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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.
Thatbyinnya-tempelet.

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
Bagan

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
Bagan
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
Schwezigon
Buddha
Shwezigon

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.

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Bagan November 27th 2014

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Bagan November 24th 2014

Arrivée à Bagan, la plaine aux mille temples. Sous le soleil tapant, les femmes aux jupes amples, Proposent pièces de soie, buddhas et statuettes A l’entrée des Stupas, blanches, ocres, brunes, parfaites ! Armés de bicyclettes, nous parcourons la plaine, Découvrant peu à peu, l’étendue du domaine. Chaque temple est unique, Nord au Sud, Est en Ouest, Le clou de la visite demeurant sans conteste, La vue sur tout le site, au coucher du soleil, Invitant les artistes à croquer ces merveilles. Diner gastronomique, marionnettes et musique ? Ou soirée romantique, sur les toits ? C’est magique ! Et avant de partir, ardues négociations, Achats de souvenirs, cadeaux, décorations. Deux journées bien remplies à Bagan l’Infinie. Tant de gens l’apprécient, nous en faisons partie !... read more




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