Hupin Hotel Khaung Daing
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... a system where we just got a continuos supply going and when your piece is toasted (or you have given up the will to fight on) you would just add another 2 pieces for next person. It wasn't like there was an endless assortment of breads to choose from (this wasn't 5 star standard). Alas, not all people (Europeans of the French persuasion) were happy with this. One stormed off accusing Karen (a fine Good Samaritan) of being a "toaster hog" (but it sounded like toaster 'ug') ...
... for the life of me remember what they were.
After breakfast we set of for a 21Km hike to the Monastery we would spend the night in. En route Krishna took us to a river crossing where we all had a swim in, making sure we didn't get too close to the buffalo that swimming there as well.
We passed through a few villages where the girls handed out lolly pops to some the kids that said hello.
Before our last hill to the Monastery we called beer ...
... off to another village to see some local weavers at work. They demonstrated how they extract 'silk' thread from lotus plants and then twist them into threads which they weave with a cotton mix. The finished product does feel very silk-like and soft to the touch. We stopped at a couple of other workshops (a blacksmiths and a silver workshop) non of which felt particularly authentic unfortunately but then there are a lot of tourist boats about. Lunch perked me up and I had ...
... relics. As tourists, we primarily view these places as historic sites, but the Shan locals see this as a living religious site. Their deserve to please Buddha by maintaining these shrines to him, is central to the Buddhism, a sign of respect. We Christian may forget that our churches and religious sites have been restored and renovated over the centuries as well. Walking to the top of the hills allows for beautiful views of the lake. We then proceeded under the cover of ...
... towns. We did hunt out some mid price market stalls to at least escape the pizza and pasta theme restaurants, while not cheap compared to Yangon they were at least authentic and very nice.
We were also approached by a fisherman who offered to take us on a day trip on the lake to see the major sights, the hotel had quoted us 20,000 kyats each ($20) as he was selling us the trip direct we were offered the same trip on a private boat for ...