02.16.2017 - 02.17.2017 92 °F
We left Yangon at 8pm on an overnight bus to Bagan that took 9 hours. The bus itself was pretty nice and stopped a couple of times along the way but 9 hours of sitting after so recently having sat on planes for so long was a little much.
The bus drops you outside of the main villages a few miles. We were lucky enough that a hotel nearby was almost open for brekky - just had to wait a little while. Crazy good food - not what we would consider traditional breakfast food. Mostly Chinese noodles and stir fry dishes.
Got to our hotel about 6am and of course they said we couldn't check in until 2pm which is understandable, although we held out hope for something earlier (that never happened). We rented a really small electric scooter and commenced to driving all over the place. The area is massive and we covered just a small fraction of it. Huge plain with almost 4000 temples scattered everywhere. We tried to stay on the little dirt roads so as to not get creamed by passing cars but as it turns out the drivers are pretty courteous so nothing to worry about I think. We finally got checked in at 2pm, took an immediate shower and went to bed. Woke up at 3am. Pretty exhausted we were!
Incredibly friendly people, genuinely helpful at every turn. The taxi ride from our hotel in Yangon to the bus station was about an hour ride and when we got there, he asked for our bus ticket so he could go inside and get us all sorted before he left us, showed us where to wait, etc. All for about $6USD.
Pretty hot in the sun during the days - trying to take it slow and stay in the shade. Below are a few pics. The first two are in Yangon in and around the Shwedagon Pagoda. The rest are here in Bagan. Thinking we'll rent some scooters around again today (getting two this time!). We leave early in the morning on a boat to Mandalay.