Aye Yar River View Hotel
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... was even sketchier as it was now dark and very difficult to identify the deep areas of sand so we drove in between 2 buses so that their light would light up our way. Once back on the main road we found a good place to eat in Nyuang-U before heading back to the hostel and calling it a night at a healthy 9:30pm. We had plans to get up for sunrise so wanted an early night, but it seems Myanmar is always an early up, early to bed kind of place.
We got up and ...
Day 2 was no less impressive.
We started out later today as we wanted a sunset finish so at 12:00 we set off with Rambo & Cheeleh again.
We had decided to stay around Old Bagan as we had had our countryside tour yesterday. First stop was a monastery. It was pretty special to look at and very old - all made of wood. It was a bit rickety looking so were surprised when we were invited inside.
A young chap in there gave us a tour and then showed us the ...
... painted on a board at our hotel. This makes navigating your own way around difficult - not impossible as we had google maps but that doesn't show you where all the best temples are.
As we were leaving our hotel, as Asia has proved time and time again, everything comes to you and a man came up to us and asked if we would like a horse for they day. We have to admit, that was not one of the options we had been considering but as he talked it sounded better ...
... from you. Once again it just felt like we were wallets on legs. It is a shame. I know I have read blogs where people say that they get free tours from people in order to look at their shop or to buy a painting, but I feel uncomfortable with this. In my experience the one free (unwanted) tour we received didn't tell us anything more than we could see ourselves and then we had to say no we did not want to buy anything from him for about 5 minutes - almost as long ...
... we come from and our names. I think we stole Buddha's thunder on a few occasions walking into temples. We also tend to get followed quite a lot. Sometimes it is just kids and it doesn’t last long but we also think some adults could be spies. We heard we would get followed at least once by a spy during our stay. This is to prevent tourist talking to locals about politics, which is a huge taboo and could result in jail time. It is taken ...