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 many active activities for travelers to discover other sides of myanmar country like culture, citizen and sight.

1. Ballooning ride

This is the best, funniest way to catch the panorama of Bagan. Unparalleled aerial scenery from hot air balloons will actually carry fantastic moments to travelers as contemplating this majestic construction ensemble. Balloon journeys usually departs on early morning, the special time in a day to observe glamorous sunrise, when first sunbeams shine down roof of ancient stupas. Surely this way will captivate photographers. With a location on a balloon, you be able to possibly capture splendid 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 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 can stop at anywhere you want to talk to locals you encounter, who may be in way to pasture, visit market or farm. Your cycling trip could be interrupted by herds of cows or goats ambling on roads.
For travelers who indulge in tour visit, you may bring a mountain biking trip, heading to Mount Popa and its spectacular hilltop temple, the best holy site 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 find out rustic villages and palm gardens.
Bagan biking tours

3. Fantastic Cooking class

If you like 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 may go 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 thoughtful 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 take you to meet 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 ancient 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 be able to see 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 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