February 23, 2014
OMG! The egg station guy gets it right 3 days in a row. What a way to start my day! We have decided to go to Mingun today. After getting some directions from staff in reception we walk about 5-10 minutes to the MAYAN CHAN JETTY where we will catch the boat. Tickets 8000k per person (for the round trip boat and fee to enter Mingun) and I had to fill in a form with our names and passport numbers. We're early as the boat doesn't leave until 9:00 am. The ticket guy tells us and it's printed on my receipt that the "back time" is 1:00 pm. The boat ride takes 1 hr. There are 2 areas to sit. Limited number of seats on the top open deck and then a fully covered area below. We make note of what our boat looks like as there are others there at MINGUN. Lots of carts wanting to take you around to the different sites. I decide I'd like to walk a bit and maybe get a ride later.
|Boats ready to take us to Mingun|
|Upstairs deck area|
|What the boats look like for the journey|
|I was able to capture this huge slice of the land crashing down into the water-kind of like what the glaciers do in Alaska.|
PAHTODAWGYI Took us about 20 minutes slowly walking to reach this unfinished stupa which was begun by King Bodawpaya in 1790. An astrologer claimed the King would die once it was completed. That's why it was left unfinished. Huge cracks visible. Not allowed to climb to the top. It is really hot so we grab a taxi/truck for 6000k (you could get local transport for the same price right as you get off the boat) to see the rest of what I want. Only 2 other attractions.
|Not allowed to climb|
|Peek a boo!|
|Zayat-where the bell is housed|
HSBINBYUME/WHITE PAGODA Built in 1816 by King Bagyidaw to honor the memory of his 1st consort. Princess Hsinbyume/Lady of the White Elephant died in childbirth. The 7 wavy terraces are supposed to remind one of the 7 mountain ranges around Mount Meru. All the white is stunning!
|Can even see Pahtodawgyi|
|Back on our boat and sitting on the top open part of the deck|
|A sailboat of sorts|
|That huge building is our hotel Ayarwaddy River View|
|Back to the jetty|
|Richard has the pool to himelf|
|This is a great way to recharge!|
|Chefs style sea bass|
|Pan fried chicken breast in a mushroom sauce|