Buddha’s hair must be strong
South of Yangon is the famed Kyaiktiyo Pagoda or Golden Rock. Perched on a hair of the Buddah this rock seems to defy the laws of gravity. A significant pilgrimage site for Burmese Buddhists this was an impressive site.
Also impressive was the very cramped truck ride up and down the mountain that managed to squeeze over 40 people into a space for 20. The twists and turns of the mountainous road made it almost feel like a roller coaster ride.
Obligatory tourist shot…
Around the same time that William was telling his Norman mates that a jaunt across the channel might be a bit of fun, King Anawrahta of Pagan (now Bagan) was building and encouraging others to build a city of pagodas, stupas and monasteries dedicated to his Buddhist religion. While many were destroyed by Mongol invasions and the passage of time there are still around 3000 pagodas scattered throughout Bagan. They collectively make an impressive sight (you might need to click on these two photos to see them clearly).
The Pagodas of Bagan
But what really made Bagan a great place was the hospitality and service provided by Aung at the Mya Thida Guesthouse in New Bagan. Aung was not only just a genuinely good guy but his tour of the pagodas, an afternoon in a local village trying local palm wine (sky beer) and a sunset cruise and dip in the Irrawaddy River was a highlight of Myanmar.
Our Sky Beer drinking site on the banks of the Irrawaddy River
Sunset over the Irrawaddy