My main reason for coming was to try and photograph sunrise over the temples in Bagan. I’d been inspired by shots on Flickr so wanted to try my hand. I left the hotel at 5.30am in pitch darkness and picked up a horse and cart. We bounced through the darkness and arrived at Mi-niyan-gon pagoda. The driver entered the pitch black temple and we inched through tiny corridors lit only by his torch before scaling the outer staircase of the pagoda. Up I climbed on hands and knees with the theme tune of Indiana Jones pounding in my ears. We were then standing on a platform 4 foot wide 3 stories in the air as the sun rose. It was magnificent. Joined later by a few other intrepid photographers but if you visit Bagan you must do this. Back for breakfast and a day by the pool before heading off again for the sunset at Shwe-san-daw-paya pagoda. Not as good as sunrise. It might be better to stay at street level and walk amongst the pagodas in the warn sunlight. By the way the Shwe-san-daw-paya pagoda involves a climb of 6 stories as steep as a Mayan temple (think Chichin Itza). I was carrying a large camera bag and tripod and was hanging onto the hand rail for dear life. At one point a young Burmese kid rushed past saying “very hot you want postcards”. I was more focussed on not falling 200 feet to my doom.