Ride to the teak bridge

Trip Start Apr 07, 2006
Trip End Aug 01, 2006

Loading Map
Map your own trip!
Map Options
Show trip route
Hide lines

Flag of Myanmar  ,
Saturday, April 22, 2006

Next stop Mandalay, which was the country's second largest city.  We caught a share taxi as it was only marginally more expensive than the bus, but a lot more comfortable and a lot faster. When we stopped to fill up with fuel is was quite amusing because they used a bucket and hose (see photo), we also stopped at a road side restaurant with some interesting english translations on the menu (see photos) 

We decided to stay in a hotel with A/C as it was pretty hot. Across the road from the hotel was an Indian street food stall. It was extremely popular and that is because the food was awesome. It had about 20 low lying wooden tables and mini plastic stools on the pavement where about 15 employees run around serving chapatti, curry – lamb, beef, vegetable and chai.  I had gone there the night before by myself and experienced celebrity status as about 4 of the young boys who spoke English came gushing over and could not do enough for me.  The cleaner of the place was a little boy of about 6 who had the job of picking up all the dropped napkins on the ground, singing and smiling as he worked – he was just adorable.  We could not help ourselves and when he came past just as we had finished our meal we passed some money into his hand quickly so the older boys did not see and maybe try to take it from him later.  This just made his grin bigger.

One day we hired bicycles to see the city and ride to one of the ancient townships which is home to possibly the worlds longest teak wood bridge.  When we got there we saw a local painting scenes in water colours. Just the kind of thing we love picking up as souvenir... we bought 2. I'm not sure why we didn't take any photos... perhaps because I had the video camera out. Bit of a shame though because it's a beautiful area and cycling around was great fun.
Slideshow Report as Spam

Use this image in your site

Copy and paste this html: