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The Buddhas at Akuak Taung

LOOKS LIKE A NICE DAY FOR A SAIL ALONG THE AYEYARWADY ...

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The scenery has changed.

Much drier.

Sand bars to be avoided.

I knew the Ayeyarwady was a very long river but never thought it would be this wide. I expected it to be narrow & have jungle clad banks.

Not even close ..

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Some pots being shipped on the river ... Very much a working river ...

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Bath time ..

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Crops or just greenery on the roof ... ?

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I hope we don't have to climb those stairs .. but the man does not seem to have a problem ..

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The ships crew being presented to us. A lot for just a few passengers.

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I was surprised how few birds are to be seen ...

and three guesses what these people are doing ...

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Ah - you guessed. Panning for gold of course. Why didn't I think of that.

..... but this boat is sucking up gravel for construction ...

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People going ashore to a pilgrimage site ... where there a hundreds, if not thousands of Buddha images.

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I have now idea what the pilgrims see on shore but it is quite impressive from the boat .. as you can see ...

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People like taking photos of us as much as we like taking theirs.

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Gravel workers here, taking it easy for once - more about them later .

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These ladies are doing there laundry & baby washing on bamboo rafts ...

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She is definitely not dressed up for the tourists ...

The river retreats so far from towns in the dry season that people build temporary abodes by the river to save the long trek back & forth.

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I would love to see the Ayeyarwady when it has a lot more water in it.

Maybe Sophy at RED IXORA can find me a tour.

Posted by hasbeen 09:43 Archived in Myanmar

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Great blog! After reading I started to wonder why I haven't thought much about visiting Myanmar. Seems like an "under the radar" country.

I'm glad someone else has realized that the key to a great blog is lots and lots of pictures, and that full size is the only way to go.

If you are using all caps to compensate for the tiny default font, it is possible to make a larger default in the template section.

You can change the base size for all the text on the blog (including navigation, etc) . Do that by adjusting this rule
body { font-size: 14px; }

Just change it to for example
body { font-size: 16px; }

by zzlangerhans

That was the fist of four visits to Myanmar in 18 months .. I find it a fascinating place .. when you get to the title 'A red letter day at the Mya Tha Lon Pagoda ' you will see why I keep going back.

P.s . thanks for the tip . No one should use the TP default template without adjusting the size .. I never read more than a few words if text is too small. & I use all caps as a change & because I like it sometimes.

by hasbeen

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