Old Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)
Photo by Rhiannon Taylor
BaganFor breathtaking views, no visit to Myanmar is complete without visiting Bagan. This ancient city is located in the Mandalay region and was the capital of the Pagan Kingdom between the 9th and 13th centuries. During this period there were over 10,000 pagodas, monasteries, and Buddhist temples built; over 2,000 remain today. The structures range in size with the largest being the Dhammayangyi temple. Visitors may like to take a horse and cart ride through the holy city, or alternatively take a hot air balloon ride at sunrise over the temples. Sunset is best spent at the Aureum Palace Hotel viewing tower, where you can watch the sun fall over hundreds of temples with a 360-degree view.
Rhiannon Taylor traveled on Abercrombie & Kent’s Myanmar & the Irrawaddy tour as part of AFAR’s partnership with the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA), whose members provide travelers with unparalleled access, insider knowledge, and peace-of-mind to destinations across the globe. For more on Rhiannon’s journey, visit the USTOA blog.