Burmese Disappointment #1

Trip Start May 19, 2009
Trip End Dec 31, 2009

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Soe Brothers Guesthouse

Flag of Myanmar  , Kayin State,
Monday, November 9, 2009

It must be bad fung-shui or wrong karma, I didn't have much luck in Burma. My first disappoint came after I travel east from Yangon on an overnight bus to the sleepy provincial city of Mawlamyine, wanting to try the boat ride upstream from there to Hpa-An, because I was told that the scenery along the river was good. I went even though I didn’t have much info about the boat, such as its schedule and where to find it, but found it anyway, and was able to go on the same day (folks, that’s backpacking at the purest form). The boat is a rusty leftover from the colonial era double-decker and it has no seats – the locals sat on the mats of their own and the few foreign travelers must pay 50 cents to hire a plastic chair or mat. The weather was hot, the humidity high, and the going was slow, with numerous stops – it took 7 hours to cover may be 50 km. Worst of all, the supposedly pretty scenery did not materialize, so the trip was boring, except for a few interesting moments when I could observe people’s lives along the river bank.

It was dark already by the time the boat arrived at Hpa-An, and by then I haven’t seen a bed for almost 2 days. So after a quick dinner I went to bed, hoping that my luck on the following day would be better.
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