If you’ve heard of Myanmar, you would’ve heard of Bagan. The magical town overflowing with thousands of temples is an iconic part of the region and a must-visit for travellers. We’ve all heard the expression “a picture is worth a thousand words” and this has never been truer than with Bagan. The spiritual atmosphere is hard to put into writing.
Back in 2016 I spent almost a week in Bagan after hearing such wonderful things about it on the “Banana-Pancake Trail” of South East Asia. Safe to say, it lived up to expectations.
With a camera slung over my shoulder and a straw hat atop my head, I set out to explore the dusty complex. It became immediately apparent that some form of transportation was required. After bartering with some local boys I got a deal on an old bicycle for the few days; only after I set off did I realise the brakes didn’t work. Problematic, yes, but I made do with it.
With a dodgy bicycle, camera, and thirst for capturing the essence of this city there was nothing that was going to stop me. Even not being a morning person. Because if you want to see the best of Bagan you have to get used to early starts, pre-dawn stupa climbing, and in-the-dark bicycling (brakes optional but recommended).
So here is my Bagan Photo Diary. Hopefully captures some of the remarkable beauty and spirituality.
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Watching the hot air balloons rising over the 2200 temples of Bagan, Myanmar
Hiring a bicycle means you can cycle around whichever temples take your fancy
Sunrises in Bagan seem particularly special
Feeling like a legitimate explorer
Everywhere you look there are hundreds of temples within eyesight
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Exploring this area is remarkably chill and it is encouraged to climb on the stupas to take in the best views
Cycling is the recommended method of exploring Bagan
Chose the perfect temple for balloon takeoff! They take off from different spots each day so sometimes the temple you choose to watch from will be perfect, and other times not so much
Forever in awe of the hot air balloons and never able to afford to actually go on one
The spectacular golden sunsets seemed to last for hours
Full of smiles as I barefoot explore a lesser-known temple close to Bulethi
Balloons beginning to take off
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Daily life continues around the temples of Bagan as the sun sets
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