Bagan is one of my favourite ancient cities. There is simply no way to describe it that really does it justice. As the former capital of the Kingdom of Pagan, a site dotted with more than 2,000 chedis, you can imagine how stunning it is, but being there and experiencing it in person – particularly in the rainy season when the crowds are smaller – is one of those ‘wow’ moments. Sunset over these glittering gold spires is truly a sight.
What really made the experience for me was a horse and buggy ride. It might sound unusual, but lounging in the back of a horse cart while motor scooters and beat-up trucks rumbled past really made me appreciate the value of slowing down and ‘living in the moment’.