Off to Bago and Malaysia

Trip Start Jan 11, 2011
Trip End May 23, 2011

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Where I stayed
Jade garden hotel

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Friday, January 21, 2011

The bus was an hour late of course but at least the state of it was better, although by then I had grown a healthy hatred of buses.
It was shorter then I expcted, only 11 hours. We caught another bus back to Bago and had a motorbike tour of the small town, squeezing three of us onto one small skooter. We saw some more Pagodas of course, some very large buddhas and drove right into a large monastery, where we helped give out rice to a thousand monks housed there. He was also happy to take us to a Burmese restaurant where only the locals eat. We found that you can have as much vegetarian curry as you want as long as you spend at least 1000 kyat ($1.15). It seems curries are always good in all cultures. Yum!
For such a small town, it was very noisy and crowded.

After a small carfuffle concerning the price of the tour we managed to have just enough Kyat to make it back to the airport after a short ride on a local bus back to the hectic dustbowl that is Mingalar bus station.

What I'll miss most: the kindness and helpfulness even though it may mean paying a price

What I'll miss least: the hawkers, and being woken up in the morning by hocking neighbours
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