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Published: December 5th 2016
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
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
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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