Mingalabar, Bagan

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.

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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.

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First tourists climbing the steep stairs of the Shwesandaw Temple. The temple name means  Shrine of Buddha’s hair.

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Dawn at the Shwesandaw Temple.

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Gone with the sunrise: balloon flight is a popular tourisitc attraction in Bagan.

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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.

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Overlooking the temples.

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In the dawn light.

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A hundred metres away – and there are no tourists whatsoever.

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Inside a temple.

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A hot noodle soup for breakfast warms up really well. 

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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.

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E-bike: our transport for the day. Can be rented for 5000 Burmese kyat (5 USD) per day and returned “after sunset”.

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Some of the temples are really old.

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And the views are breathtaking everwhere.

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Time to taste local food: chicken curry, pork curry, salads, and sugar cane drink.

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Yummie.

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And here we go again.

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Looks like a monastery.

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In this temple we were given a quick tour by two local ladies.

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Flowers. 

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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.

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Mingalabar, Bagan!

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Some of the temples had old carvings of Buddha on the walls.

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Like this one.

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In the evening we biked to another temple to watch sunset. The stair leading up were covered with candles.

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Here goes the sun.

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Although it was just a sunset, in this ancient historical area it was not just a sunset. 

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The day is over.

Unforgettable and thrilling experience in Bagan with tons of good places and good people.

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