On the road to Mandalay
Upon arriving in Mandalay we went for a walk on the U Bein Bridge – the worlds longest teakwood bridge. Walking along this bridge in the mid-morning haze, we mingled with buddhist monks, young Myanmar teens and those selling various wares.
Our next stop was the Mahar Gandar Yone Monastery where hundreds of monks, ranging from young boys to older men live and practice the buddhist way of life, living solely on donations from the generous people of Myanmar. We were even fortunate enough to visit the kitchen where the donated food is gigantically concocted into delicious meals for the monks.
We visited the silk weaving and gold leaf factories who provide jobs and a source of income to many skilled and talented Myanmar people.
Out and about among our monastery stops was the Shwenandaw Monastery – built in 1880 and once again made purely from teak (Myanmar has a thing for teak it seems!)
Later in the afternoon on our second day, we went for a cruise along the Ayerwaddy River to the village of Mingun. We climbed to the top of the Pa Hto Daw Gyi Pagoda, an incomplete temple which was an insanely old and decrepit (and in parts cracked from an earthquake almost 200 years ago) structure which seemed to be a miracle of ancient architecture to still be standing.
On our way back to the boat we stumbled across some interesting Burmese food… chicken feet, crabs and ant insect crackers!
We were greeted with a stunning Burmese sunset on our way home!
Next stop: Yangon – The capital city of Myanmar!
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