Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort
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
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
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.
To start planning your vacation to Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort
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 the lavish suites, Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort is the perfect base to explore the stunning temple-strewn plains of Bagan. Each room is decorated in a 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.
Children welcome at Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort, however there are no specific facilities available for them beyond babysitting.
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.
A multitude of activities are within easy reach of the hotel, from cruises on the Irrawaddy River, cycling tours and horse riding to hot air balloon rides, rides in a traditional horse and cart through the iconic temples of Bagan.
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!
Archaeology Tour of Bagan
A full-day experience, with an expert on-hand, exploring one of Asia’s most striking archaeological sites. Bagan’s architectural wonders include the famous Ananda and Shwezigon pagodas, showcasing Burma’s legendary kings and the country’s glorious culture
Bagan Balloon Experience
Serenely float over Bagan’s remarkable temples in a hot air balloon at sunrise and appreciate the sheer scale of these archaeological wonders while watching the Irrawaddy River flow far below.
Bagan Cooking Class
A fantastic half-day insight into Burmese cookery exploring local food with a local and highly experienced chef. From shopping at the market, to cooking and plating up, this is a truly unique experience.
Bagan Village Biking
Hop on a bicycle for a unique and memorable day in Bagan’s countryside. A slow-paced journey through narrow lanes reveals a land of farms, rolling hills and tiny villages, much unchanged over the centuries.
Half Day Local Color Tour, Bagan
Experience a taste of local Burmese life and see the world from a local’s point of view by visiting neighborhoods barely touched by the modern world and mixing with the locals at Nyaung U Market.
Introduction to Bagan
Discover the very best of Bagan, from exploring the finest temples to watching traditional craftsmen produce beautiful lacquerware and cruising along the Irrawaddy River. Further insights into local neighborhoods also reveal age-old traditions, hidden temples and unique cave temples.
Irrawaddy Sunset Cocktail Cruise
A glorious sunset cruise along the famous Irrawaddy River, cocktail in hand. This is a unique way to appreciate Bagan’s incredible temples from afar and an opportunity to see scenes of daily life play out on Burma’s largest waterway.
Mount Popa & Salay Tour
The chance to learn about Myanmar’s tradition of spirit worship at Mount Popa, to explore Salay, a famous Buddhist center with unique architecture, and to witness scenes of bygone countryside life.
Pakokku by Bicycle
Cycle to Pakokku, just beyond Bagan’s famous pagodas, and discover beautiful rural villages, local markets and farms that line the Irrawaddy River, all brimming with traditional ways of life. Afterwards, return to historic Bagan along the river, aboard pr
Swe Daw Lay Su Tour
Follow in the footsteps of King Anawrahta and visit four sacred and photogenic sites around Bagan (Shwezigon, Tu Yin Taung, Lawka Nandar and Tant Kyi Taung), where local pilgrims flock.
Tant Kyi Pagoda Adventure
Adventure away from Bagan’s busy center and travel by boat and jeep to the hilltop pagoda of Tant Kyi, a little-known gem on the western banks of the Irrawaddy River. Views, the chance to mix with Burmese pilgrims and a memorable experience awaits.
Grand Tour of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Myanmar
Siem Reap, Luang Prabang, Chiang Mai, Mandalay, Irrawaddy River, Bagan & Yangon
from $4800 pp 12 nights
- Combine the main highlights of Asia from the temples of Angkor Wat, Laos, Chiang Mai and Myanmar
- A chance to seamlessly combine multiple countries in one trip, allowing for some of Asia's greatest sites to be ticked off the bucket list
- Fantastic itinerary for those that like to travel at a fast pace, with never a dull moment and something new around each corner
Location & directions
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.
How to get there
14-hour flight with one change to Bagan Nyaung Oo Airport. Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort is located a few minutes’ drive from the airport.