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 antique architecture, there are tremendous active activities for travelers to uncover other sides of burma country like culture, people and landscape.

1. Ballooning ride

This is the best, funniest way to catch the panorama of Bagan. Unparalleled aerial spectacle from hot air balloons will actually bring splendid moments to travelers as contemplating this majestic construction ensemble. Balloon journeys usually departs on early morning, the featured 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 can possibly capture great shots and create amazing photos.
Myanmar Balloon ride
Important note: Balloon ride is not avalable from April to Sep due to weather conditions. The most captivating 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 could be in way to pasture, adventure market or farm. Your cycling trip may be interrupted by herds of cows or goats ambling on roads.
For travelers who indulge in tours get to, you be able to bring a mountain biking trip, heading to Mount Popa and its spectacular hilltop temple, the best holy destination for meditation in myanmar. This exotic mountain used to be a volcano, which is 1518m high and located 50 km from southeast of Bagan. On the cycling tours to Mount Popa, you will find jungles, green fields and golden temples spires. Pedaling around the mount, you be able to uncover 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 get to market with the teachers to select and purchase ingredients as well as spices. On the class, the chef will show 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 featured nice 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 performance

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 antique capital so it is also the land of puppetry. Burmese marionettes are greatly intricate and delicate as they own 18 or 19 wires for male and female characters in turn. Every puppet is controlled by only one puppeteer.
You may notice puppet performance 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 bring 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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