TRAVEL / August 14, 2013

BAGAN, MYANMAR – ANCIENT TEMPLES AND TALES

In the the far far east, on the old silk route from Asia to the West, was the connector country of Burma (now known as Myanmar) with legendary stories, temples and natural beauty.

The country’s scenic highlight is Bagan in the northwest, closer to India, famous for the thousands of temples in a small area, untouched by the shameful damage of the recent military regime.

Bagan is an ancient city located in the Mandalay Region of Burma (Myanmar). From the 9th to 13th centuries, the city was the capital of the Kingdom of Pagan, the first kingdom to unify the regions that would later constitute modern Myanmar. During the kingdom’s height between the 11th and 13th centuries, over 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries were constructed in the Bagan plains alone, of which the remains of over 2200 temples and pagodas still survive to the present day.

MUST DO:

– Balloons over Bagan have a sunrise hot air balloon ride over the temples and its one of the most memorable things you will do in your life. Get the VIP package and get picked up in an old wooden bus, a breathtaking ballon ride, photos, and a champagne breakfast afterwards in the fields. FANTASTIC

– take a horse and cart with a guide and visit some of the 2200 temples on dusty paths. Watch out for snakes (it will be fine, but honestly we saw 2 snakes in the street!)

– visit some lacquerware shops and buy some of the fine handcrafts

One thing to note is women should dress with covered shoulders and legs when visiting temples. I got in trouble for my Lara Croft shorts. Be respectful.

myanmar bagan ballons sunset

Myanmar by Hot Air Balloon

Myanmar by Hot Air Balloon

The oldest temple in Bagan built to naturally light the Buddha housed inside.

The oldest temple in Bagan built to naturally light the Buddha housed inside.

Teresa in Bagan ready for a horse and cart sightseeing day.

Teresa in Bagan ready for a horse and cart sightseeing day.

Climbing up a temple in Bagan for sunset

Climbing up a temple in Bagan for sunset

Symmetrical temples at sunset in Bagan

Symmetrical temples at sunset in Bagan

myanmar bagan teresa

WHERE WE STAYED:   BAGAN RIVER HOTEL

We stayed at the Bagan River View Hotel with fantastic views of the Ayarwaddy River, rice fields, a buddhist temple in the hotel with a giant gold Buddha and large historic trees.

Bagan Hotel View from restaurant with Bougainvillea

Bagan Hotel View from restaurant with Bougainvillea

Breakfast Buffet with Egg Chef: a charming Garden Buffet in an amazing hotel

Breakfast Buffet with Egg Chef: a charming Garden Buffet in an amazing hotel

Sticky Black and White RIce

Sticky Black and White RIce
Fish Curry, Yellow Lentil Curry, Shrimp Curry: delicious, perfect spicy, amazing presentation.

Fish Curry, Yellow Lentil Curry, Shrimp Curry: delicious, perfect spicy, amazing presentation.

Close to India, Burma’s cuisine is a mix of Thai, Chinese and Indian and the dishes are stimulating and always have a nice balance of protein and vegetable so its really easy and enjoyable for any kind of diet.

Live music: dreamy Burmese Music plays through dinner in the garden

Live music: dreamy Burmese Music plays through dinner in the garden

River View and Ambience: gorgeous view over the Ayarwaddy river.

River View and Ambience: gorgeous view over the Ayarwaddy river.

Sunset at Bagan hotel by the Ayarwaddy river.

Sunset at Bagan hotel by the Ayarwaddy river.

The ancient capital of Burma is a trip back in time, with amazing landscapes, excellent service and dishes which encompass the old silk route of India, China and South East Asia. Set along the Ayarwaddy river, river prawns were a culinary highlight.





COMMENTS
Monk
Jan 05, 2015

Tip: Please wear pants long enough to hide your knees when visiting temples.



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