Posted by: lindsaygoes | January 4, 2015

Myanmar – the river to Mandalay

From Bagan we headed by boat along the Irrawaddy (or Ayeyarwady) River to Mandalay. First we all hopped on a local flat bed truck to get to the river. I had tucked my feet underneath me to take up as little space as possible, thinking the journey was going to be a short one. However, after fifteen minutes I was starting to lose feeling in my feet!

Once we got on the boat it was really lovely and relaxing and everyone took a break from sightseeing and relaxed in the sunshine. Yandabo Village, Myanmar

After a delicious lunch we visited Yandabo village where we watched various stages of pot making and walked around the village. There was so much labour going into each of the pots, but the people making them were very skilled. We saw one girl hammering designs into the clay, and she turned the pot, imprinting the design perfectly around the edge. A small local child also gave me a cute little clay elephant (which unfortunately broke in my pocket), which was very sweet.

In the evening we watched the sunset and slept under mosquito nets on the deck.

The next day we had a lovely sunrise over the river and continued relaxing until we reached Sagaing, where we went to Sagaing Hill and visited the U Min Thonse or 30 Caves Pagoda, which is built in a crescent shape with 30 entrances. Inside is full of 30 Buddha images all curving around you. It had a really good atmosphere. We also went to the Soon U Ponya Shin Paya, which had more Buddhas and a great view of Sagaing. I also met some young Buddhist monks and nuns. Umin Thonse Pagoda or 30 Caves Pagoda, Sagaing, Myanmar

We then sailed onto Mingun, where we visited the outside of Mingun Pahtodawgyi, an incomplete stupa, which is also known as the world’s largest pile of bricks. I got talking to a local woman who told me I was “…beautiful, just like Justin Beiber.’. I decided to take that as a compliment. We also visited the Mingun Bell, which has been the world’s heaviest functioning bell. It’s so big that multiple people can stand inside it, unfortunately the inside is filled with graffiti. We did hear it being rung, and it is rung by striking the outside with a large piece of wood. Taxi, Mingun, Myanmar

Then we arrived in Mandalay.



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