Land of Pagodas

Most people when they think of Myanmar (or Burma) will picture a postcard image featuring a dozen or more hot air balloons dancing over the sky of thousands of pagodas. This is Bagan. The archaeological area is home to 2000 Buddhist pagodas founded in the mid-to-late 9th century. Unfortunately we were off-season for the hot air balloons, although not parting with US$300 for a one hour experience was probably a good thing, especially as I’d done a hot air balloon over the Valley of the Kings in Egypt and you can’t really beat that.

The preferred way to get around the pagodas is by e-bike, and preferred time to see them – sunrise or sunset. It really doesn’t take me long to get bored of religious sites and after looking at and climbing five of the two-thousand I had well and truly had my fill, so I was grateful that the hostel recommended some nearby local villages to visit which the portrait photographer in me found a lot more exciting.

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