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Thayetmyo - Thursday, 19 January 2017

In Thayetmyo, visit the oldest golf course in Myanmar, admire the region's old colonial buildings and explore the gems on offer at the local market.

sunny 32 °C

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We were the first group off the ship this morning for our visit to the town of Thayetmyo. Our group is know as the A Team and we are getting a reputation of being the "singing bus" as we sing all the time on the bus. It is nice and we, plus the B Team, are a nice bunch of people.

I was wondering how many of our travellers would have difficulty climbing up the steep river bank this morning, but everyone seemed to do it okay. There were Scenic staff all along the route to help.

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At the top of the river bank, our horse and cart were waiting - one per couple - and off we went through the streets of Thayetmyo.

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Our first stop was the golf club, which is the oldest golf club in Myanmar, obviously started by the British. We all had a putting competition - women versus the men - and Charlie from Texas won the putting and the cup. Great fun. Then some of us had a drive off the first tee. I was very surprised that they had a left handed driver for me. Unfortunately the golf shop had no merchanidse at the moment which was a shame, as I wanted to buy a memento of our visit. Phil's drive was an absolute screamer!

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This is the club house. Royal Canberra members - eat your heart out!

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Back into the horse and cart and drove through the town of 100,000 people to the local market. Now the game begins. Susan gave each couple a piece of paper with a Burmese word written on it and 500 Kyats and we had to go to the market, find the thing written on our paper and buy it. Our word was "Gaw Bi" which we discovered means "cabbage". After lots of arm waving and laughter, we were directed to the middle of the market where the vegetable stalls were and we purchased the cabbage. The others bought eggs, potatoes, beans, bean sprouts and then Susan gave some to a begging lady and her two children in the street, and the rest to the drivers of our horse carts.

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We walked a short distance from the market and then down the river bank to our boat, and at about 10.30 am we were sailing again.

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It must be the river air (or possibly the G&Ts) but as soon as we started sailing, we both had a nap BEFORE lunch and then AFTER. How lazy we've become!

At 4pm, I went to a cooking demonstration on how to prepare Tea Leaf Salad and Ginger Salad and then one person from each side of the room entered a competition. Jimmy represented us and Howard represented the other side. Howard, who didn't know what a sesame seed looked like won, and Jimmy who cooks all the time, mistook salt for sugar and made his too salty!! It was great fun.

We have now docked at Magwe. The anchorage sites are two huge trees on the bank. How funny!

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After dinner, we went to the lounge and participated in a Trivia Competition. It was great fun. We came about third, with 31 points out of a possible 35. Our team consisted of me and Phil, Elfi and Ingrid, Mike and Faye and Isabelle wandered in about half way through. A very enjoyable evening was had by all!

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Buddah saying for the day - "The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly"

Posted by gaddingabout 18:23 Archived in Myanmar

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