Thứ Bảy, 11 tháng 8, 2018

Visiting Bagan - Beyond Pagodas and Stupas


Bagan owns over 2,200 pagodas and stupas. Apart from learning religious and ancient architecture, there are many active activities for travelers to explore other sides of burma country such as culture, citizen and sight.

1. Ballooning ride

This is the best, funniest way to catch the panorama of Bagan. Unparalleled aerial sight from hot air balloons will actually bring fantastic moments to travelers as contemplating this majestic construction ensemble. Balloon journeys usually departs on early morning, the unique time in a day to observe rich sunrise, when primary sunbeams shine down roof of old stupas. Surely this way will captivate photographers. With a location on a balloon, you be able to possibly capture great shots and create fantastic photos.
Myanmar Balloon ride
Important note: Balloon ride is not avalable from April to Sep due to weather conditions. The most beautiful time in day for ballooning is early morning (from 5AM)

2. Biking on semi-dessert, sandy paths or up to mountains

A new way to admire quaint pagodas and stupas, on two wheels, as breezes drift over you. By pedaling, you could stop at anywhere you want to talk to locals you meet, who be able to be in way to pasture, travel market or farm. Your cycling trip can be interrupted by herds of cows or goats ambling on roads.
For travelers who indulge in adventure get to, you may carry a mountain biking trip, heading to Mount Popa and its spectacular hilltop temple, the best holy destination for meditation in burma. This exotic mountain used to be a volcano, which is 1518m high and located 50 km from southeast of Bagan. On the cycling journey to Mount Popa, you will see jungles, green fields and golden temples spires. Pedaling around the mount, you can discover rustic villages and palm gardens.
Bagan biking tours

3. Wonderful Cooking class

If you such as to understand partly Burmese cuisine (soup, salad, curry), let attend a cooking class. The teachers will show you different types of herbs and vegetables which are typical food materials in Burmese cooking. You be able to adventure market with the teachers to select and purchase ingredients as well as spices. On the class, the chef will performance you the traditional preparation and cooking methods. Habits of eating and traditions of the Burmese are explained as well.
Toddy juice, which is gotten from the buds in early morning, is a unique kind of food in Burmese cuisine. The favorite white-liquor, palm sugar and a local afternoon Sky Beer are made from this juice. A cooking class will carry you to encounter toddy palm climbers, observe their simple life and daily routine in palm gardens.
Cooking class in Bagan

4. String Traditional Puppet show

Puppetry is called “yoke thé” in Burmese. “Yoke thé” performances originated from the royal art and were gradually adapted for the wider populace. Bagan is an old capital so it is also the land of puppetry. Burmese marionettes are greatly intricate and delicate as they have 18 or 19 wires for male and female characters in turn. Every puppet is controlled by only one puppeteer.
You could find puppet show in Bagan at restaurants or hotels.
String puppet show in Bagan

5. Touring by ox-cart or horse-cart

Ox-cart and horse-cart are the traditional modes of transport in Bagan. You should try traveling as a real Burmese by a horse-cart or ox-cart ride. It is really fun which surely take you a new experience. A cart ride can lead you to off-beaten-track temples and plain villages for authentic discovery.
bagan horse cart ride

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Photos in this post credit to SEA WANDER Team


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