Published on April 14th, 2013 | by Simon


Green Elephant, Bagan

This is the view at dusk from the much-reviewed Green Elephant restaurant in Bagan. But good luck finding it as both Google Maps and Lonely Planet have it significantly mislocated.

To add to the confusion, there are actually two Green Elephants, both under the same ownership, and signboards on the main road through New Bagan point randomly to one or the other. This means you may see two signs pointing in entirely the opposite direction within 400 metres of each other. Very frustrating.

The in town one without a view is on Kyay Street on the right about 400 metres inland from the point where it crosses the main north/south river road. This is the closer to hotels in New Bagan.

The one which is most reviewed and set above the river is within the precincts of what is mostly described as the Botanic Gardens. The easiest way to reach it in daylight is to walk along the road that runs by the very side of the Irrawaddy going downstream away from Bagan (take the right fork in the paved road about 600 metres after the main crossroads in New Bagan). After about 500 metres you reach the Sittana Paya on the river bank. Walk through the temple and out the downstream side. Find the entrance to the gardens at a gate slightly inland (you may need to tell the guard you are going to the restaurant). Follow a boardwalk keeping to the river shore and after about 400 metres you’ll reach the riverside Green Elephant. The setting is wonderful, with a terrace overlooking the river, reached by a bridge over a sunflower garden. If you propose visiting in the evening, get a taxi both ways – the gardens entrance closes at dusk and in any case the area is deserted and difficult to navigate after dark.


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