Bat cave. An absolute must-see, the bat cave is a small cave that cannot be entered but you can go there for sunset when, literally, hundreds of thousands of bats fly out. They are said to be flying all the way to Mawlalmyine to feed and come back every morning. The cave is part of a complex of a few pagodas, one on top of the rock, accessible by a steep ladder, with amazing views over the river and the bridge. There is an old couple who live there with some kids. Consider making a small donation for them to take care of the place.
I took the bus from Bagan to Kalaw with one main goal. Do the three day trekking from Kalaw to Inle lake. The trekking will go over the mountains and you will walk 62 km in total with the highest point on 1700 meter. You can also do the two day trekking. On the first day you’ll start at the same point the three day trekking starts the second day.
Today I took the big aircon bus from Bagan to Kalaw. The same bus will go from Bagan to Inle lake as well. The ride took 8 hours and was nice. I looked out of the window the whole trip. On some intersections you could make easy 20 pictures of things you saw. Kids playing, old trucks, people selling stuff nice portraits of old people. But I was in the bus 🙂
When you’re going to Bagan you probably will see the sunrise at one of the temples. It is an amazing view! You will see the hot air balloons starting their flights and see how the fly over the amazing pagoda landscape of Bagan. I think fly a hot air balloon in Bagan above 4000 temples will be awesome.
I arranged my busticket from Mandalay to Bagan at the reception of my hotel in Mandalay. It was 9000 MMK ($9) for a aircon bus. They pick you up at the hotel 30 minutes before your bus depart. In my case at 9.30. And we drove away in the normal bus at 10. We arrived at 15.00 at our hotel in Bagan. (5 hours drive)