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December 22nd 2006
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Approaching Dhammayan Gyi TempleApproaching Dhammayan Gyi TempleApproaching Dhammayan Gyi Temple

This is the largest temple in Bagan, built from 1163 - 1165 AD.
> Hours from Inle to Bagan: 12
> Number of arses that can fit on bus seat for two from Inle to Bagan: 1 & 1/2
> Number of people permitted on the bus: unlimited
> Tourist entry fee into Bagan: $10 USD.
> Local Burmese food along the way: $0.70 USD
> Mandalay beer for Bindal on arrival: $1.50 USD
> Chinese tea for me: complementary
> Dirty double room per night: $4 USD
> Horse & cart temple tour: $3 USD
> Burmese souvenir: $7 USD
> Discovering just before boarding the 16 hour bus from Bagan to Yangon that the peculiar stomach cramp from that morning is actually full blown diarrhea: absolutely priceless.

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Ananda PayaAnanda Paya
Ananda Paya

Buddha's are seated in holes along the walls down each corridor

This was at one of the temples close to town

From a distance this Buddha looks as though he is smiling...

...but close up he appears to be frowning [Ananda Phaya]
Horse & CartHorse & Cart
Horse & Cart

Since we were pressed for time, we opted for the horse and cart tour of Bagan's main highlights for 3,500 kyat. It is cheaper to rent bikes for the day which I wish we'd had time to do
Temples of BaganTemples of Bagan
Temples of Bagan

Bagan has 4,400 temples which were mostly built 800 years ago, its pretty amazing, they're just everywhere!
View from Shwesandaw PayaView from Shwesandaw Paya
View from Shwesandaw Paya

Great views of the temples from here. Popular at sunset which we missed as we had to get back to Yangon in time for our flight to Bangkok
Within reachWithin reach
Within reach

Bindal read somewhere that anywhere you point in this place, you're pointing at a temple.

Shwesandaw Paya has 5 terraces with very steep stairs, a bit like those at Ankor Wat.
Our RideOur Ride
Our Ride

The horse's name was Rambo
Burmese ScriptBurmese Script
Burmese Script

I'm facinated at how all these circular letters actually mean something!

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