There was something cinematic about the clunking of hooves against pavement as the horse drew our cart across Old Bagan. Dawn was coming, and across the indigo sky the sun slowly stretched its rays in streaks of pink and orange. We were still laughing hysterically at the turn of events right after we got off the night bus from Yangon. The moment we exited, a horde of drivers closed in on us, offering their rides. In the rush of things and our grogginess and accents we haven’t yet mastered, we ended up on a rickety carriage pulled by a horse plodding at what seemed like 5kph through the barely-lit streets of the old city.
It may have taken a while to get to our hotel, but sitting in the horse cart, in the dimness and the silence, gave me a thorough soak of the size and the texture of the place. For certain it was a very unfamiliar feel to me; it was unlike anything I’ve seen yet, and the enigma made it all the more magical.
We barely made it to sunrise each day but was up just early enough to still somehow make do. On our last full day though Nica and I flipped our bike and ruined it kinda badly, thereby ending any desires to explore and adventure further. Scratches and bruises were a small price to pay though for the sheer grandeur and captivating enigma that we had just witnessed. I would do it all again in a heartbeat. I love, love, love Bagan.
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Thank you Stuart :)
amazing place! Thoroughly enjoyed the pictures.
Indeed it is. I’m glad you enjoyed the photos, but perhaps it might be better to go see it for yourself? ;)
What a stunning gallery
Thanks for bringing me back there again: I was there twelve years ago and when I see these amazing pictures I can revive the magic and the beauty
Thank you :) It is a magical place isn’t it. The way it looks and the way of life makes me wonder if and how much it has changed in twelve years. It’s such a transporting place.
Great photos and amazing architecture. Also, glad you guys walked away from the accident. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you :) We walked away bruised and owing some money for a broken bike, but that memory alone is priceless haha
Ah! Thank you
Thanks for passing by :)
My pleasure! Your photographs make me restless and encourage me to keep moving. Happy travels!
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What a beautiful place, and what gorgeous photos! Thanks for sharing a glimpse of your journey.
It’s beautiful indeed. Thanks for reading :)
Such beautiful shots! Keep up the great work :)
Thanks for the kind words :)
Beautiful, incredible photos. They opened up a whole new world to me!
Thank you. It is a very eye-opening place :)
Just arrived home from an impromptu walk through London’s deserted streets at down and this post comes up on my “you-might-like-this” feed… And what a gem! Stunning pictures, great colours and some unusual frames/angles, well done!
I have a question, though: the typical images of Bagan are the ones of stunning pagodas piercing the tree canopy, silhouettes against the horizon… But how’s life below the trees? What kind of city is it, how do people live in this wonderful place? Is it as wonderful on the ground level as it looks from high up above? Thanks!
Hi Frabrizio, thanks for the kind words.
To answer your question, yes, Bagan is as wonderful on the ground as it is from the skylines. What makes it so, in my opinion, is because it’s so different from anywhere else. It feels like a literal time capsule, and being there is both transporting, fascinating, and curious at the same time. People maintain everyday habits, like non-stop chewing of betel nut and wearing paste on their faces, that you will hardly see anywhere else. Their streets are quaint, tree-lined, a lot of which are not yet cemented, but you see small hotels blooming on the sides. The food is unlike anywhere else in Asia and it’s delicious (and super healthy), like their curry is customizable, and their breakfast includes about five different items made of vegetables and beans but taste so rich and filling (I’m not a fan of vegetables or beans but I can’t get enough of them in Bagan haha). It has such a quiet and laid-back atmosphere. Basically, being there allows you to witness first hand this rich and ancient culture wake up and open their eyes to the rest of the world, while still keeping their unique identity. It’s a very rare thing to see in this global world, and seeing it always sparks my wonder.
And I totally just fan-girled right now haha :P
Wow…Bagan has been on my travel list…thanks for fueling my intent…
I’m glad my post did something for you. Perhaps it’s time to cross it off the list haha ;)
:) next year for sure…have already planned 10 -15 days in September’15…
10-15 days.. awesome! :)
Wow..this is beautiful :-)
Thank you :)
Great pictures! I’m from Myanmar and it’s good to see Bagan through someone else’ lenses.
Thanks! Your country’s beautiful, I couldn’t get enough :)
My favorite photo, the two Buddas(?) smiling (or smirking).
Smiling (peacefully?) or smirking (in triumph haha)
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Wonderfully Captured…! Such a great photo collection of Bagan…!
Thank you :)
Wow, just wow. What an amazing place and you captured it so well. :)
Thanks for the kind words :)
Brilliant post! One of my personal favorite stops in Myanmar as well 😄.
Sadly it was my only real stop in Myanmar. Reason to go back I guess
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My promise land. #Bagan
It is so beautiful! I would love to go there.
It is, and you definitely must when you get the chance :)
Beautiful photos of what looks like a magical place!
It’s magical indeed. Thanks for passing by :)
Loved your pictures! Btw, I also have a blog about photography!
Thanks! And that’s awesome, gotta check it out :)
My country ♥
It’s stunning <3
Great pictures – took me right back to Bagan.
amazing photography! makes me want to see it for myself.
Thank you. You definitely must! ;)
I love this blog..
Thank you, glad to hear it <3
Great view and I like how you took those photos..
Seeing them feels like i was there..
The artistry of the structures seen in the photos are magnificently preserved…
I’m glad they transported you. It is a magnificent place
Ever since I read about Old Bagan, I was very much excited in reaching this place. Your post beautifully captured the place’s soul and have me continue to look forward in visiting, and appreciate its grandness too. Thank you for this pictures screaming histories of life and culture.
I’m excited for you for your trip to Bagan. I’m sure you’ll find it very memorable as well.
I went to Bagan in June and also wrote about it. It was indeed a place with character.
Julia, those images are quintessentially Bagan and you captured them really well. I only made it to Yangon the last time I went to Myanmar and didn’t have enough time to go to Bagan. Next year, however, I’m planning to visit. Hopefully it retains its magical charm.
I’m sure it will. Roads and infrastructure are growing and changing fast, but those pagodas, and the people, they’re really something else :)
Thank you :)
wow, beautiful pics. really amazing.
Your beautiful photos give me solace. I was supposed to be in Myanmar now but my trip got cancelled.
Sorry to hear that. I hope you get the chance to go again soon.
I’m also a big fan of Bagan. Especially for a photographer’s vacation, not many other destinations can complete with it.
Agreed. It’s definitely a league of its own.
Thanks for a memory trip. We travelled to Myanmar about 5 years ago. Bagan was a stunning highlight. I have many photos which just can’t do this amazing location justice. In my mind this is a top 10 destination and a spiritual wonder.
very nice post!
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Awesome series, great!!!
The details and silhouettes of the temple are stunning. There really is so much beauty out in there in world! Thank you so much for sharing!
Thank you for reading! Bagan is definitely one of those beauties :)
Incredibile photos! Thank you for sharing :)
Dreaming land for the great tip and adventure at the moment,
Tumbleweed, Your photographs were amazing. I live in neighbouring India and have always wanted to visit Myanmar. You have inspeired me further!
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This is such a great post…got lost in it for hours :-) Myanmar was one of the greatest trips I’ve been on, and Bagan of course is just how you describe in words and mostly in these incredible photos.
WONDERFUL & BEAUTIFUL. Thank you!
Thank you as well :) Bagan is pretty amazing isn’t it :)
Just had someone ask me about it the other day, and I simply told them every morning was the most peaceful and beautiful than I could ever had imagined. I hope to return in ’15…a little piece of heaven for sure.
Thanks for the lovely photographs. They had me truly motivated to go to Bagan!
You won’t regret it!:)