Last Day in Bagan
Trip Start Mar 04, 2006
19Trip End Apr 13, 2006
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Much like the tuk-tuk drivers in Bangkok, the horse cart drivers have the commission system wired. This means you are going to hit some shops as you navigate between temples. To be honest, that wasn't such a bad thing here. Some of the shop keepers are very entertaining, and haggling over little things can be fun. Sometimes the most fun is when you shake your head and walk away. Often they chase after you, slashing their previous rock bottom price drastically to make the sale. The most fun though, were the kids. It's their summer vacation now, and hawking trinkets to tourists is there summer job
All in all the horse cart was a good idea. I saw some great temples that I had missed on my own, and got to watch the sunset from the roof of an abandoned monastery. Getting up there was interesting. I had to climb three steep staircases through a passageway not much wider than my shoulders, with my only light being what filtered through the cracks in the bricks.
There was one drawback to the horse cart I guess. My driver was an enthusiastic beetle (sp?) nut chewer. This is pretty much the Asian version of chewing tobacco, just grosser. It stains their teeth red, and results in a lot of spitting. At one point my driver turned and started talking to me, and I (shudder) felt something land on my face. For probably the only time in my life, I thought "please god, let that have been horse crap that just hit me in the face. Please."
Time's up in Bagan, next stop Kalaw.