Are you ready to float over Bagan’s temples? Balloons Over Bagan gives you the opportunity to experience one of the world’s most beautiful balloon flights. The adventure starts at 5:30 am when they pick you up from your hotel in one of these cool Second World War converted buses and drive you to the launch site.
At the launch site you are welcomed with tea or coffee whilst the ten balloons are inflated and checked
It’s really interesting to see how the balloonist and his crew get the balloon ready, first with air and then with fire.
Once everything was ready we took off to enjoy the sunrise! The balloon’s basket can take a maximum of 16 passengers plus the pilot.
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Shwedagon Pagoda is the most sacred Buddhist pagoda in Myanmar and worth not only visiting it during the day, but also at night. It is located to the north of Yangon between People’s Park and Kandawgyi Lake, and visible from almost everywhere in the city, being the main element in Yangon’s skyline.
The main entrance to the Shwedagon Pagoda is guarded by two lions-like creatures called chinthes, which act as guardians to the pagoda.
Once you enter, this stairway leads you to the pagoda and here is where you start feeling the majesty of what you are about to see.
Shwedagon Pagoda is breathtaking when you admire its golden colour. It’s 2,500 years old, 99 meters hight, and surrounded by 64 smaller pagodas plus four pagodas at the four cardinal points.
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Sule Pagoda is located in downtown Yangon, in the crossroads of Sule Paya Road and Mahabandoola Road. It represents the centre of the city and it’s been been a focal point for political uprisings in Yangon.
It is octagonal shaped and 46 meters high. It forms part of a very busy round about and small shops and cyber cafes are integrated into its outer walls.
If you are having dinner or a snack in one of the lots of tea houses in the area, you probably be captivated by its beauty and it serves as a good reminder of the the amazing place you are in.
There are many public bus stops around it and you can always see people crossing the street to get to the pagoda.
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Monastery on the north side of Inle Lake and near Nyaung Shwe. Surrounded by countryside and on top of a mountain with spectacular views.
Stairs carved out of the land lead up to the monastery.
Monk’s robe hangs to dry in the sun on a bamboo cane.
Novice monk sitting enjoys the warmth of the evening sun on the the monastery’s balcony.
Altar with Buddha images inside the monastery where novice monks pray.
Sleeping area next to the altar in the previous picture.
On the left side there’s a tap and cement basin where the monks shower and do their laundry. The washed robes are hung out on the bamboo cane to dry.
Meditation hut. The monks had hung some leaves to dry to use to make tea.
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When the sun starts setting in Bagan, everybody is is in a rush on their bicycles to get to one of the popular temples to watch the sunset.
You can see a spectacular sunset from almost any temple.
The views are not only stunning from the top of a temple, but also from the ground like in this picture.
Bright red sky just after the sun has dissapeared.
Buddha inside one of Bagan’s temples with his hands in “No Fear” position.
At the entrance of every temple there are vendors with crowded bird cages.
Worshiper buying a bird at Kheng Hock Keong Temple in Yangon.
She prays with the bird at the entrance of the temple before setting it free.
According to Buddhist beliefs, releasing birds earns you merit. It can also symbolizes letting go of troubles.