Myanmar getaway – day 3.Bagan

Update 1

Another early day. flight to bagan is at 8am, had to leave the hotel at around 6 to make it to the flight.. the lack of sleep and rest is getting to us…

check-in was easy.. no luggage belts and such.. we handed over our check-in luggage to the counter and a couple of guys came an took them away.. gave us some stickers to stick to our shirts for identification at the gate.. i guess it helps with the language barrier and to ensure people don’t get on the wrong flights…

however the local airlines seemed very efficient, whisking us away on a bus to the plane.. and leaving the tarmac full 15 mins before the scheduled flight time…  this was def a first.. we were warned about the quality of the airlines but the one we chose (Air KBZ) didn’t seem too bad…

Bagan Airport(Nyaung U) is as expected a tiny one, luggage was brought in by hand and  luggage tags checked and we were able to claim and move out… had to buy the Bagan Archaeological Zone pass for USD 20 from the airport. this pass gives us access to the area’s pagodas/temples etc. went out took a taxi for USD 6 to our hotel in old bagan… pretty hassle free.

Hotel turned out to be a pleasant surprise.. seemed like we got a very good deal and ended up in a pretty high end one for a lowish price… was nice.. decided to make this a day for recuperation since we really needed to pay our rest and sleep debt. exploring for later in the day.

Update 2

For lunch tried a Myanmar themed set.. was yummy reminded me of thai, indian sort of fusion… not bad at all.. not spicy.. mild balanced flavours.

Explore time… the area is huge.. so exploring on foot was out of the question. we rented some e-bikes which are easy to use and allowed us to do whatever we wanted on our own time… looks cute..

Had to turn in relatively early… was exhausted.. and tomorrow is a big day! proper exploration of the area…

related:

Day 2 : https://noodlydoodly.wordpress.com/2015/05/10/myanmar-getaway-day-2-yangonfor-di/

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Myanmar getaway – day 2.Yangon

Update 1

Day 2. Waking up is hard… specially if you wake up at 3 am and all the sleep You had in the last 2 days amount to less than 5 hrs combined… But we’re off to yangon! so Yay!

way too early for this..

tired but excited!

Update 2

Yangon airport it relatively small compared to other hubs in the region.. but thats no surprise. we had the e-visa papers so getting through immigration was easy and no hassles… changed money to the kyat from the airport which the lonely planet suggested had the best rates.. and strangely it seems to be the case…

Raniya’s friend Bon, arranged for transport and we met up with him and his family at his place…after a lovely breakfast at Bon’s place we dropped our bags off at the hotel and headed to Shwedagon Pagoda… “Shwedagon Pagoda was constructed more than 2,600 years ago, making it the oldest Buddhist stupa in the world” says wikipedia… so yes.. its gold.. so much gold.. so much glare.. hurts the eyes to even look.. but really an amazing place…

Tip : you have to remove all footware including socks to enter any of these pagoda’s/temples . it’s not a fun thing to walk around on a scorching hot surface baking under a 40 degree sun… maybe try to time your visits earlier in the morning or later during the day during the hot days… your feet might thank you for it… although inaz says this is purely a mind over matter issue… 

was so dehydrated by the time we were done with the pagoda’s we decided to break for lunch… went to a lovely spot called my garden.. think we overdid it with food…

after lunch we hit the bogyoke market, a colonial style building / area with tiny shops and cobblestoned streets with a variety of jewelry,fabric,clothes,handiwork,antique stores amongst others.

for dinner we went to my garden restaurant again…. the same place were we had lunch.. with bon and family… live music… great atmosphere… brilliant company… and most importantly good food… was a great way to end the night…

related  : https://noodlydoodly.wordpress.com/2015/05/09/myanmar-getaway-day-1-prep/

Myanmar getaway – day 1.Prep

I haven’t yet so far used my blog for anything other than tech related stuff but I’ve been traveling a lot recently and for some reason I haven’t been documenting any of it. And so why not… Something to look back at and maybe it will even help out someone later on..   Thoughts / suggestions are welcome of coz..

Day1 – male to KL

Update 1

Needed one day to hang out in KL, buy some much needed travel gear for the Myanmar leg of the journey which starts tomorrow early morning.

Managed to stuff all my stuff including travel tech into my workhorse.. The osprey atmos 65.

the atmos 65.. lots of room .. extremely comfortable on the back

This bag has been brilliant on so many trips. Local and overseas. But it’s drawback is that since it’s a hiking backpack it’s not the most ideal for airplane travel and is not carry on Size

So gonna replace it with something more suitable. Going out to look for one in a bit.

Update 2

Found a couple bags that looks pretty good. The osprey farpoint 40 which I’ve been looking at for a while which is also carry on compliant. And the osprey daylight daypack for well.. Daypack use..  I should be set for travel luggage with this trio… Yes a fan of osprey. Great products.. Will put some pics up a bit later. Way too tired. Almost 48 hours without sleep…

Early flight tomorrow to yangon. Have to wake up around 3 am ish…

related : https://noodlydoodly.wordpress.com/2015/05/10/myanmar-getaway-day-2-yangonfor-di/