Bagan :It is Siem Reap , before the tourist boom.

Before I begin , contact Aung Zay for all your Bagan needs : . His charges were about USD 80 including transport from pick up at 8:30 am till dawn.

We flew in via Air KBZ . ( for your info – I bought flights directly via their website , and eventually never received the itinery. After many failed calls / FB messenger / Instagram messages , I eventually had to call my credit card to dishonour the payment that led to me needing to cancel my credit card) . I eventually looked up Air KBZ , and I learnt they have been many , many cases such as mine , so book with caution. I eventually booked our flight via my travel agent for a sure seat on the flight!

The moment we landed , Aung Zay took care of our e-v-e-r-y need. The van was very comfortable for the three of us, with cold mineral water at all times.He spoke perfect English , answered all our questions , waited patiently for all of us and planned our itinery well so we were not “temple-d out”. He was also our bag holder , bloody amazing photographer and our own story teller.

Shwezegon Pagoda

Khay Min Gha Complex

Ananda temple

It got gloomy after 4 pm , sunset was not possible .Point to note , for good sunset/sunrise views,  season starts from October and extends till April.That is when the hot air balloon operates as well .( Aung Zay’s brother works with the hot air balloon company , so he may give you great deals !)

our not so great sunset

We ended up at “night market street” , we were told it gets busy at nights. But it didn’t.Due to low season , restaurants close early and we were back in our room by 10 pm. We had pizzas at Sharkys , that were pretty decent with lovely cocktails .But by 9:30pm , lights slowly got dimmer and the staff all left leaving one , waiting for us to leave.

We stayed at the Ananta Bagan Hotel , that was pretty close to the ruins and night market street. Lovely quaint hotel , decent breakfast , and a pretty large balcony.


Get to Bagan before the rest of the world gets there.

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