Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort

Bagan, Burma

At a Glance

  • One of Bagan's original and grandest hotels, it has been extensively renovated in the last few years

  • All of the rooms and suites are made with local wood and materials

  • Thiripyitsaya can arrange meditation lessons with a local Buddhist monk

  • Take a cruise on the river in a private motor yacht for sunset cocktails

  • Enjoy breakfast in the morning on the terrace overlooking the majestic Irawaddy river

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Best time to Visit

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The best time to visit Burma is during the dry season from November to April. At this time the warm and sunny days are ideal for sightseeing throughout the country. The temperatures start to rise in March and May to September is best avoided as this is the rainy season when sightseeing can become difficult.

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Insider's View

Visit Mount Popa, Burma's equivalent of Mount Olympus. It is said to be the traditional home of Myanmar’s most powerful Nats or Spirits and is an arresting sight on the flat plains.

Located on the banks of the Irrawaddy River, Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort boasts spectacular river views.

Choose a River View Suite which offer lovely views of the Irrawaddy River and are located close to the pool and all the hotel's facilities.

There are bikes on site for you to hire for a few dollars. This is definitely the best way to enjoy the surrounding temples from the freedom of your bike and the breeze to keep you cool.

We can organize a sandbank dinner for you, for the ultimate in romance!

Learn to create local Burmese dishes, including a soup, salad and curry during a cooking class with the hotel's Head Chef.

Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort or take a look at our itineraries to Bagan


Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort sits amidst 24 acres of landscaped gardens, on the banks of the Irrawaddy, Burma's river of history and legend. This grand hotel sits among tropical gardens and trees with fantastic sunset views over the river.

With a total of 76 guest rooms, from superior rooms to our favorite, the lavish suites, Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort is the perfect base to explore the stunning temple-strewn plains of Bagan. Each room is decorated in Burmese style, with an abundance of wood and local materials. The eight suites open to the Irrawaddy River, each with a wide verandah from which to view dramatic sunsets. Comprising 60 square meters, a suites feature a sitting room, a bedroom and a well-appointed. The suites are housed in villas located in a peaceful corner of the resort away to ensure privacy and quiet.

Before a long day out on the plains of Bagan, enjoy a breakfast served on the Terrace looking out to the pool and the Irrawaddy River. All-day alfresco dining is available at the Verandah and in the evening, the Terrace is transformed for candle-lit dining under the stars.

A great spa menu of massages, body treatments, wraps and scrubs, is available, and. Spa services can be enjoyed in the Spa building, or at the outdoor Spa on the banks of the Irrawaddy River.

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The Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort has a total of 76 guest rooms, and we recommend that you stay in one of the suites which are set on the banks of the Irrawaddy River.


Children welcome to come and stay at Thiripyitsaya. However, there are no facilities available for them except babysitting on request.


In the morning, breakfast is served on the Terrace looking out to the pool and the Irrawaddy River. Enjoy all-day alfresco dining at the Verandah surrounded by nature and in the evening, the Terrace is transformed for candle-lit dining under the stars. At sundown, enjoy the gentle breezes and golden sunsets with a cocktail at the Pavilion Lounge.


The tour desk can arrange a multitude of activities, from cruises on the Irrawaddy, cycling tours and horse riding to hot air balloon rides, rides in a traditional horse and cart and even meditation sessions conducted by a Buddhist monk who teaches the Vipassana method, facing the serene Irrawaddy River, the perfect setting to find inner peace in this historic and spiritual area of Burma.



Louise Huntington (Staff)

Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort has a stunning location on the banks of the Irrawaddy River. The views are seriously impressive and can be enjoyed from the large swimming pool or main restaurant in addition to some of the rooms. The Deluxe Bungalows are simple and a little dated in style but some have fabulous river views. The River Suites are well-worth the upgrade cost as they are absolutely charming, each has a river view, a balcony and a comfortable four poster bed. These Suites are set away from the rest of the hotel so offer more privacy. This resort is known for its spa, so make sure you book an appointment during your stay to experience a traditional massage.


Clare Monro (Staff)

The real draw of this hotel is its position overlooking the Irrawaddy River, and just across the road from the pagodas of Bagan. There is plenty of outdoor space and the swimming pool has an amazing view! The rooms are simple and the bathrooms aren't enormous - for those looking for more space, definitely go for one of the suites. However, you probably aren't going to spend loads of time in your room so it provides an excellent base for exploring the area.


Sarah Baxter (Staff)

As the oldest hotel in Bagan, with the largest pool, plus its excellent location on the banks of the river, it is easy to see why this place is so popular. It boasts a tranquil setting in spacious and green gardens, which are well kept and beautifully lush despite the weather (I was there in one of the hottest months). While the Garden View and River View Rooms are fairly basic, the River View Suites are incredibly characterful and beautifully designed. They are spacious and traditionally Burmese, with the grandeur of a 4 poster bed, a living area and sizable bathroom. These are the more expensive option, but in my view totally worth it to make the most out of your stay.


Sophie Jones (Staff)

Located right on the Irrawaddy River, Thirpyitsaya has a lovely fresh feel in dry and arid Bagan and provides a fantastic viewpoint to watch local life on the river. The hotel serves both Burmese and Western menus and the lunch that I had here was absolutely delicious. I had a western menu and the breads here were so fresh and such a treat!


  • Balloons over Bagan

    A balloon safari with 'Balloons Over Bagan' offers a unique opportunity to see the ancient kingdom of Bagan.

  • In-depth Cycling Around Bagan

    Cycling around Bagan's stunning pagodas is a real highlight of staying here, but for those who want to go a bit more in-depth, opt for this active experience. Explore the villages and farms and finish off in a tea shop.

  • Local life - Nyaung U Market & Local Villages

    Markets are an important part of traditional Burmese life. Explore the bustling markets of Bagan where vegetables, textiles, lacquerware and handicrafts are sold, and get a good feel for local life.

Vacation Ideas

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    Siem Reap, Luang Prabang, Chiang Mai, Mandalay, Irrawaddy River, Bagan & Yangon

    from $4800 pp 12 nights

    • Impeccable and friendly service
    • Delicious breakfasts with a different flavour smoothie each morning
    • Iced water in cool boxes for every couple on the beach

Location & directions

Bagan, Burma

Bagan Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort is located a few minutes’ drive from the Bagan/Nyaung Oo Airport. Following a westerly direction toward the Irrawaddy River, the roads pass through numerous important pagodas and monuments on the way to the Resort.

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Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort or take a look at our itineraries to Bagan

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