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This day, we booked a photo trip with a local travel agency in Yangon. We got up early at 5.30am for the sunrise shooting. Mr Kyaw, our guide was very knowledgeable about the shooting points. Our first shoot was really out tourist track. After sunrise, we came back for breakfast then continued our tour at 9.00am. We shooted in different temples with novice arrangement and some hidden points where we can capture the light. When it became hot, we returned to our hotel for a break. Though we already checked out, the hotel staff were very welcoming and let us use their bathroom.In the afternoon, Kyaw took us to more temples for shooting until 17.30. The trip finished at the airport where we took the flight back to Yangon.( Details of this photo trip is here : http://www.touryangon.com/bagan-photography-tour.html)
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Bagan Archaeological Museum
Exploring Bagan's Archaeological Zone by foot is a no-no. Other travel arrangements are necessary as it sprawls over 26 square miles and sports more than 2,000 pagodas. There are five main modes of transport to choose from. Push-bike, e-bike, horse and cart, rented car and hot air balloon. Push-biking looked too much like hard work - hot, sweaty and dusty. The horse and carts looked to slow, bumpy and uncomfortable and a rented car was out of our budget. A hot air balloon ride had been high on my wishlist. It would give the best views of Bagan, but at over $300 per person for only a couple of hours we just couldn't justify it! After considering all our options, we decided e-bikes it was! It would still be dusty just like the push-bikes but we could live with that.
Bagan Golden Palace
We came across the Golden Palace next and were in two minds whether to go in or not as at $5 per person it was quite pricey. We decided to go for it but in all honesty it wasn't worth the money. It's a government reconstruction of the original aimed to attract tourists. I doubt if it shows much resemblance to the original. Soon we'd seen all there was to see and were back outside ready to set off on our e-bikes again.