Today we took a 15 hour ride on a local boat down the Ayeyarwady River. The sun rise was exquisite as we left Mandalay. We had two plastic chairs and a little floor space but we settled in.
It was probably over 100 degrees, but I loved looking at the many temples and the village people that we passed. One of my favorite temples was floating along the river bank.
The detail on all the temples is outstanding. There are temples that have been around for hundreds of years. They have been preserved so well that you can still make out some of the paintings. It is amazing to think that about a thousand years ago there were Burmese praying in the temples that many still visit today. The boat was full of local people selling everything you could imagine from chicken heads to shrimp chips.
After the boat ride we arrived in Bagan. Bagan is Myanmar’s greatest architectural site. By the end of the 1200′s there were supposedly 4,446 temples. When we got off the boat we took a taxi to our hotel, but when I say taxi I mean my mom brother and I were stuffed in the trunk along with our bags and there were people holding on to a bar in the back of the trunk. When we got to our hotel we went for a swim under the full moon. The next few days we amazing. We road bikes and horse carts around Old Bagan.