Yangon’s main bus station is more a small village than a station. The individual companies have their offices along several small streets, which are all packed with buses. The air is filled with suffocating diesel fumes and still, people sit down for a drink or a bite to eat.
Most of the drive up north was much quieter than the trip to Ngwe Saung. The Yangon-Mandalay highway is reasonably smooth and we used it for all but the last 2h of the 9h trip.
The main (only?) reason to visit Bagan are the endles amounts of stupas, pagodas and temples that are all over the area. Cool way to get around: e-bike!
For sunset I had picked one of the bigger pagodas. However after the 5th bus load of tourists arrived and the noise level was that of a morning market, I packed my gear and drove 10-15 minutes to the next spot. Not even 10 people and dead quiet except for the sound of shutters – much better!