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Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Bagan January 24th 2016

Day 12-Sunday-January 24- Today Annette & Doug decided to do different excursions, Annette taking the Bagan city tour and Doug taking the Mount Popa tour. We both departed the boat at 9:00am. Before we started our separate tours, both buses met at Thatbyinnyu Temple for a few exterior photos from a distance. It is a famous temple, the tallest in Bagan at just over 200 feet. It is shaped like a cross, but is not symmetrical. Ye Min was Annette's Bagan tour guide and Duli went to Mount Popa. On the Mount Popa tour, there were only about 18 on our bus. Mount Popa, 37 miles southeast of Bagan is an extinct volcano and the oasis of the arid zone. On a clear day it can be seen from the Ayeyarwady River. The soil is naturally ... read more
Thatbyinnyu Temple
Good morning Annette
Ox at work

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Bagan January 23rd 2016

Day 11-Saturday-January 23 After breakfast this morning we arrived in Yandabo, a small rustic village on the bank of the Ayeyarwady River in the Mandalay Region. We had a very interesting docking process! The boat could only get close enough for the crew to put out a long gangway by getting into the water and extending it to the shore. There was a very short wooden dock that a small primitive ‘ferry’ type service boat could pull up to and pick up or drop off people with goods or small motorbikes. Yandabo is famous for an Anglo-Burmese peace treaty that was signed in 1826. It is also known for making finely crafted terracotta pottery. Our excursion this morning was a walking tour that took us into the village where we watched a lady and her niece ... read more
Yandabo in sight
Local transportation
Crew members

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Bagan December 27th 2015

I knew going to Myanmar that we wouldn't encounter many fellow long noses there lol! We took a flight with the cutest budget airline Nok Air (plane painted like a bird, beak and all!). As I looked around the flight I realised we were the only white people, I, the only blonde in a sea of black! The flight was very pleasant and we even got free banana cake :) We got a taxi into the city centre, cost us a tenner which wasn't bad due to the lengthy distance. On the way in, I made a few observations :) I got a shock as a taxi driver spit lots of red stuff out the window, I thought he was dying but turns out he was just eating the famous red addictive nut here! Almost every ... read more

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Bagan November 5th 2015

Arriving on the night bus from Yangon meant that I got into Bagan just in time to tag along with a small group of fellow travellers staying at the same hostel to go and see the sun rise above the hundreds and hundreds of Buddhist temples and pagodas standing tall over the Bagan plains. I arrived blurry-eyed and definitely not bushy-tailed but I was with it just enough to jump on one of Bagan's super fun electric scooters and follow the others who knew where they were going. We travelled towards Old Bagan and then swerved off the main road, down a dirt track for about 200 metres. There we parked up and climbed one of the taller pagodas (I wonder how much longer they'll let people do that!), and from the top I stood, and ... read more
Quiz Winners!
Bagan Nights
Pattu Ptuk Kids

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Bagan October 14th 2015

Woke up too early on e motor scooter and headed to the market. Quite an experience. Purchased souvenirs. Met more Canadians and Americans with a Guelph connection. Went back to the bike to find it broken.....oops. Paul thought we were going to owe thousands. Someone must have knocked it over and stood it back up. Brake was broken and bike was scuffed up. Back to rental place to explain and pull out the visa.....only to be told that the cost was $ bike and on our way to see another thousand Pagodas. We went one way and ended up on a road or should I say a mud patch that went on for what seemed like forever mixed with cow poop for sure....lots of laughing Saw some gorgeous views from on top of the Pagodas ... read more

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Bagan October 13th 2015

Today was another early start as we had to catch our plane at 9am. Well that is what we thought until we got to the airport and had to wait 2hrs due to fog in Bagan. Well the wait was worth it. We were in Bagan just after 12. We checked into our nice hotel and then across the street to find a ebike for 2. We got on our ebike and off we went. The pictures say it all and left us in awe as this area is unbelievable and we'll worth the wait.... read more

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Bagan July 14th 2015

We now arrived at Inle Lake which is beautiful. We came from Bagan which is where all the temples are. One thing for Bagan is it's am amazing view when you drive through all the temples and ruins. In Myanmar it's for a tourist not allowed to drive a scooter. So the hotels of Bagan had an other idea the rented a e-bike Which is a brilliant idea because it was very hot when we went to see the ruins and you couldn't ride a bike it was just no possible. The temples looked amazing from outside, from inside they were a little destroyed and dirty which war really sad. All in all two days to see Bagan was enough because most Pagodas and temples look alike and there's is only so much before you become ... read more

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Bagan June 4th 2015

After seven years of living and working in Asia, I've seen a lot of temples. Many say that once you've seen one temple, you've seen them all; there is a lot of similarity between them. But Bagan was unlike anything I'd ever seen before. An area of about 42 square km (16 square miles), it's filled with temples. Temples as far as the eye can see in any direction. Approximately 2200 to be more specific.(There used to be many, many more.) As my Dutch friend and I rode through them, exploring one after another, we repeatedly commented on how surreal it felt. Like we were in a magical place we couldn't have imagined. Or like we were in a dream. Or in a movie. Except that we could actually reach out and touch them, feel them ... read more
Big Buddha
Small, but you can go in.

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Bagan April 9th 2015

I'll start out the blog by saying any words I write and the 350+ photos I took (and tiny amount I'll post) do not do this place justice. It is one of the most beautiful and awe inspiring places I've seen. The magnitude of the buildings and the vastness of ruins are simply too hard to explain and cameras can't capture it. I'll do what I can but this place should go near the top of anyone's places to visit. But first... It is insanely hot again. Bagan is back on the plains and it is ridiculous. If you sit in the sun, not moving a muscle, you are drenched in sweat within a matter of minutes. If you are wearing a backpack, the back of your shirt is instantly soaked as if you jumped in ... read more

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Bagan March 16th 2015

I can’t remember when was the last time I was so excited and nervous about visiting a certain place. Well, I mean before visiting Bagan. Actually I am always a bit excited, because travelling is my biggest passion. But this time I had a different feeling, the few photos that I saw looked amazing, and the fact that is still largely avoided by tourists gave it a sense of a mystery. There is not much mystery about it, the place is simply unbelievable. My visit to Bagan was a real luxury. We stayed in the middle of the forest, in a gorgeous hotel, not so far from the temples. Every day we would rent regular and electric bikes and wonder around Bagan from morning till late evening. Quite often we would find ourselves being alone in ... read more
A kid from Bagan
Ananda temple
Beautiful Bagan woman

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