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Published: June 22nd 2017
Typical village scene along the road to Pyay. Our coach drove faster than nearly all of the other traffic, sometimes up to 100kph.
Geo: 18.8099, 95.217
Got in to Pyay around mid-day and boarded the Cruiseco Explorer. There are 29 passengers and the ship has a capacity of 56 - I guess this will not be a very profitable cruise for the company. Our cabin is on the main (lower) deck and it is very spacious and comfortable, with a large juliette balcony. With a little more design effort it would be excellent, but we'll be fine here for a week. Complimentary coffee, draught beer and soft drinks all day, plus quality wines with lunch and dinner. There's a total of 36 staff and crew.
After lunch on board we had a quick look around Pyay. Saw a 1,500 year-old brick stupa and visited a UNESCO archaeological site where an ancient Pyu city (Sri Ksetra) is starting to be excavated.
Schooling is compulsory in Myanmar and all children learn English. But it is only grammatical English from books: few of the teachers can speak English themselves. The people seem warm and hospitable. If you show some interest in what they are doing they are just as likely to invite you in and offer you a drink. Apparently it is an honour for them if you accept.
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