Seeking out Burma’s hidden treasures…

*Somewhere for the weekend* Sneaking a peak around beautiful Bagan in Burma…

This week we’re taking a virtual adventure to the stunning ancient city of Bagan in Burma. Renowned for its Buddhist temples, monasteries and pagodas; Bagan was once the capital of the Kingdom of Pagan and between the 11th and 13th century around 10,000 of these amazing structures were built.

Today roughly 2,000 remain, and some of the most outstanding happen to be near a few Geocaches…don’t you just love it when that happens? 😉

Bagan Temples CC2013 KX Studio

Bagan Temples CC2013 KX Studio

Travel into Burma from neighbouring countries like Thailand, Laos and China carries cautions but don’t let that put you off visiting this great country. With any travel it’s always worth checking out the GOV.UK website for more up to date travel information, you can check out the advice for Burma here. Know before you go!

Unique experiences in Myanmar…

You might have seen a few photo’s of Myanmar with hot air balloons flying over the pagodas and temples, and I know I mentioned hot air ballooning in my last post about Jaipur, but I can’t think of a more magical way to see such a mysterious place. It’d definitely be at the top of my to do list for Burma. For more information head over to Balloons over Bagan for prices and a photo gallery that’ll make you wish you were flying out this weekend!

It's almost always worth getting up early. #myanmar CC2012 Christopher Michel

It’s almost always worth getting up early. #myanmar CC2012 Christopher Michel

Or, get yourself onboard a motorboat and skim your way through the waters of Lake Inle where you can expect to see cormorants, egrets and herons as you glide along. Picture floating gardens, white-washed stupas and houses on stilts! 

Hire an electric bike! Yup you read that right, just check with your hotel and they’ll soon point you in the right direction, they need to be charged at night so just make sure you return them by the suggested time.

Must sees…

Happily number three on the Geocaching list happens to coincide with one of Myanmar’s must sees, the Shwedagon Paya which is believed to enshrine eight hairs of Gautama Buddha. Despite various earthquakes over the years the Shwedagon Paya is still standing and from the comments on the Geocaching page definitely worth a visit.

The Geocaches…

Hsin Pyushin Monastic Complex – The hidden chamber – GC3FH35 by Heiwender 

Difficulty 2 – Terrain 3

Cache Type: Multicache

Number of favourite points: 22 

The cache page opens with the phrase ‘Out for a little Indiana Jones Adventure?’ and who isn’t?! You’ll only find the treasure here if you go into the chamber of secrets…sound intriguing? Go check out the cache page for the photos!

Pagoda of the black dressed Buddha – GC3FH08 by Heiwender 

Difficulty 2 – Terrain 3.5

Cache Type: Traditional

Number of favourite points: 14 

Remember me mentioning the bikes earlier? Well you might need one to get here, the cache page notes that you should watch out for thorns on the dusty road to this amazing little pagoda. The perfect sunset spot away from the tourists too, what could be better?

Shwesandaw Pagoda (Bagan) – GC42JB3 by sucher16 

Difficulty 1.5 – Terrain 2.5

Cache Type: Traditional

Number of favourite points: 13 

Another outstanding sunset spot – also noted on the ‘must see’ list. 🙂

Bagan_2159p CC2010 Stefan Munder

Bagan_2159p CC2010 Stefan Munder

Sunrise Pagoda – 1994 – GC1XD6Q by MandyP 

Difficulty 1.5 – Terrain 2.5

Cache Type: Traditional

Number of favourite points: 10 

The name suggests that you should get there at sunrise, and from the photos on the geocache page I’d have to agree.

Mingalazedi View (Myanmar/Burma) – GCFA5A by ooga booga 

Difficulty 1 – Terrain 2

Cache Type: Virtual

Number of favourite points: 10 

A virtual cache that’s part of a UN World Heritage Site and provides a good view over the surrounding pagodas. Perfect! However you can no longer climb on this stupa which is a shame but it’s understandable given the fragility of the structure.

Stupa with 4 White Elephants – GC43B0D by sucher16 

Difficulty 1 – Terrain 2

Cache Type: Traditional

Number of favourite points: 2 

Another fantastic stupa and another great sunset…I’m detecting a theme here!

Burma / Myanmar Bagan Class 1 – GC112AJ by dex4 

Difficulty 2.5 – Terrain 1.5

Cache Type: Traditional

Number of favourite points: 1 

As Pink Floyd would say, it’s just another brick in the wall with this one 😉

A Buddhist monk in Bagan CC2014 Martin Pilkington

A Buddhist monk in Bagan CC2014 Martin Pilkington

So if it’s amazing sunsets and sunrises that you want from a break or simply a peaceful place for a bit of meditation and contemplation then Burma might just be the place for you. Appreciate their culture and remember to check out the GOV.UK website before you go for all of the latest travel advice.

Have you ever been to Burma, if so where did you go? Also as I’ve been talking a lot about sunsets I want to know where’s the best one you’ve ever seen? Mine’s from Alice Springs in Australia 🙂

Thanks for taking this virtual adventure with me, until next time…

Happy caching! 🙂

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