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December 5th 2016
Published: December 5th 2016
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Our ox cart ride
Bagan is the must see place for everyone that comes to Myanmar, it is quite incredible and so different, over 3,000 pagodas, stupors and temples are studded through the plains of Bagan. It is the worlds largest archeological site and was established in the 11th century. The Indian government is now helping them strip some of the pagodas back to show the original paintings below the layers of lime plaster. There is a lot of renovation work to be done around here. A couple of the pagodas we visited had some bamboo scaffolding around them as there was some damage from an earthquake here in August. We took an ox cart ride this morning with all the oxen and carts done up in their ceremonial gear, through the dusty countryside winding in and out of different pagodas and temples. Went inside a couple of the largest ones. A lot more tourists here than we have seen on the trip so far and of courses markets catering to the tourists. Afternoon visit to a lacquer factory which was interesting, very clever and definitely no machines used here all done by hand. Close on sunset we went to another pagoda which was high
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Decorated oxen and carts
up overlooking the plains, very steep long steps, probably 2-3 times the size of our normal ones, made it up 4 floors to the top of the pagoda but there were too many people, no rails and a bit scary so we came down before sunset but it was a great view and gave you more of an idea of all the temples studding the Bagan plains. Back to boat for a lobster dinner tonight – been yummy food!

Monday morning set out early to visit the local markets in Bagan, dusty roads and winding alleyways...reminded us of a wild west town. Bustling hive of activity as the locals all buying and selling food for the day. Had a little incident where I was squirted with some green paint like substance....arrggg! Maybe someone wanted to rifle my bag but we took off very fast! Then back on the bus and visited another unique pagoda that the king built in the 11th century. Back to the boat for lunch and set sail just a little south and the opposite side of the river for the night. We never sail of a night as I guess it is hazardous with sand
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Ox cart ride through the temple studded plains
bars etc..it doesn't seem all that deep...in some areas the deck hands have big sticks checking the depth of water.


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Ancient drawings in the pagoda
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Being repaired from earthquake
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Buddha 32ft high
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Magnificent huge teak doors in the pagoda
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This pagoda being restored by Indian Government
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Lots of pagodas and temples, all shapes and sizes
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A pagoda at sunset
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Beautiful sight
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Everyone on top floor of pagoda taking pics
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Local kids selling their colored pics
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loads of people taking pics from pagoda top
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great end to a fascinating day
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Fresh fish
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Meat, flies all over it!
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Banana seller
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Veges all look lovely and fresh
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Dusty streets
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Local seller
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Another gold leaf covered pagoda!!!


5th December 2016
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Large. Pagola
Hi ! What a huge Pagola ,more still ,it must take ages to repair such a building ,& probably hard to fix after an earthquake . Hope you enjoyed your ride in the Ox Cart , good on you. As there are some things you just HAVE to do when on holiday . It's a great experience , & means more when in another country ..... I feel ! ! Did you find any bargains at the markets ? ? Sometimes you can be lucky . I bought Jeans in China ,great fit , $8- , everyone passes a remark about them ,now sorry I didn't buy six pairs ,instead of only one . That's life ! ! ! Another interesting blog ,looking forward to seeing you & your parents perhaps , soon . Ring Janet ,she knows what she has on , O.K. ? Bye ,cooler today , love. Norma x x
5th December 2016

Hi guys.....
Wow.....looks incredible and so different!!!! Once again love your photo....they show all angles of Bagan xxxx
7th December 2016

We are loving this tour Ron, it is so different and the people are beautiful! xx

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