Bagan, Myanmar is somewhere that actually made me gasp. I’m not kidding. I had to stop on my e-bike a few times to not only wipe real tears from my eyes but also to simply admire the scenery that surrounded me. I’d wanted to visit Myanmar ever since I saw my ultimate travel inspiration Brenna Holeman’s adventures in Yangon. Until then, Myanmar really hadn’t been on my radar as far as vacation hotspots.
In 2013, I had an ESL student in Chicago who is a Burmese refugee seeking asylum in the U.S. While his level was far too basic to get into any of his experience, the history and ongoing situation intrigued me. The more I Googled it, the more places I uncovered. It wasn’t until I saw Bagan, Myanmar when I made the executive decision that I had to go.
Needless to say, I’m pretty happy I did. We were lucky to meet up with a friend who was our travel companion through our three weeks in Laos. I loved exploring the temples and pagodas on our e-bikes because it was the easiest and most fun way to see everything. The sacred spaces we saw were incredible. Some of these date back to the 9th to the 11th century. Considering the fact I have a hard time believing I graduated high school almost 10 years ago, I’d say a little over one-thousand years is a fairly long time.
The photos below don’t do this place justice. I cannot recommend this country enough. If you’re interested in learning more about Bagan, Myanmar or what to do in the country, I’ve created a few guides. Click here for the ultimate itinerary for three weeks in Myanmar or here for a guide to 24 hours in Yangon.
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