As the sun rises over the floodplains and the shadows of the temples start showing in the morning light, that is when the hot air balloons start their flight over the Pagoda fields. This makes for a wonderfully unique sight that you can’t se anywhere else on earth. Surely worthy of a bucket list place.
Bagan is special, and like nothing you will have ever seen before. Fields and fields of hundreds of Pagodas and Temples that span as far as the eye can see, dotting the horizon. Some as big as Ankor Wat in Cambodia, intricate as Borobudur, and full of monks giving their daily donations. But also some so small you have to put some effort in to see them. You could explore for days without seeing the same temples twice!
You will feel like you have stepped back in time thousands of years exploring the ruins that are still in great condition and even still used as working temples today.
With an area covering approx. 104 square kilometers, the best way to take in all the temples of Bagan is by bike or, if you really want to feel like you have time-travelled, take a horse and cart guide.
There is a surprise around every corner, whether it be another beautiful temple or view, Bagan is worth exploring this year. With Myanmar only having opened it’s doors to tourists in 2012, now more than ever is the best time to go before everyone hears about this special place and the peaceful site gets too busy.