Majestic Bagan from Sunrise to Sunset

Majestic Bagan from Sunrise to Sunset

With affordable plane tickets, transportation and accommodation these days, one can only count his blessings for theAi??best sunrise and sunset of the ancient cities, temples and pagodas.

Red Sunrise Bagan

ai???This is Burma and it is unlike any land you know about.ai??? -Rudyard Kipling, Letters from the East

Old Bagan Sunset

Myanmar (formerly Burma) wasnai??i??t on my priority list before, but when I began to see friends post pictures of Baganai??i??s sunrises and sunsets I got curious. Not only that, I have this bucket list of going to all Southeast Asian countries by 2015. Moreso, a friend whom I met in El Nido was going there too. Plane ticket doesnai??i??t cost that much and visa application can be done in three days. And so on my comeback Southeast Asia backpacking trip, I included Myanmar. The Old Bagan temples was on my No. 1 ai???to seeai??? list.

Sunset at Old Bagan (GoPro screenshot)

Before sunset at Old Bagan (GoPro screenshot)

I met Callie in Mandalay and to save cost, we took the night bus. We arrived at Bagan past 4am, just minutes before the sunrise. Luckily we found a guesthouse for 15,000kyats/night (15US$) at Nyang U. We took a nap and then rented bikes to see the sunrise. We went to the Sunrise Pagoda and joined other tourists looking towards the east waiting for the golden sun to break dawn.

Sunrise at Old Bagan (GoPro screenshot)

Sunrise at Old Bagan (GoPro screenshot)

Vast land filled with temples and pagodas on a dramatical sunset

Vast land filled with temples and pagodas on a dramatical sunset

The white-wash Sunrise Pagoda turned to gold at sunrise

The white-wash Sunrise Pagoda turned to gold at sunrise

Note: I have this collection on sunrise photos on my Instagram called #100sunrisesproject. Do check and follow it if youai??i??re on IG- @journeyingjames.

Bagan should be explored in pairs. I canai??i??t imagine enjoying Baganai??i??s sunrise to sunset without my travel partner Callie. Holding hands or hugging in between ai???ahhhsai??? and ai???wowsai??? as we pay homage to the amazing sky painting from above. As the light began to colour the blackAi??temples to red and brown, we readied our cameras to capture each we found remarkable. The first ever temple we went into was turned from white to gold after the sunai??i??s rays reflected on it. Cambodiaai??i??s Angkor Wat was no match to the vastness of the kingdom of Old Bagan. Thousands and thousands of temples as far as the eyes can see.

Bagan Temple callie

Little monks walking out from Ananda temple to the sun

Little monks walking out from Ananda temple to the sun

Waiting for the sunset, cows going back to their respective places

Cleocin gel price Waiting for the sunset, cows going back to their respective places

Smiling and friendly locals, beetle nut chewing-men, face-painted-thanaka women, monks both big and small create an unique feel. I was out of my comfort zone, out of my own country getting soaked into a different culture. Learning something new every step of the way.

Hiding from Bagan's heat, yep, inside the temple. Best place to take a nap

Hiding from Baganai??i??s heat, yep, inside the temple. Best place to take a nap Purchase kytril medication

A Myanmar girl watches over the goats near the temple

A Myanmar girl watches over the goats near the temple

Red brick temple on a blue sky filled with white clouds

Red brick temple on a blue sky filled with white clouds

Sunrise temple and sand painting

Sunrise temple and sand painting

Callie and I would take a good afternoon nap because of the heat outside and then continue exploring more temples and pagodas when the sun is not that harsh anymore. Following monks and talking to souvenir vendors outside each temples. And then scramble up another pagoda to wait for the setting of the sun. We would choose a lesser known pagoda and hope that there would be only us in there but always we will see others in the pagoda we chose. Still, the green vegetation around the temples would continue to wow and beg ai???amazingai??? from our lips. It was mesmerising and lovely! After a day of Baganai??i??s majesty I wrote on my journal ai???magical and romantic.ai???

Bagan is breath-taking from sunrise to sunset.

How much hydrochlorothiazide should i take Bagan should be explore in pairs. "Happiness only real when shared."

Bagan should be explored in pairs. ai???Happiness only real when shared.ai???

Bagan is love!

Golden temples at night, Old Bagan, Myanmar

Golden temples at night, Old Bagan, Myanmar

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