So, an early morning taxi from the hotel to the jetty for a 7am departure got us there a bit early thankfully, as it turned out to be a busy boat and with limited space on the shaded upstairs deck, we did manage to get a couple of seats in that area.
Our hotel was in New Bagan, around 12km from the jetty and away from the hugely expensive resorts of Old Bagan. The local taxis waiting wanted a bit more than we expected, but thankfully we found a French family to share the journey with us.
Arrival and check in at the hotel was fine, and our room was what we were expecting but it was also slightly over our usual budget. But the hotel also had a gorgeous pool which we made use of in the heat of the afternoon sun every day.
Getting around the Bagan conservation area, which you must pay £12 each on entry to do so, was best done by some mode of transport. The area is around 10km square and the best way to do this for tourists is using an e-Bike, very similar to a moped but powered by batteries as we can't use our normal UK driving licence or International Driving Permit in Myanmar.
There were around 4000 Temples, Pagodas and places of worship built between the 9th - 13th Centuries, of which just over 2000 remain with many destroyed by a huge earthquake in 2016. The remaining ones are spread across the vast plains and inside the city walls of Old Bagan and are literally everywhere you look. Small ones, ruined ones, giant ones, golden and white ones, they are truly a sight to behold and words really can't describe how amazing they all look, even the photos we took do not do them justice.
Sadly, over the past year or so, most of the larger structures are no longer able to be climbed due to new conservation procedures and some are also still undergoing restoration due to people climbing up them over the years and earthquake damage. Most of them have had metal gates fitted to the internal stairwells and they are also in the process of fencing off the external steps to other ones, so it seems the days of hordes of tourists scrambling up them are over, but at least it's for the best to preserve them.
We also went out for sunset that day which was the best out of the 3 days, and we watched this from one of the raised viewing mounds that the local authorities are now building to allow the tourists to watch these amazing views.
It's been a fun and relaxing 3 days in this area, however it's time to move on again and we have an early morning domestic flight to Heho to catch, which is the nearest airport from the wonderful Inle Lake which we are both looking forward to exploring.
Link to Bagan Photos