I’ll keep this brief because let’s be honest, it’s all about these pictures! Probably one of the most photographed destinations in the world, Bagan does not disappoint. My mom and I made a rookie mistake and traveled to Myanmar during Chinese New Year. We aware of this going in and embraced it. Silver lining, how often does one have the chance to watch the sunrise over an archeological field with about 1,000 people from every country in the world. The first morning, we woke up at 4:30 and hopped on the electric moped we had arranged to rent. My mom and I were in full adventure mode. The woman that rents the bikes had me do one quick circle to ensure I could use the brakes, gas, kick stand, and we were off. Into the darkness we drove like Harry & Lloyd in Dumb and Dumber minus a few things…. The thing about Bagan is everyone’s an early bird. So the worm is a little harder to get. We pulled up to this massive temple in the dark (yes we survived) and began the climb up to a sunrise party of sorts. As you can imagine, the entire scene was nothing short of magic.
The second morning I opted to climb the temple just across from our hotel. I perched myself with the perfect view. I was the third person there. By the time the sun rose there were about 10 people, a dramatic difference from the previous day. We had great conversation about the world as the sun made the valley glow, stupas and temples coming into view with a deep golden glow.
Everyone should see the sunrise in Bagan, from a temple, either alone or with 1,000 people. It’s one of the most peaceful, serene experiences I’ve had. So what are you waiting for?