Travel guide for bagan
If you are using lonely planet (myanmar) as a guide to bagan, try to get the 8th ed., cos in the edition there's a section that dedicate to the temples of bagan. From what i know, the latest edition no longer contains this section.
And when you comes across a temple which you want to know the name, the local villagers can tell you that temple is labelled as number what on that section (pg 293). Amazing...
Palm Juice, Toddy, Palm Liquor and Palm Sugar...
Just like in India, the palmtree serves for several products in Burma, too.
Two times a day the farmers climb up the palmtrees to collect the palmjuice - this sugarsweet juice ferments to toddy, a sweet drink with a beerlike alcohol strength. (the ants in my drink were a free addition of the house ;-)
Another version is a very strong liquor destilled from it - is it too strong, you are too weak!
But the sweetest thing they make out of it is candy - palm sugar.
All this is offeres in toddy bars, mostly along the roadside. Stop
At most temples in Bagan, you can buy small squares of gold foil and place them on the image of the Buddha. This is how the statues maintain a gold coat and why some of them are a little patchy. I thought I'd give it a try. You can buy a little pouch of two or three gold foil squares for about 500 kyat (a little under USD $0.50)
Note that I am not wearing any shoes!
Ring the bell...
Some of the bigger temples and payas in Bagan have a bell for pilgrims to ring. You don't have to be a devotee - it is customary for visitors to strike the bell three times with the staff. In fact we were encouraged to do it by monks and they seemed pleased when we agreed.
ALWAYS CARRY A STRONG MOSQUITO REPELLANT
I always use a small backpack as some daily small items are necessary also deters theft..The most IMPORTANT item to carry is lots of fresh bottled Water.. The tropical climate can be harsh so make sure that you always have ..good Walking/Hiking Boots. A wide brimmed hat for sun protection,also sun glasses.Also I ALWAYS carry a small rolled up Ponch that also covers my backpack as storms happen anytime.... The necessaries I carry are:
Tube of Sunburn cream. Lip Balm. Moisturising cream.a couple of band aid strips..A good strong mosquito and insect repellant is a must..A packet of wet ones and a packet of tissues. Dont go without your Battery charger for your camera battery and an extra photo memory card ..An International power point adaptor.. ALWAYS carry a self charging torch here as the streets have no lighting and inside the many temples is really dark