As with previous visits to Myanmar, we have learned to expect the unexpected…

Straight after our long flight we were treated to a surprise from our hosts – a four hour road trip to Bagan, a UNESCO heritage site where thousands of pagodas were built in the 11th Century. After repacking our rucksacks in the airport car park we set off again, serenaded all the way to our hotel with melodic singing and guitar accompaniment. The glorious temples were revealed as the sun rose and early on our first day we woke to experience the wonders of this very special place.

Still a little tired and disoriented, we marvelled at the splendour of the multitude of pagodas. Only one per cent of the original number built still remain and yet incredibly, their pinnacles could be seen in every direction and at every focal point from the near ground to the horizon.
More to follow…
Sarah Major