Bagan Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort


Bagan Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort

One of the oldest and best-positioned hotels in the region, Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary sits right in the heart of Old Bagan, on the banks of the Ayeyarwady River, and close to the main temple sites.

One of the oldest hotels in the Bagan region, Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary enjoys an enviable location on the banks of the Ayeyarwady River, right in the heart of Old Bagan. The resort is set in extensive landscaped gardens and is close to a number of Bagan's major pagodas and temples.

Formerly owned and managed by the Burmese government, Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary used to have a rather poor reputation, but it was bought by Japanese company Sakura in 1996 and converted into an attractive 4-star resort. The renovation has been thorough, and in recent years the hotel has seen the addition of new rooms and a gorgeous pool on the banks of the river, though in some areas Thiripyitsaya still shows its age—the lowest category rooms are small and rather sparsely furnished (the newly built River Suites are much more impressive).

Thiripyitsaya’s main asset is its location—it’s very well placed for exploring the temples—and its beautiful gardens. With the exception of Tharabar Gate, also located in Old Bagan, Thiripyitsaya enjoys perhaps the best location of any hotel in the region.


There are 76 comfortable rooms, located in bungalows scattered throughout the well-kept gardens and decorated in a local style, with polished wooden floors and large windows to make the most of the impressive views. All have a private terrace with a view of either the gardens or river. Amenities include air conditioning, satellite TV and in-room safe.

Thiripyitsaya’s rooms are divided into three categories: Superior, Deluxe and River Suite. The Superior and Deluxe rooms are older and contained within bungalow units (four rooms to each unit), and set back some distance from the river. They are comfortably if rather simply furnished. The eight River Suites are a newer addition and are much more lavishly furnished; they feature separate sitting areas, huge bathrooms with terrazzo bathtubs, large canopy beds, and are housed in private villas on the banks of the river.


Thiripyitsaya’s restaurant serves a mix of local and international dishes, made with fresh produce grown in the resort’s garden—the lodge staff will even provide cooking lessons allowing you to learn more about Burmese cuisine! The terrace overlooking the river is the preferred setting for candlelit dinners.

Thiripyitsaya's more isolated location in Old Bagan does mean that you'll be largely confined to the hotel restaurant in the evenings, whereas the hotels in New Bagan offer a few options for dining out.


-    Restaurant and bar
-    Swimming pool
-    Spa
-    Gift shop

Child Policy

Children of all ages accommodated. Children under the age of 10 stay for free if sharing a room.