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Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Bagan March 2nd 2015

Bagan; The very reason we planted Myanmar firmly on our list of not to be missed. Tempted by the huge plain of temples that were clouded in a thick mist of dust this place oozed magic, adventure and culture and was a place we were childly excited about. Arriving at the Bagan bus station at 4am with barely no sleep and then being harassed by taximen shouting $20 in your face was disorientating to say the least. After figuring out the distance to the town and pairing up with a French couple we managed to get the taxi ride to town for a total of $8 not before stopping at the toll to pay $20 each for the so called conservation fee. This is meant to go to the restoration of the sights, although it is ... read more
During sunrise
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Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Bagan February 24th 2015

BAGAN Tenk dere frokost under et kjempestort akasietre mens fiskebåtene putrer forbi på elva nedenfor. Eller middag på samme terasse mens sola synker ned bak fjellene. Vi hadde samme utsikt fra hotellrommet som fra terassen. Fire overnattinger hadde vi i Bagan, og hotellet heter Bagan Thande Hotel og ligger i Old Bagan (innenfor de gamle bymurene). Vi hadde et stort fint rom der vegger og møbler var i teak. Hotellet består for det meste av «tomannsboliger» spredt utover i et hage-/parkanlegg. Det er en rolig, avslappet atmosfære her, og betjeningen er vennlig og hjelpsom. For 25 år siden bodde lokalbefolkningen også her innenfor bymurene, men ble tvangsflyttet et stykke nedover langs elva til New Bagan. I dag er det ingen rester av husene deres, bare noen få hoteller, gamle templer og pagoder. Denne gangen ble vi ... read more
Morgenstemning over Bagan.
Oppe på Shwesandaw-tempelet, ett av de få det er lov å klatre opp på.

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

Day 1: Arrived at 4am in the morning via bus. Most places were full so shopped around until I found one. Started off with a sunrise on one of the temples, then riding a bicycle to Old Bagan and around to most of the close temples. Finished off with a sunset. Day 2: Again biked, starting with the recently built tower and to the outer less accessible temples on the dirt tracks. Day 3: Rented an e-bike and strapped my GoPro to my head to get videos of the ride around. Revisited some of the temples but this time focused on the video not more pictures. Took a night bus to Yangon.... read more
Myanmar - 5 Bagan (2)
Myanmar - 5 Bagan (3)
Myanmar - 5 Bagan (4)

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

We started the day with a horse-drawn cart ride through the ancient archaeological zone. Unbelieveable up-close views of the Bagan temples, as the sun glistened off the golden structures from the 9th - 11th centuries. We stopped at Damayangyi and Khayminga Temples. The ride was dusty & bumpy ride with authenticity including numerous stops for photos. We then visited a village Pub -- perhaps one of the first micro breweries in the world???? Palm sugar is used not only for beer but also, delicious candy. Ken, perhaps this could be Skull Camp Breweries next off-site location.......... Later in the day included a breath-taking view from the Nanmyint Observatory Tower which towers above the pagodas. The tower was built by the richest Burman who also built a luxury hotel next to the tower. All 3 of our ... read more
Village boys
Horse drawn cart

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Bagan February 12th 2015

Bagan. Bagan is like a dream land. Some people might call it Disneyland, but we're not going to be that cynical. Lizzie and I loved Bagan, so the naysayers can move along. Bagan is an ancient city that is in process of being lovingly restored, and since there are literally thousands of temples, monasteries, pagodas and structures for which I could never name correctly, all bully a thousand years ago, so it's taking a while. But while the restorations are going on, we were lucky enough to get to trip around the huge expanse of temples, checking them out at will, and as well as our rickety rental bicycles could take us. We arrived in Bagan and decided we would stay in a nice place. And we did. Our room had a tv with CNN and ... read more
Sunrise in Bagan, from the hot air balloon
Bagan at sunrise

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Bagan February 10th 2015

Sunrise 2 schon 24 Stunden nach meinem ersten Sonnenaufgang in Bagan konnte ich einen zweiten dieser Art erleben. Diesmal von der Shwe San Daw Phaya.... read more
Gaw Daw Palin Phaya
Minga Lar Zedi

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

Bagan ich war noch nicht mal richtig in "New Bagan" angekommen, und konnte schon den Sonnenaufgang über den antiken Tempeln bewundert. Da der Bus um 4 Uhr morgens in Bagan ankam, und wir noch nicht im Hotel einchecken konnten, hat uns ein Taxi gleich direkt zu einem abgeschiedenen/einsamen Tempel gebracht, der Pya tha da Pagoda, wo wir den Sonnenaufgang über den Tempeln fernab von Menschenmassen bewundern konnten. Nach Sonnenaufgang bekamen wir noch Gesellschaft von ein par Mönchen und einer Art Mediationsgruppe. ... read more
Dämmerung über Bagan
Dämmerung über Bagan
Dämmerung über Bagan

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Bagan February 1st 2015

From Koh Samui, we had a couple of flights to get us to Yangon and all of us were a little nervous about our Visas to get into the country but they turned out to be fine. We caught a taxi through the peak hour traffic and found our accommodation and headed out for dinner. We wandered the streets first and I loved the place. It was dirt streets, no tourists and it looked like things hadn’t changed in years. We went into a local place for dinner and I had my best meal of the trip – a stirfry pork dish with garlic which is making my mouth water even now. Unfortunately midway during the meal, Clay came down with traveller’s belly which would haunt him for the rest of the trip. It would hit ... read more
Shwedagon Pagoda #2
Shwedagon Pagoda #3
Shwedagon Pagoda #4

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Bagan December 25th 2014

'Discover Burma' is the travel mantra of 2014 it would seem - in every list and travel guide we are being told to visit Burma whilst it's still untouched and before the hordes of tourists have despoiled it. Well, sorry to say folks, but Myanmar is well and truly discovered. Having lived in Mandalay the past few months during low season, the closest we've come to tourists is the usual smattering of German backpackers you find everywhere, mostly looking confused and hot on random street corners. Come high season however, and suddenly they all come out of the woodwork (well, from Australia, France and Germany mostly). Fleets of coaches are suddenly everywhere, plus a surprising number of families with very young children. Whilst I admire any parent dedicated enough to want to travel with their kids, ... read more

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Bagan December 23rd 2014

"Did I really just do that?" I thought to myself. Yep, I did. The sound of 12th century brickwork scraping across crumbled mortar and then clinking dully beside my foot was unmistakable - and the visible proof was undeniable. This was what happened as I manoeuvred myself to get in the best position for viewing the sunset atop one of the ancient temples of Bagan. It is for reasons such as this that I'm sure most ancient sites are cordoned off these days; however, I did my best to return the disturbed brick to its original position. After having somewhat successfully completed this task, I found my desired spot, the same one I would sit in for two consecutive late afternoons, reading my dodgy, hawker-bought photocopied edition of George Orwell's 'Burmese Days' (which I thought was ... read more
The melting sun. This is taken from the site of my wanton temple destruction...
Sunrise on a memorable morning.
The temples come into view.

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