Little boy watching cartoons while enjoying his bottle of Mirinda.
Portrait of a man at Kywel Sel Kan bus station.
Betel nut smile
Betel nut chewing is a popular sin in Myanmar. It is a great distraction with the only downside of leaving one with a blood-red smile.
Little boy curiously watching me while I took his photo.
Little boy wearing thanakha posing with his brothers.
Ball of fire
Hot air balloons being prepped for the morning ride.
Balloons of Bagan
The deep red color of the balloons was a great contrast to the otherwise yellow -bleached background.
Ready to launch
Off we go
Balloons over Bagan
Ox cart among the temple grounds
Temple from above
Thousands of temples basking in the morning light.
An ox cart passing a trio of temples.
Up close and personal
Since hot air balloons don't have wheels, ones luck of getting close depends largely on the wind conditions.
Htilo Minlo temple lighted with golden sunrise light.
Bagan temples peeking through the morning fog.
First row seat
Balloons give one an opportunity to marvel at these beautiful structures from very close distance.
Bagan in all it's glory
Another shot of the temples surrounded by morning fog. This place is nothing short of magical.
Bagan is well known for it's lacquer works. It is a true form of art and requires great precision to deliver stunning results.
Cultural identity. The golden rings give an impression of an elongated neck by pushing down ones collarbones. The weight of the rings can reach up to 8kg.
Bagan temples up close
My first temple up close.
Ascending the Shwe Sandaw pagoda
Among a family collecting fallen fruits among the temples was this little girl. She was very happy to pose with a smile.
Temple in daylight.
To enter a temple, one must remove their shoes and skip over the hot stones to reach shade inside the temple.
Inside each temple is located a statue of Buddha. At least one, but can also be many more.
Walk into the light
Window to the world as seen from inside the temple.
In the shadows
A local man reading a book in the shadows of the temple.