2,200 temples is still a heck of a lot to explore and in our 3 days here I fear we have merely scratched the surface. We have, however, managed to visit a good array of them, including ones housing intricately painted frescoes, bas reliefs and gold-leafed Buddhas.
We spent our first day with a local Burmese guide which was an excellent way to learn about the history of the area and understand what we were actually seeing. If you find yourself in Bagan, look out for Christopher who works from Ostello Bello Hostel – he is highly recommended!
Criss-crossing over sandy back roads with him on electric scoters enabled us to get to some of the more out of the way structures and provided a welcome relief from the bus loads of tourists that descend on the more popular structures.
The scooters were so much fun we hired them again the other days to explore more of the area ourselves and at just $5 a day, it is easily affordable. We often ended up somewhere other than where we were headed as the sandy tracks meander seemingly endlessly over the plains, but in doing so, we saw many temples hidden away that were both charming and beautifully serene.