Sunrise and Pagodas

An ancient city located in central Myanmar hosts one of the world's greatest archeological sites. Over 10 000 pagodas, temples and monasteries used to be constructed on the city's site, in which about 2200 still remains per date. 

Sophie and I travelled to Bagan by a very comfortable night bus from Inle Lake, and we flew back to Yangon. The temperature was above 30 degrees celcius and walking all day didn't feel like an option. Nor did biking, which was our initial plan. Thank God for e-bikes and its cheap rent of 4000 kyats/ $0.30 a day. 

The Temples of Bagan at sunrise, photo by traveller.com.au for illustration

Bagan is famous for its magic sceneries of hot air balloons drifting over the pagodas during sunrise. Unfortunately it's suspended during the rainy seasons from April to September, so we didn't get to see it this time. But who knows, I might be back one day!

Every morning at around 4:30AM, Sophie and I would be up and out with our e-bike, in search for a new pagoda to climb for the daily sunrise. 

We stayed three nights in Bagan at Ostello Bello, which definitely is one of the most popular accommodation in Bagan amongst foreign travellers. We booked a private bedroom for our stay, which I think was one of the best decisions we ever made considering our physical conditions at that time. Dormitory plus food poisoning would just be a nightmare within a nightmare. 

I personally think hostels can be a very fun experience, especially if you travel solo because you're more incentivised to meet new people. Not to mention, like-minded travellers. Luckily both Sophie and I are social animals, so we managed to meet a lot of new people on our Bagan adventure despite being in our own comfortable hub.  

Overall, I really enjoyed Bagan and the authentic sights it has to offer. It was unlike any place I've ever been to before - truly unique! More stories and photos coming up next.