A relaxing village with magnificent temple ruins
We arrived with the night bus from Yangon and were welcomed by our guest house with a nice breakfast The road was a bit bumpier than we had expected, so we didn’t get much sleep. However, after filling up with some coffee, toast and fruits, we rented bicycles and started touring around the temple ruins. There are so many, so we took some time to decide where to start and which ones to visit. Turns out it doesn’t really matter that much. Most of the smaller ones are not that different from each other, but the big ones can be quite impressive. Look especially for the ones where you can climb up and admire the great view.
The bike tour on our first day was pretty big and long. We cycled through sand, dirt and countryside and saw some pretty impressive pagodas, as well as beautiful scenery. It was drizzling in the morning, but it cleared after a couple of hours and we had a beautiful day.
The next day we did the same, rented bikes and went around. It is a shame that there is very little information available about the temples. It should be included in the high entrance fee to the area. Most of it is in Myanmar language and what is in english is mostly about the people or organisations who sponsored the restoration work. There is a museum of archeology, but some of its reviews were so bad that we decided to skip it. We had worse bikes the second day and Edda had a flat tire half way through the tour, so we decided to cycle a bit less that day.
Our last day was also cycling. We asked for the same bikes we had on the first day, and off we were! The weather was still good and we even bought some souvenirs. We admired some more pagodas and scenery. Began has a nice village -like feel to it. It is not infested with tourists and not too busy. We really enjoyed our time here.
People rave about the sunrises and sunsets here, but as it is the rainy season you don’t get much of either. In the morning there is a bit of mist and in the evening the sky goes a bit pink. However I can imagine that it must be pretty impressive when the sky is not covered in clouds.
The entrance to Bagan is 25k Kyat/23$ these days. And you can get a taxi near the bus station to town with 2k kyat, if case anyone is interested.