Our first taste of Bagan - Day 1
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January 19th, 2008 – by: Deats
Bagan is one of the places that i'd read about and always wanted to visit during my stay in South East Asia. Located over 42 sq km, it is a temple complex that dates back almost a 1000 years, with a mind blowing 4400 temples to try and tuck your teeth into! The core of these were originally built 800 years ago, although some newer additions have sprung up over recent years. Its History begins with its creation in 1044 by King Anawrahta and more than 200 prosperous years followed, until Mongol marauder Kublai Khan attacked in 1287. Recent history has also left a scar on the site, as the 1975 earthquake, which measured 6.5 on the richter scale, badly damaged many of the major temples and sadly led to a lot of rebuilding, which in my opinion has left many of them looking like modern creations.
Our boat docked on Saturday afternoon and we were greeted by an entourage of men wanting to carry our bags and a small army of children ceaselessly requesting bon bon, money, food, clothes, watch, basically anything that they could ask me to give them. After paying the $10 entrance fee at the river bank upon arrival, we bundled our bags onto a horse drawn cart to make the 1km journey into the centre of Nyaung U, where most backpackers base themselves to explore the region. I feel pretty lucky that we ended up in Inn Wa Ga Hotel, where $7 got us a room with air con, hot water and an excellent breakfast, certainly the best value room that we would find in Myanmar.
It was already nearing 4pm, so we hired a couple of bikes and set out in search of somewhere to watch the sunset from.
Our going slowed somewhat after leaving Cheriland 1, as our bellies were swollen with all the hastily eaten food.
With dusk upon us, we descended the atirs and after doing our best to avoid all the sellers back down at the base of the Paya, we decided that the Banana Pancake ($0.40) that we had seen on Cherilands menu was just too tempting to pass up on. We cycled back there as fast as possible and parked our butts down, to be accompanied by a steaming hot pot of Chinese tea and the above mentioned pancakes. To entertain ourselves, out came the ludo board and then the deck of cards.
On our way back to the hotel we tried to find somewhere with internet and found it surprising that it cost 4 times the price that it had been in Monywa, so decided to leave it and see if we could find somewhere cheaper the following day.
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