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Magwe - Friday, 20 January 2017

Explore Magwe by trishaw, similar to a side car, visiting Mya Tha Lun Pagoda set on Naguttama Hill.

sunny 32 °C

We awoke this morning at 6am and to our surprise we were sailing. This ship doesn't sail at night because of all the sandbars in the river, however, they had the big spotlight on and away we went without any trouble.

We were supposed to go ashore at 9am but we are running a bit late and have just arrived at Magwe now, just after 9 am, so our trishaw ride through the town will be a little bit delayed. The wind on the deck is cold, but the day warms up to about 32 degrees. I wish I had packed a light jumper but I didn't realise the mornings and the breeze would be so cool. We are docked near this fabulous bridge.


When we dock, everyone helps tie up the ship.


We climbed up the river bank. We are all becoming very adept at this now. All our trishaws were lined up and off we went, winding through the streets, looking at the sights of Magwe. We cause quite a stir as all the locals come out of their homes and shops to stare and wave. The children just love it when we call out "Mingalarbar" (hello). Magwe is the second largest of Myanmar's seven divisions. The main product in Magwe is petroleum. It produces most of the oil and natural gas in Myanmar. Other industries include cement, cotton weaving, tobacco, iron and bronze. There also seems to be a lot of furniture making taking place along the way - probably teak, I expect.


We stopped for a photo opportunity at a park to take a photo of General Aung Sung (Suu Kyi's father).


When the going gets a bit hilly, the poor little skinny drivers get off and push. I feel so guilty. I just want to get off and walk!


Road works in Magwe.


We arrived at Mya Tha Lun Pagoda which is located on the top of the Naguttama Hill. It is the largest shrine in the region and overlooks the riverbank.


We have all learnt about which animal we are according to the day we were born, so we can now find "our own corner" when we visit a pagoda.


We are back on board at about 11.30 am and sail almost immediately. There is quite a cool wind blowing today but it is nice sheltered from the wind.

At lunch we met Brian and Jill Fletcher, who were in the Army and in Brisbane when General Jeffery was the Major General in charge of Queensland. Small world again!

Lovely sunset today.


Just on sunset, we pulled alongside a cliff of loose sand, in the middle of nowhere for the night, as because of sand bars in the river, we don't sail at night. In this day and age, 2017, you would think they would use sophisticated navigation equipment but no. The Scenic Aura had its spotlights searching the bank, and there are local Burmese running along the bank with torches!! What a scream. Then they threw the rope over and the locals ran straight up a wall of moving sand and tied it around a tree. And there we are - anchored for the night.

Tonight we had a Gala Dinner and were welcomed at the door to the dining room by the Captain, plus a champagne and we had our photo taken. We pushed tables together and sat with Faye, Mike, Eĺfi and Ingrid and Brian and Jill Fletcher and a very nice time and meal was had by all.

After dinner we went to Mike's cabin to help him work his TV and then he came to see our cabin and have a bedtime brandy.

Buddha saying for the day - "Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared"

Posted by gaddingabout 07:38 Archived in Myanmar

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