Bago is described as an easy day trip from Yangon, but we decided to stay there for a couple of nights to more easily enjoy the sites on offer. A 10,000 kyat ( around $A10) Archeological Zone ticket gives you access, and lasts for three days. We checked out the Shwe Tha Lyaung Reclining Buddha, Shwe gu lay Pagoda, Mahazedi Paya, Nuang Daw Gyi Mya Tha Luang Reclining Buddha, Kanbawzathadi Palace and the Shwe Maw Daw Pagoda. There were many more temples and places you could visit, but this was more than enough for a full day’s viewing. We hired a scooter from the hotel and M was fearless as usual in negotiating local traffic. I just hung on the back and gave the thumbs up sign to locals who appreciated M’s scootering skills.
As mentioned in the previous post, we stayed at the Kanbawza Hinthar Hotel which was very good mid-priced accommodation. They picked us up from the train and were very helpful with other transport needs (scooter, and taxi to Yangon airport). However, we happened to be staying there the week in February when the pagoda behind the hotel had 24 hour chanting pumping out of their speakers. Such is Asian life. For 2 nights it was ok – anymore and we might have been looking for somewhere else to stay. But it was well worth it as the sights of Bago were impressive, especially the mosaic work.