On our last day in Mandalay we returned to our hotel for supper and an early night, after watching the sunset as our taxi driver was collecting us the next morning at 5.30am. We were catching a ferry to Bagan, a ten hour trip on the Ayeyarwady River, the subject of this post.
The first photo above was taken soon after our journey started, a very misty sunrise and so atmospheric, it must have been a very special view from that balloon.
Thank goodness that we were not travelling on this ferry, which loomed up out of the mist!
I am not sure what I was expecting the ferry to be like, but somehow I had expected it to be a little larger than the boat we were shepherded onto when we arrived at Myanchan Jetty. With just twelve passengers though it was fine with enough comfort and space for the long day ahead. We left Manadalay at 7am with an an expected arrival time in Bagan of 5pm. We had two breakfasts as the hotel had provided us with a packed one and we were also given one onboard. Along with the coffee, cold drinks and noodle lunch that was provided we did not go hungry or thirsty. When we first set sail it was extremely chilly and we were glad of the blanket and pashmina that we had with us! If not the most comfortable way to travel it was certainly one of the more fascinating ways as we were able to appreciate how the Burmese in this region live on the river and in the many villages along the banks. I will let the photos do the rest, hope you enjoy the journey.
Finally we approached Bagan just before 5pm and as arranged by our guide in Mandalay we were met by a friend of his at the dock who took us to our Guest House in Bagan.
If you have missed my earlier posts about Our Myanmar Trip and would like to catch up, here are the links.
Yangon - First Impressions of Myanmar
Yangon - Further First Impressions of Myanmar
Mandalay - Part One - Impressions of Myanmar
Mandalay - Part Two - Impressions of Myanmar - Burma
Mandalay - Part Three - Impressions of Myanmar - Burma
With thanks to the following sites for some of the background information included in my Myanmar posts. The links will take you directly to the official websites if you are interested in learning more about the country. I also used my Insight Guide to Myanmar for reference.
Myanmar Travel Information Facebook - Ilikemyanmar - Information Channel
Ayeyarwady River Bagan - Wikipedia
All photos are my own taken in December 2013 unless otherwise mentioned.
More photos can be found on Flickr in My Album entitled Ayeyarwady River Trip.