Erica, you're a tiger you're stronger than I am
Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
371Trip End Feb 26, 2011
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We actually stayed back at the golden lilly
While the rest of the group had a deserved rest checking into a guest house we had to walk into town, change some money then get a tuktuk out to the bus station. This sounded easier than it was. For some reason tourists were not allowed near the bus station on this day and it took ages for our guide to negotiate with the drivers as they would risk a $50 dollar fine if they got caught. They charged us £1.50 each 3 times the normal price to take the risk of getting caught or bribing the traffic cops. The driver of the trike was a complete nut job nearly killing us about four times trying to undertake lorries on the grass at the side of the road (yes this is a motorbike with a carriage stuck to the back of it). When we approached the guard the traffic cop blew his whistle but this guy just floored it straight through the checkpoint and took us down an alley and booted us all off disappearing quickly.
The locals bus was pretty cool, again far more ox and cart and horse carts than cars or motorbikes, it becomes normal but you have to keep pinching yourself. The bus ride was a couple of hours and we could hardly move by the time the bus got back to Kalaw. Eventually we got back to the guest house in Kalaw. We grabbed a quick bite to eat at the Nepali restaurant in town with a few well deserved beers and were asleep almost straight afterwards.