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Myanmar Bagan travel guide 2018 - Temples, hotels and travel
Situated on the bank of the Irrawaddy River in central Myanmar (formerly known as Burma), Bagan is home to the world's largest gathering of Buddhaist churches, stupas and convents. With the vivid splendour and the coexistence of stupa and towers that rise above the Bagan Plains, shrouded in the early mists, an unparalleled view is created that can compete with the most celebrated and celebrated sights in the Peruvian capital, such as the Pyramids of Egypt or Machu Picchu.
Besides being visually beautiful, there are also plenty of places to see and enjoy culture, as many of the old churches and monasteries are places of dedication in this land of colours and heat, where faith is the lifeblood of people. Many of the buildings have been devastated by the effects of a millenium of winds, rains and the great force of the powerful Irrawaddy River, which cuts its way through the plains, to little more than debris.
But what today is not disturbed and what has been renovated fascinates the visitors more than enough. Some of the best conserved and renovated are also the most venerated, renowned and therefore frequented of all. Bagan Plain is part of the Central Burmese Basin, which is a shallow belt of land that extends much of the length of Myanmar in a north-south orientation and is bordered by two mountain regions.
Bagan Plain is situated on a curve in the Irrawaddy River and is the place where the great concentrations of the temple were built. There are several areas of greatest interest to visitors, known as Old Bagan, New Bagan, Nyaung U Town and Mount Popa National Park. They all have different types of accommodations, each with a different ambience, which leads to a different adventure for the visitors.
Ananda Pagoda is a tranquil, peaceful area on the bank of the Irrawaddy River and the site of many ancient monasteries, such as the remarkable Ananda Temple and Shwesandaw Pagoda. As the name implies, New Bagan is more contemporary and does not have the ambience of Old Bagan. Established about five kilometers southwest of Old Bagan, although it is still on the Irrawaddy shore, it is loose in a raster.
The Nyaung U is a busy urban area about five kilometers upriver from Old Bagan and is the center for the various transport connections with the area' s airports, railway stations, coach stations and docks. There are many sanctuaries around the city, especially the Shwezigon Pagoda, and many prestigious establishments, as well as great dining, are in the city.
Outdoor stalls attack the minds with a kaleidoscopic view of colors, noises, and scents, giving the occasional tourist the opportunity to experience the daily lives of the people of Burma and give an idea of the mouth-watering dishes in the locals' cuisine. The Mount Popa Vulcano is situated about fifty kilometers southeast of Bagan in the center of the Mount Popa National Park.
You will find a number of churches within the reserve and perhaps the most popular is the one that stands on the cone of the vulcano, built in the remote past by the Taung Kalat vulcano. It overlooks the eastern part of the current position of the vulcano and Bagan, which lies to the northwest, surrounded by the Irrawaddy River.
In the area of Mount Popa there are a number of establishments that provide simple entry to the area. Meanwhile there are over 50 Bagan hostels that offer overnight accommodations for all types of guests from budgets to luxuries, although the traditional rates in Bagan are slightly higher than in the remainder of Myanmar for the same room standard.
There are many places that provide personalised bungalow-style accommodations and many places, including those in the budgets area, have pool areas that provide a good place to chill out and unwind after a strenuous days sightseeing. The majority of people visiting Bagan come from Yangon or Mandalay and the best, most convenient and simplest way to get there is by plane, with flying being a relatively inexpensive and simple way to get there.
Featuring only the ten most interesting monasteries, shrines, pagodas as well as stupas over more than twenty kilometers, most people give two or more day to discover the area. In addition to these most beloved monuments, there are many other important monuments to visit, as well as the monuments of Old Bagan and Nyaung U Town and the observation of sunrise and sunset from one of the Pagoda.
Choosing a transportation mode can have a big influence on how long the visitors have to stay at each place and how pleasant the whole is. The best option is perhaps to use a choice of available means of transportation throughout the journey, which includes taxis, horse-drawn carriages and bicycles. Without a doubt the most unforgettable thing you can have from a journey to Bagan is a hot-air flight, which starts at dawn and quietly transports the tourists across the plains, with the temple and the pagoda bursting through the early mists.
A number of skilled firms employ skilled international drivers who offer air travel in convenient basket of various size, giving the visitors the opportunity to see the thousand and one of the world' s most beautiful places in an unparalleled panoramic world.