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“Great Site Created from Madness.”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Bagan Temples

Bagan Temples
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Owner description: An area of 42 sq km houses thousands of richly decorated pagodas & temples.
Bangkok, Thailand
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“Great Site Created from Madness.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2014

Bagan Temples and its surrounding is a site to be seen. This historical town had been famous worldwide for the countless temples. In a way, I was impressed with the site and its many temples until an educated Burmese explained to me the other side of the tragedy. In between the temples, there were abundance of trees in Bagan. However due to the needs of making bricks for the temples, all the trees were cut down and used as firewood for making bricks. Now every time I look at Bagan Temples, I see the sacrificing of the trees for the temples. This was century passed, however aren't we still practice the same stupid policy.

Visited August 2013
Thank Charn P
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“One of the most beautiful spot in the world”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2014

Come here during Christmas time. The weather is cool and you can walk to many of the most beautiful temples. In any season, you will be inside a fairy tales book!

Visited August 2013
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“Wonderful ancient place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2014

It has 2,000 temples, Bagan’s beauty and historical significance is unsurpassed. Sacred pagodas and beautiful temples are scattered across the plains of Bagan creating a mystical, stunning landscape. The marathon course will take runners on a voyage of discovery into this alluring and untouched land.

Visited August 2013
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“2 days tour in Bagan”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2014

We are group of 8 people( 4 couples) had an excellent 2 days tour around old Bagan including Mt. Popa. Our Tour Guide Thein ( English speaking fluently) and driver Win with a van. They are honest and so nice. And most important thing is the reasonable price. You can ask they take you to any where you want. They picked us up from airport and started the tour from there and finally transferred us to airport. We stayed at Bagan Thande Hotel, Old Bagan in which poor wifi, old thick TV ( could not even see the score on screen with World cup soccer) , so bad. The hotel ( resort ) has nice garden, nice and friendly staffs but the room with colored tap water!!!!. Could not beleive it!. Breakfast is under average. Thank you again Thein and Win. Locky and Friends, Australia.

Visited June 2014
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“Some Local People You Should Meet in Nyaung U, Bagan”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2014

Hello fellow travelers,
This a reply letter that I just wrote to a New Zealand woman who asked me to introduce her to some local people in Nyaung U, the main village of the Bagan area. I have spent three months living there each of the past three years and will return for the same again in November 2014. I am posting it here with the thought that it might be helpful to others with similar interests.

Dear Traveler,
I have been only to Yangon, Inlay Lake, and of course the Bagan area. I can not comment on Mandalay other than to say that few travelers have much to say about their experience there. However, I do know about the people of Nyaung Oo (Bagan).

You are going at a very different time than my November through March stays. I will be interested to hear what it's like in July. Among other winter activities I boat on an ever receding Irrawaddy almost every day while I am there. The topography of the channels is forever changing at that time slowly preventing passage to the more remote riverside villages. You will be there at high water. I have always wondered what Nyaung Oo is like when many of my destinations are flooded with their residents using boats instead of bicycles to get to neighbors houses.

As for your questions. Stay at the backpacker style May Kha Lar Guest House, Main Road Nyaung Oo. The dorms are their cheapest rooms but they also have small singles with shared baths. They also have nicer ensuite rooms. Mr Ko Ko is the manager and Miss Daw Cho Cho is the owner. Both are very nice, authentic, and honest. They know me and my local friends well and can help you connect with them.

As to your wanting accommodations where "you will be brought into the fold". I have yet to meet guest house staff anywhere that will be privately social (sit for an intimate cup of tea) but that's not to say you won't find them. However, there are many good people in Nyaung Oo who would enjoy this very much. One who you should look up as soon as you arrive is Mr Winner. He and his wife live in town near the May Kha Lar (close to the bike mechanic) and are retired school teachers. There isn't a nicer or more generous man on the planet. Have him introduce you to Mr Khaw Khaw (pronounced Jo Jo). Khaw Khaw is fun because of all his opinions.

Just as memorable is Khin Khin (pronounced Gin Gin). She is a delightful young lady who along with her two sisters, brother, mother, and father own and operate a small riverside tea house at the Nyaung Oo Jetty. She is very shy. Be patient with her english. She can and will communicate if you give her time. You will see all kinds of local going ons sitting in front of this tea house. There is also a bat colony in a tree there which adds dramatic effect just after sundown.

At the central market you will find Yell N Thai's sister. Yell N Thai (phonetically spelled) is my Crocodile Dundee type friend. My favorite Burmese friend. I don't know his sister's name (maybe you can enlighten me) but if I were to get married she would be the one. She sells dried peppers from huge bags and homemade soap just inside the "ally" entrance to the Market. This "ally" intersects with the Main Road across the street from the Hindu owned green Hardware Store (also good friends of mine). Directions: Coming from the May Kha Lar toward the Jetty walk past the only traffic circle (center point of Nyaung Oo). You will then have the Market's outside perimeter on your right. At the end of that line of little shops is this "ally". It is the most authentic part of the market. Usually there is a homeless guy preaching(?) at this crossing. Only a few steps in to that ally, on the right, is the back ally entrance to the Market. Yell N Thai's sister's tiny space is the very first on the right as you enter. You will feel her kindness as soon as you see her.

If you return to the "alley" and go about 50 feet further Mr. Connie's family's restaurant will be on your left. Tables in the front space and a big dirt floor kitchen (twice the size of the dining area) in back. Sit at their family table in the kitchen area so you can be absorbed into their culture. Try the Tamarind Salad. Also, this is a great dish to bring with you when you get invited to dinner somewhere. Connie (spelled phonetically) works at a fancy tourist resort so you will need to find out when he will be there. He will want to practice his english with you by discussing his resort guest's complaints and how best to politely address them.

MaNew (pronounced like the first two syllables in manure) is a 15 year old boy, excellent student, who will take you to the new but humble outdoor roller rink. I would like to send you some money before you leave so you may treat him and his friends to this. There is little money for such things at their homes. There would be at least six boys between 12 and 15 who would show up to escort you. Take special notice of little Tattoo. He is a good boat driver and will be given my boat once he can run the Renegade Adventure business. Both can can be found through Khin Khin (Gin Gin). So can Mr Winner.

I could go on with introductions, School headmaster, National League for Democracy elders, the bike mechanic and his crazy wife, and many more but you will not be there for 3 months. I hope that you will consider going to Nyaung Oo first and staying as long as you feel welcome. If you meet and allow these people to interact with you this will be a highlight experience. One that you will draw upon for the rest of your life. And, prepare yourself in advance for the possibility that you might be so involved that you may not even make it to Mandalay. That would be OK.

Safe travels and please pass on my regards to my friends.
San Francisco

Visited July 2014
Thank Steven C
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