the hotel your tour guide and local guide will help you check in and give you information about the next few days. The rest of the day is free to explore Yangon on your own.

    Yangon sightseeing, panoramic helium balloon flight and flight to Bagan. The day begins with the Yangon Colonial Walking Tour, a mix of colonial buildings, churches, mosques (including Sunni and Shiite), a Buddhist monastery and more. The beautiful buildings reflect the mix of religions in the city. The next stop is 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 over 2,500 years old and the central stupa is surrounded by dozens of intricately decorated buildings and statues. Weather permitting, we can see a panoramic view of Yangon from a helium balloon flight that will take you up to 50 meters above the ground. The balloon can accommodate up to 15 people per ride. The balloon is attached to the ground with steel cables. We enjoy lunch in a nearby restaurant where you can taste the excellent Myanmar cuisine. After lunch we go to the airport to catch our flight to Bagan. The flight takes about one hour and twenty minutes and via a short stop in Mandalay we arrive at Nyaung U Airport just outside the Bagan Archaeological Zone. After checking in at the hotel, the rest of the day is free to experience the beautiful landscape of Bagan.

    Bagan sightseeing: Today we explore the old surroundings of Bagan. We start with a visit to the Shwezigon pagoda, built in the 11th century by King Anawratha. It is still an active place of worship and today it is one of the most amazing and well-maintained pagodas in all of Bagan. We continue to Ananda Temple, a whitewashed masterpiece of Mon architecture. With its four standing Buddhas and adjoining brick monastery with well-preserved 18th century murals, this temple is one of the most important in Bagan. We end our sightseeing with a visit to the less visited pagodas at Tayok Pyi Paya and the village of Minnanthu, both part of tomorrow's racecourse. Back at the hotel the rest of the afternoon is free to relax and prepare for tomorrow's race. In the evening there is a pasta dinner at the hotel or a nearby restaurant.

    Race day: Today is the big day! After an early breakfast at the hotel we get on the bus to the Htilominlo Temple where the marathon, half marathon and 10K race begin and end. Amidst the pagoda-strewn landscape we experience Bagan in all its glory and pass small picturesque villages and farmland. After the race we enjoy a snack on the steps of the iconic Htilominlo Temple. Shuttle buses take all participants (runners and spectators) back to the hotel, where the rest of the day and evening can be enjoyed as you wish.

    Explore Bagan on your own, guided tour at sunset and a celebrations dinner. Today you are free to relax, enjoy and explore further 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, it's up to you. If your legs can carry you, why not visit the Thatbinnyu Temple from 1144, also known as the Temple of Omniscience? Or why not visit one of the local villages or follow the walking route to the majestic Dhammayangyi Temple for a closer look. We meet in the late afternoon, and the rest of the evening is dedicated to celebrating our performance yesterday. A celebration dinner and award ceremony will lead to an unforgettable evening.

    After an early breakfast and check-out we leave for the airport for our morning flight back to Yangon. If you have booked an extension it starts today. Flight time is about 1 hour and 20 minutes and arrival in Yangon is estimated for 12.00 noon. These times are not yet final and may change. As there are regular delays of domestic flights. On your own responsibility you will depart back to Yangon to your hotel of choice. The rest of the day is for leisure.

    After a final breakfast and check-out, there is time today for leisure. You will return to the airport on your own for the return flight.

    Welcome home!

  • Transport

    We do not offer transport for this arrangement by default. However, we do offer the option to book flights with us. Prices will vary if you choose to make use of our service.

  • Accomodation
    Bagan Temple Marathon Standard Hotels
    € 1150,00 per person

    For the STANDARD package we use 3* hotels (the hotel in Bagan will have a swimming pool while we cannot guarantee the swimming pool in Yangon). For the nights in Yangon we use the Summit Park View Hotel. For the nights in Bagan we will use the Myanmar Treasure Hotel. Please note, Hotels may change.

    Bagan Temple Marathon Deluxe Hotels
    € 1290,00 per person

    On the DELUXE package we use 5* hotel in Yangon and 4* PLUS in Bagan. (All hotels offer a swimming pool). For the nights in Yangon we use the Melia Hotel Yangon. For the nights in Bagan we use the Amata Garden Resort. Please note, Hotels may change. 

  • About Bagan

    Bagan is one of the most popular destinations of many travellers in Asia. This is not surprising due to the beauty of this historic place in Myanmar. In Bagan, which in its Golden Age was once the capital of the empire of the same name, a great deal of fortune was invested in the construction of impressive temples. Today there are still more than 4000 of these temples spread over a large area. During a visit to Bagan, the sunrise and sunset that is considered as one of the most beautiful of the world cannot be missed. A special way to experience this is to observe it from a hot air balloon. From the bottom you can watch hot air balloons floating in bright colours. Visiting Bagan overall has a magical effect.

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Booked a running trip 2 times already. Well organized and 2 beautiful medals earned

score: 10 / 10 Caroline Jonker
They're great, nothing is too much to ask

score: 9 / 10 Marcel st Nicolaas
Large offer! Super cool tour guides with running experience and good energy!

score: 10 / 10 Vincent
Well organized trip, communication is good and well in time

score: 9 / 10 Anonymous
Just doing what they promise. GREAT!

score: 10 / 10 Barend
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