Bagan is one of most magical and solemn cities in the world that is filled with so much history. The dusty and sandy rugged roads while being surrounded with thousands of temples, pagodas, and other religious structures are more than enough to tickle my adventurous senses. So without hesitation, I decided to go explore this city.
There are several ways to go to Bagan. The fastest and easiest way to go is by riding a plane from different major cities. However, I opted for the cheaper option and traveled to Bagan from Yangon via JJ Express’ night bus which only took around 9 hours for $19 (one-way). The bus ride is surprisingly comfortable – complete with a flat screen TV where you can watch movies, a blanket to keep you warm, and snacks that consist of bread, chocolate, and sponge cake. I’ll save the rest of my bus experience for another article.
Once I arrived Bagan at 5 in the morning, I wanted to catch the sun rise but then again, I didn’t want to be carrying all my stuff around so I went to the nearest hotel from the bus station by getting a tuktuk. I found the Regency Hotel, which is just a few stones away and I couldn’t wait to get some decent sleep and get started with my day.
The hotel is kind enough to let me check-in very early. So I did that then had breakfast. The waiters and staff are very attentive and friendly. I opted for a heavy meal as I get ready to go around the city.
The bicycles are also free to use by the hotel guests, but I wanted to play it safe and just ride the tuktuk since I’m not entirely confident with my biking skills just yet. The sandy roads can also be difficult to maneuver with and the scorching sun isn’t ideal for biking. Aside from the tuktuk, the e-bike is also available to rent. E-bikes are probably the best mode of transportation as it gives you more freedom to go around the city.
As much as I like exploring the temples and learning more about them, I always love to come home to a relaxing and chill environment, preferably with a pool or any body of water. After several days of temple-hopping, I’m glad to also have spent my time in the Regency Hotel and just have some time lounging by the pool.
The intense heat in Bagan became bearable as I swam in the oasis that is found in the hotel’s pool. I spent hours in the afternoon just leisurely swimming and floating in their poo. I also adore the garden surrounding it and the umbrellas to protect me from the sun. Good thing I bought thanaka (Myanmar sunscreen) to protect my skin.
After a day of fun-filled activities, I also like having dinner in the hotel’s Dining Room where I had a traditional Myanmar set: papadums, lentil soup with glass noodle, balachaung with condiments, long bean salad, braised egg plant, chicken with potato curry. I actually learned to appreciate Myanmar cuisine especially because it’s so healthy.
Overall, I love that I found an oasis in Bagan where I can chill and relax under the blazing sun. It gives me the ultimate comfort I need after days of exploring and I’m just so happy to have spent it in The Regency Hotel.
The Regency Hotel, Bagan
Address: Beside Nyaung Oo-Kyauk Pa Taung Road, Near by Shwe Pyi Highway Bus Terminal, Nyaung Oo, Mandalay Division, Myanmar.
Contact Numbers: +95-9-785 99 1474 ~ 77