Places to Visit in BurmaSights in Burma
Forget Cambodia, neglected Laos and moved Vietnam and made up how we would find unbelievable things in Burma instead.
We' d be visiting Burma the same Monday that Aung San Suu Kyi was voted into the Myanmar House of Representatives, and a year before the nation appeared on the cover of almost all the magazines - we would see Burma just before it became Burma's top 10 list, and the glory of the travel guides and in-flight theories.
Where in the hell is Bagan? It is a town in the Mandalay area. For travellers, Bagan is usually regarded as the archaeological zone of Bagan, an area around Old Bagan. Have a look at our section "How to get there" below. When should I go to Bagan?
It is the best period to come to Burma after the rainy period, when the temperature is warm and the incineration period has not yet come. Whilst we were on our way to Burma in very marshy, dust laden, balloonless April, I would suggest a trip between October and March, if you have the necessary flexibilty.
That is my "food intoxication at a memorial at dawn": Today Bagan is visited by travellers and travellers and is one of the best activities in Burma. Cities with a great appeal have the problem that much of the country's cultural life is hidden by the crowds of sights, continent cafes and cafes with free Wi-Fi.
Although still young on the backpackers route, the tourism industry in Bagan is already under construction. Most of the folks you'll see here are waitresses, merchants, carriage riders and hostellers-you'll have to go beyond the temple to see the true Bagan. When you have the opportunity to see them, you can see those who care for them - peasants in their field, middle-aged girls, pasta stores, new mums and kids.
It' s the kind of town I' m describing now, with the concern that the 3 years have gone by that have made our cultures numb and the hopes that they don't have it. How awesome are we? And Bagan is fucking awesome. Whilst it can get warm and impressive powdery, Angkor Wat and Ayutthaya have nothing of the show that Bagan is.
Since it is still on the advance, we give it 9 out of 10 because of the mere number of shrines, the general expansion and the shortage of people. When you find the right place to observe the sun set, you can have a breathtaking sanctuary all to yourself - that's not so terrible, is it? What is Bagan?
Between 11 and 13 century were built under the leadership of the rulers of the kingdom of Bagan built churches and cloisters. When the realm became a turntable for worldly study and gained fortune, you can probably see why it was a tempting goal.
In 1287, when Mongolian intruders plundered the empire, the Bagan tribe was cut to little more than one town. If not maintained, the Bagan Temple would fall to the floor. There are still more than 2,200 of them - both magnificent and inconspicuous monasteries that you can enter, roam and scale to look beyond the other 2,000 or so in front of you.
There is a long repertoire of less overcrowded, less known wonders, but the famous sights are famous for good reasons. Don't miss Ananda Temple, Shwesandaw Pagoda and Dhammayangyi Temple. Not only are they some of the best things in Burma, but they are also some of the most impressive Buddhist monasteries we've seen all over Southeast Asia.
There are many restrictions on the temple; some are totally unsupervised and you can go in (respectfully!) and resize the sides - that's the place for sunsets and sunrises. How do I get there? One of the easiest ways to visit Burma is by plane, and Bagan is no different.
In order to get to Bagan, you would reach Nyaung-U (NYA) Aiport. Flights from Yangon (RGN) take about 1 hours and are about $100, while flights from Mandalay (MDL) are about $75. One of the most beloved additions is a hot air ride over the temple of Bagan.