The next day, very early in the morning (5.20, it was still dark and way too early to say hello to Floh) it was time again for our favorite (ONE of our, never forget Fotzetta!) means of transport: a boat! This is probably the one of the most popular boat journey in the country, taking in a beautiful section of the vast Irrawaddy River, and it’s worth it! [We booked it in a very simple way directly at the hostel.]
At the hostel everybody was really nice before we left, giving us a take-away breakfast that we much valued later. Arrived at the river, we got on board and we chose immediately our seats outside (as always). The whole morning passed reading a little, chatting, sleeping, taking pictures, drinking many many coffees (they were for free inside!), all surrounded by water and a calming silence.
We had a nice lunch on the boat (not really expensive) and in the afternoon, stunned by the sun, we decided to have a nap inside, on the sofas.
After seven hours or more of sailing we finally reached Bagan. The dock of Nyaung U was full of people, children, taxi drivers, coach drivers…everybody had something for us.
We chose only some of the temples to visit or to have a closer look, as they are thousands in the valley, almost everywhere you can see a structure, and the whole tour was worth it.
It is not about a single beautiful temple, but the whole area, so vast, it spotted by big, small, new or ruined pagodas all around. It is a very relaxing surrounding, almost totally silent; we barely met other people if not at the sunset spot, close to the river. The colors of the valley were amazing and, even if we had seen tons of temples at that point, especially after Angkor Wat, this still was beautiful to see.
For the sunset we chose the Bupaya Pagoda spot, really close to the river, and we watched the sun falling behind the far mountains.
After dinner we headed to Inle Lake with a over-night bus.