Old Bagan & Leg Power
Trip Start Dec 28, 2011
22Trip End Jan 19, 2012
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I had some of Bagan's famous sites on my must-visit radar but had absolutely no idea of the scale of the Bagan's archaeological sites. With a classic bicycle with a front basket as my mode of transport, I set out exploring Old Bagan with an Indiana Jones' kind of spirit. Hti-Lominlo and Upalithein were easy to locate, just along the way to Old Bagan. Entered Old Bagan for Shwegugyi and That Byin Nyu temple which were both quite impressive. The Old Bagan city walls were not distinctively visible as I ventured out of Old Bagan to Yadana-Man-Aung before I headed back for Bagan Archaeological Museum.
Crush all Dissent
To be truly consistent with the policy of minimum financial support to the government, I should not have visited the museum. Unfortunately I needed the historical information about Bagan and what other ways than to visit its museum? Perplexing..
Went out to view Bupaya at the jetty and then headed back to Ananda Temple before cycling back and forth for the big 4 sights outside of Old Bagan - Shwesandaw Paya, Dhammayangyi Pahto, Buledi and Sulemani Pahto. All of them incredibly majestic and grand. Shwesandaw Paya was the choice of all package tourists for the million dollar sunset photo site. They came in busloads - Chinese, Koreans, Italians, Germans - all elderly aunties and uncles. They were all there. It was quite predictable really. Today was an overcast so not much of a sunset anyway.
Private Sunset Spot
I headed to Dhammayangyi Pahto to check out a secret passageway for a private sunset spot and found it
Heading back to Nyaung U via Anawratha Road and dined at this Indian restaurant (A Little Bit of Bagan) which really was average and pricey. On route back to New Wave was dangerous with no street lighting and some crazy tour buses muscling their ways around in the dark.