Started the new year with ပလာတာ (palatha – like Indian paratha) and နံပြား (nambia – like Indian naan) for breakfast – lalalalala so good.
In good spirits, we set off for Mount Popa, which is a volcano that’s full of monkeys. This place was cool. Also heartracing… lots of little monkeys jumping on everything and stealing flowers and food. It was a bit of a trek to the top (shoeless once again, sigh my dirty feet) but the view at the top was well worth it.
After a bit of time at Mt. Popa, we set off for the part of the trip I’ve been looking forward to the most! Bagan has been on my list of places to visit for…ever. Every single picture I’ve seen of Bagan is BEAUTIFUL – ancient pagodas as far as the eye can see. Side note: it turns out Beyoncé was in Bagan yesterday hnnnggg how did we miss her -__-
On the hour-long drive to Bagan, we stopped for some fruits.
We have arrived in Bagan!!! The first pagoda we visited was the Shwezigon Pagoda, which is so pretty. One of my favorites so far. It’s got a huge gold stupa in the center (unlike most of Bagan’s other pagodas, which are brick) and a bunch of smaller gold stupas. My favorite part is this cool little area where you can see the reflection of the entire pagoda from a puddle.
We visited a couple more: Htilominlo Pagoda and Gawdawpalin Pagoda. We didn’t stay too long at either of these, but they’re both huge attractions in Bagan.
To close off our new year: watching the sun set over the Irrawaddy River from the top of another pagoda.
Grabbed a quick dinner and checked in to our hotel for the night – early rise tomorrow morning.
Today has been so different from my past few New Years – lots and lots of culture and history and beauty!