Favorite thing: On the way to Bagaya you will also pass many rice fields. When we were there the fields in this area were quite green. It was very beautiful. If you ride in an ox cart ride next to the driver and you will be able to take photos as you ride along. The windows in the cart are kind of low to bend over and see out of with jerking motion the cart is always making you will be always moving!
Favorite thing: When we got there we could listen to some of the teachings that the elder Monk was giving to his students. My "guide" was talking too loud in my opinion and was disrupting the class. I was a little embarrassed about it. And actually I didn't care much for the commentary at most of the places as I am the kind of person that doesn't want every detail about a place that I'm visiting. I just like to get an overview and see stuff and experience and interaction with the locals. This was the first time that I'd ever had a guide for going around towns in over 20 years of travelling!
You can see that the mud has been cut away to make a road down to the river. It is possible to take a vehicle on the ferry boat. Although I didn't see any but there were car tire tracks. I'm sure this mud wall has to be repaired after each rainy season.
Fondest memory: This lady here is getting ready to board the boat.
Favorite thing: Along the way to Bagaya you will pass by this massive gate. It actually looked a little out of place to me. But I thought I'd mention it as it was done in the same style that I saw at other places around Myanmar. And Actually the gate may not be that old. The bricks look fairly new so it might be something to look nice for the tourists. But I didn't see any other tourists there when we were in the area.
Favorite thing: Outside the Nanmyin Tower there were some kids that had a "store" set up. That really consisted of a couple tables of souvenirs. They tried being a little pushy but I started asking them questions about school friends etc... and they forgot about trying to sell my stuff. They spoke quite good English. I gave them some Basketball cards of NBA players. They seemed to enjoy them. That is what I brought along as small gifts for children. When the kids that I had given the cards to showed their friends they all seemed quite happy.
The Maha Aungmye Bonzan is quite different from other Monasteries in the area. As this one is built of brick with a stucco facing. And it is done in Yellow! It almost looks weird compared to the others. It is interesting to visit for a little while and walk around the grounds. There is also a cool inner passage way to check out.
Fondest memory: It was built in 1818 by Queen Meh Nu and suffered damage in the massive 1838 earthquake. It was repaired in 1873.
Favorite thing: If your wander inside the walls of Maha Aungmye Bonzan you will find an inner passageway . There are some windows that allow light to pass so you won't need a flashlight. But if you have a bad back you might have a hard time as you can't stand up inside.
Favorite thing: As is the custome at all of the Payas in Myanmar. You must remove your shoes before entering the monastery. And most of the time this includes entering the main gate. These teak boards can really heat up in the afternoon sun!!
Favorite thing: Bagaya Kyaung is located in a grove of trees that is are surrounded by Pagodas and rice fields. It is a beautiful setting!
Favorite thing: I thought the shadow was cool so I had to take a picture. I'm always looking for goofy stuff to take photos of! I like the way the shape came out perfectly in the shadow.
Favorite thing: Half way up the Nanmyin there is a couple windows that give you some cool views of the country side but of course the best view is from the top.
Favorite thing: This Yellow Monastery is built of Brick and stucco. It is quite nice here. It sure looks different than the other Monasteries in the area.
Favorite thing: The grounds of the Ok Kyaung were quite nice. There were these beautiful smaller Golden Payas. I just loved the way the were shining in the afternoon sun.
Favorite thing: On your way to Bagaya Kyaung and Nanmyin you can see many smaller ruins that might be interesting to look around if you've got some extra time.
Favorite thing: At some of the ruins you can see the tree roots have grown into the brick. For this to happen this place must've been totally abandonded.