Bagan is a magic place. Thousands of temple spread in a vast plain.
My tip is this: rent a bike, find your own temple, explore it and enjoy it.
On our third day in Bagan we woke up and we had breakfast in front of the river. We took our bicycles and after a couple of hours we got lost in the plain. It is almost impossible to get lost in Bagan but let’s say that we were not certain where we were.
Another tip, trust locals: if they say that that temple is that direction, they are right…
Because it is not on a main road, Pyathada Paya is not easy to reach. We were looking for it (supposed to have one of the best view from its roof) we found it and it was our own temple.
It was mid day and super hot. No one else was around, only a cold drinks seller who showed us how to go to the roof and then came back to sleep under a tree. When we reached the top of the temple the view was stunning, the roof so hot (no shoes allowed) and we were so happy that we started to jump.
Last tip: everybody will go to Swensandaw Paya for the sunset, you should come here.