Yangon and the Shwedagon Pagoda

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When we went to visit the Maha Myat Muni Paya, the second holiest pilgrimage site in Myanmar, a few people expressed some disappointment. They had seen the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, the holiest pilgrimage site in Myanmar, and Maha Myat Muni was paling in comparison.

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I’ve been on the road for a month! And… I haven’t worked very hard to get myself into an Internet cafe and posting every leg of the trip like I want to. Like I still plan to do. But here’s a snapshot of the past month, plus a preview of the next three weeks, as determined by the airplane tickets in my possession:

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A Dip in the Kuang Si Waterfalls

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TheĀ Kuang Si Waterfalls quickly turned out to be the day trip of choice in Luang Prabang. There was an option for another waterfall, a cave full of Buddha statues, and a mahout (elephant rider) course that I was curious about, but I figured I could do that in Thailand (…haha).

The catch with the Kuang Si Waterfalls trip was that you wanted to get a group of about 5 people together so that you could get a favorable price with the tuk tuk driver. It was day 2 in Luang Prabang and I was 0 for 2 on this score: the friend I had made on the bus from Vientiane had made alternative transportation arrangements, and the odd Spanish fellow from Si Phan Don was interested but non-committal.

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