Without a doubt, Bagan was our favourite destination during this 2-weeks adventure. Scampering up temple ruins (sometimes through tiny openings and corridors that makes one wonder about the size of the past-humans. Have we evolved that much?!) and witnessing the awakening of the Bagan plain during each sunrise are some highlights of this segment. At Bagan, it was also obvious that Myanmar is on its way to internationalisation – besides the throngs of tourists, we also came across a number of restaurants and cafes operated by foreigners.
From Mandalay to Bagan (Slow boat ride along the Ayeyarwaddy River)
We had planned to try the various modes of transportation as we travelled across Myanmar. It thus seemed logical to travel downstream the Ayeyarwaddy River, from Mandalay to Bagan. We were looking forward to a slow and exotic ride with the locals, produce, and whatever else that comes along. The slow boat operates from Mandalay every Wednesday and Sunday at 5 am, and costs US$15 per person. However, with YM’s food poisoning situation, we had to forgo the initial plan of hopping onto the junk boat.
Back at Kaung Wai Hotel in Mandalay, we had requested for the hotel receptionist to purchase the tourist boat tickets for us. We also arranged for a taxi to pick us up from the hotel at 4.30 am. We reached the RV Shwe Keinnery Jetty at 4.45 am, and were in time to see the loading of the local boat. With the aim of profiting as much as possible with each boat trip, there were no rules on maximum loading. Everyone and everything were pushed on board. It definitely would have made for an interesting adventure! Continue reading Bagan 5-days itinerary