Bagan is an ancient city in Myanmar with literally hundreds of temples, pagodas and stupas. I spent here one day only, and at the end wished could have stayed a bit more.
The bus arrived at 5 am, and around 6 am the taxi brought us to the Bagan Archeological Zone. It was freezing cold. The locals were wearing jackets and hats, and I was wearing a T-shirt and shorts. A guy from the staff made a small fire to warm me up.
First tourists climbing the steep stairs of the Shwesandaw Temple. The temple name means Shrine of Buddha’s hair.
Dawn at the Shwesandaw Temple.
Gone with the sunrise: balloon flight is a popular tourisitc attraction in Bagan.
All levels of the stairs are packed with people. I was a bit disappointed as didn’t expect such a crowd. But the day would be rather rewarding after all.
Overlooking the temples.
In the dawn light.
A hundred metres away – and there are no tourists whatsoever.
Inside a temple.
A hot noodle soup for breakfast warms up really well.
I met three wonderful people that day from Holland and China, and we spent most of the time together. We met in the superb Mingalar hostel run by a super active and positive local lady and her family.
E-bike: our transport for the day. Can be rented for 5000 Burmese kyat (5 USD) per day and returned “after sunset”.
Some of the temples are really old.
And the views are breathtaking everwhere.
Time to taste local food: chicken curry, pork curry, salads, and sugar cane drink.
And here we go again.
Looks like a monastery.
In this temple we were given a quick tour by two local ladies.
We spent half of the day cruising through Old Bagan and stopping now and then to step inside, hide from the sun, and take photos.
Some of the temples had old carvings of Buddha on the walls.
Like this one.
In the evening we biked to another temple to watch sunset. The stair leading up were covered with candles.
Here goes the sun.
Although it was just a sunset, in this ancient historical area it was not just a sunset.
The day is over.
Unforgettable and thrilling experience in Bagan with tons of good places and good people.