I was woken up at 4 AM by the bus driver and all the foreigners were asked to report at the gate and buy a entrance fee for 15$. A bit expensive and I am not sure how much of it goes to actually maintaining the place. Anyway, thats money spent.
We were dropped off at the bus station just before 5 am and we hopped into a tea shop for a quick drink and toilet. We realised we were early enough to catch some sunrise, which is a popular thing to do in Bagan and rode down in the darkness looking for some semblance of stupas we could climb on to get a view over the plains.
We met a malaysian couple Megan and Joshua who were also looking for some spots to view sunrise from. We found a small trail and pushed our bikes thro. It took us to some stupas but wasn’t something we could climb, so off we went exploring. As we walked to the main road, we met a couple of German travellers and followed them to a bigger stupa. The doors were open and we walked up the narrow stairs to the top. It was a stunning morning with a lovely sunrise. We hung around taking pictures of the landscape. It is flattish with hundreds of stupas strewn all around. Cant imagine why this place was built this way.
We rode back and found a place for 6$ a bed. The dorm style place felt more like a hospital with just curtains instead of walls. heh. A short rest later, we rode around Bagan, to keep the muscles supple and to take a look at the stupas that are all over the place.
We rode till evening and headed to a popular stupa to watch the sunset. This one had more tourists unlike the Morning stupa which was quieter and beautiful.
After the long day, we headed and I was knocked off pretty soon. I guess tomorrow morning, we’d get another dose of sunrise, so up at 5 AM.
And Incidentally, its been 4 months on the road. Yippie!
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Expenses: Sg$ 59.11 (Includes bus ticket to Yangon, and entrance ticket for Bagan)
Comments: Bagan is interesting, but fast becoming a tourist place. Cafes and hotels are mushrooming everywhere.