Flying from the ancient temple city of Bagan to the ‘last kingdom’ of Mandalay, we were the only passengers on this leg as the aircraft operates Yangon – Bagan –Mandalay – Yangon. All passengers had left at Bagan with only Frankie and I boarding for the flight from Bagan. Talk about premier service!
After arriving in Myanmar’s second largest city there was no time to rest – adventure awaits.
U Bein Bridge
I know it sounds like one of those locations were you may think ‘oh how exciting… a bridge’. I have to say I did think that on the way to the location, but I was immediately taken aback.
The 100 year old Teak Bridge and its surrounding lake was spectacular.
The day we were there it was drizzling – in some ways that added to the spectacular mystical atmosphere
Watching the weather beaten old men sitting on the low bridge with their lengths of bamboo for fishing catching a few little fish with just a flick of the wrist.
Mahar Gandar Yone Monastery
After the visiting the bridge we wandered over to the Mahar Gandar Yone Monastery. The monastery is famed in the area for allowing the tourists to see the process of dishing out the main daily meal to the many monks that reside at the monastery. Monks traditionally only eat 2 meals a day. Arising at 4am for a breakfast meal followed by a single lunch meal.
Sagaing Hill Silk Weavers
A visit to the region is not complete without visiting the silk weavers of Sagaing Hill where we managed to find the perfect gift for one of our friends back in Canberra, a Longyi, the Burmese sarong.