Oh it's been almost half a year! And where have i been during those months! I didn't realize it's been that long, i've never visited this site since the Part I post for Myanmar. I feel owing a lot to you, or i shouldn't have put Part I on the last post. Now i am obliged to put Part II, otherwise that will be left hanging. OK i will try my best to recall those moments i am in Bagan, Myanmar! O hope my memory will still serve me well.
Our trip to Bagan took the whole night on a big airconditioned bus. There were 2 stops for the passengers: to have dinner, and another one at dawn for another light meal. Of course i was so curious of so many things being in another country, with old traditions and culture. It was so cold inside the bus that a jacket and a scarf is a must for humans like us! We had to sleep somehow, i guess i got a total of at least 2 hours. It was not enough, but that has to be, there was no choice.
The side buildings and alleys allow vendors selling lots of traditional wares for the tourists. They include scarves, hats, bags, lacquerware, mini stupas, fashion jewelries, and a lot more.
A lot of people braved climbing the slippery maybe >70° incline to reach the platform of the big stupa. Most are lugging a camera and a few more professional ones brought their big camera bags with accessories, including tripods. It really is difficult climbing that steeep stairs having a heavy bag. But at least railings are available to clasp on to! At the right is the top of the temple, arising from the ledge where people converge for the photoshoot.
In one of the mornings we were in Bagan, we didn't forego the possibility of the sunrise shot. We went to one big temple early, even earlier than most of the photographers. Again, a cloudy sky prevented a good sunrise shoot. But we nevertheless enjoyed the 360° view from the top, sunrise or not the views are superbly beautiful.
I am directing your attention to the topmost right portion on top of the mountain. There is also a very big white temple there. But we lack time going to that area.
It seems easy to climb those stairs at this angle of view, but trus me, it was so difficult. The 3 tiers of stairs become more steep as you climb, and the witdh of the steps also narrowed until the top tier. The incline also got steeper as you go higher. I cannot even look down as i might not be able to continue climbing. And returning down is also a struggle as we did it sideways. Huh!