Bagan Hotel River View
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Today we are going to Mt Popa which is about 48 km south east of Bagan.
On our way we stopped at a sugar palm factory where they demonstrated how they produce the brown/palm sugar. They have to collect the juice from the fruits of the palm trees and then process it. They also grind the fruits to get more juice - this is done manually by …
Today we had a very early start as our flight left at 6:45 from the airport. We had a take away breakfast from the hotel which we ate at the airport while we waited for our flight to Nyaung U/Bagan.
We arrived at 8 am and started our sightseeing tour right away. We had a really nice guide, Suzu who explained a lot and took us to great …
... little earlier than need being out the door by 4:40am as it was a 20 minute ride to the temple and we had been told that sunrise was at 5:30am. We arrived at Shwe-san-daw Pagoda at 5am but it turned out that sunrise was actually at 6am but it meant we got a good view of the stars from the pagoda before sunrise. The sunrise was decent, also with hot air balloons, for rich tourists, taking off to the left of sunrise as well.
Afterwards we headed back to ...
... They were quite old, most seemed to be around 100 years old but a few of the oldest were written onto palm leaves. The language is so old on these that only a very few people could read them. We were very surprised when he allowed us to handle them.
He also collected money - notes - from all around the world and his collection was vast. Most from countries we had never visited and one was a one trillion dollar bill from Zimbabwe. He then gave us an old Burma note ...
... He would drive us around in a carriage for the day, take us to all the best places or wherever we wanted to go for US$25 (£15). This is a lot of money on our budget but as we were talking it became clear a lot of the roads in the countryside were sand and not really suitable for riding a bike through anyway. Add to this the incredible heat and we were sold. As long as the horse looked healthy and well looked after then we would do it.
Animal welfare plays a ...