1. HOT AIR BALLOON RISING WITH THE SUN & SUNSET ON TOP OF THE TEMPLE
Sunrise is very challenging as you have to get up at 4am and be on top of the temple by 5:30-6am. We went to Bagan at the end of Jan during dry season. The air is chilly, bring a thick jacket with you. Remember to book your horse cart the night before or you can ride a bicycle in the dark. Otherwise if you can afford then try the hot air balloon. We didn’t try it as it is too costly for us. Managed by European operators, they drift over Bagan around sunrise and sunset. Each ride costs about US$300 a person and includes a champagne breakfast.
2. EXPLORING ON HORSE CART AND BICYCLE
A good way to explore the town and visit the pagodas is to hire a horse cart. It costs about US$10-30. Each of these carts can take 2 persons (not including the driver). Most of the driver can speak English. It is good to have your first day on horse cart to familiarise with the place and second day on a bicycle.
3. VISIT TEMPLES AND MORE TEMPLES
There are over 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries were constructed in between the 11th and 13th centuries (Information from wikipedia). However a major earthquake in 1975, thousands of pagodas were destroyed and there are still more than 2,300 temples remaining according to the local driver.
4. BURMESE FOOD AND TEA SALAD
The weather is hot in the noon. It is the best time to rest and have Burmese Food. Most of the restaurant don’t serve beer in the Archeological Zone. So, you can get out of the area and have some beer if you want.
5. VISIT THE LOCAL MARKET
The market here sell mostly basic stuffs. Support them, buy something from them. The things sold here are cheap. I got a wooden comb for less than 1 USD.