March 7, 2014
We are up at 5:30 am to leave. Settled hotel bill. 200k for some drinks from the mini fridge in our room. Said our goodbyes to staff, took some last minute pictures. We have really enjoyed our stay at this hotel. It is a place we'd stay again. www.shwethazinhotel.com
|Breakfast starts at 6:30 am|
Since we have an extra passenger in the Jeep with us our luggage is placed on the vehicle's roof. I forgot to take the video camera our of the camera gear carry on as I had wanted to video our departure going through town. I'm tired and still recovering from my respiratory illness so I'll blame it on that! When we get to the jetty area I take a picture of our driver who has been with us since we arrived in Mrauk U and give him a nice tip. (Usually I bring little thank you cards with me on these trips and I write something about our time with the person and put the tip in that card all in a sealed envelope but I forgot to bring them with me on this trip. I think it's a nicer way of saying thanks than just handing over the money. I only do the cards for a person that has been with us longer than a day or so.) I see that there is a gov't ferry departing also. Much bigger boat and full with people. I have my video camera so I take some movies of the action around the jetty/boat dock. We have breakfast boxes from the hotel even though we didn't ask for them. They include hard boiled eggs, bananas, toast. It's hard to say goodbye to MRAUK U as here we have experienced an authentic view of Burmese life and culture. You really need 3 full days here and I would recommend that. It didn't happen for us as we saw so many other places and didn't have that 1 extra day available.
|Driving to the jetty in Mrauk U|
|The best driver in Mrauk U!!|
|Our boat-a different one this time going back to Sittwe|
|Walking through a boat to get on ours|
The Kiccepandi River is much busier in the morning so I take more pictures as we go down river to SITTWE. I only eat 1 slice of the toast and some Nescafe 3 in 1 coffee from a packet. And you know what, it doesn't taste all that bad. Now I'm not a big coffee connoisseur but I know when coffee tastes horrible! We leave at 6:45 am. The gov't ferry passes us! We arrive in Sittwe at 11:45 am so the trip back is faster-only 5 hrs. This boat was not the same one we had before. This boat is ok but the first boat was nicer.
|Leaving Mrauk U|
|Mrauk U Princess Resort boat-very nice|
|Richard will sit outside the entire trip|
|The gov't ferry|
|The gov't ferry is passing us|
|Arriving to Sittwe|
U Than thinks we should stop for lunch since we have the time. Our flight doesn't leave until 4:10 pm. If I had known we'd be in Sittwe so early I would have arranged with One Stop to do some sightseeing here. I didn't think to ask U Than about it until we were back home in the US!! We do see some sights as we drive through town. This place is very busy and I think spending time here would be good. There are some very nice houses here.
We arrive at the airport about 1:00 pm. U Than handles the immigration process but I watch. He gives our passports to the guy. That guy the looks up our passport info in this ledger and makes a check mark next to our names. Means we are leaving. That's how they monitor you coming into the area and then when you leave. I take a picture of our great guide and give him a nice tip for all that he has done for us. He has shared so much of his town of Mrauk U with us. He was so worried when I was sick insisting to let him know if I needed a rest while sightseeing. He says he can wait with us until we board but we tell him we're fine. We let him know how much we appreciated and enjoyed the time we spent with him. We wish him and his family much success and happiness.
|The most wonderful guide in Mrauk U!!|
|Sittwe Airport-seen from the plane|
|Arriving in Yangon|
|Air KBZ shuttle|
He drops us off at the SUMMIT PARKVIEW. This is the second time we're staying here and the staff remembers us! Welcome drinks, cold towel, etc. We make arrangements to leave our bags as we will be back for our final stay on March 9th. We will only take a backpack for Golden Rock. I also ask reception to make a reservation for us for Karaweik dinner show for March 9th evening. Now we are in room #323 which has an even better view of Shwedagon.
Dinner at the hotel. We both order the minestrone soup (it's that good!) and and mixed green salad to share. Drinks and food with 10% service charge added 14000k.
|Mixed green salad|