Late post – Day 8 Myanmar (28th Dec)
Today we drove to Mount Popa, and on the way we went to see some stuff being made. First we saw peanut oil being made by a cow walking round & round in circles, harnessed to a kind of pestle & mortar.
Then a man climbed up a palm tree up an excellent ladder to collect palm juice, which we then tried – it is a little bit sweet.
Then we saw palm sugar being made by boiling it for hours over a wood fire. Dad tried palm sugar whiskey and honey flavoured palm sugar whiskey which was being distilled.
& Mum tried a beauty product which is bark made into a paste & is good for skin.
We also stopped off to visit a village
– there were lots of animals, especially piglets.
We saw pigeon peas being harvested.
Next stop was to climb Mount Popa. There were lots of naughty monkeys & we saw one monkey steal a drink from a little boy & drink it out of the can.
There were a lot of steps to climb to the top, but we made it! Mount Popa is the core of an old volcano & has temples on the top & stories about 37 nats (or spirits) who lived there.
We had lunch at the top of another hill which had a brilliant view of Mount Popa.
We then went to New Bagan & visited a lacquer workshop. We saw how bamboo is made into things & then covered in lacquer (using fingers) & then decorated. 📷
I really liked the gold leaf decorations & a man drew an elephant for me.
We bought a few souvenirs. We watched the sunset at Lawka Okk Shaung pagoda, which was a small pagoda with a narrow staircase inside, where Dad bought a wooden scroll.
We met Christa & Keith fordrinks & dinner at our hotel. They have been to Cambodia & Laos & are in Bagan for 2 days.
That’s all for Day 8! Very sorry for the late post.