Thiripyitsaya Sakura Hotel
The reception area at the Thiripyitsaya Sakura HotelThe bungalows at the Thiripyitsaya SakuraWhen visiting the ruins at Bagan, we stayed at the Thiripyitsaya Sakura Hotel. The hotel is in fact a series of bungalows located on the banks of the Ayeyarwady River. The bungalows feature teak interiors and have air conditioning, a necessity during the hot months. The photo to the left shows the reception area of the Thiripyitsaya Sakura, done in traditional Burmese style, while the photo to the right shows a view of the bungalows.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The outdoor dining areaThe indoor dining and bar areaBehind the reception area is the social heart of the Thiripyitsaya Sakura, a large outdoor deck which also serves as a dining area. Next to the deck is the bar and the enclosed dining area; both featuring beamed ceilings with thatched roofs and ceiling fans. The photo to the left shows the outdoor dining area, while the picture to the right captures the enclosed areas from the vantage point of the lawn that separates the dining area from the pool. As you can see, it sparkles at night with the many small lights that line the eves of the building, creating a cozy atmosphere.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A view of the hotel complexThe photo to the left gives one a more complete view of the Thiripyitsaya Sakura. Shot from the banks of the Ayeyarwady, it shows the relationship of the pool area to the dining and reception areas. The bungalows are off to the left of the photo. The hotel is ideal not only for its proximity to the Mingalazedi stupa (a wonderful place for viewing the sunset) but also for its views of the Ayeyarwady River.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Ayeyarwady from the deck of the Thiripyitsaya SakuraThe Ayeyarwady at sunsetThe Ayeyarwady River is one of Asia's great river systems, and the Thiripyitsaya Sakura offers beautiful views of the sunsets on the river. The photo to the left shows the view from the hotel's outdoor deck. On the evening the photo was shot, they were setting up for a sunset buffet on the deck. The photo to the right captures the eerie landscape of the Ayeyarwady River. It could be a moonscape, as the dry summer riverbed gives way to the river, which in turn abuts against the neighboring mountains. It is a stark, serene, and hauntingly beautiful setting.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

As beautiful as the setting was at the Thiripyitsaya Sakura, it seemed a shame not to check out some of the other local dining spots. Our last night in Bagan we dropped by The Sunset Gardens, one of a number of little eateries perched on a bluff overlooking the Ayeyarwady. After dining on a delicious meal of jumbo prawns, we were treated to some traditional Myanmar dancing. To watch the video to the left, click on the arrow at the bottom left corner of the image.
 
 







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