While I was at Pahtodawgyi I took a walk up to the shore of the lake to get a photo and discovered that the area is also a garbabe dump. It's too bad that the beach of the lake is chosen for the dump. I understand the fact that garbage has to go somewhere but it seemed sad that it had to be on the shore of the lake. It is a difficult situation to remedy as locals don't want to spend hours hauling there trash to far-a-way places and quite often just throw it in the nearest depression in the ground. I'm not sure what the local government does about trash removal...Maybe they aren't involved in it deciding what happens with it.
After you cross U Bein's bridge you will come to the village of Taungtaman. Here it seemed like the main industry was cutting and drying palm leaves and bamboo. There are also a few boat drivers. I didn't see any weaving mills as the area has a lot of them but the people probably walk to Amarapura if they hold one of those jobs. There are some old Payas that were being rebuilt in the area too.
As my son and I were walking across U Beins Bridge and taking in the beautiful views we were approaching one of the covered rest stops that also had a big tree near it. There were some teenagers that I could see and they were acting like "teenagers" laughing, having fun, cat calling some of the pretty girls etc... There were others down in the field playing soccer and as we aproached the rest stop I heard this really loud "THUD" I thought one of the boys had just kicked the soccer ball really hard but I was wrong the "THUD" was one of the boys had fallen from the tree!!! Everyone was rushing to him and picking him up. He didn't look to good!! He must have fallen 25 feet or so. I felt that the group had been doing some sort of drugs as they all had this "glazed" look in their eyes. The guy that fell was picked up to be sat down. I'm sure he ended up with a good headache out of the ordeal but was probably ok...
There is a very old wall around Kyauktawgyi Paya. It looked like it would be an interesting walk but by the time we got there the sun was going down and it would be dark before we would be able to completely walk around the outside.
This 27 meter tower is kind of interesting. If you take a horse cart tour it will probably be included. From the top you get some nice views of the country-side. At the bottom of the tower there are some kids that run a "store" (table with some stuff on it) They are not very pushy so if you don't want buy anything they just enjoy chatting with you too. The climb to the top is a little shakey. So if your scared of heights you better pass on the climb to the top.
The upper part of the tower was destroyed in an earthquake and it looks like the repairmen didn't put great care into fixing it up. It's still tilted.
I noticed that the stone carvers kept a picture nearby of the Buddha that they were making. It thought that was quite interesting to see. They would chip away small bits of stone and then glance over at the photo every few minutes.
I like seeing the Monks robes hanging on the drying lines outside the Monasteries. I think they are so colorful!