Bago is one of the major (#4 in Myanmar) cities in Burma,also known under her former name "Pegu".You have to pass Pegu /Bago on the way from Kayktio to Yangon, where you can also visit an impressive cashew nut plantation and the nearby Buddhist boys and girls orphanage (very much to be recommended !) and also a rubber tree plantation. In Bago there...more
After watching the studying session, visiting the kitchen we were taken to a dormitory where novice monks were settling. We had the chance to have a nice chat though struggling with problems in language communication. But still they were smiling and very happy to interact with foreigners.It was a fine experience and very important things were...more
Our next stop was at the monastery's kitchen where we witnessed how food is cooked for such big number of monks living there. Not only monks are cooking but they are escorted by civilians as well. No electricity is used but the huge cooking pots are put on fire. Hygiene is questionable though.more
This may well qualify as one of the most bizarre tips I will ever post on VT. Normally, I would never suggest that travellers ahould go and visit a family in their home, but this time I feel it is entirely justified.I was wandering along the Strand Road, just about where it peters out into a dirt track, heading towards the huge bridge, when I was...more
This tip is aimed at a relatively small group of travellers, and I don't expect it to be rated highly, but a look at my homepage will tell you that I love guitars. I play to a limited degree and have been lucky enough to have played all round the world, so I thought I was in my element when I spotted the guitar shop pictured near the centre of...more
Having been totally awestruck by the Shwedagon in Yangon (see seperate tip), the concept that there was a taller paya in Myanmar absolutely flabbergasted me. However, there is, and it's in Prome (Pyay / Pyi) - it is the Shwesandaw Paya, which constitutes probably the town's biggest (literally and figuratively) tourist attraction. Perhaps it was the...more
1. Shwesandaw Paya (Pagoda): There are 7 statues of the Kings who rules Taungngu at the height of its royal power. Each King was very powerful when ruling over his royal domains and ther reign lasted for several years.
2. Myasigon Paya: Ancient and royal small Paya, near the old city walls and decaying moat. There's a pillar where Taungngu Kings walked clockwise to conquer their personal problems and to pray on that very spot before going into the many battles that they fought. Very interesting :)