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Published: November 12th 2017
The Kaban Festival with donations going to the Monks robes for the next 12 months.
Woke to a dance ceremony outside the hotel 6am with music and a dancer being blasted through a mega phone and money collected was bought out for it, called it the Kaban Festival and the money collected goes towards new robes for the Monks. They had the money still stuck on the boards put into utes and with a escort of Police they left for the Monastery.
We picked up our washing, 50c an item on average.
Lym and Coca took us to a big Market where Mick bought a shirt and chiming bells.
We then stopped at Sugar cane plantation, we were given a traditional welcome with snacks and green tea provided. We watched a man climbing the palm trea to get palm oil and an ox crushing nuts. They also used the palm sugar to make alcohol, we both had a taste and you would not need to drink much of it, before becoming very inebriated. We also tasted the deep fried Gord Fritter and they sold Sesame oil. Was a really good experience.
Mount Popa 1518 metres abouve sea level, 800 steps. We were not sure we would be able to make it to
Happy little chap
6am in the morning and he danced for ages before the procession moved on to the Monastery.
the top of Mt. Popa so Lym stopped at a good place for me to take pictures of the scenery which was beautiful. We arrived at the steps to Mount Popa and after an hour we made it to the top, both of us exhausted and our legs and knees were pretty ordinary. Lym had a sling shot so that the monkeys did not bother us, he only needed to show it to them and they would take off. Cannot believe we did it, mind you it took us a half hour longer then most others.
Lunch at the Mt Popa Resort was very good with a view to die for, probably the best view we have seen in Myanmar, beautiful spot looking across to Mt. Popa. We intend to come back one day because they offered accommodation which was priced at $105. Then Lym took us back to where Coco was waiting and we opted out of a market tour and headed for our Hotel around 1 1/2 hrs drive.
Lym spoke about his little girl who is 3 years old and stated that "Children in Myanmar are known as the Wind Chimes of the house" we
Catering for everything you could think off.
thought that was a lovely way of thinking and the Burmese people are very family orientated.
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