Burma 2013. Day 6. Friday Nov 1. Mingun to Sagaing.

Friday 1st November 2013 02:14

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Day 6. Friday 1st November 2013. Cycle to Gaw Wai Jetty. Irrawaddy Boat to Mingun. Cycle to Sagaing. Ferry and bus to Mandalay. We cycled a few miles through thousands of motorbikes in Mandalay rush hour, arriving at Gaw Wai Jetty before 8 o'clock. We cruised on a boat south east down the Ayeywaddy River to the ruins of Mingun Pahtdodawgyi at Mingyen (Mingun). In the 18th Century the king was planning to build the World's largest pagoda, but he stopped half way after being told by a soothsayer that he would lose his soul if he had completed the building. We then cycled 20 miles alongside the bank of the Ayeywaddy River to Sagaing, where we ascended Sagaing Hill and climbed the steps to the top of Soon U Ponya Shin Paya, a beautiful white pagoda. The stunning views from the top included the river and hundreds of pagodas dotted around the countryside. We then made our way to an ancient wooden monastery and enjoyed the peaceful serenity within its walls. We cycled a couple more miles to enjoy a late afternoon lunch at The Riverside Restaurant. I ate crabmeat balls with rice and soya sauce. I drank a bottle of Myanmar beer. We then cycled a short ride to the ferry across the river, and a short bus ride to Yadanarbon Hotel. Some of us went out to Singapura Restaurant (77th Street) where we enjoyed the best food of the holiday so far. See photos at www.ascotphoto.co.uk (Travel | Burma 2013).