Bagan is like a kaleidoscope from a hot air balloon.
Ruby as the sun pierces the horizon. Deep ochre to vibrant orange as sandstone emerges from the shadows. Colours of cinnamon and yellow as morning firmly arrives.
A hot air balloon above Bagan is perhaps Myanmar’s most iconic experience, an insight into the archaeological site’s scale and surreal splendor.
You will soar above hundreds of temples and pagodas. They aren’t museum pieces but living places of worship. From the air you watch bare-footed monks crossing the plains, along with the Irrawaddy River meandering onward.
While this is a famous thing to do, it is an extraordinary travel moment. Even now, few people make it to this remarkable place.