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Every time I used to see Instagram posts of sunsets in Bagan, I used to save it on my collection. After travelling 37 countries, the time had finally arrived to go see Bagan myself. This 3 full days itinerary will show things I experienced on my recent trip. Bookmark this because it is going to be that GOOD!

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So, why just 3 days you ask? Because of 1. The entrance ticket to Bagan Archaeological Zone is valid for 3 days only. If you want to stay longer, you would have to buy another ticket. It costs 25,000 kyats for 3 days. (July 2018) You could probably get away with an expired ticket but officers are in random areas checking the validity of entrance ticket and fines are heavy!

2. Three days is a good amount of time to explore Bagan and find your favourite temples and pagodas. If you are after that perfect spot for sunrise and sunsets, you would want to read this blog post. Ticket used to be valid for 5 days but since the earthquake last few years, they have changed the rules. Always remember to carry this ticket on your purse/wallet as you don’t know when you would have to show them.

Where to buy the entrance ticket? – As soon as you arrive in Bagan, you will be stopped at the entrance gate of town for the payment. Make sure you have Kyat, as I don’t think they accept Master or Visa yet!

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Best of Bagan, Myanmar – 3 full days itinerary – Day 1

but first, quite handy to know the following. There is old Bagan and new Bagan! Old Bagan is mostly the Bagan Archaeological Zone that requires valid entrance ticket. New Bagan doesn’t and the distance between two would be about 10 mins on an e-bike.

Bagan – It is an ancient city in central Myanmar (formerly Burma), southwest of Mandalay
Currency – Kyat
Language – Burmese, hardly anyone spoke English except the hotel staffs
Hello – Mingalabar
Thanks- Kyay Zuu Tin Par Tal
Bye- Tata

If you missed it, watch the quick videos here ->  “Myanmar” stories in Instagram.

Getting around– I recommend discovering Bagan by hiring a bicycle, e-bike or a scooter from your hotel, hostel or shops around town. 8000 kyats for 2 days is a bargain! If you fancy, private car hiring is also available.

Accommodation – I stayed in Kumudara hotel in Bagan which is in old Bagan. Decent wooden decor but beautiful window view. I am not sponsored by them but I genuinely liked the area and the hotel. However, food wasn’t that great but there are numbers of restaurants nearby. The best thing about this hotel was – you could see temples from the balcony, pool and even from the dining area! And the cherry on top was they maintain one of the nearby temple and guests can come and go for sunrise and sunsets without a crowd! How good is that! Check their prices and book them here, or here.

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Best of Bagan, Myanmar – 3 full days itinerary – Day 1

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  • Ananda Temple, Mingala Zedi Paya (or Blessing Stupa), and Lunch

If you took the overnight bus from Rangoon (btw it’s 1900 Kyat p/p), you should arrive at Bagan around 7 am. After the shower, a bit of rest, coffee, and some breakfast. It is time to hire a bicycle or e-bike and start exploring this beautiful area. You can tell Ananda Temple from afar because of it’s shiny half golden look. Ananda means – Bliss in the Hindi language and this beautiful temple is the mix of Hindu and Burmese style.

I also visited Mingala Zedi Paya (or Blessing Stupa), Gubyaukgyi temple and more temples. Read this post to know which pagodas and temples are worth visiting. Then, for your lunch, I suggest Black Rose Restaurant. Although it is located on the side of a dusty road, food was good. I had Thai curry with rice and Papaya Smoothie. It’s a good idea to let the staff know if you want ice in your drink because mine came without it and the warm smoothie wasn’t particularly enjoyable.

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  • Bagan Sunsets

As the hotel maintained one of the temples, I decided to check it out for sunset! Nobody was there and it was a special feeling to be surrounded by thousands of ancient temples and pagodas. I also found out the ballooning season is short in Bagan, typically running from mid-October through mid-March, when the winds are calmer and the air is cooler.  So, time your trip accordingly if you really want to be on it.

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  • Fantasy Jetty Bar

I love finding little gems like this! You can also do a boat cruise from here or just chill and watch the sunsets. Drinks and basic food available. Luckily I met some locals and tried “sky wine” which is called “happy wine” in Vietnam and basically is a local alcoholic beverage either made by rice or barley. Sky wine had a very strong smell and 2 sips were enough for me! Let me know in comments if you have tried it!

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  • Ji Harmony Restaurant

As you must have read in my guide to Kalaw, I like to try authentic food from the area I’m travelling in.  So, I was excited when I got the chance to have dinner at a local place. Ji Harmony restaurant was a little hard to find and they don’t speak English. So, this is what you do – The idea is to pick what you want from the BBQ station at the front and they will bring it to you on the table once ready. Order beverages as you wait.

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  • Stargazing / Sky Gazing

If drinking till late in the pub isn’t your vibe then, perhaps stargazing might be! I find Sky gazing connects us to the vast, expansive, clear, open, space of awareness. Plus, it is a perfect time to try Astro/night photography.

Read Day 2 and Day 3.

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What I used to take these photos:

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II Digital Camera

This has been my favourite Camera so far. I love how my pictures come out crisp and colourful. It also has a screen which is useful when vblogging. You can check out what I meant on my Instagram which is here.

