To Bagan Pt 2

Beez Neez
Skipper and First Mate Millard (Big Bear and Pepe)
Tue 28 Nov 2017 23:57
To Bagan by ‘Luxury’ Ferry – Part Two
 
 
 
 
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A very different looking cruise boat.
 
 
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Lots of traffic on the river all enthusiastic in waving at us. These two ladies pushing their load, each using their longtail engine.
 
 
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Amusing to look up from our books to see a pile of coal go by and then an interesting craft.
 
 
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This working girl really struggled against the current with her heavy load.
 
 
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Late morning things suddenly went very grey. Visibility dropped to very little as a really cold front passed through - fortunately no rain. We had been told the journey may be a cold one so we had come prepared with anoraks and extra tops, but it was still a bit of a surprise. Half an hour later and it was as if someone had shouted “lights on” and we had the bluest of skies with a hot, hot sun.
 
 
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Pakokku Bridge is a rail and road bridge near the town of the same name, built in 2009.
 
 
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As we approached Bagan the scenery changed, steeper banks and lots of stupas.
 
 
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A Bagan day-tripper passed by............
 
 
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..............and a small ferry.
 
 
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Nearing the bank at Bagan, a quick u-turn. Similar landing 'jetty', taxis, horses and carts and the expected gauntlet run through keen salesladies, offering books amongst a myriad of other 'stuff'.
 
 
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Two captains as we said our thank you and farewell.
 
 
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Here in Bagan, we had a floating barge before the steep beach run.
 
 
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Our free hotel shuttle taxi forgot to show, we rang and waited fifty minutes, talk about Billy Nomates, so many offers from taxi drivers, we ended up tucked between two at the far side of the area. By five o'clock we were finally settled in our digs. Beds feathers slightly ruffled. Let’s have an early supper here rather than shuttling into town (half an hour each way). Great idea, En route up the steps to the restaurant for supper a lady stopped us to inform us "it's chefs night off". Thank heavens we carry a spare pot noodles each. Comfy bed and fluffy pillows in our spacious room, though.
 
 
 
 
ALL IN ALL A LOVELY WAY TO TRAVEL
                     FABULOUS, RELAXING AND HOLIDAY-ISH