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Bagan is simply amazing. Despite the intense heat we managed to get round a lot of the temples over 2 days. The first day we hired out rather crap bikes and peddled along the road and on the dusty bumpy tracks to the temples. Within a few minutes Simon discovered a puncture but we found a handy roadside bike repair 'shop' ( a young chap sitting on a chair with some tools) and he foudn that the inner tube was knackered (it had about 9 holes in it) so replaced it and charged us a few bucks for the trouble.
The only problem with Bagan is that the main temples are completely surrounded in locals selling stuff and they really really go for the sale. It was a case of being chased by people selling postcards, replicas of temples, paintings etc etc but the temples are well worth a visit and we did stop to chat to the kids selling stuff, they were a good bunch bless them. The bikes were fun and good to get out and about. We stopped at a lovely little veggie restaurant for lunch (not the one in the LP, the one opposite, which was cheaper and more friendly) and drank a lot of water, it is seriously hot in this place!
The second day we took the horse and carriage option. We were a little reluctant to do this as we were worried about the condition of some of the horses but the one we used was well fed and had looked after feet etc. We were taken around the temples and really enjoyed the day, the temples differ so much in size and views, some can be climbed up and others just walked around.
Bagan itself is not a bad spot for a few days with plenty of restaurants and places for a beer. We really enjoyed the time here and the temples are well worth a look. The heat is intense but somehow bareable.
Again, so many gorgeous pictures from here, inlcuding one of a little girl with full Burmese style face cream/sun block who smiled for the camera for me but sadly these have all been lost.