Straight Out Of A Fairytale....and An Absolute Do-Not-Miss
05.10.2012 - 08.10.2012
I flew to Bagan the next day. I didn’t tell my mom this going into it, but the airlines in Myranmar are mostly all black-listed because of their mechanical problems and tendency to well, um….crash. But I survived!! And I survived to explore the most majestic place ever!
Bagan is famous for its temples, and it shows. They're everywhere!
I arrived in Bagan and spent the next 3 days completely immersed in the wonderful temples of Bagan.
Mythical, enchanting—these are words I use to describe a fairy-tale world and yet, Bagan was a fairy-tale-world in and of itself. Imagine standing atop a tower and everywhere you look—all 360 degrees, you see these beautiful ancient structures rising from the green countryside.
It’s about as mythical as one could get outside of European fiefdoms.
And it was worth every bit of the time I spent there. Visiting the temples of Bagan is the reason I went to Myranmar and I would encourage anyone to go to Myranmar for that specific reason, as I wasn’t disappointed.
Ananda Temple - Bagan's holiest temple, built by the third king, Kyan-zit-tha in 1091. Ananda comes from the Pali word "anantapannya", which means "boundless wisdom". The temple houses four Buddhas facing the cardinal directions, which represent the four Buddhas who have attained Nirvana.
Bagan is one of the most beautiful places in the world. The best way to see it is from the top of a pagoda for sunrise and sunset
View from the top of one of the temples during sunset
Biking around the myriad of temples is an experience like no other
While biking, we passed the oddest site I have ever seen: two dogs stuck together. Talk about the dangers of doing it doggy-style!!
One of the days while I was biking, I got a flat tire when I was still 3 miles away from where I was staying. So I stopped a truck passing by and offered them money to give us a ride back.
Oddly, there were gas canisters in the back of the truck (which was more of a school bus) Something tells me it wasn't the safest method of transportation, but once again, I survived!
Since Myanmar "Just opened up to tourists" at least to Americans, the government was making every step to make sure that the locals gave the tourists a great experience as you can see by the frequent posting of this sign:
The truth is, tourism will really help the economy of Myanmar so they welcome tourists in with open arms.
Another amazing view at sunset
The beautiful views of Bagan at sunset
On top of a Pagoda
View at Night
Au revoir, ancient temples. It's been grande!