Burma 2013. Day 9. Monday Nov 4. Chang U, Bodi Tatung, Thanboddhay Paya, Monywa.

Monday 4th November 2013 10:33

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Day 9. Monday 4th November 2013. Mandalay to Chaung U village, cycle to Monywa via Thanbudday complex. We departed from Yadanarbon Hotel on the bus to see 17th Century Kuang Madaw Pagoda with the biggest dome in Burma. Whereas Shwedagon Pagoda (Yangon) is covered in gold plate, the dome at Kuang Madaw is covered in gold paint. Sally, Pam and Vikki had thanika (ground bark of limona accidissa) paste applied to their faces. Thanika (worn by many women and some men in Burma to protect their skin from the sun) was on sale in the grounds of Kuang Madaw. Our next stop was Chang O Village. We cycled from Chang O Village to Bodi Tatung where a 423 feet standing Buddha and a 312 feet reclining Buddha look out over a garden containing over 1000 sitting Buddhas. We then cycled to a bizarre Thanboddhay Paya complex which reminded us of Dizneyworld, including a tall tower and a beautiful colourful pagoda. The result of a monks dreams and visions which resulted in him designing a stupendous pagoda containing 582,363 Buddha images. We completed our 26 miles cycling when we arrived at Win Unity Hotel, Monywa at 2pm. After a shower, change and lunch, we took the bus to the river, crossed the river by boat and travelled by taxi for one hour to view a remarkable complex of caves similar to those in Ajanta and Ellora, India. The evening was spent at a local beer station where the food and drink bill was less than $3 per person. I shared a couple of beers with Simon and consumed a generous bowl of Mohinga noodle soup with bantam eggs, tofu and vegetables. See photos at www.ascotphoto.co.uk (Travel | Burma 2013).