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Bagan Photo Diary

If you’ve heard of Myanmar, you would’ve heard of Bagan. The magical town overflowing with thousands of temples is an iconic part of the region and a must-visit for travellers. We’ve all heard the expression “a picture is worth a thousand words” and this has never been truer than with Bagan. The spiritual atmosphere is hard to put into writing.

 

Back in 2016 I spent almost a week in Bagan after hearing such wonderful things about it on the “Banana-Pancake Trail” of South East Asia. Safe to say, it lived up to expectations.

 

With a camera slung over my shoulder and a straw hat atop my head, I set out to explore the dusty complex. It became immediately apparent that some form of transportation was required. After bartering with some local boys I got a deal on an old bicycle for the few days; only after I set off did I realise the brakes didn’t work. Problematic, yes, but I made do with it.

 

With a dodgy bicycle, camera, and thirst for capturing the essence of this city there was nothing that was going to stop me. Even not being a morning person. Because if you want to see the best of Bagan you have to get used to early starts, pre-dawn stupa climbing, and in-the-dark bicycling (brakes optional but recommended).

 

So here is my Bagan Photo Diary. Hopefully captures some of the remarkable beauty and spirituality.

 


READ MORE: Guide To Exploring Bagan, Myanmar


Bagan Photo Diary

Watching the hot air balloons rising over the 2200 temples of Bagan, Myanmar

Bagan Photo Diary

Hiring a bicycle means you can cycle around whichever temples take your fancy

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Sunrises in Bagan seem particularly special

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Feeling like a legitimate explorer

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Everywhere you look there are hundreds of temples within eyesight 

 


READ MORE: Ultimate Two Week Myanmar Itinerary


Bagan Photo DiaryExploring this area is remarkably chill and it is encouraged to climb on the stupas to take in the best views

Bagan Photo Diary

Cycling is the recommended method of exploring Bagan

Bagan Photo DiaryChose the perfect temple for balloon takeoff! They take off from different spots each day so sometimes the temple you choose to watch from will be perfect, and other times not so much

Bagan Photo Diary

Forever in awe of the hot air balloons and never able to afford to actually go on one

Bagan Photo Diary

The spectacular golden sunsets seemed to last for hours

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Full of smiles as I barefoot explore a lesser-known temple close to Bulethi

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Balloons beginning to take off 

 


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Bagan Photo Diary

Daily life continues around the temples of Bagan as the sun sets


 

If you’ve visited Bagan or have questions, comment below because I would love to hear from you!

 


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14 Responses

  1. Claire
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    Incredible post! I love Asian temples and Myanmar has always been on my to visit list. It looks so photogenic! How long were you in the country for?

    • Thanks Claire! Myanmar is a magical place to visit and I definitely recommend Bagan. Yep, it’s pretty hard to take a bad photo there — it is so photogenic. In total I was in Myanmar for a bit over two weeks but will hopefully be going back soon and seeing all the places I missed.

      Lucy x

  2. Laura
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    Amazing photos! I really want to get up in a hot air balloon one day. It looks like such a beautiful place!

  3. Kristine Li
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    Amazing photos and light in your pictures! I had more gloomy weather, hehe, but still fun to explore Bagan!

  4. Miss Jackson
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    Photos are absolutely amazing! I enjoyed the organization of your post and your entire blog set up is great, the details you provide are useful and helpful. Great post!

  5. Stephanie
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    I love the photo diary! This looks like such a gorgeous place to visit and you really captured that in the photos! Great job!
    -Stephanie | http://www.nudelipdiaries.com

    • Thanks so much, Stephanie!

      It really is a stunning place to explore! Pretty cool to have a major tourist attraction so open to explore. Was really able to get around without any restrictions 🙂

      Lucy x

  6. Tanja
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    Wow, that just looks magical. I’m just in awe. Especially the sunrise. Beautiful. I guess I’ll just have to live vicariously through you. Looks like you had the trip of a lifetime.

    • Thanks Tanja 🙂 It definitely was the trip of a lifetime — can’t wait to go back!

      Lucy x

  7. Luci
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    All of your photos are beautiful but my favorites are the ones of the the endless sunsets.

  8. Ashlee Green
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    Wow, this is probably one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen! It seems like you had an incredible journey. So what is Bagan, exactly? Do people live there, and if so, approximately how many? Is it considered like a rural town, or city, or… well you get the idea. Oh, and final (of my many) questions, how come the temples are abandoned now? I know, a lot of questions, but I am truly curious about the entire place, so thank you for sharing!

  9. Heather Gilbert
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    I have never even heard of Bagan, and now I am a bit ashamed of that! These photos are not only lovely but simply stunning – especially the sunrise one with the balloons shadowed perfectly in the background! My husband works for an airline which allows us the benefit of incredibly affordable air travel… a perk I have not really used much. Looks like I have another destination to put on my, growing, list.

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