Move over, Angkor Wat. While the ancient Khmer ruins are undeniably beautiful, the towering Buddhist monuments of Bagan retain a rare magic unsullied by droves of tour groups. Some 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas, and monasteries sweep across a 42sqkm (16sqmi) desert-like plain encircled by the misty Bago Yoma mountain range in the distance. Each of the structures was built between the years 1057 and 1287, at which point the kingdom fell to invading Mongols. They have since been restored and protected by Unesco. Today, the best way to experience this step back in time is by renting a bicycle or one of Bagan’s signature electric bicycles to tour the enormous grounds at your own pace, joined only by passing tourists on their own routes, groundskeepers and local villagers going about their day, as well as the occasional monk.