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GoPro HERO4 Silver

This is the good old Go pro that I take with me everywhere. I recommend it because it is small, lightweight and waterproof. I have had made many memories with this trusted item and looking forward to more.

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SanDisk 64 GB Memory Cards

I have been using SanDisk since my first camera which was back in 2009. They build quality memory cards. I recommend getting at least two, just in case something happens to one of them.

All-in-One Memory Card Reader

Do you think it’s a hassle of plugging your camera into your computer? This memory card reader will fit cards of all sizes and make an easy transfer to your computer. The reader supports all popular SD memory card formats, including SD™/SDHC™/SDXC™ memory cards, UHS-I SDHC/SDXC memory cards, and microSDHC™/microSDXC™ memory cards. It is also compatible with the latest UDMA 7-enabled CompactFlash cards.

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  • August 22, 2018 at 11:09 am
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    What a spectacular place! I noticed that you said it’s 25000 kyats for 3 days. Is that equivelant to $16 USD? I looked it up but wasn’t sure I got it right. I would love to experience the sunrise and sunset here.

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  • August 22, 2018 at 11:42 am
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    I’m so glad you were finally able to go there! It looks absolutely gorgeous. I must say, I might have had a little problem digging into that fish in a stick hahaha.

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  • August 22, 2018 at 2:22 pm
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    Bagan sounds beautiful. It sounds like you were in a great location with your hotel. Stargazing in Bagan seems wonderful.

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  • August 22, 2018 at 6:07 pm
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    I am going to Myanmar next month but this time only to Yangoon. I have heard so much about Bagan and will certainly included in my next trip to Myanmar. Thanks for sharing all the tips and information on Bagan. Not sure should I do the hot air balloon?

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  • August 22, 2018 at 8:09 pm
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    Myanmar’s temples are beautiful. I love the sunrise and sunset photo you capture. It look so dreamy!

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  • August 22, 2018 at 9:53 pm
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    Great post Anna! We actually have the plan to visit Myanmar later this year and of course Bagan is also on the list! We will definitelly make use of this itinerary 🙂 Love your photos as well in this post!

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  • August 22, 2018 at 11:56 pm
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    hi
    lovely write up , so did u visit a lo of temples in those three days , is photography allowed everywhere ? what are the rituals that are followed in the temples , would love to maybe plan a visit some day

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  • August 23, 2018 at 12:09 am
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    I’ve never been to Myanmar, but I do have a bucket list, so I’m definitely adding this place!

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  • August 23, 2018 at 12:11 am
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    Bagan is such a beautiful place. Went there last December and fell in love with it. And the food is definitely a hit. We watched the sunset from over the Bulethi and it was magical.

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  • August 23, 2018 at 12:17 am
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    I would love to travel Asia especially less visited country like Myanmar. Also like your photography, how do you edit them?

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  • August 23, 2018 at 2:10 am
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    The photos are everything. How did you enjoy looking at the fish while eating it . The food looked delicious. It is so wonderful to read about the customs of other countries and become so involved in someone else’s journey

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  • August 23, 2018 at 4:08 am
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    Bagan seems amazing, I wasn’t aware of this beautiful place. Thank You for all the information. 🙂 I so look forward to watching the night sky from here.

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  • August 23, 2018 at 5:00 am
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    Visiting Myanmar and especially Bagan are at high on my bucket list. I can’t wait to visit and photograph it during sunset and sunrise.

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  • August 23, 2018 at 9:29 am
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    I’ve never actually considered visiting Myanmar, but I think your wonderful itinerary may have changed my mind!

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  • August 23, 2018 at 10:07 am
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    I have never been in this place but I would love too. I would like to see their beautiful spots, meet their locals and taste their local foods.

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  • August 23, 2018 at 11:32 am
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    What a cool place to visit. The food certainly looks interesting.

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  • August 23, 2018 at 12:29 pm
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    I just ordered the G7 x mark ii! I am really excited for it to come in.

    The temples looks huge! Stunning and like it would be very peaceful. That fish also looks delicious. I think three days is a good amount of time for an area. Can always come back another time to visit a different temple.

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  • August 23, 2018 at 1:27 pm
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    WHOA! Absolutely beautiful!! I totally want to visit the temple. Thank you for sharing such pretty sites!

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  • August 23, 2018 at 5:12 pm
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    A balloon ride in Bagan is high on our travel wishlist.

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  • August 23, 2018 at 7:58 pm
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    Sounds like an amazing trip to Myanmar, that’s very much worth it. I’ve never been to Bagan and this post makes me want to go there now. I’d love to try all the good food!

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  • August 23, 2018 at 8:39 pm
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    Looks like you had an amazing adventure in Bagan. We really want to go there to see the balloons at sunrise. The temples all look so beautiful too.

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  • August 23, 2018 at 9:23 pm
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    It looks like you had the best adventure visiting Bagan! It looks amazing and so picturesque I bet it was even better to see in real life!

