Monday, July 14, 2014

Bagan - what you need to pack

Here is a list with things one should pack before leaving for Bagan:

- sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat (or a scarf);
- mosquito repellent for the dinners outside or for the evening cruise on the river;
- hand sanitizer: depending where you chose to eat it might be difficult to wash your hands;
- flip-flops: you have to leave your shoes at the entrance of each temple. You will walk inside and around the temple without shoes so be prepared to get very dirty at the end of the day. So, do not bring trainers and socks for the visit of the pagodas.
- plasters: not all pagodas are clean especially the courtyard where you have small stones where you can cut your feet easily;
- if you start the sightseeing at around 9am you will probably end the tour at around 17-18pm. It does not get dark but pack a flashlight in any case. Especially if you walk from your restaurant to your hotel: some small streets are poorly lighted.
- some lady vendors were asking about perfumes samples or lipstick as it is very expensive for them to buy. Why not make somebody happy?
- bring a lot of Kyatts; it is better to change the foreign currency in Yangon or another big city like Mandalay because you will not find a good exchange rate in Bagan.

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