Bagan, Burma Photo Diary

Sunsets over pagodas

Back in December I went to visit Bagan in Myanmar with my family. It was such a lovely, exotic and sunny break from grey and busy London. Walking barefoot around the pagodas and exploring the archaeological zone with our scooters felt both relaxing and exciting at the same time. I was so in love with all the new things around me that I took hundreds of pictures! I’ve now gone through and edited lots of these for you guys, so I hope you like them. I have a couple more posts about Myanmar in mind too, so watch this space. I have plenty more pictures of the colourful markets and the lovely Jasmine Family who make pretty lacquered bowls by hand. Oh and there’s also the famous Popa mountain surrounded by monkeys!


I can’t go to an exotic country and not have a sickly sweet cocktail!


The prettiest lotus flowers!

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Fresh sugar cane juice.


One of the many buddhas we spotted in the many pagodas we visited.


Me, exploring a pagoda!




We watched the sunset every night – so beautiful every time. We stayed at Bagan Thande Hotel which had a great view of the sunset over the Ayeyarwady River.


One of the highlights of the trip: watching hot air balloons go up as the sun rises.

I 100% recommend going to visit Burma as soon as you can, before it gets too busy. It was great to be able to visit the most famous pagodas without being surrounded by big groups of tourists. I’m sure that in a year or two Myanmar will be just as busy as places like Thailand or Cambodia, because it definitely deserves to be on everyone’s travel bucket list.

Is Myanmar on your bucket list yet?

A photo diary of wonderful Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)
  • Todd at
    March 6, 2016

    It looks awesome! I was on the fence about visiting during my Asia trip due to the human rights aspects, but it’s such a photogenic country! Thanks for sharing

    • City Cookie
      March 13, 2016

      Thanks Todd! It really is a goldmine for travel photography! I had a lot of trouble editing down to just these few.

      • Todd at
        March 13, 2016

        Sounds like it could be worthy of a quick “part 2” post from here

      • Todd at
        February 11, 2017

        I think I’m ready to visit. Seeing your post, and some Instagrammers post has me wanderlusting! Are you on IG? I’m @visit50

        • Anne-Sophie ~ City Cookie
          February 13, 2017

          You should definitely go! My dad has been about 10 times by now, he’s addicted haha! Yes I’m @citycookie on IG 🙂

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