Around the same time that William was telling his Norman mates that a jaunt across the channel might be a bit of fun, King Anawrahta of Pagan (now Bagan) was building and encouraging others to build a city of pagodas, stupas and monasteries dedicated to his Buddhist religion. While many were destroyed by Mongol invasions and the passage of time there are still around 3000 pagodas scattered throughout Bagan. They collectively make an impressive sight (you might need to click on these two photos to see them clearly).
But what really made Bagan a great place was the hospitality and service provided by Aung at the Mya Thida Guesthouse in New Bagan. Aung was not only just a genuinely good guy but his tour of the pagodas, an afternoon in a local village trying local palm wine (sky beer) and a sunset cruise and dip in the Irrawaddy River was a highlight of Myanmar.