Exploring the temples of Bagan
With hundreds of ancient buildings dotted across the dusty plains of Bagan Archaeological Preservation Zone, you are going to want to spend a few days watching pastel-pink and deep-purple sunrises and sunsets from some of its most iconic sites. For example, the red-brick beauty that is Sulamani Paya or the vast gilded stupa of Shwezigon Pagoda, which continues to be an important pilgrimage site.
Once the capital of a royal kingdom that ruled the area during the 11th to the 13th centuries, there are more than 4,000 Buddhist temples and shrines to explore in Bagan. You can even take to the air with a hot-air balloon ride for a breath-taking aerial view. The history lesson continues at Aureum Palace Hotel, where villas are decorated with antiques, traditional teak furniture and local lacquerware, and surrounded by lush tropical landscaped gardens. The sun can be scorching in this part of the country but, rest assured, you can still see the temples from the comfort of the hotel’s large swimming pool.