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Bagan Temple Marathon 2015

Run among the temple-dotted plains of Bagan in Myanmar. 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.

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.

Yangon, Myanmar
Yangon, Myanmar

Trip highlights

  • An unforgettable race in a unique location - Bagan
  • Discover a country that has been closed to foreigners for decades
  • Explore Yangon's bustling streets
  • Experience the magical plains of Bagan


Day 1 - 25 November 2015: Welcome 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.

Meals: No Meals on this day.

Day 2 - 26 November 2015: Yangon 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.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 3 - 27 November 2015: Bagan 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 drive to Amata Restaurant in the evening to load up on carbs at the pasta party. Start number pick up will take place during the evening and a race briefing by the race organizers will provide final information for tomorrow’s run.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 4 - 28 November 2015 Bagan Temple Marathon Race 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 a packed lunch 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. For more information about the race, look here:

Meals: Brakfast and Lunch.

Day 5 - 29 November 2015: 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 to one of the temples 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 up to an all-night party.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 6 - 30 November 2015: Flight to Yangon – End of tour

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? Or, now that you came all this way, why not combine them both and get the full Myanmar experience?

Meals: Breakfast.


Shared double room: Rs. 75,000 Per Person on Twin Sharing Basis
Single room supplement: Rs. 30,000 Extra if a person needs a Single Room

Price includes:
- 5 nights’ accommodation
- Domestic flights within Mayanmar if Additional Package of Mandalay is Chosen
- Transportation as per itinerary
- Yangon sightseeing tour
- English speaking tour leader
- 4-days entry to Bagan
- Lunch day 2 & 4
- Dinner Day 3 & 5
- English speaking local guide
- English speaking tourleader from Albatros Adventure

Price does not include:
- 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 euro pr. person pr. day is recommended)
- Cancellation insurance due to illness or injury prior to departure
- Travel & health insurance (we strongly recommend you to take out sufficient insurance)
- Anything not mentioned under “Price includes”

Practical information

Age limits

Full marathon runners must be minimum 18 years old on race day. Half marathon runners must be at least 16 years old. 10 km participants must be at least 12 years old on race day. 10 km participants under the age of 12 are also welcome as long as they are accompanied by a runner aged 16 or above.


All finishers receive a medal. A small, symbolic prize is given to the winner of all distances for men and women. Please note that there is no prize money.

Bag check-in

On race day morning runners can check in personal items needed after the race. Please place all your items in a bag and mark the bag clearly with your name and bib number. To pick up the bag you must show your bib number as identification. Checked in bags will be manned throughout the race, but the race organisers cannot be held responsible for loss of or damage to any items.

Bib number

All runners must wear the official Bib number that will be handed out the day before the race. Marathon bibs are black, half marathon bibs are red and 10 km bibs are green.. The bib number must be attached to the front of the torso for the duration of the run.

Cut off time

All runners have 7 hours to complete the race. Runners still on the route after the cut off time will be swept up by a race official or medical car and driven back to the finish area. 5 hours after the start, however, the route closes at the 30 kilometer mark. Runners who haven’t passed this point at 11:00 will not be allowed to finish the race.


The Bagan Temple Marathon features a classic 42.195 km Marathon, a Half Marathon and for the very first time a 10 km. The distances are color coded – marathon is black, half marathon red and 10 km are green. At the race briefing Friday – the day before the race – it is possible to change distance. No change of distance is permitted on race day!

Drinks Stations

Drinks stations serving water are situated along the route. Selected stations also serve energy drink and bananas.


All runners who complete the race within the time limit will receive a medal after crossing the finish line. Water and a lunch pack are given to all participants. Checked in bags can be picked up at the bag check out area. Shuttle busses leave the finish area every hour to bring runners back to their hotel.

Medical Team

A team of specialized doctors from Denmark and paramedics from Myanmar will supervise the marathon and assist in case of injury or exhaustion. The medical team has undisputed authority to exclude runners who, according to the doctors’ judgment, should not continue running if it involves a serious health risk to the runner. The medical team will be patrolling the route as well as being situated in the finish area and on strategic points of the route. Runners who wish to drop out of the marathon should go to the nearest drinks station and wait for a medical or race official car. If it is not practical to go to a drinks station simply wait at the side of the road. We encourage all participants to look out for each other and report to the officials or medical team if you see an injured runner on the route. All decisions made by the medical team are final and not up for discussion!

Personal supplies

It is possible to have personal supplies delivered to selected drinks stations. The personal supplies can be food, drink, sunscreen or other personal necessities. Personal supplies must be handed over to the race officials in the morning before the race starts - remember to clearly mark your supplies with start number and number of the drinks station you want it deposited. Personal supplies deposited to the drinks stations will not be returned.

Race Officials

English speaking race officials are in charge of setting up the route as well as controlling the logistics on race day. They will be patrolling the route and guiding on the most crucial places on the course. Assisting guides will also be placed on the route to show directions. All decisions made by the race official team are final and not up for discussion!

Route Logistics

Kilometer signs can be found along the entire route. Owing to the conditions, however, they may be placed +/- some meters from the exact point. The kilometer signs are therefore only for orientation and runners shouldn’t calculate speed based on the signs.
Note that there won’t be any toilets along the course, which means that there are toilets everywhere! Toilet paper is available at all drinks stations.
The route is not closed off to traffic, but traffic police guards all entries to the route to warn drivers and ask them to slow down. Traffic is not heavy on these roads, but do keep an eye out for cars and trucks while running on paved roads!


The Bagan Temple Marathon & Half Marathon 2015 takes place 28 November and is scheduled for a 06:00 start in front of the Hti Lo Min Lo temple.


The route is run on a mixture of gravel, sand and paved roads. The route is relatively flat.

Time taking

Timing is done manually with internationally approved stop watches. Timing chip is not needed. Result lists will be published at the celebration dinner the following day and online as soon as the local internet connection allows it.