The temple town of Bagan, Myanmar

When we arrived in Bagan, my friend Tin Win wandered over to a horse-cart driver for a talk and a betel chew. We hired him to take us around to look at the temples and soon were riding along the dusty plains strewn with crumbling ancient stupas, passing numerous jumbled heaps of bricks in the…

Driving into downtown Yangon, Myanmar

I  took a bus into downtown Yangon which had a right-sided steering wheel, even though people drove on the right side of the road in Myanmar. I’d heard that many second-hand vehicles were imported from countries like Japan where they drove on the left, but this was the first time I’d actually ridden in one and…

Exploring the ancient temples of Bagan, Myanmar

In Bagan, my friend Tin Win hired a horse-cart driver to take us around to look at the temples. We were coming along a trail when we heard the faraway sound of bells. Soon we came in sight of the Ananda temple. Gazing up at a sikhara-topped, white-washed pagoda with receding terraces, I could understand why…