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Trip Start Sep 04, 2006
51Trip End Feb 22, 2007
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here we are. we took a nice cruise liner up along ayeyarwady river from bagan. this was probably the most enjoyable form of transportation we ve taken so far. and it was only a couple hours late. i mean, we ve been through lots of really crappy transports through out se asia! the transportation in a lot of the places are really slow, as in stop and go or breakdown along the way.... quarter or half day trips become whole day trips.
for example from innle lake to bagan is no more than 150 miles. but in order to get there we had to walk and hop on a local pick up taxi loaded with two other passengers and loaded with baskets of fresh fish. then get dropped of a bus station, but of course not the bus station that we needed to be at, so we hire a trishaw to take us to the bus station. we hope on another bus that is taking us to the main bus station. we wait and get on another regional/local bus that takes us to another bus station, and of course the connecting bus to bagan is at a different bus station, so this time we hire mototaxis to take us to the other bus station, and hurray we have to wait and take another bus.... i dont remember how long it took but im sure it was well over 12 hrs for less than 150 miles.
a lot of times the buses are hell. many of the times your feet arent touching the floor because the bus is filled with so much stuff that everyone just walks on top of rice bags, kegs, crates full of stuff... if your lucky you ll get fish, various seafood, fermenting fish sauce, chickens, rodents, birds, crying babies, and always people throwing up around you. i call it squitting, cus your not really standing or squatting or sitting. your just squished and huddled with a bunch of other people rubbing up against each other.
i remember this one time where we were taking a local city bus at around 5 ish and the bus kept on loading and unloading people, at on point it was so packed in there that i couldnt even cross my fingers.
if they bumped some hip hop i couldve got my game on :) lol