First Impressions: My first day in Bagan, Myanamar

Hello! Sorry I haven’t posted in a while, but after almost 2 months of daily picture editing and blogging I needed a break πŸ™‚ But I amΒ rejuvenatedΒ and back in business! Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy these upcoming posts!

Saturday, June 20, 2015


Since I arrived late Friday night, around 11 pm, I knew I wanted to sleep in.

Normally I have been staying in hostels, and when you are in a hostel “sleeping in” isn’t really an option as the following things normally happen…

  • Everyone has there own schedule so there will be most likely someone waking up before you making a TON of noise
  • Sun up = sunlight
  • The air-conditioning gets turned off

So when you have a room to yourself, with a giant bed, and the AC set to 60F, you are going to sleep in πŸ™‚

Once I finally woke up I realized that my hotel did not have the best internet πŸ™Β Hoping to find better internet and some food I headed to Weather Spoon’s. Not only did I find internet but I also found excellent food!


Iced coffee (not their forte, but iced coffee has become a daily ritual, so I had to order it)


Bagan, Myanmar


and Vermicelli Salad…salads are very Burmese and so delicious!



Not sure about the exact ingredients but I am thinking…

  • Vermicelli…duh
  • Peanuts (they grow them in the region)
  • Carrots
  • Peppers both mild and HOT
  • Cilantro
  • Some sort of salty/sour/dressing with hints of tamarind, fish sauce, and garlic


After a couple hours at Wetherspoons I headed back to the hotel to rent a e-bike so that I could go to the North Guni temple for the sunset. On the way to the temple I met a local boy who showed me the way (there were definitely not many signs!).Β After a somewhat perilous drive (sandy road + e-bike = not a good combination) we made it to the temple.

Now it was time to climb!


Bagan, Myanmar


Hello Bagan πŸ™‚






Here is my friend:


Bagan, Myanmar


And then his friend who was already at the temple:


Bagan, Myanmar


Bagan, Myanmar


Adorable πŸ™‚


SO HIGH UP (and no handrails!)


Bagan, Myanmar


It was beyond cloudy so the sunset was kind of a bust… but I got a few good shots…I think…


Bagan, Myanmar


Bagan, Myanmar


and check out these clouds!


Bagan, Myanmar


I was pretty disappointed with my first sunset BUT I two more chances so NO BIG DEAL πŸ™‚

Off to dinner!


In general, there is not a lot of information about Bagan or other tourist locations in Myanmar. Normally, I would have hundreds of blog posts to comb through looking for the best tips, but the posts about Bagan were few and far between. BUT,Β even though my resources were limited, there was one restaurant that everyone said you had to go to….

Be Kind to Animals, The Moon

I think the locals call it “The Moon”, but most of the websites include their little slogan “Be Kind to Animals”. The slogan represents how it is aΒ vegetarian restaurant.


I started with Mango Lassi


Bagan, Myanmar


and Green Papaya Salad (I wanted Green Mango Salad, but they were all out πŸ™ )



The salad was pretty spicy (similar ingredients to the lunch salad) so I didn’t add the chili sauce (below) but I did devour the crunchy garlic/chili topping they provided (picture on the right).



and my main dish was Vegetable Curry!


Bagan, Myanmar


Totally worth all the hype! The food was delicious!


Driving home, I stopped to get this shot…


Bagan, Myanmar


While taking the picture I met a local tourist police (there are there to help tourists!), who after asking me a couple questions said,


You are brave.


I never really thought about it….

but looking back on my trip and thinking about all the things I have done as a woman traveling alone

perhaps I am.



My first sunrise is tomorrow…..will it be everything I expected?!?




Love always, Arianna the Wandering Pipette

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First Impressions: My first day in Bagan, Myanamar
My first day in Bagan is filled with excellent food and beautiful views!