Even with last week full of travel days, I’d fallen in love with Myanmar and was excited to see more.
With just one more day in Mandalay, and a desire to see a few of the sights outside of the city, I signed up for the Ancient City tour offered by my hostel. Passing through various big sites such as the U-Bein Bridge, Sagaing Hill and Inwa, I could see how these places became popular with tourists. Unfortunately, they’re a little too popular for my liking now, and with so many touts around vying for my business, I quickly lost interest in the tour. Riding through the city the previous day and just wandering into random sights and meeting new people was definitely a more memorable experience.
Leaving early the following morning, I boarded a bus and made my way to Bagan – the city of a thousand pagodas (technically closer to 2,000). While I started off with a little tummy bug that kept me in bed for a day, I made up for it in the following days by hiring an e-bike and visiting as many temples as I could handle. With temperatures reaching the low-40s, I was getting up for sunrise each day and exploring until the heat had me escaping into the air conditioning of my hostel.
Having effectively attached myself to my roommate and fellow pagoda watcher Mark while in Bagan, we decided to continue our travels together and headed towards Inle Lake for a little trekking. Having missed out on the VIP bus (there was just one seat left – sorry Mark!), we made our way to Kalaw in a rolling mass of hot metal which apparently couldn’t handle the hills while the AC was on (so the AC was frequently turned off).
Arriving early afternoon, we rejoiced in the cooler weather, and found ourselves the perfect company to take us on the trek towards the lake.
The week finished as I fell asleep on the floor of a local families home in a small village called Setkya Gone, exhausted after walking the 25km to get there.
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