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  • August 23, 2018 at 9:26 pm
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    Looks that you had an awesome day there and I really love all your photos and what you will be eat there. Glad that you share

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  • August 23, 2018 at 10:14 pm
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    Wow, 3,000 temples! I had no idea there were so many 🙂 Myanmar was also on my list for the longest time, hopefully I can visit it next year and try out some of the places on your itinerary!

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  • August 23, 2018 at 11:42 pm
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    Myanmar is on my list, so this is great info! Your pics are gorgeous, and I also love eating at local, authentic places so appreciate your advice on how to order!

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  • August 23, 2018 at 11:49 pm
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    What a breathtaking place! I love that you broke down an entire itinerary for people to make it easier for them if they visit in such a limited time frame.

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  • August 23, 2018 at 11:50 pm
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    I haven’t heard of Bagan until I read this post. Thanks for sharing this amazing place with us. I must say I would love to visit one day.

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  • August 24, 2018 at 12:51 am
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    Very cool place! I love that massive temple! But the best thing is—-the delicious food! I think I can finish the plates in that table. 😀

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  • August 24, 2018 at 1:57 am
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    I know it’s totally out of topic but I’m always so amused to see monks with a smartphone 😀 😀 😀 Myanmar’s on my list, it surprises me one could see the best in 3 days!

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  • August 24, 2018 at 2:22 am
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    What an amazing journey to have taken. I actually am very unfamiliar with Bagan, Myanmar. Where you able to stop at an local marketplaces?

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  • August 24, 2018 at 4:29 am
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    Your lovely pics and interesting post has put Myanmar on my must visit list, thank you!

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  • August 24, 2018 at 4:48 am
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    Wow! What a beautiful and exotic looking vacation spot. Your pictures are really great too!

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  • August 24, 2018 at 5:42 am
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    Fantasy Jetty Bar looks amazing! The drinks may be strong but the food looks super tasty!

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  • August 24, 2018 at 6:20 am
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    3000 temples??? Oh my goodness! That must be some really amazing place! I can see by your pictures the beauty and tranquility of Bagan, definitely a place to put on my travelling wish list.

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  • August 24, 2018 at 7:21 am
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    Your photos of Bagan are very inspiring! I’d love to visit Myanmar one day, and this is making me want to go soon!

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  • August 24, 2018 at 8:50 am
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    This is such a great guide! Your night photos are awesome. And the architecture is beautiful!

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  • August 24, 2018 at 10:41 am
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    I had no idea there were so many temples in Bagan! It’s also good to know because one day, I intend on traveling there myself. I’ve seen almost all of Southeast Asia and Cambodia and Myanmar are the two left on my list. Also, I like how they eat a little bit of everything in little dishes. It’s very similar to Korea!

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  • August 24, 2018 at 3:47 pm
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    This place looks so cool. I would love to visit Bagan soon. That food looks so delicious. Great pics too.

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  • August 24, 2018 at 4:56 pm
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    Its a very informative post. This is the first time I am hearing about Bagan, pardon my ignorance, but reading your post made me look about this place. Myanmar tourism is getting traction in latest years and Bagan can be a nice place to include in the itinerary.

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  • August 24, 2018 at 6:24 pm
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    Indeed, Myanmar has quite a few things worth experiencing. At the moment I just can’t bring myself to visit it, though. It might be the last ASEAN country I tick off for travel within my own region. Maybe in future, when the Rohingya situation has properly reconciled.

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  • August 24, 2018 at 11:49 pm
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    Thanks for sharing us this beautiful part of Myanmar. Hope to visit it as well soon. Does this place also have many hotels?

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  • August 25, 2018 at 5:49 am
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    These are some wonderful scenery, paradise view, its truly worthy of the bookmark. Myanmar is very high up my travel bucket list.

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  • August 25, 2018 at 6:26 am
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    It is the place of history and architecture. If you are interested in ether of those, you should give it a try. But if you like both, it is a must.

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  • August 25, 2018 at 10:22 pm
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    2000+ temples! OMG! That’s too many for anyone to see in one trip. But I do love those sunsets and the food looks great too.

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  • August 26, 2018 at 1:14 am
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    2000 temples! That is amazing. I didn’t know there was one pass for all. That makes it much easier to see. Your food from Ji Harmony looks delicious!

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  • August 26, 2018 at 2:55 pm
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    The sunset in Bagan is magical. The architecture is stunning and so is the food. I would love to visit Bagan one day and take a hot air balloon ride over the temples.

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  • August 27, 2018 at 11:18 am
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    The sunset looks amazing and the temple definitely looks majestic. I’ve always been awe with the structures of these temples.

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  • October 21, 2018 at 7:51 am
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    Thanks for the tip about carrying cash. I guess 3 days is decent enough to explore the basics.
    Good to know about the Kumudara hotel. Sounds simple and impressive.
    The solo sunset in such a locale is just magical

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  • October 23, 2018 at 7:46 am
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    oh wow! Bagan looks beautiful. The sunset looks like a painting. I definitely want to see it in person.

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  • October 23, 2018 at 10:24 am
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    I love the photos. Bagan seems very un-touristy – there were hardly anyone in the photos with you. Is that the case? The hotel and restaurant seem amazing. I bet that fresh fish was incredibly tasty. Thanks for the recommendations.

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