The reclining Buddha at Chaukhtatgyi Temple
This is very large, takes up a whole building.
I liked the position of the lady; similar to the Buddha.
We visited on the afternoon of day one, before sailing.
You have to go barefoot, and the tiles are DAMNED hot from the sun. Many processions of people making offerings.
One main pagoda, but many little shrines.
A family make offerings at one of the shrines.
I didn't know that there are two main strains of Buddhism. That in Burma is different from that in Vietnam and Cambodia, which probably explains why the monk's robes are not saffron coloured.
Some of the processions are very colourful
Monks with smartphones!
Back at the quay before sailing - street food.
There was a photo-shoot going on at sunset by the boat. Couldn't resist getting in on it.
She gave me a nice smile.
Typical river traffic on the Irrawaddy.
We had two weeks on the river from Rangoon to Mandalay.
Town of Maubin - 3 April
Kids on the jeyy where we landed.
Lady in Maubin with the characteristic thanaka on her face.
Even many of the boys use the thanaka on their faces. Burmese like fair complexions while we all go for suntans.
Waiting for custom.
Chewing the usual betel nut.
Market in Maubin.
What you can't see in the photo is the temperature, around 39-40 degrees.
They smile more than people in Europe!
You like dried fish??
Typical scene along the river.
Everyone ashore for a trishaw ride at Danupyhu - 4 April
They are not the most comfortable transport.
Don't mess with the ladies!
The people are really friendly out there.
You can buy pretty much anything, and everyone is an entrepreneur.
They giggled a lot when I showed them their photo.
Our trishaw drivers waiting outside the market.
Ladies making cheroots.
A novice monk at the monastery in Danupyhu.
He was 12 and had been there for 6 years.
About 36 cabins, or 72 passengers.
At Myanaung, a quiet little riverside town. 5 April
These trishaws are pretty old. Drivers earn between US$3 and US$5 a day.
Seen better days.
Art deco? Had the look of an old high street cinema.
Myanaung was full of old English colonial buildings, all in a state of disrepair.
High street, Myanaung.
He's wearing the traditional longyi (sarong). We all bought one, but some wore them better than others!
Approaching Pyay. These are the famous cliff carvings on the Akauk cliffs. 6 April
There are many of them. They were carved by sailors as a form of prayer.
Des - Australian
Volunteered for the 'cosmetic' treatment.
The small town of Thayet. Our horse carts await. 7 April