Bagan, Myanmar. Perhaps you've glimpsed it in pictures or heard its name mentioned in conversation. Either way, the place doesn't seem like it could be real until you lay eyes on it for the first time. As though it was conjured up in someone's dream at night, thousands of ancient temples and crumbling Buddhist stupas spread out across a vast plain beside the Irrawaddy River.
When I was there in December '14, I arrived by river boat from Mandalay. Then, I spent 3 days exploring the plain on foot. On my final morning, I took a hot air balloon up into the sky to view Bagan from above. I'd like to share my pictures from that early morning with you. Hope you enjoy!
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Here's one last shot I feel best sums up the magic of a balloon flight over Bagan: