Temples, Temples and More Temples
Bagan Travel Blog› entry 7 of 12 › view all entries
Casper and left our downtown marketplace hotel at 4:30am and wandered the streets until we reached the river to board the slow (very) boat to Bagan, the cultural capital of Myanmar. Even the boat trips here are an adventure. Only 10 minutes into our trip, and with an amazing sunset arising over the city, we suddenly came to a dead stop. Turns out that our boat was too heavy and the water level too low and we were stuck. So after 2 hours of help from a ferry, we were on our way to an 18 hour journey. It was a great trip but very long and exhausting. When we finally arrived in town around midnight. I awoke in the morning with a fever. Merry Christmas. Spent the day moping around trying to get better quickly. Later that day I was approached by an elderly, quite frail woman asking if I wanted a massage. Considering that my body felt as if I had just gone 12 rounds with the champ, I decided to get one for the evening. After her blood circulation massage of 90 minutes, my fever broker and I felt like a new person. And who could argue with the $2 price tag. Now that's medicine...
Later that evening a large group of us (German, Danish, Dutch, USA) went for some of Bagan's famous handmade pizza. It was actually excellent considering where we were on the planet. The next day was Christmas Day. Casper and I rented bikes and spent the day biking around the ruins and checking out the temples. There are thousands of pagodas here covering an area of something like 42 square miles and dating back to about the year 700 or somewhere thereabouts. The mountainbikes were great because we were able to venture off the beaten path and check out parts not usually seen by travellers. The next day we took the bikes again and ventured far out of the city and found a cave located below an old temple. Casper got a flat so we were forced to walk the bikes for a bit, but it was nice day after all and we had time. So we stopped for tea and met some locals who were happy to help us. Each day our experience with the Myanmar people got better and better. All in all, Bagan was impressive.