03:40 02/05/2014 We set foot on the ancient city of Bagan on the wee hours with eyes half closed. The bus conductor went on loud outcry waking up everyone to ensure all Bagan bound passengers to disembark. The surrounding was pitched black except for the light coming from the post. An old man riding a horse cart approached us with faint smile and showed his intention. We knew what he’s up for and turned him down politely. But he was persistent. We give in and asked him to bring us to our temporary abode. But before we’d arrived at the hotel, an unfortunate event had happened which tested our faith.
One of our sling bag had gone missing and no where to be found. Fast forward we recovered that precious thing through a retrieval operation which deserves a separate post. That operation costs us an arm and leg which made us ditched the sunrise tour.
We stayed at Aung Mingalar Hotel for two nights. The hotel is located in Nyaung U which is a kilometer away from city center. It’s a good area to stay since most of the tourist attractions are just bicycle away.
So what’s to see in Bagan? O yeah,they offer a 2000+ pagodas scattered on the plains of Bagan. How is that? Our two days jaunt wasn’t enough to cover those thousand pagodas and temples. We just handpicked the most notable ones and spend most of our time there.
We haven’t tried any local dish in Yangon, and asked our guide to bring us to a nice restaurant in Bagan that offers authentic Burmese dish. There you go, we’d wolfed down a different varieties of curry, pickles and raw veggies. Overwhelmed!
|UL (Phyo), UR (Hein) , LL ( Thon and Driver), LR Susan and Celeste
We etched a beautiful memories together with these wonderful people we met on the road in Bagan. Phyo is the quirky keeper of the famous Mahabodhi temple. We’d shed a tear on how she moved us through her effort. Hein is another keeper who sells nice paintings and showed us his different artwork. Susan and Celeste, also Filipino tourists we bump on our hotel which cheered us up during the mishap. Not but not the least, to uncle driver and Thon-Thon our horse cart driver whom we owed so much in helping us to retrieve our lost sling bag.
There are lot of interesting things and places left unchecked on our bucket list such as climbing Mt. Popa, watching sunrise or sunset, and explore Irrawaddy river. We promised to to revisit Bagan and stay there quite longer.
Sky and Summer