On my last day, I was cycling around Bagan, Myanmar, I was alone, so I decided to rent a bike instead of an e-bike. Riding a bike is much harder but I’m not confident enough to ride this e-bike alone. The sun is hitting you so hard that sometimes I needed to stop on a shade as I wasn’t handling the heat anymore.
It was a super calm day. Just another chilling day cycling around Bagan, a magical land. I visited the Bagan museum where you can get to know more about the past of the city. It is interesting, but there isn’t much information in English. You have information about all the temples, pictures and even which ones are the best to watch the sunset, but unfortunately, we can’t climb those ancient temples anymore. I also visited Bagan Royal palace. It’s a pretty building, but you don’t necessarily need to visit. Especially cause I had visited Mandalay Royal palace that is much better. I would skip this one in Bagan. Maybe that’s the reason why I haven’t seen any tourist there as you need to pay entrance to this one.
Bagan Royal palace:
I remember cycling this bike until I can no more. I was cycling around Bagan all day and it was on the move between temples that I lost SpongeBob. Once I get to Bupaya, I notice I don’t have it with me anymore. He uses to be hanging on my neck, but on that ride, he wasn’t. He was hanging in my bag. I think that’s the reason I lost it 🙁 I go back the same way, that was just 3 min cycling, to check if it stills laying on the ground waiting for me to rescue him.
NO! There is nothing in the ground… Someone else took it. I felt really sad that I lost my travel buddy, but then I try to cheer up thinking that at this moment he is putting a smile on some Burmese child. He is making his job of making people smile for sure.
On this day I really adventured myself a lot as I made a distance of 40 min bike away from the hostel to watch the sunset in the middle of the temples. I need to get back before it gets dark and my ride is still taking 40 min so I’m not staying for sunset until the sun is totally down. I got too excited to watch the sunset for a bit longer so cycling until the hostel was tiring as I was cycling really fast.
But I truly enjoyed this ride. I went on paths where you see exactly no one else. I remember to cycle for more than 20 min alone in the “desert” without seeing one single person. That stressed me a little to think: why is no one else using this path?, but it was totally wonderful. There I am, in that idyllic scenario, riding in the middle of dust and dry plants with the wind on my face and the sunset along my way. PURE HAPPINESS!
I love Bagan and everything it has to offer. Every moment, every detail, every dust particle I ate was marvelous. I don’t have enough good words to describe this land, it’s magical, it’s calm, it’s happy, it’s paradise on Earth for your body and mind. I would definitely love to come back!!
And cycling around Bagan was one of the most remarkable experiences I had during this trip.